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Unread 12-15-2008, 02:54 PM   #1
IdahoMark
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New Member - Should I Get 1982 Wagoneer

My brother in law recently put his 1982 Wagoneer up for sale, but he offered to give it to me for next to nothing, if I'll just take it off his property for winter! I have the space for it at my house, but I'm afraid I'll be biting off more than I can chew!

It seems to be in great shape. It stalled a bit yesterday after sitting in the cold all day (About 5 - 10 degrees out), but once it was going it was like a tank! The only issues I can see are a possible starter replacement and the heater blower doesn't work. I have no expereince fixing cars, but really would like to start. I have a great friend down the street who would have all the tools I would need to start on some minor fixes.

So, my questions are:
1. Can I replace the blower/fan myself with limited help from a manual and some of you guys?
2. Do these trucks have a history of problems I should be worried about?

Thanks for all your help in advance! I hope this turns out well, because this would make for the ULTIMATE fishing and ski vehicle!

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Unread 12-15-2008, 03:59 PM   #2
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I say go for it. You'll learn as you go, and it can be a project. You can work at your own pace to get it to a point that you want. I don't know anything about the history of them, but you should be able to tackle minor to moderate fixes...GOOD LUCK!
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Unread 12-16-2008, 05:08 PM   #3
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I would definitely take that jeep. I have an '82 Cherokee which as far as I can see is identical to a Wagoneer. The Blower motor is under the dash. If you remove the glove box and look down you will see it, should be pretty easy to get out. I would recommend getting a good shop manual though. Try Books4cars out of Seattle, I got a manual from them for about $75.00, and it was just what I needed. As for parts, BJ's Off-Road for new and J&W auto wreckers for used, aare both good sources. Good Luck.

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Unread 12-16-2008, 07:55 PM   #4
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I too own an 82 wagoneer . Depending on what drive train you have there could be some issues .

Namely the transfer case . If the truck has the full time 4x4 that t case was not too good , they ran a viscous disc which failed .

If it is the part time system that would be best . There were motor options from the 258 up to the 360 V8 but both are reliable power plants . 44 front and amc 20 rear i think should be in it , both good units .

Im not a top notch wagoneer knowledge but im pretty sure that info is correct .
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Unread 12-17-2008, 09:33 AM   #5
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The heater blower can be accessed under the hood, it is bolted with 4 or 6 bolts onto the heater core box, really, really simple to get to.

If you have a blower under the dash, that would ONLY be for A/C and it would be connected to all of the A/C ducting that is under the dash as well.
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Unread 12-18-2008, 08:44 PM   #6
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If your here, I think you already bought it mentally! I'd say go for it, Jeeps like these need good homes.

The blower isnt too bad of a job, just have a little patience and watch the Jeep grow on you.
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