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post #1 of 5 Old 06-11-2012, 02:34 AM Thread Starter
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Work in progress...1983 Wagoneer 258

I've been working on a complete motor rebuild, so at about $1100.00 later this is where it stands.

I am still a total Jeep noob as my dad gave me this Waggy as a gift. But I am learning as I go. My plan is to give it right back to him when I'm done with it (hopefully this year).

The next big thing I need to tackle is the tranny (999). The car would take a while to go into reverse and when it did there was a strange sound. Going forward was fine. Any ideas here? Am I looking into a rebuild?


Anyhow, thank you all for your help and good reading here.

-A

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post #2 of 5 Old 06-11-2012, 08:03 PM
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Looks Great! Just so happens I rehabing a 83' 258 myself for my 76' Cherokee. Mine was pretty clean and the guy I got it from said it had about 78k on it.I'm just doing a general teardown and spraybomb so I doubt mine will look as good as yours.
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post #3 of 5 Old 06-12-2012, 12:33 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks! It's sure been quite an educational experience for me. I did a long block rebuild. I hope this thing doesn't smoke.

I have to keep an eye out for a 999 tranny now.

Good luck with your build!
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post #4 of 5 Old 06-12-2012, 10:22 PM
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I had a motor of our same vintage in my rig at one time, had very very high mileage and no oil pressure to speak of even with a new oil pump I stuck in it. But the dang thing ran great. I have always regretted pulling it, at the time it was the only motor I could lay hands on. The motor I replaced it with didn't last long at all. Once you get shed of of the plastic valve cover I think these are pretty good motors for a mix of street and trail. The lighter crank in these motors is a pretty good deal for a daily driver. I would add that the chevy HEI conversion is awesome on any 258 you put it on. It is very easy to do and if you want more you can run an MSD box in the mix, it replaces the stock module under the rotor. The HEI set up with an MSD box is the best I have seen yet for reliability on a day to day basis. I run an electric fuel pump also. Once you layer over just a little bit of modern tech on these motors they can be as reliable as anything out there today. I just painted mine last night. Grabber Green that my daughter picked out. It is starting to grow on me.
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post #5 of 5 Old 07-08-2012, 03:24 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the chevy HEI conversion info. Do you know what year/model chevy will work? Thanks
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