Wouldn’t it be nice to have a Jeep Wrangler pickup like the CJ-8 Scrambler produced from 1981-1985. That was a sharp looking pickup that was totally based on the Wrangler, the ultimate off-road, rock climbing champ.
Well you can have a Scrambler per se. And if you already own a Wrangler Unlimited, it can be converted from a four-door into a two-door pickup for a mere $5,999. How? Mopar Brand has debuted a new JK-8 conversion kit that transforms your Wrangler Unlimited to a mini pickup, just like the Scrambler of old.
According to Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar, Chrysler’s service, parts and customer care brand, “New Jeep Wrangler owners typically spend more than $500 on Mopar accessories. For Jeep Wrangler Unlimited owners, our JK-8 kit answers the call for even more radical customization.”
Major components of the JK-8 Mopar kit includes a 44-inch by 50-inch steel bed, inner and outer bedsides constructed from stamped sheet metal, sports bar extensions, Freedom panel assemblies, a removable fiberglass hardtop with a sliding rear window, two fixed side windows and a fiberglass bulkhead, all for $5,999. That price includes a three-year/36,000 mile warranty covering the kit materials and workmanship provided it’s performed at a Chrysler Group dealership. Or, you can take you chances and do it yourself or have a body shop do the conversion but without the warranty. The JK-8 Kit is available for ordering through Mopar at Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram dealerships as a single part number (77070049) when ordering.
Along with the kit comes a special badge on the left rear quarter panel that celebrates the heritage of the famed Scrambler CJ-8, along with design implementations that were adopted from the original J-8 military Jeep pickups.
The JK-8 kit can be disassembled and the Wrangler returned to its original form. For disassembly, each rear door is removed; the rear bumper assembly, hardtop and Freedom Panels are then removed. This is followed by the rear portion of the interior, which includes seats and carpeting. Exterior trim parts are removed and preserved; inner and outer body panels are removed by drilling out the spot welds, which allows the panels to fall away and avoids having to cut into the sheet metal. The rear sport bar is cut away and removed along with the B-pillars.
Reassembly into a two-door pickup begins with installation of the B-pillars, cross member, floor pan assembly (truck bed) and the inner and outer quarter panels (welding is involved in assembly). Next to be installed is the bulkhead reinforcement assembly and sport bar extensions, and finally the installation of the fiberglass bulkhead itself. The kit, with components, is delivered e-coated and prepped for painting. Windows are installed to the hard top, which is then installed on the Wrangler. Exterior trim parts are then reinstalled.
Whew! Sounds like a lot of work – for a professional. But if you’d like one already installed and set up, stop by Rothrock Motors off Route 22 and 15th Street in Allentown and check out the 2012 white one they have on the lot.
FIFTH ANNUAL ROAD JAMBOREE & PIG ROAST
America on Wheels Museum in conjunction with Lehigh Valley Timing Association, will hold their fifth annual Cruise Down Hamilton Street in Allentown Saturday, Sept. 15 beginning at 10 a.m. and running until 4 p.m., rain or shine.
The Jamboree of hot rods and hot cars of yesteryear, will depart Wert’s Restaurant parking lot at 515 N. 18th St., in Allentown, and follow a downtown route taking the entourage of cars through the business district of Allentown on down to the AOW Museum at 5 N. Front St. in Allentown. While at the museum, there will be a “Park n’ Eat Pig Roast” on the premises as well as refreshments and ice cream in the HubCap Café inside the museum.
The roast includes museum admission, drink, two side salads and baked beans for $18 adults, $8 for children 6-13.
To register to enter the cruise and partake of the roast, call 610-966-9389. And to reserve your free parking space at the museum call 610-432-4200 ext. 10. Other activities include children’s activities, Truck Touch, music and food.
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