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Old July 20th, 2008, 09:38 AM   #1
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Default Biodiesel '85 Scrambler Renegade project (loaded) - $4500 *SOLD*

Please only post in this thread if you're interested in this Scrambler and have questions about the vehicle (I don't want off-topic discussion here, please). My ADD tendencies have gotten the best of me, and I bought a diesel Suburban to run on bio. Anyone who bet $$$ on me selling this...time to collect.

Please do NOT PM me, but rather e-mail me at craig.emenaker@gmail.com with questions.

1985 Jeep Scrambler Renegade originally from Atlanta, Georgia. Build Thread HERE (many more pics & details of the progress), and all of my photos in THIS DIRECTORY. THIS IS NOT A CRUSTY MIDWEST VEHICLE, but rather a 98% rust-free southern Scrambler. You won't find many (if any) around the Midwest this clean in original condition. The hard work with the diesel install (custom motor mounts/motor install) is done...time to reassemble.

NOTE: I may consider selling the Scrambler without the motor/tran/t-case if anyone's interested in the rest of the vehicle, or major components, at a lower price.

Quick Details:
  • 97K original miles on vehicle (low miles)
  • Nissan SD-33 diesel/TF-727 auto/D300 (34K miles on motor/trans)
  • 98% rust-free frame/tub
  • OEM clock/tach
  • Tilt column
  • Power steering
  • Power brakes
  • Intermittent wipers
  • 20-gal. poly fuel tank
  • RARE honey-colored seats
  • Full hardtop
  • '86 CJ-7 Dana 44 rear axle (3.54 gears, new bearings/seals & rebuilt L/S)

Exterior:
  • Original paint & decals with NO BODYWORK/BONDO.
  • Body and floors are very clean with no rust-through anywhere. What little rust is on the Jeep is only superficial surface rust.
  • There are a couple spots of exterior surface rust that can easily be neutralized
  • Driver rear quarter is pushed in just a little behind the rear wheel opening, and will need to be straightented. This is a subtle dent (see photos HERE and HERE)...you can barely tell from the photos.
  • Rear corners are a little dented with surface rust at the bottoms (could be straightened or replaced with $30/ea. replacement panels).
  • Original driver fender (included) is dented up, but I have a NEW replacement Omix-Ada fender for it also.
  • Original hood (included) is in overall good condition with one dent. I have a 2nd dent-free (different color) hood also included.
  • Original tailgate (included) is dented pretty badly, but I have a 2nd straight/clean tailgate (different color) included.
  • Original windshield frame had a dent, so I replaced it with a 100% rust-free windshield frame (different color). Glass is good except a chip behind the rearview mirror mounting location.
  • Doors are in nice shape, and don't even have the normal "stress cracks" on the inside that are typical with CJ/YJ doors. No rust except a very small amount of surface rust along the lower edges.
  • Straight rear tire carrier with original spare tire/wheel in good condition.
  • AJ's Full Hardtop in nice condition. I did have the original top scanned for color at Finish Masters, and have 1 quart each of high-quality tan (exterior) and white (interior) PPG paint included. NOTE: Original 1/2 hardtop & bulkhead were sold a while ago, and are not included.
  • Grill is in beautiful condition.

Frame:
  • Rust-free frame. My money's on the fact that you won't find one cleaner. Every bolt came out of the frame like butter, and there's still a LOT of the factory black paint inside the frame rails (and outside). Outside of frame is 30-35% wire-wheeled and/or sandblasted to bare metal.
  • All body mounts in great condition
  • NEW Daystar 1" body lift/body mounts
  • I stitch welded the inner/outer frame rails for more support (factory welds on CJ frames are sometimes less-than-impressive). You can see some of these stitch welds HERE and HERE.
  • NEW HD Omix-Ada/Rugged Ridge rear crossmember. Because someone tweaked (just slightly) the original rear crossmember by hooking something onto the underside, I replaced it rather than trying to straighten it.
  • I custom-built SD-33 diesel motor mounts using 3/16" steel, and a tube/bushing/bolt kit from M.O.R.E. bomb-proof motor mounts. Pics HERE (block mounts), HERE (passenger side), HERE (driver side) and HERE (both installed).
  • NEW Napa brake line/fuel line coils. I started bending up the fuel supply line (matches factory bends).
  • 20-gal. poly fuel tank w/skid plate


Drivetrain:
  • Nissan SD-33 6-cyl. diesel motor w/34k actual miles and 5823 hours. The motor/trans were pulled from a tug that I used as a plow vehicle through one winter, and drover around my property now & then for 2 summers, so I have personal experience with the drivetrain donor. Motor runs GREAT!
  • TF-727 auto transmission, also from the donor CJ-10a. Works flawlessly. The only thing it needs is a kickdown cable, as I stole this one to replace the one on my other tug. I planned on getting a Lokar stainless kickdown cable.
  • Stock Dana 300 transfer case (97K miles) bolts right up to the TF-727 transmission (already installed)
  • I have all paperwork from the donor CJ-10a from the day the military purchased it...included original invoice, maintenance performed on the vehicle, etc.
  • I also have the essentially impossible to find Air Force service manual for the CJ-10a, and can include scans of the SD-33 sections for parts, exploded diagrams, etc.


Axles/Wheels/Tires:
  • Stock Dana 30 front/AMC 20 rear axles with 2.73 gearing. For stock-sized tires, 3.54 or 3.73 gearing would be best. Given that the factory gearing will be too high for the diesel...
  • RARE 1986 CJ-7 wide-track Dana 44 rear axle, 3.54 gears, new bearings/seals & rebuilt limited-slip. NOTE: I may sell this separately, depending on interest in the Scrambler project and/or any offers people throw me for the axle.
  • 4-31" tires on aftermarket wagon wheels (kind of rusty). Tires have some usable tread, but I assume these would just be used as "rollers" until you decide what wheels/tires you want on the Scrambler.
  • 4 P235/75R-15 BF Goodrich AT T/A KOs (60-65% tread) on fairly clean OEM CJ wagon wheels (extra/5th tire mounted on a YJ wheel) are negotiable in this deal depending on final price. Slightly visible in THIS PIC.

Interior:
  • RARE honey-colored seats. Nice condition, with just a couple VERY small flaws (pics HERE and HERE).
  • Honey center console. Looks nice from the outside, but is cracked on the bottom (doesn't affect use).
  • Honey dash pad is pretty clean, but has one crack on a corner. Can probably be repaired fairly easily.
  • Rust-free dash panel, gauges (including factory clock & tach) and dash wiring harness
  • 2nd rust-free dash panel from the donor CJ-10a, including gauges (w/diesel hour gauge) and dash wiring harness
  • NEW black plastic dash overlay w/3M adhesive (not yet installed)
  • Factory auto tilt column
  • Factory intermittent wipers
  • Spice fold & tumble rear seat w/brackets is included (somewhat close match on color to the honey, but not exact).


I have this stripped down to a bare frame, with the tub/interior still in-tact. I can partially reassemble this into a rolling chassis, but ideally, you'll want to finish stripping the frame to paint anyway, so having it torn down will save you time. Check out information on biodiesel.infopop.cc to learn about processing your own biodiesel that you can run in this Scrambler with no modifications (aside from replacement Viton fuel lines to replace any rubber lines).


Complete project price: $4500






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'86 CJ-7 wide-track Dana 44:

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Old July 20th, 2008, 09:56 AM   #2
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Any estimates on fuel economy w/ the diesel and would it be able to hit and maintain freeway speeds?
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Any estimates on fuel economy w/ the diesel and would it be able to hit and maintain freeway speeds?
I got better than 20mpg in my CJ-10a with the same motor/trans, 34" Swampers, and no speedometer correction (probably 22-23 mpg actual). It was OK on the highway (65-70 mph) in Michigan, but it doesn't do well at maintaining speeds in hilly areas (e.g. Tennessee).

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price without drivetrain?
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*Sale Pending* (complete project)
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email sent. i am very interested.
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I must have been posting the same time you did, so I missed seeing your post until now. There's a sale pending on the complete project. If anything changes, I'll figure out a price without the drivetrain (I'm assuming you meant motor/trans/t-case).


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E-mailed you back. Thanks.
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Did this sell?
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Yes, I bought it, I am going to sell motor though! pm if interested in anything!
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I can answer anyone's questions about the diesel driveline. It's a great-running motor!
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I have received a $1000 deposit. It's not technically fully "Sold" yet, hence the title not being changed yet.

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*SOLD*

Thanks Eric. FWIW, Eric (the buyer) will probably consider selling the diesel driveline, and possibly the frame if anyone is interested. You can PM him directly - his username here is gmotox.

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