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Old 12-30-2020, 04:58 PM
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1979 Wagoneer Brougham 2 tone blue restore

This Wagoneer was purchase new in late 1979 by my father. He passed in 1993 and sat in a field in north central Nebraska in the Sandhills. I picked it up in 2014 and started restoring. During that time I quit my field of business, started a business, sold it and now starting a new business...so there has been some start/stops. Below are pictures of it in 2014 when I picked it up after sitting for 21 years!
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Old 01-01-2021, 02:21 PM
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super cool!!!! I loved the patina before the sand blast. What is your plan? Full resto or resto mod? Just get it cleaned and drive it? Can you post some good pictures of the passenger mirror? It looks soooooo straight and rust free! Is it a 360/QT? Staying that way?
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Old 01-05-2021, 10:30 PM
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full restro

Going for a full frame off restoration. It was not by choice but it just kept going deeper and deeper so I guess we are spending a lot to do this. Below is the goal to get back to
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Old 01-05-2021, 10:42 PM
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Sand blasting

It became obvious that there was some body work to do, so I decided to just sand blast the entire body and start the frame off restoration
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Old 01-05-2021, 10:50 PM
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Frame

After sand blasting, i pulled the cab and started from the ground up.
-Sand blasted the frame
-POR15 the entire frame
-Replaced shocks and struts with New Rancho's
- The fuel tank was rusted out from the inside so had to rip that out and replace with a new plastic one. Thank god there was no cab on it, it was so easy.
-Replace fuel lines....why not
- Did some cleaning to the engine and spray painted a few things.
-Replaced powersteering gear box
-You can not see in the pic, but I rhino lined the entire floor and underbody of the body before putting it back on the frame
-All new body Mounts. 3 bolts I snapped and had to drill out

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Old 01-05-2021, 11:01 PM
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engine carb and intake

Could not help myself, upgraded the 2-barrel with an Edelbrock intake and a Holly 4-barrel carbonator.
I am will be upgrading with some more shiny parts like Chrome Edelbrock value covers. I painted the old one original blue but missed the actually color match
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Old 01-05-2021, 11:16 PM
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Primed and ready for body

OK We are getting closer to the present. This was 3 months ago. I lost 100+ pics of the original interior, but will post random photos of small projects I did on parts. Here she is leaving storage of 2.5 years into the shop to start working again in October 2020






















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Old 01-05-2021, 11:23 PM
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almost out of paint

I will post this picture from today. We can see that the base coat baby blue is getting laid down. It is really coming together, BUT SO MUCH to do. Out of paint just starts the actual "build" portion. I have been working on the door panels, windows, dash pad, stereo and non-stop polishing stainless steel trim work.
Here she is:
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Old 01-06-2021, 10:48 AM
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It's gonna look great! I love that color combo! Lots of good stuff in here.
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Old 01-06-2021, 10:42 PM
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AMC Radio

I started to think about how I wanted the stereo to be. The current stereo is an AMC head with 4 5.25" speakers. I thought about putting a killer stereo in by replace the cargo area with 8" speakers and 6x9 in the front doors, add a 5 channel amp. Below is the stereo head after I took it out of the dash. You can see that the head is missing a screen




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Old 01-06-2021, 10:47 PM
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Clean AMC stereo

After I cleaned it up and opened it up, I found the two missing parts jammed up into it. Turns out it is an AM/FM 8-track!!! Need to clean the heads but can not do until it is hooked back up to the wagon. I going to stick with the 8track and just buy new 5.25 speakers, speaker Baffles (huge help with base), and a 200 small AMP
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Old 01-06-2021, 10:54 PM
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Post registration sticker

PLEASE HELP: My post sticker got killed during sandblasting. I saw somewhere that someone created a word document that you can print off.
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Old 01-12-2021, 08:39 AM
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dang fine restoration

man you are doing it right.

love all the coatings you said you did to frame/floors

it will be there decades from now.

yours will be unique

I have seen no one do that original color combo

sweet.

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Old 01-12-2021, 11:57 AM
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PLEASE HELP: My post sticker got killed during sandblasting. I saw somewhere that someone created a word document that you can print off....
I'm not sure I have seen one that you can print off but someone was making them a little while ago. This one, maybe?
http://www.ifsja.org/forums/vb/showt...ighlight=decal
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Old 01-15-2021, 04:46 PM
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New paint two tone Blue

Wedgwood Blue and Ensign Blue
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Old 01-16-2021, 10:07 AM
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Wedgwood Blue and Ensign Blue

I now have wood.
I'm hopeful I can eventually get to a point where I can focus on exterior look-good thingees like this on mine.
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Old 01-17-2021, 04:22 PM
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oh yes,....

Carolina blue on top, ( what we call It in NC )

my family had a 1979 Monte Carlo in Carolina blue,....in '79
( I also called it powder blue )

looks great man.

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Old 01-17-2021, 08:56 PM
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Really nice colour. Look forward to seeing it all done.
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Old 01-18-2021, 08:26 PM
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tailgate motor cleanup

I took the advice of a thread on this site on how to refurbish your tailgate motor.(I need to check his name for a huge shutout!) When you take the round gear box apart in two pieces, the inside spacers are dust. You replace them with 3/4x1/2x3/8 Hillman nylon spacers. Pretty easy, but MAKE SURE YOU STICK SOMETHING TO KEEP THE SPRING TENSION gear! Put a screw driver or something in the hole or the tension spring will break your hand when it flexes. I do not have a battery handy to check the motor and work the grease in but Im 89.6% confident it works.






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Old 01-18-2021, 08:40 PM
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two tone paint blue

The Wagoneer is about out of paint. We put the two-tone break across the tailgate in the wrong spot, so need to hit it again. No big deal. This will start the fun rebuild of the project. I have redone all the door panels, fixed rear glass and the front door vent windows (pics to come). I'm excited to put it back together but huge stress that I do it in the right order. The last thing I want to do is mount then take off because I forgot to do something underneath first. reconstruction official starts this weekend....stay toned! Here she is with bumpers to make sure nothing happens while moving it inside the shop......yes I now those are not 1979 bumpers. They are 1988 bumpers. The original bumpers with layered aluminum with chrome coating. This was an attempt to lighten the Wagoneer during the gas crisis (ONLY 1979). They are complete POS. Mine (like everyone made) flacked and split open like a layered cake. I did find a correct set with no Bumperettes off a 1981 Cherokee! There will be a separate post when I put a spit polish in those.




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