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Old November 14th, 2005, 01:54 PM   #1
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Here's the start of my next Scrambler project, titled "Plowboy". It'll be a dual-purpose utility vehicle (personal plow Jeep/trail rig), which is how I can justify building it up. My goal is to build it off-road capable, but inexpensive.

Here's the start...this '84 Scrambler rolling chassis that I'm picking up in Maryland next weekend.



Add a completely rust-free (but with slight rear corner damage) Scrambler tub that I just bought from out West (NOTE: The red in the underside pics is Moab mud, not rust. The underside is completely rust-free, too.)...







Add a little bit of this...


And some of this...



Given the rear corner damage on the Scrambler tub, I think that I may take a shot at bobbing the tub & frame. I'm working on a Scrambler FAQ for the cj-8.com site, and will be including a section on bobbing a Scrambler. There are a couple guys there who have done it that will be giving me detailed instructions/photos on how to do so.

When it's all done, it'll get a home-applied coat of some genuine olive drab paint. Even though it'll be cheap, it'll get the same attention to detail that my former Inca Gold Scrambler did.

More pics to come as it progresses.

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Old November 14th, 2005, 02:14 PM   #2
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looks like a fun project.
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Old November 14th, 2005, 02:20 PM   #3
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What happened to the Scout?
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Old November 14th, 2005, 02:41 PM   #4
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I found that it was WAY too expensive to adapt the Meyer plow I had to the Scout (to the tune of ~$2K). I resold it just for what I had into it ($1300). The guy who bought it is going to do a dual tank, veggie oil conversion on it.

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when my dad was in the army, he went to a demonstration on what you can use as fuel in a deuce and a half. He said salad oil smelled the worst.
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thats cool glad to see another Scrambler project. i like the inca gold one that was sweet. good luck with this one
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Old November 26th, 2005, 06:09 PM   #7
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Here are a couple pics from the trip home last weekend. Cooter & I road-tripped to Maryland, and flat-towed it home without incident. It was a great trip, with some great scenery. The Unlimited did a great job towing, too!

Craig

P.S. - The small utility trailer is mounted on the back because I brought a 4.0 motor and some axles for the SOA charity project (see sig) down with me. We're starting to build that Scrambler in Virginia.



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Old December 15th, 2005, 01:49 PM   #8
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The parts are starting to come together. I just bought a '78 CJ-7 w/the factory T-18 "granny low" transmission.

Stats (as of right now):
  • 258/T-18/Dana 20 from '78 CJ-7 donor vehicle. Once I pick this up and verify the mechanical condition of everything (a few weeks from now), I'll sell off the driveline I was previously going to use (258/T-176/Dana 300 from an '82 Scrambler).
  • 4" lift (came on the Scrambler) - Unknown manufacturer. Has tapered leaves and anti-friction pads, but still crazy stiff. It may just be overtightened shackle bolts and/or lack of grease.
  • 33" tires w/American Racing wheels (came on the Scrambler) - Mickey Thompson tires will be replaced with better ones eventually.
  • M.O.R.E. front frame plates (currently on sale) are being ordered this week. These will help make the frame more bullet-proof for plowing.

I'll have it torn down to the frame within the next week or so.

I think I have decided not to bob the tub/frame, though. I'll probably just repair the rear corner, and add corner protection after I do (which I planned on doing anyway).

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are you going to reinforce the front 2 or 3 feet of the frame?

EDIT- nevermind, read your post. I've never heard of the MORE kit... do you have pics of it?
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are you going to reinforce the front 2 or 3 feet of the frame?

EDIT- nevermind, read your post. I've never heard of the MORE kit... do you have pics of it?
The front M.O.R.E. frame plates are actually 5' long, and are made out of 3/16" plate. "Normal" installation requires cutting off the front body mounts/outriggers, stitch-welding on the frame plates, then re-welding the front body mounts/outriggers back on. It's a really clean look...fit is excellent, and all holes are pre-drilled/cut by M.O.R.E. An alternative would be to cut the frame plate down to avoid cutting/re-welding the frame's body mounts. However, keeping them the full 5' reinforces all the way back until the frame gets wider/stronger (cutting them down wouldn't be as beneficial strength-wise).

I had the same frame plates on my Inca Gold Scrambler (see below). You can barely see the fishmouthed end of the frame plate, about 9-10" behind the front body mount outrigger. I used 3-M Weld-Thru Coating on the frame & backside of the frame plate, then had them stitch-welded on (2" on/2" off). After the frame was painted, I filled in the gaps on the top of the frame with black silicone sealant, but left the bottom gaps open to allow for drainage. This installation method was all recommended by M.O.R.E. You really have to look twice (or more times) to notice the frame plates - they help maintain a "stock-ish" look.

Lots of guys on the Scrambler board use these frame plates to reinforce the front end of their frames.

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where abouts in MD did ya pick it up? the drive though PA isnt to bad but man is ohio ever boaring!!!
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where abouts in MD did ya pick it up? the drive though PA isnt to bad but man is ohio ever boaring!!!
Reisterstown, MD. I brought a motor and axles for a charity project (see sig) down and handed them off to some guys from the Scrambler Owners Association, who then transported them to Virginia. That's where the charity project is currently being built. From there, I picked up my new Scrambler in Reisterstown and flat-towed it back.

The drive went fairly quick. My buddy Cooter & I talked the whole time...never even turned the radio on once there or back.

The Pennsylvania & Maryland countryside is beautiful, I must say.

BTW, my M.O.R.E. frame plates are on their way, and I'm currently working on getting the front of the frame rails wire wheeled down to bare steel.

I have also decided to sell the AR wheels (in photos) in favor of stock 15" x 6" steel wheels that I got with this Scrambler. I think I'm going to go with a set of 34" x 9.5" Super Swamper TSLs.

Craig

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I just picked up an '86 CJ-7 with the wide-track Dana 44 rear axle this week. After parting out the rest of the vehicle (which I'm currently doing), I should end up with a nice, free axle upgrade for my Scrambler. :cool:

Gearing in the '86 axles is 3.31, which I'll run until I see a need to do otherwise (or get some crazy influx of money that allows me to go lower). Given that I'll be using a T-18 "granny-low" transmission, I think 3.31s will do fine for me.

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