Build Thread "Index" - Read the rules!!


Picture cravin' AK Postal nut
Staff member
SOA Member
I had a thought today looking at a long-term build thread on here that we need an "index" of sorts for new folks who come to the site looking to find build ideas/similar builds/specific options/etc.

Obviously, the first thing to point out is the "search this forum" button that's to the right just above the first thread in any forum listing:

This way you can limit the search to only the build forum.

Even then though, it seems that there's going to be folks who might have trouble finding what they're looking for and that's not a good way to quickly review all of the different build threads on the whole (some of which may not be named/titled well for easy reference)

So my thought is this, anyone with a build thread in this section make one post in this Index thread with the basics on your build, the year, etc. for quick scanning and include a link to your build.

Your post should look like mine below and we DO NOT WANT COMMENTS in this thread. This is for information only, no commentary. Otherwise there's really no point as I see it. The thought is that you could update your index thread post as you continue your build over time.

If you think I've missed something important in my list, PM me to keep it off the thread and I can edit. I could make this a moderated thread to keep miscellaneous posts off of it, but I'd like to just ask everyone to try to play along. I'm sticking this thread as the first in the forum for easy reference.

If no one does it, then I'll trash the thread and once again one of my ideas won't have panned out :) It's ok, I'm used to it.


Picture cravin' AK Postal nut
Staff member
SOA Member
Year: 84

Model: Alaskan Postal (right-hand drive)

Final/current tire size: 35"

Build details:
-Rubicon Express 4.5" lift
-Custom outboarded front suspension without shackle reversal
-Poison Spyder Rocker Knockers and Crusher Corners
-Storage console
-Stereo in console
-Custom family cage
-Runck bumpers
-Warn 9500i winch
-4.0/AW4 install from 97 XJ
-Baja electonic shifter for AW4

Thread link:

One photo:

Gary R

Legacy Registered User
1981 CJ-8 (with Chevy 350 Conversion) Frame-Off Rebuild

Year: 81

Model: Standard (ie: not a Postal or anything special)

Final tire size: 35"

Build details:
- Rubicon Express 4.5" lift
- 1" Body Lift
- Custom motor mounts
- Custom built small block Chevy 350 engine
- D-30 / D-40 Wide Trac Axles
- Locker in rear axle
- T-176 Transmission
- Everything either completely soda-blasted, ad repainted...or purchased new.
- Still a work in progress but about to go to paint shop
- Planning to add 3-point seatbelt harnesses (since in 1981 they didn't have them)
- Planning Line-X on entire interior/bulkhead
- Planning custom rear-view camera
- Will also be full of the POD stereo enclosures (console, sub woofer, amp, front speaker POD, and side speaker PODS). This thing is gonna ROCK.

Thread link:

Photos in the link above ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
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Legacy Registered User
SOA Member
south central
Year: 84 (and according to the title/VIN, a CJ-7)

Model: CJ-8

Final/current tire size: 40x13.5R17 Mickey Thompson Baja MTZs on custom 10" wide forged TrailReady HD17 beadlocks

Build details:
-Throttle Down Kustoms (TDK) frame, galvanized, outboard front springs
-front springs: RE1430 with one full leaf from YJ OME pack in SOA configuration; rear springs: RE1430 with OME add-a-leaf and two other leafs from YJ OME pack, in SOA configuration
-Rancho RS5000 shocks
-Driveshafts by Young's Gear in Anchorage, AK
-stock TJ exhaust hanger brackets
-front Scout II Dana 44, Detroit EZ Locker, Alloy USA shafts, 4.10, WARN Premium Hubs, GM flat-top knuckles
-rear Tera 60, hardened shafts, Detroit Locker, Ford 8.8 disc brakes, built by Currie Enterprises
-AMC 401: Indy 401SR aluminum heads, CompCams XE262H, Edelbrock Performer, Holley 700 cfm ProJection 4Di, Doug Thorley Tri-Y headers, DUI ignition (timed through ECU), modified oil pan, cam thrust plate, cam button, internal oil line, Venolia pistons (custom tuned on a chassis dyno)
-wide ratio T-18 from Ford
-stock Dana 300
-stock center crossmember/skidplate
-Poison Spyder Ricochet Rockers
-Sniper Fab tube fenders
-Aqualu aluminum tub
-custom cut Aqualu aluminum dash
-Rock Hard front cage with floor extensions behind dash
-Prothane 1" lift body mounts
-Warn 9.5ti
-BesTop Supertop
-WarmSeats seat heaters (waterproof)
-upholstery from AutoInteriorKits (eBay store)
-CIPA 36500 rearview mirror (auto-dimming, map lights, thermometer, compass)
-dual steering box braces (M.O.R.E. cross-frame and Big Daddy)
-PSC steering gear box
-Borgeson steering shaft
-Classic Tube stainless brake lines
-OEM 20 gallon fuel tank
-custom 5 gallon auxiliary fuel tank
-full soft doors, half doors, hard uppers, full hard doors
-Nuvite aluminum polish system
-Xenon rear tube-style fender flares
-Hella Twin Superhorn
-Genright muflap kit
-Autometer vacuum gauge, VDO mechanical oil pressure gauge, VDO mechanical temperature gauge, Stewart Warner ammeter, stock voltage gauge, stock OEM (rebuilt) clock, stock OEM V8 tach, stock OEM speedo cluster
-Innovate MTX-AL wide-band air:fuel gauge with Bosch LSU 4.9 wide-band O2 sensor
-stock OEM AMC CJ manual tilt steering column
-stock OEM CJ gas pedal
-stock OEM (rebuilt) swing-pedal assembly
-replacement MOPAR e-brake pedal
-LOKAR e-brake cable
-FlowKooker water pump
-4-core replacement radiator
-OMIX-ADA fan shroud
-LED tail-light conversion
-LED back-up lights
-YJ slide/tilt seat brackets
-YJ squirters
-YJ cowl-hood seal
-replacement '95 YJ-style front seat belts with OMIX-ADA seat-belt anchors
-custom stubby front bumper (self-designed) with integrated shackle tabs, receiver, and mounts for Rigid D2 lights; designed around custom winch-plate frame-mounts
-XTreme Tops full hard top for winter, procured through RallyTops
-braided stainless fuel lines
-custom traction bar (self designed and built)
-PartsMike high-steer/crossover steering arms
-RuffStuff 1.5" x .25" DOM steering linkage kit (drag link and tie rod) with GM 1-ton TREs (actually 7/8 taper for 1/2 ton, but whatever)
-flat undrilled pitman arm procured from PartsMike, drilled at 6.5" with 7/8 taper
-Rigid 12" light bar mounted above winch
-cheap Made in China from eBay fog lights mounted in bumper
-GenRight flip-up front license plate bracket
-iCom VHF/HAM radio
-broken RadioShack CB
-Tompken dual battery tray
-dual Group 34 Interstate batteries (not isolated)
-GM underhood work light with LED bulb
-full dual exhaust through DynoMax UltraFlo mufflers

To be procured and/or built:
rear bumper
Rigid D2 Duallies for the front bumper

Acquired and to be installed:
-tire carrier from Body Armor TJ/YJ rear bumper
-Cobra 1500W inverter
-Cobra CB to replace the broken RadioShack
-rear marine 6x9 speakers
-cheap made-in-China LED lights for rock lights and work lights
-new seals for the hard doors (but I want to paint the doors first)
-HeaterCraft auxiliary heater

Thread link:

One photo:

Since people are cheating I'm adding a "current" photo to contrast with the "during" photo:
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Blown Budget
SOA Member
Year: 1982

Model:Base CJ-8

Final/Current Tire Size:35"s, possibly 37"s in the future

Build Details:

-Frame: Stock, Modified with HD rear crossmember, HD spring hangers, slight front outboard
-Lift: Rubicon Express 4.5 Extreme leafs, 5/8" UHMW body lift, poly body bushings
-Shocks: Edelbrock IAS Remote Reservoir Extreme travel, 13" front 9" rear, Custom front hoops
-Wheels/Tires: BFG KM2 35/12.50/15 on 8" Centerline HT Cast wheels, BFG 35/12.50/15 A/T on 10" Vintage Western Bullets
-Front Axle: D44 from an 85 J10, drivers side drop, narrowed 4", 4.56 gears, Ected Locker
-Steering: Saginaw Power, Crossover, Big Daddy mount, Cooler w/AN lines
-Brakes: Hydraulic power, dual diaphragm booster with 'Vette master, disc front drum rear (for now), Hand lever parking brake.
-Rear Axle: AMC20 HD from a 90 Wagoneer, 4.56 gears, Ected Locker
-Engine: 2004 Yukon 5.3 Vortec, custom tune, 'Vette manifolds, 2 1/2" into single 3" single exhaust, ran out passenger side rear
-Fuel Tank: Trailquest 24 gallon with factory GM fuel module incorporated into tank
-Plumbing: All custom
-Transmission: 4L60E HD rebuild
-Shifter: Modified 2010 F150 cable shifter
-Adapter: Novak
-Transfer case: 4 to 1 241OR from a 2005 Rubicon
-Driveshafts: Tom Woods
-Gauges: VDO Vision series, K4 indicator lights
-Body Tub: Stock, tailgate modified for side swing, Lined, Savvy LED rear lights, Specially equipped with no rust or filler!
-Body Armor: Metalcloak front and rear fenders, custom rockers and corners
-Bumpers: Custom, my design/build. Rear tire carrier tub mounted
-Winches: Warn 9.5i front with Technora rope, Warn Military/Industrial rear with cable
-Cage: Family Cage, my design/build. Dash and front seat mounts incorporated into cage
-Electronics: Custom harness, my design/build, custom fuse/relay center, Custom switches
-Entertainment: Kenwood DVD/Nav/Satellite with 2 tweeters, 6 mids, 1 sub, 2 amps
-Comfort: Hot Rod Air Heat/Cool/Defrost in-dash unit. PT Cruiser leather seats, Passenger side still folds/tumbles. Fold/tumble rear seat
-Miscellaneous: Kayline Soft top, Full hard top, Stock Paint Color, Full hard doors and YJ Half doors, YJ door mirrors, LED Rock Lights,
Custom Console with security storage, ect...

Built to be reliable as a daily commuter and dependable as a trail runner. I performed all the work except for gears and transmission o'haul. I doubt I'll be doing the paint myself, either...

Current Status: In Progress. Some of the above specifications may still be in the build stage, but will be included when the build is finished.

ETA: Driveable by Summer 2011 :fingerscrossed:

Thread Link

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Legacy Registered User
right near the lake
1985 cj8

Year: 1985
Model: CJ8
Final/ current tire size: 35" BFG MT's

Build details:

-Oem frame
-Genright gas tank skid plate
-Oem 20 gallon tank
-Procomp Jeep Yj 4" springs
-Ubolt flip kit
-More Offroad bomerang shacles
-JKS cj-yj spring hangers
-More Power steering bracket
-More spring perches
-JKS sway bars
-Sams offroad HD steering brace
-Sams offroad HD flat pitman Arm
-Ford 9" rear axle 4.10 gears, disc brakes
-Custom cut 79 ford f-250 dana 44 4.10 gears, high steer
-Solid axle industry high steer arms on chevy dana 44 flat top knuckles
-Procomp wheels 1031 (15x8")
-atlas II transfercase 4:1
-4l60e transmission
-5.3L LS engine
-Street Performance motor mount adapters
-More offroad bomb proof motor mounts
-LS2 2005- 2009 corvette manifolds
-4wdhardware Fiberglass body
-4wdhardware fiberglass body door pins/stirkers
-Yj Oem half doors
-Oem Hood, grill, fenders, windhshield, dash

**This is a on going project. I'm hoping to
have running by the end of this year.
and driving next year!

Thread Link:

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Legacy Registered User
Twin Cities
Year: 84

Model: Scrambler CJ8 (AKA: COBOUND V-1.5)

Current tire size: 37x12.50x17

Build details:
- Full steel body, doors, tailgate, window frame
- T&T Customs flat fenders, 6" flare
- T&T Customs rear quarters, 6" flare
- T&T Customs rock rails
- Recessed LED tail and reverse
- MORE front shackle reversal
- MORE spring perches
- Teraflex rear revolvers
- Bestop Soft top
- Storage console
- Stereo in console
- Custom front cage
- Warn bumpers f/r
- Warn 8000 winch
- Chevy 350 TBI
- 700R4 tranny
- Custom steel gas tank – 9 gal
- D300
- Tom Woods front drive shaft
- D44 front, 4.56, ARB
- D60 rear, 4.56, ARB
- JKS discos
- 37x12.50x17 Goodyear MTR Kevlar on Hutchinson double beads
- 2011 Mango Tango paint
- COBOUND plates

***Built to be a daily driver and a trail toy, not afraid to scratch it. I bought it w/ much of the listed components and recently completed a body armor modification and paint job. This will continue to evolve as long as I own it. Interior is next as it is currently three different colors***

Thread link:

One photo:

Edit (new photos):

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Scrambler Junkie
Year 1983

Model Originally a "base" model, closer to a SR now

Final Tire Size 35x12.50x15 BFG KM2 on factory 15x8 steel wheels

Build Details Complete frame off rebuild


Engine 258 ci I6, all stock except for Mopar MPI

Transmission factory T176 4 speed manual, rebuilt

Transfer Case factory Dana 300, rebuilt, stock for now

Rear Axle factory AMC 20, Warn Full Float conversion, Ox Locker, 4.10 gears, disc brakes

Front Axle factory Dana 30, Warn Chrome Moly Dana 44 sized shafts, Warn Internal mount hubs, Ox Locker, 4.10 gears

Suspension Rubicon Express 4.5 suspension with a 1" body lift

Exterior Repainted Sebring Red, Phoenix Graphics Decals, NOS Whitco Nutmeg 1/2 soft top

Interior Factory seats, center console, and carpet. Rock Hard In Cab Roll Cage

Build Thread



Completely rebuilt from the ground up to be a reliable, nice looking Scrambler. Built for trail driving, street driving, and highway driving. Not an "extreme" rig, but a Jeep built to drive to the trail, have fun, and then make it back home. Built as a "driver", not a "show" jeep.
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Resurrection Scrambler

83 Scrambler

Most info unknown at this point as it depends on what of the parts I have is good! :shrug:

starting point is 83 Scrambler (cause what I have title & some parts for!)
Dana 300 (might end up Dana 20 depends on which one is good & fits!)
target tire size is 31s no lift.
Dana 30 & Dana 20 axles but not sure about gearing. I have 2 sets now & picking up a 3rd CJ7 tomorrow with another set of axles but has a recently running motor.
Not sure about color but leaning toward white
But am collecting stainless steel parts for a bling machine!
Building this one to sell & for fun & practice
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Jeep Aficionado
Year: 1982

Model: Scrambler SR

Tire Size: Currently 33" may go to 35" when complete

Lift: Rubicon Express 4.5" w/Bilstein Shocks

-Carbureted SBC LS 350
-T-5 Tranny
-Dana 300 X-fer
-Dana 30 front w/ 4.10 gears and ARB locker
-AMC 20 rear w/ 1-piece alloy shafts, 4.10 gears and ARB locker
-Body off repaint to original Mist Silver Metallic color with stripe kit from Phenoix Graphixs

Build Thread:


In progress:


Legacy Registered User
the Springs
1983 frame-off resto-mod: "nut and bolt" (and frustration) build

Year: 1983

Model: Scrambler SL rescued from a central TX farm where it had sat after an engine fire and a long serires of billy-bob modifications

Tire Size: 31x10.5 R15

Lift: Superlift 2.5 suspesion, Daystar 1" body lift, 3/4" HD shackles

- 4.0 from a 94 YJ, not rebuilt, but fully re-gasketed including HG and RMS
- factory T-5 Tranny rebuilt (less than 100 miles now) by Danny's Trannys in Killeen TX
-Dana 300 X-fer (original untouched)
-Dana 30 front w/ 3.31(original untouched by all new brakes/steering links)
-Dana 44 rear from an 86 CJ7 w/3.31 gears and open diff (rebuilt with no miles)
- factory 20 gallon poly tank
- restored Runck rear bumper (still looking for a front bumper option)
- original interior plus a Tuffy stereo console which I'll eventually hook up with upgraded sound and I-pod capable head unit and Sirius (not installed yet)
- underdash A/C (not installed yet)
-Body off repaint to original factory white color with plants to eventually re-stripe with a kit from Pheonix Graphixs (not installed yet)
- underside bed-lined in black, tub interior was bed-lined to color match the factory white using a product called Scorpion Liner
- still on the path to convert it to a family friendly rig with rear seat and full hard or soft tops
- Warn M8000

Build Thread: is here

Picture from before the resto started:
Cold and lonely

Not intended to be a show truck or a true restoration nor a hard core heavy duty rock machine, but a preservation of the original (and slightly retro) look of the Scrambler while making it a basic, reliable, but capable driver that can hit the trails but does what we bought it for: take my wife for Home Depot Nursery runs (it's actually HER Jeep)
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Bad Karma

Captain Sarcasm
Garden Hill, Ontario, Cana
UPDATED July 26, 2018

Year 1984

TDK frame, galvanized.

Engine: 2000 LM7 5.3L with Torque Monster cam and 1.8 roller rockers

Transmission: 1994 NV4500 (6.34:1 1st)

Transfer Case: factory Dana 300, stock

Rear Axle: 78-79 Ford Dana 60 high pinion (front, converted to rear) ARB Locker, 4:10 gears, narrowed to YJ wms

Front Axle: 78-79 Ford Dana 60 high pinion, changed to passenger side drop, ARB Locker, 4:10 gears, narrowed to YJ wms

Tires: 37x12.50x17 BFG KM2 on Trail Ready Beadlocks

Suspension: spring over with Rubicon Express 2.5 suspension with no body lift. Shackle reversal, 14" travel Bilstein 7100 shocks

Exterior: Red (need respray), poison spyder body armor, rocker knockers and aluminum full crusher corners

Interior: 2003 Jeep TJ seats with seat heaters, Tuffy center console. 2 door JK back seat that has been narrowed 5" to fit Scrambler tub. Custom full roll cage

Build Thread

build is on going... and will never stop.

When I bought it... (flew to California and drove it home, over 5,300 km)

what it looks like now (in 2011)

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Legacy Registered User
82 Scrambler

Year: 82

Model: CJ-8 Laredo

Build details:
-Just completed a 1 year restoration
-1970 Mopar Sassy grass green single stage paint
-Black Diamond 3" lift w/ET shocks
-Warn 9000i winch
-ProComp front bumper
-Ford Contour dual fans w/dual relays
-Dana 30, ARB air locker 4.56, WARN Hubs, Solid axle cover
-AMC 20 ARB air locker 4.56 Superior axles, welded tubes
-ARB air compressor
-258cid stock, aluminum valve cover [ mc2100 soon as i rebuild it ]
-yj brake booster and m. cylinder
-Dana 300
-stock center skid plate
-Poison Spyder crusher corners
-Poison Spyder rocker knockers
-Daystar 1" body lift
-Crown performance extended brake lines
-Boomerang 1" lift shackles
-steel half doors, full steel doors
-dupli-color with teflon bed liner
-mechanical oil pressure gauge, stock voltage gauge, clock, tach, and speedo cluster
-tilt steering column
-Steering box support bracket
-YJ slide/tilt seat brackets
-KC 6" lights
-center and rear pairs of rock lights
-DIY 4 way switch panel
-Steel locking center console
-Tom Woods 5 degree castor shims [ any day now ]

Thread link:



82 offroad build

Found an 82 Scrambler sitting outside needing some TLC. :)

What it came with:
Mostly rust-free body with some minor damage
Mostly rust-free frame setup for SOA and full width axles
3/4 ton GM axles (sold)
YJ front clip (sold)

Completed so far:
AMC 360 (recently rebuilt to stock specs), mounted on frame
Edelbrock performer intake
TF 727 transmission - replaced filter, pan, front pump seal and mounted on frame
Atlas 4spd t-case
CUCV Dana 60 - 5.38 gears, high steer arms, 35-spline outer axles, ARB air locker, 1350 yoke
CUCV 14 bolt - 5.38 gears, disc brake conversion, Detroit locker, 1410 yoke
40x13.5x17 Nitto Trail Grapplers
Trailready beadlocks with rock rings
Warn premium lockouts
Affordable Fuel Injection kit with distributor
Painless wire harness
Stock AMC V8 exhaust manifolds
Custom coil-over 4 link front suspension with Radflo shocks
Half hard doors

In progress:
Custom exhaust
Custom Tom Woods driveshafts
Hydro-assist steering
Custom roll cage
Corbeau Moab seats
Full hardtop
Roll-on bedliner
Roll-on paint job
Custom coil-over 4 link rear suspension with Radflo shocks

Link to build thread:
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Basic User
Sierra Vista
Year: 1984

Model: Alaskan Postal

33" BFG's
Dana 30 /Dana 44 NT
AMC 258 w/ Howell Injection
AX15 to Dana 300 w/ twin stick
4" lift

Rest to be determined.....
Build thread:
Before shot
Virginia Beach
Scrambler Build from a Pile of Parts

Year: Titled as '76 Jeep CJ Utility
Model: Donor vehicles were a '76 CJ5 w/304, T150, D20 and a '78 CJ7 w/258, T150, D20 - no special options

Current tire size: 15/35-15 TSLs

Build details:
- TDK CJ8 frame built for reverse shackle YJ front springs and XJ rear springs (apparently this was a first)
- Rubicon Express 4" lift front springs, reverse shackles and spring under
- Stock '78 track bar with extended links
- Iron Rock 6" XJ rear springs, spring under
- Rubicon Express boomerang shackles front and rear
- Upgraded 9/16" shackle and spring pivot bolts all around, rear drilled and tapped for grease zerk fittings (haven't gotten around to modifying the front bolts yet)
- AMC 304 (313 cu in, 9.0:1 CR, chevy 1.94"/1.5" valves, mild porting, Howards 214*/220*, .525"/.540" cam, oiling system mods, stock 2bbl intake and Motorcraft carb robbed from a late 60s Mustang
- Custom exhaust - Hedman Elite Headers, 2.5" collectors merging into 3" Summit welded muffler and full length out behind driver side rear tire (sounds really good!)
- Zoom diaphram clutch
- Heim jointed clutch rod
- Rebuilt T-150 trans and D20 T-case
- Rebuilt D30 front axle w/ disk brake conversion and lock-right locker, 3.54 gears
- Rebuilt AMC 20 rear axle w/ all new drum brake components, one piece axle shafts, rebuilt Trac-Loc differential, 3.54 gears
- AeroTanks 35 gallon CJ8 fuel tank part number 1921A
- New E-brake cables
- Power brake vacuum booster and master cylinder, stainless steel brake lines and braided hoses
- Willys-Overland CJ8 tub
- Home-made tube fenders
- YJ half doors
- Bestop Supertop
- Corbeau Baja JP seats
- Rebuilt speedo and VDO gauges
- Flaming River steering column and steering shaft
- New power steering box
- Grant steering wheel
- DupliColor DIY Bed Armor sprayed in over entire interior of tub and on dash/glovebox door
- Hybrid CJ5/CJ7 rollbar (full cage planned in future)
- JVC radio and Kicker speakers

Still need to paint it Summit Brand Flat Desert Tan and working on T18 swap and TeraLow 3.15 t-case gears.

Link thread:


Scrambler Junkie
Year: 83

Model: Base Scrambler(I think)

Final/current tire size: 35"

Build details:
-4" lift (PO)
-Ford Supercharged Stroker 331 (fox body mustang donor)
-Ford AOD transmission
-Power Booster Brakes(yet to be installed)
-Custom Hand made Hard Tonneau Cover (PO)
-Digital Dash (PO)
-Custom Front Bumper with warn winch

Thread link:

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