So I have been asking enough questions and it time to start my own build. So the story started three years ago when my wife and I were buying our house and our real estate agent sees we both drive wranglers and begins to tell us about her fathers 1982 wagoneer that sits in her driveway. Her father bought the truck new and was used as her sons first car. He has since past away and the truck was taken off the road due to rust and minor issues.
My wife always wanted a wagoneer and a year goes by and our real estate agent calls us to ask if we wanted the wagoneer. We asked how much and she said just to take care of it. So we dragged it home. It started with the help of a new starter and we got a new project.
Heres the bad....Rust, and alot of it. The floor pans were shot, in front of the rear wheel wells, rockers, lower quarters, and even the rear body mounts. The truck sat in the garage for about a year while we worked on the house and I figured out what to do with it.
The motor would have to get rebuilt, truck painted, new interior to replace the nutmeg color. My overall plan was simple.. everyday driver, long trips, and occasionally tow rig and keep it for a long time. Something to eventually stop borrowing dad's excursion. At the same time gas prices shot up and began to learn about diesels.
The body was pulled off the frame and the sheet metal work began. I made a new floor and bought rockers and lower quarters from BJs offroad. I found a donor truck. 94 Dodge Ram, 12 valve with 47RH hydraulic automatic transmission and NP241 transfer case. To make sure everything worked I even drove it for a few month when body work was being completed and the frame was taken apart.
At this point I found out we were having a baby and we only have two wranglers. Time to hussle. So in six months time, the following was done:
- Body rust was repaired and painted
- Motor was fitted
- Frame was boxed (using steel from the ram frame), painted
- 2 inch rustys add a leaf lift with stock rear springs and the fronts are made for a truck with plow set up handle the extra weight
-Engine & trans - KDP, oil pan, tappet cover gaskets, trans filter
Transfer case - SYE
I eventually ran out of time and my dad about to sell his cherokee, so I slowed down and focused on my daughter who was born in August.
I'm at the point now where the body is back on the frame the motor is mounted and I have to fit the radiator/ intercooler and then locate everything inside the engine compartment.
Hopefully the truck is on the road this summer. A donor truck was purchased for $200 with nice tan interior. Truck is an 89 and will have the newer features such as rear wiper, intermediate wipers, new style dash, etc. I also came with a new Jasper 360 that was only 5 years old.
I've gathered so much knowledge from all of you and will still be looking for more information.
Here is the link to my build. Still new to photobucket and posting pictures so this may take some time.