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Old 07-06-2017, 05:39 PM
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78 Wagoneer, Building a driver! New Thread.

Originally wanted to do a frame off restoration with my son but he is just not that into cars like I have been since a kid. He will come out and help if asked, but this is clearly not his love and I'am good with that. My main goal with this build is to stave off rust and get the jeep back on the road as something that looks good and is usable as a cruiser. Bought it from a member on this sight in July of 2014. Ran it around town for a year or so and then the wife went back to school, so that was the end of that. She is a month away from finishing so now seems like a good time to get started. This is what it looked like when we first got home.
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401/turbo 400 trans. Quadra-Trac BW1339 (with Low) 4" Rusty's lift with 31" Summit Mud Dawgs

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Fuel Tank, Red Holley Fuel Pump, Razor Grill (profile pic out dated), Rebuilt steering box

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Old 07-06-2017, 05:42 PM
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Since photo bucket killed all my pics.,I'am redoing my build thread. Please don't delete my old thread until I copy all the text from the old thread, thanks.
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1978 Wagoneer

401/turbo 400 trans. Quadra-Trac BW1339 (with Low) 4" Rusty's lift with 31" Summit Mud Dawgs

Mods:
Fuel Tank, Red Holley Fuel Pump, Razor Grill (profile pic out dated), Rebuilt steering box

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Old 07-06-2017, 06:03 PM
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Have the whole front cap off and started cleaning the frame.
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401/turbo 400 trans. Quadra-Trac BW1339 (with Low) 4" Rusty's lift with 31" Summit Mud Dawgs

Mods:
Fuel Tank, Red Holley Fuel Pump, Razor Grill (profile pic out dated), Rebuilt steering box
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Old 07-06-2017, 06:30 PM
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Bought a 79 out of Baton Rouge a while back and it looks like the valance is rust free. Only two panels on the parts Wagoneer are rust free. One door and the valance. Paid $200.00 for it with the extra Razor grill.
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401/turbo 400 trans. Quadra-Trac BW1339 (with Low) 4" Rusty's lift with 31" Summit Mud Dawgs

Mods:
Fuel Tank, Red Holley Fuel Pump, Razor Grill (profile pic out dated), Rebuilt steering box
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Old 07-06-2017, 07:41 PM
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Pressure washed the fenders and fender wells. Removed most of the old under coating and scraped and sanded the rest off.
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401/turbo 400 trans. Quadra-Trac BW1339 (with Low) 4" Rusty's lift with 31" Summit Mud Dawgs

Mods:
Fuel Tank, Red Holley Fuel Pump, Razor Grill (profile pic out dated), Rebuilt steering box
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Old 07-06-2017, 07:52 PM
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Fender wells sanded and ready for primer.
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401/turbo 400 trans. Quadra-Trac BW1339 (with Low) 4" Rusty's lift with 31" Summit Mud Dawgs

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Fuel Tank, Red Holley Fuel Pump, Razor Grill (profile pic out dated), Rebuilt steering box
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Old 06-21-2018, 07:52 AM
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I have been searching hi and lo for left front fender stainless steel trim.

Looks like your donor rig has the piece I need!

My 79 needs it. Its trim has tree damage.

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Old 06-21-2018, 08:25 AM
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Driftwood, I bought it because I needed stainless for some of my damaged trim. Not sure what I need yet, sorry.
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401/turbo 400 trans. Quadra-Trac BW1339 (with Low) 4" Rusty's lift with 31" Summit Mud Dawgs

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Fuel Tank, Red Holley Fuel Pump, Razor Grill (profile pic out dated), Rebuilt steering box
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Old 07-25-2017, 07:16 PM
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Pulled the body out of the barn for the first time on the body cart. Rolled fine, but you need two people to keep it moving in the right direction with the four swivel wheels.
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401/turbo 400 trans. Quadra-Trac BW1339 (with Low) 4" Rusty's lift with 31" Summit Mud Dawgs

Mods:
Fuel Tank, Red Holley Fuel Pump, Razor Grill (profile pic out dated), Rebuilt steering box

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Old 07-25-2017, 07:25 PM
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Pressure washed the underside of the Wagoneer today. Just want to get all the dirt and grease off. Not worried about the undercoating. I think I want to use a product called Raptor. This is the before pic.
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401/turbo 400 trans. Quadra-Trac BW1339 (with Low) 4" Rusty's lift with 31" Summit Mud Dawgs

Mods:
Fuel Tank, Red Holley Fuel Pump, Razor Grill (profile pic out dated), Rebuilt steering box

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Old 07-25-2017, 07:27 PM
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401/turbo 400 trans. Quadra-Trac BW1339 (with Low) 4" Rusty's lift with 31" Summit Mud Dawgs

Mods:
Fuel Tank, Red Holley Fuel Pump, Razor Grill (profile pic out dated), Rebuilt steering box

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Old 07-25-2017, 07:31 PM
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A few after pics.
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401/turbo 400 trans. Quadra-Trac BW1339 (with Low) 4" Rusty's lift with 31" Summit Mud Dawgs

Mods:
Fuel Tank, Red Holley Fuel Pump, Razor Grill (profile pic out dated), Rebuilt steering box

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Old 07-25-2017, 07:32 PM
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1978 Wagoneer

401/turbo 400 trans. Quadra-Trac BW1339 (with Low) 4" Rusty's lift with 31" Summit Mud Dawgs

Mods:
Fuel Tank, Red Holley Fuel Pump, Razor Grill (profile pic out dated), Rebuilt steering box

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Old 09-10-2017, 10:17 PM
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Cut the drivers side floor and part of the lower firewall out. lots of rust where the lower firewall and floor overlap.
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401/turbo 400 trans. Quadra-Trac BW1339 (with Low) 4" Rusty's lift with 31" Summit Mud Dawgs

Mods:
Fuel Tank, Red Holley Fuel Pump, Razor Grill (profile pic out dated), Rebuilt steering box

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Old 09-10-2017, 10:18 PM
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Lots of rust where the firewall and floor overlap.
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401/turbo 400 trans. Quadra-Trac BW1339 (with Low) 4" Rusty's lift with 31" Summit Mud Dawgs

Mods:
Fuel Tank, Red Holley Fuel Pump, Razor Grill (profile pic out dated), Rebuilt steering box

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Old 09-10-2017, 10:20 PM
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floor almost out.
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401/turbo 400 trans. Quadra-Trac BW1339 (with Low) 4" Rusty's lift with 31" Summit Mud Dawgs

Mods:
Fuel Tank, Red Holley Fuel Pump, Razor Grill (profile pic out dated), Rebuilt steering box
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Old 09-10-2017, 10:23 PM
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Bought this cut off tool from Harbor freight, kind of under powered but did work out ok for cutting the bottom of the firewall out and some clean up work
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401/turbo 400 trans. Quadra-Trac BW1339 (with Low) 4" Rusty's lift with 31" Summit Mud Dawgs

Mods:
Fuel Tank, Red Holley Fuel Pump, Razor Grill (profile pic out dated), Rebuilt steering box
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Old 09-10-2017, 10:26 PM
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Bottom of firewall welded in.
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401/turbo 400 trans. Quadra-Trac BW1339 (with Low) 4" Rusty's lift with 31" Summit Mud Dawgs

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Fuel Tank, Red Holley Fuel Pump, Razor Grill (profile pic out dated), Rebuilt steering box
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Old 09-11-2017, 07:31 AM
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Bought this cut off tool from Harbor freight, kind of under powered but did work out ok for cutting the bottom of the firewall out and some clean up work

I have the same tool. It is under powered but can sure get into spots that normal ones can't. Just take it nice and slow and don't put too much pressure on the wheel. Lol.
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Old 11-08-2017, 08:21 PM
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Finished pulling the dash out so I can start fixing the rust around the cowl and windshield area.
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401/turbo 400 trans. Quadra-Trac BW1339 (with Low) 4" Rusty's lift with 31" Summit Mud Dawgs

Mods:
Fuel Tank, Red Holley Fuel Pump, Razor Grill (profile pic out dated), Rebuilt steering box
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