this a 1973 jeep wagoneer body sitting on a 1979 wagoneer chassis. this thing was a pile of rust when i started and decided i wanted to make it into something driveable. I did reset the odometer when I "restored" it so all mileage has been put on over the past year and a half with me driving. I have also taken this jeep through some pretty decent trails and mudholes for a truck with all terrain tires and open axles and it performed really well. For the drivetrain i swapped in a 6.2 detroit/chevrolet diesel and swapped a turbo setup off of a 6.5 turbo diesel engine. Behind it is a rebuilt 700r4 with all the 4l60e upgrades. I also put in a triple disc torque converter from Hughes Performance. It has the stock dana 44 axles that are 3.07 open. Brakes were completely gone through when restored 18 months ago with nothing being saved other than the rear backing plates and drums. all new lines, calipers, wheel cylinders, pads, shoes,hardware,new master cylinder and booster, etc. the floor was patched with thicker than factory sheetmetal and for a 1973 wagoneer, the exterior body is in fair shape. i cut out all the rust holes and welded new metal in. only rusty places that have not been fixed are inner fenders front and rear. I put a 36 gallon fuel tank in the rear out of a g30 chevy van which is really nice for longer trips and added weight in the rear. Also its a np208 transfer case and four wheel drive works great with brand new manual hubs in the front. On this set up I get about 18-20 mpg highway. Also has a 4" body lift but right now it has the stock suspension.
Just bought a 80 Waggy myself, its in great condition with a 360/727/NP208/D44's.
How do you like your diesel upgrade? Have you seen the Mercenary Offroad Waggy w/ the Dodge straight 6 diesel? Its pretty sweet also.
Good luck with your build.
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