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Old 03-24-2015, 01:26 PM
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1979 Wagoneer restoration project story

My father purchased a 1979 blue two tone Wagoneer in early 1980. He drove it everyday until he died in 1993. It sat in a field since that day until I loaded it up a couple of months ago to restore it. I will be posting on the journey to bring her back to life. Even though it sat for 22 years, I put a battery in it and some fuel in carb and it turned over....she want to live.
I'm looking forward to meeting everyone and sharing advice.
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Old 03-26-2015, 09:05 AM
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Sound like a great story! Look forward to seeing the progress!
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Old 03-27-2015, 10:31 PM
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looking forward to this...
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Old 04-23-2022, 03:16 PM
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Finally done - 10 years!!

Here she is. I dropped off at a fundraiser and took a few quick pics. Hope you enjoy.

1979 Wagoneer Brougham
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Old 04-23-2022, 03:23 PM
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restoration points

turned into a complete frame off restoration by myself. I'm not a "car" guy so a to or youtube videos! I did find an old body/paint guy to do that....I was not even going to try it. Same AMC 360 and ALL original parts.
I still need to restore AC radiator, radiator, headliner and a long punch list of small detail this only I would notices but bugs me.
I want to fix the original 8 track stereo but can not find anyone to work on it. Please let me know if you know someone. I replace the speakers with correct sizes, just want the original stereo to power it.
I can not list the many people who helped me track down odd parts for this Broughman package, especially the thin wood grain side pieces I was missing.
Now I can enjoy it even if she get 7-8 mpg!!
1979 Wagoneer Brougham
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Old 04-26-2022, 06:10 PM
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That is pretty awesome!! Thanks for the update and for the pics. 10 years and worth every minute I'm guessing!
I love those hub caps!
"Roads? Where we're going we don't need roads." -- Dr Emmett Brown

"When this baby reaches 88 miles per hour, you're gonna to see some serious sht!"

73 Wagoneer - 4.6L Stroker (yeah baby!!) t176/d300, 3.73's, 33" muds, 4"spring lift, 2" body. Offy dualport w/ Quadrajet, pertronix, flowmaster.
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Old 05-24-2022, 06:23 AM
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Woah, this is incredible. What a beautiful Jeep and an amazing story.

I feel like it's not often that we get to see the follow up like this - it either gets forgotten or the project gets abandoned.
Thanks for sharing!

The only person I can think of who might work on the 8-track would be Jeremy's Radio Emporium
I don't know if he's taking on new work, but he's an AMC radio specialist and really great to deal with.
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Old 05-30-2022, 04:03 PM
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Matt, what a great story, and what great work! Thank you for sharing and for updating! It's beautiful work...and gives me (a fellow "not a car guy") to keep learning and plugging away!
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Old 05-31-2022, 05:48 PM
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Matt, that looks fantastic for a first time restoration! Thank you for showing us the completion. don
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