Overland Bound Founding Members #0266 MSgt Chris Pepin, USMC, Ret. and Denni Griffith from Temecula, CA took their 1982 Jeep CJ-8 Scrambler ‘Lola’ from a “tub and a title” with hardly any working parts to a fully restored classic. They outline their story and process below:
Lola The Showgirl
Mrs. Lola is a 1982 Jeep CJ-8 Scrambler. There were 7759 scrambler made in 1982 and only about 24,000 made during the production run from 1981-84.
Lola had been living in Arizona so she was completely rust free but she did have a few dents from 30+ years of use. We also didn’t have front fenders, windshield frame, windshield, engine, transmission, wiring, seats, top, doors, wheels, tires, drive shafts, and much, much more.
We got our 1983 CJ Scrambler home
At this point our beat up 1983 Jeep CJ8…. She actually ran!
She took us to southern California deserts on her bald 35″ tires and 4″ lift springs. We wheeled her through Big Bear Lake California but she had a hard time on the Ducy Ershim trail. The original rear axle broke clean in half so we welded it back together (on the trail!) and towed her home for a new phase.
Mrs. Lola received some well needed upgrades
Our 1983 Jeep CJ-8 felt a little better with her Chevy 14 bolt rear axle, a Dana 44 front axle, and military H1 wheels and tires. The larger axles have larger brakes so a Chevy master cylinder was added and she stops on a dime!
Along with the new shoes and axles, it was clear Lola needed a better paint job
We rattle canned blue paint that lasted a couple years, then it was time for real paint. We ordered the paint and did all the body work right in the garage. Some plastic made a paint booth and we shot the paint on a warm spring day….Maybe too warm as it has a couple gnats stuck in it! 4 coats of clear coat ensure no branches will damage the paint.
Where is Lola now?