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Old 06-10-2019, 08:29 AM
Elcoy Elcoy is offline
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1972 Wagoneer Rolling Resto/Build/Adventures

Everyone meet my '72 Wagoneer!



Starting with the backstory. Found out my buddy had this truck sitting behind his brothers car dealer in CO for "awhile". Went to go look at it during a ski trip and decided it would be a great truck. Bought the truck and had it shipped to MI.

Where it sat in CO, turns out it was back there for 12 years.



Getting off the truck in MI:



I had asked what the story was with the paint, and my buddy said it was some good 'ole Colorado dust. I assumed it was originally light blue, then poorly painted blue and green or something... Turns out it was only painted dark blue and the green was just the dust!





Washing the dust off:



The truck was driven regularly before it was parked, and got fired up a couple times a year when my buddy would go skiing or hunting in Colorado. That meant a new plastic fuel tank, and rebuilt carb. I threw in a new fuel filter, fixed a leaking gasket on the tank, and it seemed to drive pretty good. New tires were the only other thing so far.


The plan is to use it for towing toys, beach/dune cruising (we are very close to Silver Lake and Lake Michigan) and camping trips. It came with a pretty robust hitch installed so I believe it has towed before.

Did some trial runs towing and cant say I would want to go very far or fast. It stops and goes, but neither very fast. It looks good though.



Little more saggy waggy when pulling a race car.




I have a set of overload springs, and want to add hydro-boost (and potentially front disks) before I do any serious towing.

Stay tuned!
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Old 06-10-2019, 09:14 AM
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Anyone know common reasons the fuel gauge wouldn't work? The wire was cut going to the sending unit, but patching that wasn't it.
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Old 06-10-2019, 02:02 PM
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Check your ground wire is making good connection. Mine was grounded but rusted all around it and worked intermittently.
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Old 06-11-2019, 08:48 PM
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I just used a jumper wire from the tank to the frame and the gauge worked fine!
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Old 06-11-2019, 10:37 PM
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Man that rig is pretty straight. With hubcaps even. I have to ask... can you really see out of those mirrors mounted on the cowl? It looks like the roof pillar might be in the way. Regardless, it is super it runs and drives. Congrats!
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Old 06-13-2019, 07:07 AM
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Check your ground wire is making good connection. Mine was grounded but rusted all around it and worked intermittently.

The dash panel has a single plug, and everything else works, so I am assuming its grounded. I am getting continuity from the back of the gauge panel to the firewall. So must be another crack in the wire between the sending unit and the firewall. Ill have to drop the tank again and check.


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Man that rig is pretty straight. With hubcaps even. I have to ask... can you really see out of those mirrors mounted on the cowl? It looks like the roof pillar might be in the way. Regardless, it is super it runs and drives. Congrats!

Thanks! Yea its not rust free, but significantly better anything from the rust belt. I might try to strip the dark blue off, it appears to be from a rattle can and brushed on it spots. I've had pretty good luck with graffiti remover getting bad spray paint off without harming factory finishes.

The mirrors are functional.... barely. I replaced the black one with another chrome one at least. Except now the new one is too shiny.
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Old 06-14-2019, 02:21 PM
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That thing is awesome! I love it!!!
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Old 07-15-2019, 01:26 PM
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So I am totally stumped on the fuel gauge. The sending unit wasn't grounded due to the plastic tank, so I added one. I had about 32 ohms to the back of the gauge panel when it was empty and 18ish when it was almost full. The gauge never moves though. Anyway to test the gauge itself? I am going to pull the dash panel apart I guess to check the board.
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Old 07-15-2019, 01:39 PM
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dang,
I guess the dust had a yellowish color to it,....
and when on blue, it made green !

i.e. "yellow and blue make green"

I was amazed at the photo taken while washing it,
revealing the blue under the dust,.....wow.

sure looked green before the wash job.

looks like it will make a good lake/camping rig.

congrats on the find.

dave in NC
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Old 07-21-2019, 12:15 AM
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If the fuel gauge isn't working and you've already checked resistance, my first thought is maybe the circuit board of the cluster. If there's a bad connection to the gauge, it might not be reading properly... Just spit ballin though... partsdude4x4 makes a great replacement circuit board for $45!

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Old 07-25-2019, 07:40 AM
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Fixed Gauge!

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If the fuel gauge isn't working and you've already checked resistance, my first thought is maybe the circuit board of the cluster. If there's a bad connection to the gauge, it might not be reading properly... Just spit ballin though... partsdude4x4 makes a great replacement circuit board for $45!

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Thanks!

You win on the cause of the problem too. The Colorado dust must have caused the connections between the board and gauge to go bad. Took it all apart, reassembled and the gauge works!

If I can get a key cut to match the door Ill be ready for daily driving.
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