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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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