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Old 02-17-2007, 09:01 PM
ORIGSUV ORIGSUV is offline
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Restore current `85 Wagoneer, or buy new one??

I bought an `85 Grand Wagoneer last week for $1000. It is an AZ vehicle and all-original (except for rebuilt motor at 99,000 miles and cheap re-paint a few years ago).

I bought it for my wife since she totalled her car the week before and we needed something for a couple of months until I get an insurance settlement(settlement is due to an accident I was in a year ago).

So, she drove the Jeep for a few days and decided she doesn't want a new SUV; she wants the Wagoneer restored .

The question is; should I put at least $7-$12k into restoring this one, or buy a cream-puff Wagoneer?

How much would a really nice Wagoneer go for?

This one is pretty straight, but the seats are a little rough, headliner is falling down, tranny is slipping, motor now has 74k miles on it and truck has 175k miles on it. So, it will need everything; motor gone through, tranny re-built, transfer case, complete repaint, most of the interior done, etc.

I have a friend who is a body guy who will re-paint it and change the color to a dark blue(including door jambs) for $600.
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Old 02-17-2007, 09:14 PM
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How handy are you with a wrench? You can pull the tranny and have a shop re-do it. Same with the motor, or you can rebuild it yourself. Also, how much time do you have?

Any "cream-puff" FSJ you buy for $10K will need stuff gone through, too. So add some more $$ on top of that price. I personally like it when *I'M* the one who's gone through it. That way I know it's done right or I know who to blame. <g>
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Old 02-17-2007, 09:38 PM
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Better the devil you know ! (You buy a "cream puff" you don't know what was done how it was done and stuff will still break)

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Old 02-17-2007, 09:50 PM
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Not sure I would call them creampuffs, but he sure does ask and get some crazy prices for his Jeeps. Although, I can't say I would not buy one if I won the lottery. Nevermind, I never remember to buy a ticket and I would have a better chance getting struck by lightning.
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Old 02-18-2007, 09:08 AM
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If the motor was already redone once then don't worry about it right now. Just take care of the other stuff that needs fixing right away. More then likely the transfercase would just need some new fluid. Fix that one since it's the one that she fell in love with. Just wish that my wife would fall in love with mine.
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Old 02-18-2007, 09:44 AM
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Those prices are insane.

I would fix up your current GW. Hell if the body is clean then the mechanics are a pinch. Change all the fluid and filters and go from there.
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Old 02-18-2007, 10:57 AM
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Anyone remember the thread where someone bought a "cream puff" on eBay and it ended up having newspaper spraypainted black stuffed into the frame? Keep the current Wag, make it yours.
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