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Old 10-10-2010, 02:08 PM
Hartman Hartman is offline
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Location: Whitefish, Montana
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A proper introduction and a picture

Hi all,
I've posted a couple of times and promised to post a picture of my GW. But I've been waiting to take "THE" picture I've had in my mind.
Long ago, (maybe 20 years ago?) I fell in love with the Grand Wagoneer and have wanted one since. Because of the poor MPG, and the amount of miles I drove going fly fishing all over the country, it just wasn't practical. But as I don't drive as much anymore, and I can afford a second car, the time was right.
It only took a weekend to find my new baby. I did a 500-mile search on, willing to fly from Montana, puchase, and drive back my dream car. But only 50 miles from here was a dealer listing for what they promised a mint condition 1985 GW with only 80k miles. I was, of course, stoked, and jumped in my car immediately!
What they said was "mint" was more of "really great condition with an oil leak". The interior and exterior were in great shape, and other that some of the molding peeling off, and some sun damage to the roof, it was in absolutely great shape. I learned that the original owner was from Great Falls, MT, he passed it to his son, and then it made it to this dealer. Knowing it was a locally owned vehicle made me feel better about the deal. On the test drive, everything checked out well, it drove perfectly, no noticeable problems. I took it into a garage and they put it up on the rack. Everything checked out well, and the oil leak seemed to be a slow leak coming from the head gaskets.
Unfortunately, the dealer seemed to know what the vehicle was worth. He was a collector of classic jeeps himself and was not eager to let this one go. They had it listed for $7000. They offered me $2000 for the equity in my vehicle. Maybe it was because, for the first time in my life, I actually HAD equity in a vehicle; maybe it was because too many times I had come too close to buying my dream vehicle, and didn't, but this time, I would and did. I know it wasn't the best deal and I can't brag about getting a great deal. But you all know, as well as I do now, there's nothing perfectly cost-rational about these beasts. When I'm pumping gas, people don't approach me and wonder if I got a screaming deal, they just say, "I LOVE your Jeep!".
And I thank them, and I think to myself, I do, too.

Now, I'm a fly fisherman. Another cost-irrational hobby. But I love to fish, I love boats, and I love traveling to where the fish are. That's, in large part, why I live in the Pacific Northwest, namely western Montana. I have a wooden driftboat and I always wanted to see it hooked up behind a gorgeous wooden Waggy. That dream has now come true, and I got the picture this weekend. I think it is the ultimate Montana fishing rig, and I just love the two of them together. I know that this community is a huge fan of pictures; and I didn't want to see any posts, so I hope you enjoy this shot.

Last, and certainly not least, My wife and I have been wanting to adopt a dog for some time now and we finally did. A Bassett Hound. It just so happens that he goes perfectly with the Waggy. . .

You guys are a wonderful community, a great resource, and I thank you for having me.
Dave Hartman
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Old 10-10-2010, 02:22 PM
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Location: Colorado
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I didn't think the first picture could get any better. Then I saw the second one!


You were smart to have a mechanic check things out for you! I think you did fine on the price. Not a steal, no, but you certainly didn't get taken for a ride.

Your dog even matches the interior!
Ethan Brady
1987 Grand Wagoneer, slightly longer than stock.

Don't mess with me. I once killed a living hinge.
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Old 10-10-2010, 02:33 PM
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Join Date: May 25, 2009
Location: Glendale, Az.
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First picture is good enough to be a commercial for the waggy and the second pic is the finishing touch. Congratulations and welcome from the valley of the sun.
Currently without
1986 G.W. 360
1986 Eagle Wag
1985 G.W. 360
1984 Eagle Wag
1981 Wag 360
1978 Wag 401
1981 Cherk W/T 258
1966 Wag Super 327
Not counying XJs'.
[Did have a 94 & more recently a '97 GC with 5.2. for awhile. Just not the same! Now have the FSJ blues!
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Old 10-10-2010, 02:34 PM
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Location: Grand Blanc, Mi
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Welcome aboard from Michigan

Nice photos
1990 Grand Wagoneer.. black with sand interior..
Razor grille, Hella H4 headlights, Piaa driving, LED spider taillights, tinted windows.
Full Corinthian leather front and rear seats, custom full length center console with cup holders. 100 sf of Rattle Trap on floor.
Edelbrock intake and 2132 cam, Howell TBI, Ford Distributor Cap, TFI Ignition Coil, Desmogged

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Old 10-10-2010, 02:45 PM
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Welcome from IL!


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Old 10-10-2010, 02:55 PM
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Your hound has him a nice Wag there. You gonna get you one too?
I'm glad I'm not the one having to row it but nice dory.
Welcome from WA.
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Old 10-10-2010, 03:13 PM
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Nice Wag, great pictures. Welcome from Texas!
Kerry - Raised by Jeep
"Got Altitude?"
'78 Cherokee Chief WT 33X12.50 BFG A/T's, 15X8 Rockcrawlers, 4" BDS lift, TFI, NOS QT, TH400
1993 4.0L Grand Cherokee, 44HD rear, 4:10's
2004 Rubicon
2000 Ford Expedition XLT with 4.6L
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Old 10-10-2010, 03:23 PM
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I CANT WAIT FOR FALL! wagoneers go so well with changing leaves!

1991 Hunter Green Grand Wagoneer
5.9 2bbl-727-NP229-TFI-30x9.5 Firestone M/T's-Brush Guard-tire mount
SOON: 4350 and cast iron intake

-1994 Baby Grand
-2000 XJ cherokee on Tons
-1953 REO M35A2 6x6
-1955 Willys Pickup

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i am not an addict, i can stop anytime.
i dont have a problem, you people have the problem.
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Old 10-10-2010, 03:38 PM
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Welcome to the madness. Great Pics.
86 GW, stock 360/trans "Frank"
Edelbrock carb on Offy intake
Some kind of spring lift (BJs 6 maybe)
Desert faded paint/body work courtesy AZ trails

USAF: Dropping Bombs and Hauling Grunts Since 1947
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Old 10-10-2010, 03:51 PM
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Location: High Country Colorado, USA
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Welcome from CO

Welcome to the Rockn World of the IFSJA
Good luck with your projects
Nice pics
1981 Jeep J10 Laredo, 401-V8, 625 Carter, Lunati 262/268, Edelbrock Performer, MSD Ign., Hydroboost, Hyd. Clutch, Flow Cooler WP, Be Cool Aluminum Radiator, Doug Thorley, NV4500 5-Spd, NP-231D, 3.73 F/R Trac-Locs, Rustys 4" Lift, Vintage Red Metallic, Black Interior and 33X10.50X15 BFG, FiTech400 to come - IN PROCESS Bling Bling Cha-Ching
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Old 10-10-2010, 04:01 PM
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Location: Okaloosa County, FL
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Welcome to the family. Now you are going to have to set up a budget between fishing and the wagon. It's easy to go broke when one "cost-irrational" hobby supports the other.

Wonder how I know?

1990 Grand Wagoneer "Daddy Wagon"


Edelbrock Performer Intake, Headers, Cam, 1406 Carb, Mallory HEI. No smog. Rusty's 4" all springs. '89 GW wheels, custom painted and wrapped in Maxxis Big Horn 31x10.50, dual 2.25" exhaust outside the frame rails.
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Old 10-10-2010, 04:16 PM
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What a lucky dog to be adopted by a jeep owner
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Old 10-10-2010, 04:44 PM
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Welcome from Mississippi
Terry & Anne, Brandon MS
87 Grand Wagoneer, all stock, 360, 2bbl. Our first Jeep.
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Old 10-10-2010, 05:12 PM
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Nice ride and good looking dog to go with it. Can't wait to get my own GW after my truck gets going.
J- Just
E- Empty
E- Every
P- Pocket

77 J10 honcho with levis interior

AMC 360
4 speed
Warn 8274 winch (8,000 pounds)
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Old 10-10-2010, 05:21 PM
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Welcome from the middle east. Good looking wag and a good dog to go with it.
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Old 10-10-2010, 05:23 PM
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I love your Jeep!

It's great to get them out there - they are just wonderful vehicles. Welcome!
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Old 10-10-2010, 06:22 PM
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Beautiful Waggy and beautiful dog. Life does'nt get much better than that. Hope you get alot of enjoyment out of both.
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I'm just a washed up old has been, Army guy.
My opinions are outdated... After all, what have I done lately? I used to be somebody "A SOLDIER!"

04 Jeep Wrangler "Lil Ninja" 32's 2in lift swaybar disconnects
90 Grand Wagoneer "Big Mama"
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Old 10-10-2010, 06:33 PM
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Congrats and welcome from one basset pal to another.
1985 GW
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Old 10-10-2010, 06:49 PM
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Nothing but class...welcome to a passion !
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Old 10-10-2010, 07:03 PM
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Cool Welcome...

Great to have you and family join the IFSJA. Nice wagon you got you desire it. I am building my family truckter now. I to am a fisherman and will bring my boys up loving Jeeps, the outdoors, and everything they offer.

Big Jeep Wave from the Natural State Arkansas.
91 Grand Wagoneer "Final Edition"
6 inch Hellcreek lift.
Rhino Grill
BFGoodrich MT T/A KM2 33X10.5. R15
Offenhauser Dual Port 360 Intake
Holley 600cfm

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