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1981 Jeep CJ8

Custom Restoration

1981 Jeep CJ8


Nick brought over a VERY VERY rusty scrambler for us to restore and do an LS conversion on. I am not a big fan of the reproduction tubs, but his jeep was so rusty that there was more rust than there was metal. We tore the jeep down and began a rebuild of the drivetrain while we waited on the tub to arrive. We rebuilt the front Dana 30 axle, Upgraded the rear to a Dana 44 and rebuilt that also. The sanded and painted frame was stuffed with a 2002 Tahoe 5.3 LS motor and hooked to an AX-15 transmission. The original Dana 300 was rebuilt and hug back in the frame. A Rubicon express 4″ lift was installed with some red ploy bushings and red diff covers requested by the owner. Once all the needed work was done to the repop tub (it was a LOT), we repaired the remainder of his original steel and painted it all in the original color 1E copper. MAN O’ MAN does it pop!. The underside and interior were bedlined in color matched bedliner as well. We completely rewired the jeep, adding speedhut tach and clock, rebuilding the original speedo and volts and oil pressure gauges. The jeep was assembled with magnaflow dual exhaust, an OEM half soft top, OEM Tonnue cover, and some “jeep” mudflaps. All this stuff the owner had collected over years in anticipation for the resto. Some 33×10.50×15 wheels were mounted on restored factory wheels and custom front and rear bumpers round out this build. Thanks again Nick for trusting us with your baby and I hope you enjoy all the power that 5.3 put down!! and boy does it. SHE SCOOTS!!!

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