After years of 'wheeling with Jeepers Jamboree on the Rubicon Trail in a '78 CJ-5, Mark Duncan wanted a rig that could accommodate a few more bodies. This '82 Jeep CJ-8 Scrambler seemed to be the perfect solution. And as part owner of the J&W Jeep Recycling Yard in Antelope, California, he had a veritable sea of parts to choose from.
Mark began by finding an '82 Jeep Scrambler body and frame. Then he and his son Neil stripped the unit and started collecting the parts to build the ultimate rig. Once Neil had assembled the rolling chassis, they took their creation to Scott at Extreme Gear Off Road of Orangevale, California, to finish up.
The first step was prepping the tub with black Herculiner to seal it and add some sound damping. Then Grady's Extreme Off Road in Rancho Cordova, California, did a bit of bodywork and laid down the PPG Dark Blue.
Once the body was complete, it was time for the '91 Jeep Wagoneer 5.9L 360ci motor to go in. This would provide more than enough power for this rockcrawling rig. The powerplant still has the stock Motorcraft-style two-barrel carb and the original AMC intake manifold. For the exhaust, Mark opted for a Flowmaster system with 2-inch pipes for increased flow and lower backpressure. Underhood additions include a Premier Power welder, a K&N filter, an A/C pump for airing up, and an onboard hot shower unit for the family's comfort.
For the transmission, Mark went with '90 Wrangler A999 automatic with a Mister Shifty from B&M and the stock Wrangler torque converter. For lower gearing, Extreme Gear Off Road installed the Tera Flex 4:1 kit in the T-case. The custom driveshafts were built by AAA Driveshafts in Rancho Cordova.
In the rearend, Mark pulled a trail-proven Dana 44 out of an '86 Jeep CJ-7 and had Extreme Gear install an ARB locker. Up front, Mark went with another Dana 44 with the ARB Air Locker. For the final gearing, he decided to go with 4:10 ring-and-pinions. With the 4:1 kit, this makes for a great rockcrawling rig but one that is still fun to drive around town and at highway speeds.
For enough lift to accommodate the Pro Comp 35x12.50x15 rubber on 15x10-inch American Racing wheels, Mark decided to use 1-inch lift springs from Rancho combined with a custom springover installation and reversed shackles on the frontend. For shocks, the Rancho RS 9000 adjustable units were the ticket.
All that remained was the interior. The seats came out of a '93 Jeep Wrangler, while the factory half-doors came off of another '93 Jeep Wrangler, which also donated its dash and gauges. The steering came courtesy of an '87 YJ. Extreme Gear Off Road then built a custom rollcage, while Mark added a Alpine head unit and CD player with Rockford Fosgate speakers.
If you keep your eyes open on the trail, you'll be sure to see Mark out 'wheeling his recycled rig.
|Owner/hometown:||Mark Duncan/ |
|Year/make/model:||'82 Jeep Scrambler|
|Engine:||'91 AMC 360|
|Induction:||Stock two-barrel |
|Transmission:||'90 A999 automatic|
|Transfer case:||Stock with Tera 4:1 kit|
|Frontend:||Dana 44 with ARB|
|Rearend:||Dana 44 with ARB|
|Suspension:||Springover with Rancho |
1-inch lift springs
|Wheels/tires:||15x10-inch American |
Pro Comp M/T