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1981 Jeep Scrambler


1981 Jeep Scrambler


Don sent us this incredibly rusty scrambler he has had for years to restore. This poor but loved jeep, had some previous body work done in the past that was just bondo over rust. On further inspection, the frame had large rust holes in it as well. It was apparent that this resto was going to take more work than we thought. After tearing the jeep down, we ordered a Throttle Down Kustoms framen with a HD steering box mount, rear bumper and shackle reversal. Once we had that in place, we rebuilt the axles, added rear disk brakes, a disk/disk proportioning valve, a corvette master cyl on a new booster. We had the 6 cyl fully built with a mild RV cam and more. The Jeep came with a Mopar Fuel Injection on it Don had installed years ago. It’s a great system, so we reinstalled it. That was mated to a fully rebuilt T5 with a hurst shifter. The Dana 300 was also rebuilt in house. Both axles were rebuilt with 4:10 gears and new front brakes and all new steering with a custom built box. The body was in such bad shape, we used a reproduction tub, fenders, grill, windshield frame and tailgate! The only original parts are the hood, dashboard (which we repaired holes and a cut out radio hole) hard doors and the hardtop bulkhead. Don also supplied us with a set of YJ doors which we restored and painted to match. The reproduction tub took LOTS and LOTS of work to make right, all body work and paint was done in house!! Once the Jeep was painted back to its original Garnet red. We retextured the top in the correct “Honey” color, reupholstered the front seats and added larger boulsters to give him more support. To wrap up this cool build, I sold Don a set of factory Chrome wheels from my stash and mounted up his tires that were still in good shape. Last but not least, we restored the custom rack that Don had built for his jeep to carry his white water boats. This turned out to be one amazing driving CJ, TONS of power from the strait 6 and a LOOKER!!! Don is thrilled and enjoying his new/old Scrambler again.

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