While the world awaits a new Jeep pickup truck, Wyoming's Legacy Classic Trucks will happily sell you one now. It's based on the old Jeep CJ-8 Scrambler and has an larger rear cargo area that is extended two feet rather than a separate bed and cab, but it is still just as easy as ever to drop a dripping wetsuit or muddy boots in the back.
Here's what you get with a Legacy Scrambler Conversion Dualsport V8 that you don't get with a regular old CJ-8 from the 80s: An all-aluminum body (just like the next-generation Wrangler and its pickup version will have), high fenders to clear fat off-road tires, a new frame with fully-boxed rails for extra rigidity and Dynatrac ProRock 60 axles with locking differentials, front and rear. This Scrambler also features a 14-inch King coilover suspension, military-specification wiring harness, severe-duty cooling system and Recaro bucket seats.
What's under the hood truly sets the Legacy CJ-8 Scrambler apart from the old model: it has Corvette's crackling LS3 all-aluminum, 430-horsepower, direct-injected 6.2-liter small block V8. The original Jeep came with a 4.2-liter inline six-cylinder engine rated at 110 hp. The Corvette transplant boosts the Legacy's power by 290 percent!
The list price of Legacy's Scrambler is $129,000 — but they are built to order so you can easily add options like air conditioning or a hard top roof. Paint is up to you, but the Sahara Dune Beige with period-correct graphics looks like the perfect choice to us.