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Meet Red, my 81 Restomod Build

Olin

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Wow! Never seen that one before! It blows my mind how many local Scramblers are around here!

This one is next level- custom soft top, supercharged LS, interesting suspension work. Wow. Just wow.



You are viewing a 1982 Jeep CJ-8 Scrambler with some serious custom modifications. This Scrambler has undergone a complete nut and bolt tear down and built back up to what you see today. It has only 3100 miles on it since the build and began with a very straight and rust free body and chassis with only 136000 miles on it.

This CJ-8 Scrambler Rock Crawler is a beast, powered by a 5.3 LS Chevrolet engine with a PowerDyne Supercharger. Behind the engine is a MV4500 5-Speed manual transmission and a Dual stick NP205 2-speed transfer case, the front and rear differentials are Dayna 60 lockers with 4.10 gearing.

Other key components of the build are; Custom heavy duty front bumper with winch mount, Halo LED headlamps, LED turn signals, Rhino lined fender flares, LED running lights, Aluminum radiator, Derale electric cooling fan, H/D alternator, Power steering, Serpentine belt system, Electronic ignition, Custom ceramic coated headers, Custom dual exhaust, Heavy duty front suspension, Front sway bar, PSC steering stabilizer, Fox 2.0 Performance Series front and rear shocks shocks, Deaver springs, Cross drilled and slotted brake rotors, Hydraulic clutch, Custom rocker steps, Tinted glass, Louvered hood, Fold down windshield, Custom black soft top, Custom wiring, Speed Hut GPS speedometer with tach/fuel/temp gauges, Speed Hut boost and oil pressure gauges, Custom 5 switch dash panel, Tilt steering column, Kenwood stereo system, Dual USB ports, Master Craft Safety Baja RS upholstered front and rear seats with Sparco 4-point seat harnesses, Custom multi point roll cage, Raceline black 17” simulated bead lock alloy wheels, Open Country 35x12.50R17 tires, Walker Driveline driveshafts, Mini tubed, 37 gallon fuel tank, JCR rear bumper and carrier. All finished off in Bright Blue Metallic paint.

This 1982 Jeep CJ-8 Scrambler runs drives as good as it looks.View attachment 97347
I was just wondering if powder coating all my hinges satin black would look okay but couldn't find any examples in my online searches. And now, here one is! Looks quite alright!
 

AdamH

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Lots of power is great as long as the rest of the vehicle is designed / built to handle it and get it to the ground in a controllable way
 

Randyzzz

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Lots of power is great as long as the rest of the vehicle is designed / built to handle it and get it to the ground in a controllable way
I don’t know…as kids we built some awful crazy stuff and it was always a hoot. It’s sorta liberating knowing that total insanity is just another 3/4” of pedal travel away. But I have always been a HP/torque junkie. Not so much a need to go fast, more of a twisted desire to shred tires at will. To hear the exhaust roar and feel the rear end get loose. Sort of like driving a monster truck- I could do that all day long.
 

Randyzzz

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Finished up the indicator lights. Is it a perfect color match? No. Is it close enough to look good? Yes. It’s odd how colors seem to change depending on the ambient light, and I don’t think there’s really any way to match OLED lights with LED’s. The pictures make the Speedhut lights look greenish… Anyways. Put quick disconnects on the back with heat shrink for stress relief. They will plug right into the harness I made. 4724251E-21D9-4A99-9533-37AE8A4905E4.jpeg56EB0021-0B5C-43C7-A4C7-BAE1637B1760.jpeg5E51F723-FC89-45B9-9CA5-D015276D56D9.jpeg
 

Randyzzz

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Next I installed a bulkhead terminal for battery pass through for the stereo amp.

C3B9EDA5-16DE-47D9-8511-837C2E4B770D.jpeg77DBBCAA-5FDB-466D-84F9-7134981AD6F6.jpegI’ll need to build some kind of shield to keep the passenger’s feet off of it but that shouldn’t be hard.
 

Azbball11

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Finished up the indicator lights. Is it a perfect color match? No. Is it close enough to look good? Yes. It’s odd how colors seem to change depending on the ambient light, and I don’t think there’s really any way to match OLED lights with LED’s. The pictures make the Speedhut lights look greenish… Anyways. Put quick disconnects on the back with heat shrink for stress relief. They will plug right into the harness I made. View attachment 97783View attachment 97785View attachment 97784
That dash looks amazing. Updated yet very classic - looks like it belongs!
 

Chamba

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Now I want you to imagine some other guy driving Red through the Oregon hills every weekend and looking at those amazing dash lights and listening to tunes through that killer bulkhead pass through......

And then ask yourself whether you should keep Red.
 

Randyzzz

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Now I want you to imagine some other guy driving Red through the Oregon hills every weekend and looking at those amazing dash lights and listening to tunes through that killer bulkhead pass through......

And then ask yourself whether you should keep Red.
Red’s a keeper.

Just a bit down right now realizing winter is almost here and no matter when I get Red finished I won’t be driving until spring.
 

Randyzzz

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That just gives you time to get Red exactly how you want it.
True. With that in mind, I still wasn’t 100% happy with the color of the indicator lights. One combo I never tried was the original blue filter with the new brighter LED’s. It’s about as close as it comes. Plus I got another Vintage Air knob so the headlamp switch would match the other controls. I’m about ready to bolt the dash in. 02F76E41-A649-4426-B2BB-C6F3DA1B4574.jpeg
 
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