AN “ALL-NEW” CJ8 SCRAMBLER
An “All-new” CJ8 Scrambler
The Jeep CJ8 or Scrambler hasn't been made since 1986, but now thanks to Winslow Bent and his team at Legacy Scrambler Conversion, this classic Jeep is now available as a virtually new, trail-ready rig. Yep, we said all new. This isn't a worn-out old barn find that's been repaired and upgraded. It's the best of the reproduction parts available today, along with some superior fabrication and integration skills by the team at Legacy. Legacy Scrambler Conversion calls the package seen here the “Dualsport Tdi.”
“The Legacy Scrambler CJ8 sits on a custom frame from Throttle Down Kustoms. This frame is modeled off of an original Jeep frame.”
The Legacy Scrambler CJ8 sits on a custom frame from Throttle Down Kustoms. This frame is modeled off of an original Jeep frame. This frame is made from 2x4x3/16-inch box tubing rather than the open-channel design of the original. The frame rails are mandrel bent. It’s much stronger and will last longer than any OE Scrambler frame. It’s designed to fit a PSC steering power box. The frame is set up to utilize a custom, long-travel suspension, developed and built by Legacy utilizing Genright components and King coilover shocks and bump stops.
Since Scramblers are rare, and clean Scrambler bodies are even more rare, a new aluminum body from Aqualu was utilized. Aqualu makes two bodies for the Scrambler—a standard-length unit and one with the tail bobbed behind the axle. Both bodies will fit the original or a Throttle Down Kustoms Scrambler frame. For this build, the full-length body was used, as this provides more space for gear when taking long trips down the unpaved road less traveled. The aluminum body was fitted with high-clearance aluminum tube fenders from Genright Off Road. The rest of the body parts, hood, tailgate, etc., are top-quality steel reproductions from OmixAda. A few items, like the grille and headlights, are clean originals from a donor Jeep. The body was painted “Legacy DT Green” by Straightedge Auto Body, in St. Anthony, Idaho.
In the interior, the front seats are from Recaro and the single rear passenger seat is a Corbeau Safari Fold & Tumble Seat, designed specifically as a direct bolt-on. The gauges are from Faria. These are “digital gateway system” gauges that communicate with the J1939 ECM system, just like the newest trucks. Of course, this Jeep has A/C and gets it courtesy of a Vintage Air system. A Tuffy locking center console sits between the seats for secure storage, and the stock glove box is still in place for maps. An Ididit steering column replaced the original and the brake pedals connect to a Hydroboost unit under the hood. From there, the GM dual-circuit master cylinder sends the fluid out to the Wilwood disc brakes at each corner.
With a modernized truck, modern differentials were a must. A Dynatrac Prorock 44/60 is found up front and a ProRock 60 brings up the rear. Gearing in the axles is 5.13:1 and trail traction increased when the ARB Air Locker is engaged. To distribute the torque to both axles, a 3.0:1 ratio Atlas II transfer case is mounted behind the six-speed automatic transmission.
The best part of this Jeep is the 630T V-6 diesel engine
Under hood resides a 3.0-liter V-6 Banks 630T. This diesel V-6 puts out 240 hp @ 3,500 rpm and 420 lb-ft @ 1,500 rpm. It’s mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The transfer case is an Atlas, from Advance Adapters, with a 3.0:1 low range. The...
The competition-style shock hoops and cross brace support a pair of 14-inch King coilover shocks. The wiring is both from Banks and Painless Performance, plus some work by Legacy. A little harder to see is the Hydroboost brake setup.