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Old 10-18-2011, 07:53 PM
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Potential Wagoneer Purchase

I have been looking at getting a Wagoneer for a while now. I ran across one that peeked my interest.

It's an 88 with a rebuilt top end and the Edelbrock 4bbl intake and carb. Interior and out is fairly clean. Worn drivers seat, one dent that is more than a door ding. 155,XXX miles or so. Trans was rebuilt less than 1000 miles ago. AC is not working, not sure of the issue.

6" lift from BJ's, 35" tires.

I took it for a drive last week and was a little put off by the steering. There is some kind of issue with the steering column. It's loose and not bolted down and the steering wheel and shaft seem to move around in the column. This made telling where the slop was coming from in the steering difficult. It seemed to bump steer pretty badly at lower speeds but ran straight as an arrow at highway speed.

It comes with an extra, rebuilt transfer case, new window tracks for the one window that doesn't work and weatherstrip for all the windows.

Asking price is $5,000. Does this sound like a fair price for a vehicle in good condition with these mods?
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Old 10-18-2011, 08:23 PM
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come up to Ok and get one of these.
GARAGE - (empty)

SOLD - 1981 Wagoneer Limited AKA The Swagoneer
rebuilt AMC 360, TF 727, NP208, D44's
6" BJ's lift
BJ"s Sway bar disconnects
Rancho 9000 shocks
33/12.5/15 BFG A/t's
M/T Classic II Wheels
and alot of other goodies and doodads
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Old 10-18-2011, 09:55 PM
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That sounds a little high if they haven't gotten the bumpsteer fixed.

The steering column sounds like a known issue with GM columns. You have to take the column apart to tighten a few screws, but once you do it, you never have to do it again.

Unless the lift is worth the money, I'd find one that's closer to stock and put the lift you want on it. Again, that bumpsteer issue worries me. If the current owner hasn't fixed it, that might mean there's a problem and it CAN'T be fixed.
Ethan Brady
1987 Grand Wagoneer, slightly longer than stock.

Don't mess with me. I once killed a living hinge.
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Old 10-18-2011, 10:07 PM
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I think a lot of it was just the loose column. I went back through the pics I took of it and it appears to have a drop pitman arm on it.

It's a clean vehicle and I haven't been finding many around. It already has the lift done and a very fresh trans rebuild which are positives in my book. If I were doing it myself, I would probably go with a 4" lift and 31's but if I had to do it myself, it may never get done!
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Old 10-19-2011, 02:09 PM
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Just a side note: All of these bump steer to a small degree. If you are not used to driving a rig with an axle up front, you will notice it more. The rest of us are very used to it -at least until we get full flex going.
Mark B. Jones

Originally Posted by GrandWag&Prix
Actually, now that I think about it, that could be either awesome or really terrible.

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Old 10-19-2011, 06:28 PM
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A little on the high side in my opinion. When buying a modified rig you have to take the mods into account. Do they add value to you or will you be undoing poor work? Most people selling a modded rig think they are gonna get everything they spent on it back.
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