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Unread 06-25-2010, 08:05 PM   #1
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Marn's 73 Wagoneer Thread - Back in action!

Hello!

My name is Dr. Marneaus. You may remember me from such threads as the original "100,000th post wins" and "97 TJ's 'Build Up'" as seen in my signature.

This was the little jeep that could. It inspired many, and gave me many good times. I have kicked myself every day since selling it almost 3 years ago...but everything happens for a reason.
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f22/9...ild-up-335660/


Today I'm coming to you with something a little bit different. I'm no longer a poor college student who daily drives his mildly built TJ.

I'm now a poor college graduate who daily drives what used to be his mom's station wagon, but rolls weekends in a slightly different style.

I picked this up today.

Introducing "THE BEAST" as it has been named by my friends and family.







1973 Wagoneer. Epic.

Okay okay, it's still a station wagon! But I'll be doing more than grocery getting in this beast.

Here's the low down...

The good:
-360
-Part Time 4wd with Warn Hubs up front
-BJ's Offroad 4" Spring lift. Still SUA. Less than a year old.
-33x10.50 BFG KM2's...less than a year old with warranty paperwork.
-It drives fantastically. Had it on the highway all day in he 100+ degree -heat doing 75 keeping up with traffic.
Seats and most of interior is in awesome shape

The bad:

-It has a ton of leaks from what I can tell...but doesn't look like anything too serious.
-Has an auxiliary fuel tank installed, and the original tank is in my back yard. So, I have no idea how big this fuel tank is (only the aux. is in the jeep). There's a switch and whatnot, but I dont know how any of that crap works.
-A little bit of rust, but I'll be trimming it off to fit the tires.
-Bumper rubs tires, i'll put it on and trim it this weekend.
-Buncha gauges don't work. Speedo and fuel and oil work though.
-Headliner is ripped and falling...oh well, gravity happens.
-All weather stripping is dry rotted to hell.
-AC stopped working this past year...I dunno why or what to do.

I'll keep this thread going as I advance down the list.

It already feels GREAT to be back in a jeep. I'm psyched to have this bad boy at my disposal. I think it'll be a lot of fun.

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The Beast Build Thread: Marns '73 Wagoneer Thread ----- The Camper Build Thread: Marns 1980 Jayco JayFinch6 Build Thread

Gone but not Forgotten: 97 TJs Build Up.


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Unread 06-26-2010, 09:00 AM   #2
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Nice score! It is good to see you back in a jeep. I have a big soft spot for the old wagoneers and jtrucks. You might want to check out this link for fender trimming tips...http://www.jpmagazine.com/projectbuild/154_0906_project_1973_jeep_j20_pickup/photo_08.html.
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Unread 06-26-2010, 12:56 PM   #3
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Turns out the bumper fits 100% fine? I'm working on grinding out the front mounts right now to fit some left-over grade 8 hardware. I know its not a load bearing bumper, nor should it be used as a recovery point. I just have the stuff laying around is all.
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Unread 06-26-2010, 06:23 PM   #4
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Bumper! Lookin better already.


Gave my baby a wash...and started a little special something...


Also, pulled the stereo and speaker...anyone know what size this speaker is? How am I going to replace this sucker! haha.
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Well I figured it up and over a period of time, This four thousand dollar car of mine, Cost fourteen thousand dollars And ninety-nine cents, well now! - Jerry Reed


The Beast Build Thread: Marns '73 Wagoneer Thread ----- The Camper Build Thread: Marns 1980 Jayco JayFinch6 Build Thread

Gone but not Forgotten: 97 TJs Build Up.


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Unread 06-26-2010, 06:27 PM   #5
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Looks great already, I love Wagoneers.
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Unread 06-26-2010, 07:03 PM   #7
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I envy you! I can't wait to get an old Wagoneer to fix up.

Looking foward to the progress, I'll be following this very closely.
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im loving it...keep us posted
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Unread 06-27-2010, 12:02 AM   #10
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Déjà vu?
huh?

Oh and believe me, I'll keep you all posted on everything.
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You gonna trim the fenders at all? I think if you did a clean job it'd look real good and would fit those 33s a lil better.

Like I said before man, great lookin Jeep!
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I want a Waggy!!!
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You gonna trim the fenders at all? I think if you did a clean job it'd look real good and would fit those 33s a lil better.

Like I said before man, great lookin Jeep!
I think you should keep it original. Don't hack something that nice up because you never know how it will turn out.

Looks awesome though!
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That is one sweet Jeep Marn. Welcome back to the Jeep life.
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I don't know what it is, but the Wagoneer is just one hot Jeep. It is both classic and bad *** at the same time. I can't wait to see that bumper put back on.
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