Ball and Buck is giving the Jeep Scrambler a new lease of life.
When Jeep announced a new pickup to complement the Wrangler, there were rumors it would be named after the CJ-8 Scrambler pickup from the 1980s, but Jeep named it the Gladiator instead. With the launch of the Jeep Gladiator pickup, the original Jeep CJ-8 Scrambler has increased in popularity.
Built between 1981 and 1986, the CJ-8 Scrambler was an extended wheelbase version of the Jeep CJ-7 with a removable hardtop roof and a pickup-style body. President Ronald Reagan even owned one for his ranch. Now, sporting lifestyle brand Ball and Buck is giving the Scrambler the attention it deserves with its new range of custom Jeep off-roaders.
Its latest creation is called the ARB Overland Edition, which is equipped with all the gear you need to take the Jeep CJ-7 Scrambler off the grid on overland adventures. Designed for "adventurers and overlanders who want to get off the grid in style," the Jeep CJ-8 Scrambler ARB Overland Edition features a two-inch suspension lift, front and rear air lockers, an onboard air compressor, a Safari Snorkel air intake, a Base Rack system, propane tank storage, and fuel and water storage.
Steel bumpers with shackles protect the Scrambler from the elements, while LED spotlights and rear flood lights improve visibility. Other off-road-focused add-ons include Raceline alloy wheels wrapped in BF Goodrich AT2 tires, a reinforced trailer hitch, and a Warn M8000 winch.
Each 1981 Jeep CJ-8 Scrambler is sourced by Ball and Buck and is then reimagined by Bird Buggy's Kyle Smith. Ball and Buck also collaborated with ARB, Quadratec, Raceline Wheels, BF Goodrich, Gunner Kennels, and Kentrol to bring the ARB Overland Edition to life. As for engine options, Ball and Buck offer a 5.3-liter V8 gasoline engine or a Cummins R2.8 diesel unit.
Each ARB Overland Edition takes around 6-8 months to complete. Pricing starts at $125,000, with the diesel engine adding an extra $45,000 to the total price.