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Old 05-31-2020, 03:38 PM
wacker wacker is offline
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79' Waggy "John Candy"

Alright, after a few lessons learned on posting, starting a build thread for my new-to-me 1979 Jeep Wagoneer.

Recently drug home a Wagoneer Limited. Running and driving shape, poor cosmetics in and out.


360 with Edelbrock 4 barrel, turbo 400 and Quadratrac. Working on deleting what emission and vacuum items I can to simplify before tuning the carb. Researching the ignition upgrades, currently has a Malory ignition coil.

Brakes; I'll go through and replace any worn parts. They work but are a little soft currently. Parking brake cable needs replaced.

Steering; just took apart and tightened the tilt column. Next will be replace the rag joint and inspect the TRE's.

Body; Ive got maybe 2 sq ft of floor boards to replace. Most of the damage on the driver's side. Rear quarters and inner fenders are rotten so I will be cropping and replacing as much as possible. I'm motivated to attempt making my own panels. If that turns out poorly I'll order patch panels.

Interior; Gutted it the first week home. So much moisture in the carpet, and the seats are beat. Looking at local Pick-N-Pull for fronts to swap in and will try to get rear bench recovered.

Pics to follow.

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Old 05-31-2020, 05:25 PM
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You'll want to stop the water coming in....vents, door seals etc. All covered in this forum.
I gotta ask coming from Canada...Why the "John Candy" ?
1988 GW (2)
1980 Cherokee Laredo
1979 Wagoneer
1976 J10 401
1977 Wagoneer 401
1977 J10 4 speed
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Old 06-01-2020, 11:55 AM
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Join Date: Jul 25, 2016
Location: Benson. NC
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I was hoping the John candy reference
meant it was a Burgundy one
like John drove in the great outdoors.

good FSJ project,.....John was great !

dave in NC
SOLSAKS - dave
1976 J-10 HONCHO Fleetside
1982 J-10 Fleetside
1988 grand wagoneer
2004 RUBICON jeep
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Old 06-02-2020, 07:32 PM
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Old 06-03-2020, 10:15 AM
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Location: Paso Robles, CA
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Fun stuff! Being in CA I may have parts for you. I'm modifying my 79 and won't be using a lot of the original parts. Good luck with your project!
Previous: 1988 Grand Wagoneer
Current: 1979 Wagoneer

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