The Ball and Buck company describes itself as an “outfitter for the sporty gentleman” and means above all hunters and anglers. Founder Mark Bollmann can look back on a great family tradition when it comes to natural sports such as duck hunting or fly fishing. Since it surprised only requires that a specially retrofitted for natural athletes for Cooperation with the specialized fowling-vehicle conversions Americans Kyle Smith of Bird Buggy J eep Scrambler CJ-8 comes out. The price for the outdated predecessor of the Comanche starts at $ 65,000 and ranges up to $ 105,000. The $ 1,776 order deposit will be offset against the total price. The waiting time is up to six months.
In return, buyers receive an oldie from 1981 to 1986 fully restored in 100 hours with many handcrafted extras. These include the two seats in camouflage design, door panels with pockets, a new suspension that can be lowered by five centimeters and a special safety glove compartment. The steering wheel, handles and the dashboard are covered with leather. Knobs and switches like the heating controller are made of brass and are turned by hand. The same applies to the shift lever of the manual four-speed gearbox. In addition to a new music system, GPS-supported instruments, a roll bar and three-point belts are shown in the interior.
Four exterior colors and three engines
The freshly made CJ-8 can be recognized from the outside by its latticed full-LED headlights, the rust-free cow catch placed in front of it and the two wooden planks on both sides of the 1.52 meter long loading area (680 kg payload). The trailer hitch is designed for a trailer load of 907 kg. What should not be missing from a real hunting vehicle: an integrated ammunition and weapon case. A total of four exterior colors are available: Chesapeake Gray, Coronado Sand, Everglades Green and Sutton Black.
The selection on the engine side is somewhat smaller. There are three possible engines to choose from: the original 4.2 liter AMC inline six cylinder, a 2.8 liter Cummins turbodiesel and a 6.2 liter V8 from GM. The fuel tank is 57 liters regardless of the engine.
Would the Bald and Buck Scrambler CJ-8 be a pickup for you?
Yes. It looks great and has been completely restored.No. Old sheet metal and old engine technology bite too much with the climate targets.
The Ball and Buck CJ-8 is a pickup for noble hunters and anglers with the courage to make a big appearance and with a generously sized budget.