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Jeep CJ-8 Scrambler Restomod

Ball and Buck make outdoor gear "for the sporting gentleman," the company's products mostly aimed at those who like to hunt and fish with a specific sartorial style — heavy on the handcraft and the English influence. Ball and Buck also collaborate on products, like the camo-tinged New Balance runners or the bamboo-finished record player with Sota Turntables. Outfitter's latest collaboration, a series of restored Jeep CJ-8 Scramblers built with Kyle Smith of Bird Buggy. It's a fit of favor for a pickup so far shunned by the luxury restomod love showered on the Land Rover Defender, Toyota Land Cruiser, and of late, the Ford Bronco.

Each build starts with sourcing an original Scrambler — produced from 1981 to 1986, the long-wheelbase version of the CJ-7, and the last pickup Jeep made until today's Gladiator. There's a restrained menu of choices, probably to simplify the foray and ensure the products fit visually with Ball and Buck's aesthetic. Four exterior colors include Chesapeake Gray, Coronado Sand, Everglades Green, or Sutton Black, set off by either Matte Black or Polished Stainless trim. The three engine options are either the Scrambler's original 4.2-liter AMC inline-six, a 2.8-liter Cummins turbodiesel, or GM's 6.2-liter LS3 V8. We guess that the LS3 entails several additional chassis upgrades.

Details on the interior makeover look like out stitched leather seats with camo panels, stitched door cards with a camo-printed pouch, and a leather-wrapped grab handle.

Kyle Smith built the demonstrator above. His Bird Buggy firm creates custom vehicles for bird hunters, with platforms starting at UTV-size and going up to commercial-grade ladder frames hauling gear from dog pens to water tanks and shotgun cases.

Prices range from $65,000 for buyers who restrain their wilder impulses, to $95,000, each build taking three to six months to complete.
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