Ladies and gentlemen and jeepsters of all ages!
Welcome one, welcome all to tman008's official build thread!
Now: a little backstory
In the summer of 2013, my mother began talking about getting an extra beater for the family. Her job requires rough country driving, which was beginning to take a toll on her Ford Escape. Her idea was to get an old truck, and maybe one day, she would pass it down to me.
This got me thinking. At the time I had $1000 of personal savings in the bank, which would be just enough to buy a cheap used car, so I took it upon myself to start searching for my own truck.
Eventually, I came across this 1972 Jeep Wagoneer on Craigslist listed for $6500. Even though I didn't have that kind of money, I called the seller up and he told me over the phone that he'd take $1000 for it. In hindsight, that should have been a huge red flag but
The carb leaked like a sieve, the transmission wouldn't manually shift into 1st, and Park didn't work. The car was a basket case, but I fell in love with the style and bought it.
Since then, a lot has changed. The first thing we did was rebuild the stock Motorcraft carburetor and change fluids. We fixed the wonky transmission (somebody had mounted the linkage pivot upside down so it wouldn't totally go into park or first!). Eventually, a new dual exhaust, glass packs, and an x-pipe were installed along with an Edelbrock Performer intake manifold and an Edelbrock 650 carb my dad had lying around.
At one point, I bought a junked '76 Wag, a 401 4-barrel with Quadratrac, for $60. I parted it out. Still have a bunch of parts, if anybody needs some.
Until early 2018, the Jeep was my daily driver. Then I picked up a Ford Taurus to drive while some more major restoration work was done. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to drive the Jeep much since then, until last weekend. I really missed that thing.
I'll document any future work done to my build (and trust me there will be a LOT of posts) right here on this thread. Please feel free to leave your feedback. I'd love to hear what you all think. I've had this Jeep since middle school, and now I'm in college! It's crazy for me to think about, but the Jeep has almost always been there for me, and I don't ever really plan on selling it. Like most Jeeps, it's a long, involved, expensive project, but I've got big plans for this rig.