Chernoh Inferno: 1983 Jeep CJ-8

    An '83 Scrambler That's Smokin' Hot

    Ken BrubakerPhotographer, Writer

    Every vehicle has a story. Some tales are more interesting than others, and this 1983 Jeep CJ-8 Scrambler is one of those. You see, when Dustin Chernoh, owner of DC Customs in Ukiah, California, was only six years old, his cousin purchased this Scrambler brand spankin' new from a Jeep dealer in Sacramento, California. "I always thought it was the coolest rig ever," he says.

    As the years passed, Chernoh would see the Scrambler at their annual family get-together. He wanted it, but coercing his cousin to sell the rare machine wasn't easy. "For the past 10 years, I had been asking my cousin to sell it to me. Finally, in 2008, he gave in and the build began," Chernoh says.

    Thus began a new chapter in the Scrambler's story. Chernoh used his in-depth off-highway knowledge to intricately restore the machine and fit it with some of the most proven components available. The result speaks for itself and the amazing rig is at home blasting through the sand, taming the trail or flying over a jump. Chernoh's Scrambler is clearly one hot machine.

    The Details
    Owner/Hometown: Dustin Chernoh/Ukiah, California
    Vehicle/Model: 1983 Jeep CJ-8 Scrambler
    Estimated value: $100,000

    Type: GM 6.2L E-ROD LS3 V-8
    Aspiration: TBI, custom 2.5-inch-diameter dual exhaust with custom mufflers and Stainless Works tips
    Output, hp/torque (estimated): 430/424

    Transmission: 4L80E w/TCI torque converter and controller, Derale cooler
    Transfer Case: Atlas 3.8:1

    Front: Three-link, Fox 2.0 14-inch-travel remote-reservoir coilover shocks, Fox 2.5 14-inch-travel triple bypass shocks, Fox 2.0 3-inch-travel air bumps
    Rear: Deaver leaf springs, Fox 2.5 14-inch travel triple bypass shocks, Fox 2.0 3-inch-travel air bumps

    Front: Dana 60, Yukon chrome-moly axleshafts, Yukon chrome-moly Super Joints, custom crossover steering with Ballistic Fabrication high-steer arms and Redneck Ram components components/TeraFlex T-Locker
    Rear: Narrowed 2002 Dodge Dana 70, Yukon axleshafts/Detroit Locker
    Ring and pinion: Yukon 5.13:1

    Wheels: 17x8.5 Walker Evans beadlock
    Tires: 40x13.50-17 BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain KM2