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post #1 of 13 Old 03-29-2010, 11:28 AM Thread Starter
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66 Wagoneer or 89 Grand Wagoneer

I am looking at either a 66 or 89 and do not know which would make a better daily driver based on ease to keep ot rolling. I have a 2000 TJ, but need a bigger back to fit another baby while I cruise around town (6k per year). Both cars look great and the body is not an issue with either and both run great...the 66 is orange, which is cool, but they are very similar in condition.

Any ideas? As of now, I simply plan to go on the 'pretty' quotient when I see them both in person


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post #2 of 13 Old 03-29-2010, 01:50 PM
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Well besides the obvious fact that the 89 is 20 years newer and still 20 years old it will have more "creature comforts" that the 60's model. Front disc brakes and air conditioning come to mind.
Pieces and parts will be much easier to come by and cheaper.
Having said all of that, if it was me I'd probably get the the older one just for he "Cool" factor.

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post #3 of 13 Old 03-30-2010, 01:46 PM
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Way more interchangeability with the 89. If something major fails on the 66, you'll be screwed.

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post #4 of 13 Old 03-02-2011, 01:01 AM
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you take the 89 and ill give you my 89 parts truck.
And I will take the 66 (you can drop it off when you pick up the parts truck)
I'm partial to things made in 1966, because i was.
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post #5 of 13 Old 03-02-2011, 12:30 PM
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Iv'e had a 68 and a 79 The newer one has more comforts but the older one has less to go wrong with it. Aw what the heck buy both. One for the wife and kiddies and the other for you.
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The 66 would be more badass, but the 89 is probably more practical for your situation. Do you have any pics of both waggys?

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Unless you have a 66 travel trailer, I would go with the 89 since you mention adding a baby, I agree with the 20 years newer statement above. Also you must have loads of money, multiple tins of nutbuster or enjoy working on jeeps to own a Wagoneer. It's a good idea to own 2 for the parts, unless you pick one that has not been butchered by lazy mechanics.
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post #8 of 13 Old 01-20-2012, 09:47 AM
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Dont listen to the uninformed,....Buy the 66....MUTCH better rig...
Very few electrical gremlins....No quadra trash....Basic rig ...Easy to maintain.....No smog restrictions....etc.etc.etc.
Of course you will have to lirn old car tech...If you are younger tan your rig....
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post #9 of 13 Old 01-20-2012, 10:27 AM
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I like the older ones. i vote for the 66 thru 79. My 79 Cherokee has 07 leather power seats, Ram assist power steering for the welded front spider gears. newer air.
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post #10 of 13 Old 01-20-2012, 10:52 AM
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the 89 would make a more comfy daily driver. depends what you want to do with it. i like the older style, the 3 pc bumpers, wrap around tailights, the grills, no wood tape, the round headlights. i think id go with the 66 and swap some 8 lug axles under it and a late model truck ls engine trans and transfer case. are they both in the same price range?
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I went with Dana 60 front and rear. Dumped the TQ for a NP 205 and she runs like a champ.
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post #12 of 13 Old 01-23-2012, 08:32 PM
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The 66 is way cooler. I've always wanted to own a Waggy with the Kaiser namplate. That said, I have an 89, and the parts availability is ridiculously easy. I redid my brake pads (front and rear, hoses, rear drums and front calipers both side) for about $150 using a coupon at Advance. Honestly, that's crazy cheap for what was almost a laundry bin full of parts. I could redo all my shocks right now for a little more than $100. Keep in mind, I had a Volvo before this Jeep, so my opinion on parts prices is a little skewed.
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post #13 of 13 Old 01-24-2012, 08:40 AM
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parts for older jeeps are cheaper than any newer model. Even for my 68 M35A2 and M105 trailer.
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