If you been around for a while and if you do some searching, you would have read about my lamenting about my 1986 Grand Wagoneer.
Let me bring you up to update:
My first FSJ was an '82 Limited, powered by a sick 258 I6.
When the I6 ceased up, I went shopping for a new engine.
I found this '86 Grand Wag on eBay, that had been wrecked in the front, but had a recently rebuilt 360 with about 10-12K miles.
I bought the '86 as a engine donor for my '82.
(WOW, what little did I know in those days, a noobie swapping a 258 for a 360)
But after I saw how great the condition of the '86 was in, less the accident damage, I used the '82 as a donor for the sheet metal for my '86.
It was just sheet metal damage to my '86...nothing structural or mechanical.
The frame was tweaked some, but I paid to have it professionally straighten.
The front fenders and radiator core are from the '82.
The driver door has a little work done to it's leading edge, where the fender was pushed back into it.
There is much bodywork to do before it would be back in prestine condition.
I just threw the '82 sheetmetal on it to see it whole and running.
It is very complete, just not beautiful.
The idea was to go back, finish the bodywork and paint it.
Fresh AMC 360, bored 30 over, stock cam, have receipts for all the work.
3" Rough Country lift kit.
Lots of tread left on a set Dayton 31" MT tires
Sunroof works and does not leak!
The blinkers do not work.
The wipers do not work.
The driver's window is the only one that rolls down.
The passenger rear door glass will not roll up to the top.
Driver's seat is a clothe unit from some Japanese import.
Exhaust is rotten.
AC has been converted to R134 but has leaked out.
The entire front clip should be removed and installed proper.
Lots of dings and waves in the body...not 100% straight.
Lots of other little things.
It has not moved from beside my house in over 6+ years.
I took it once to an Indiana Jeep Meet and Greet
Once in a while I would drive to my local gas station.
The last couple of years, as I worked on the J20, I used the Wagoneer as a parts rig.
I've been on again, off again, wanting to sell it, keep it for a Diesel Swap Project...wishy/washy.
I had some fellow last year stop and wanted to buy it, but he never came back with the $$$.
wanted to buy it.
We talked about it several times, but we never could seem to close the deal.
Recently, my family and I are facing a serious crisis and very difficult times.
Bottom line, the Wagoneer needed to go.
I contacted Aaron and told him if he still wanted it, the Wag is his.
We would work out the details later, but I was wanting to bring him the Wagoneer in a couple of days.
Sorry to everyone that may have wanted a chance to kick the tires,
but I really did not have time to mess with posting it for sale here and dealing with all that...
So, my family took the Wagoneer on its first and last road trip.
For a rig that has not been anywhere for a very long time, it performed great.
Here is my son, Nathan, my FSJ Jeep Assistant, posing for shots at our local Speedway gas station before we head off on this adventure.
Here we are en route:
I keep being asked if I am sad that I let it go or I regret my decision.
My answer is No.
This was the first FSJ that I owned that I was able to drive and I had some big plans for it.
I am very happy that it went to a fellow FSJ Enthusiast like Aaron, that will appreciate its potential, like I did.
I will miss it, but I am okay with that.
I've had several dealings with Aaron and he is a super nice stand-up kinda fellow.
I was very pleased that he took my rig and while it is no longer my dream, I feel that he will make it his dream.