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KillyMcGee 09-12-2019 10:10 PM

85 Wagoneer with potential
Picked up an 85 with a 360. Been sitting for a few years. Took a day off of work, rented a trailer and brought it home.

KillyMcGee 09-12-2019 10:12 PM

Just a pressure washer and some soap. I already like it more. The wind on the way home helped remove most of the moulding.

New plugs, fuel filter and adjusted the carburetor. Need to drain fuel and add fresh. Truck runs well, haven't driven it far though. Am considering changing the transmission fluid. AC isn't very cool but it works. Need to start cleaning the inside.

KillyMcGee 09-12-2019 10:17 PM

Have had a few other cars ahead of this in the shop. Plus have made three out of state trips in three weeks. Have only had time to strip the rest of the wood grain from the side. Very time consuming.

Rotten 09-15-2019 05:35 PM

What are you using to strip the wood grain?

KillyMcGee 09-15-2019 10:07 PM


Originally Posted by Rotten
What are you using to strip the wood grain?

Rubber eraser wheel on a drill. They cost about $10 and it's taken me about 5 to get the whole thing done.

KillyMcGee 09-23-2019 08:55 PM

Finished removing vinyl sticker on the side. Replaced temperature sending unit to fix my gauge. Purged the old gasoline out, installed a new set of plugs and fuel filter changed the transmission fluid. Got the parts in to fix most of my power windows ordered the parts missing from one of them. Removed the foam and cloth from the factory headliner. Fixed my inside lights. Installed the new set of tires today. Drove it for about 30 miles. Really enjoyed the wing windows in the nice weather. Next on the list is replacing the transfer case gaskets and changing the differential and transfer case fluids. It's hard for me not to want to replace all the parts that are broken right now and learning to pace myself is not fun.

SOLSAKS 09-24-2019 07:45 AM

that wagoner has mad a major transformation already
good job.

dave in NC:drivin:

KillyMcGee 09-27-2019 08:04 PM

Traced vacuum back to figure out why 4wd doesn't work. Supply to inside switch was tapped into Ported vacuum. 4wd and hi/lo do work. Now to pull the transfer case and fix the leak. Replaced j track on driver's door, repaired wiring on driver rear door. Now to fix passenger door windows. Troubleshoot fog lights, turns out the inside switch light doesn't work so I just thought it wasn't working, and the bulbs need replaced.

Pulled the cluster and replaced the bulbs. Also I cleaned the connections for the plugs going into the cluster and resoldered some of the connections. While I had it out I bypassed the amp meter since it doesn't work anymore. So now I have interior, cluster, fog and outside lights.

So far two of my boys, my wife and my dad have helped me on different projects on the truck. I enjoy spending time with them as much as I do actually fixing something. It's been a good investment so far

KillyMcGee 10-06-2019 06:28 PM

Three windows and the rear all work. All need weather stripping badly. Also got the passenger power seat working. All electrical works on the truck now.

Have a bad exhaust leak so I thought I would pull the y pipe and take a look. Broke a bolt off in the manifold and cut the rest of the very rusted exhaust pipe out of the truck. The muffler was already blown so I guess "ole smokey" is going to get a new exhaust system.

While I was under it I tracked down my transmission leak. The leak is where the shifter linkage comes in. Also found my rattle on the front. The away bar bushing is gone. I know it needs shocks too but am spending far more than I planned to. I need to pace myself

KillyMcGee 10-06-2019 06:30 PM

rang-a-stang 10-06-2019 09:44 PM

I know that feeling (spending more than expected). The sway bar bushings are super cheap, like maybe $8 at rock auto. I bought Monroe gasmatics and they were like $22 per corner. They ride really nice and have a good warranty.

rang-a-stang 10-06-2019 09:44 PM

Oh and, GREAT JOB on all that!!! It looks great! Has to feel pretty awesome making all that progress too!!!

KillyMcGee 11-09-2019 12:39 AM

All the windows now roll up and down.

Truck has been sitting for a couple of weeks needing exhaust. I put new valve cover gaskets and some hedman headers on it.

KillyMcGee 11-30-2019 05:34 PM

Got my exhaust finished. Used an off-road y pipe for a Chevrolet truck. Cut it and clamped it a few places and it works pretty well. Used a borla 3" muffler.

Upgraded to TFI coil, MSD custom wires and regapped plugs and installed some sway bar bushings. Been driving it a few times a week and can say I really enjoy this truck.

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