1970 Wagoneer

Chase reached out to us to restore and customize his 1970 first gen wagoneer. It was a driver, decent shape, but a little rough around the edges with satin black paint and a fair amount of bondo and fiberglass. We first stripped the jeep down and began to repair all the body panels, floor boards and rear quarters that were full of fiberglass. Once all the metal work was done, we pointed our attention to the drive train. We decided to ditch the old 5 lug, closed knuckle drum brake axles and swap in a set of later model waggy axles. We choose some 79 wagoneer 44’s front and rear, that gave us disk brakes and a beefier axle. To do this we had to cut all the first gen spring hangers off the frame and custom make hangers. We slung some late model 6″ springs into place and mounted up a set of custom made Detroit Steel 18″x 8″ wheels powder coated white. A set of 285/65/18 BFG AT’s and dog dish caps round out the tire and wheel package. Once the suspension was done, we swapped in a AX-15, 5 speed trans behind the original but detailed Buick 350. Hydraulic clutch conversion and a Centerforce clutch make it a very easy pedal. This was connected to the Dana 20 transfercase that we custom made a twin stick conversion for. The Jeep was painted inside and out with a custom baby blue paint with the roof being painted to match the powder coated wheels. We cleaned LOTS of trim off the tailgate, welded up the factory stereo hole in the dash and removed the factory dash pad. This being a base model waggy, we added all the stainless trim around the windows, a roof rack and more. Chase wanted a custom carpet look with the trans tunnel and more floor being exposed. So the carpet was custom made to be removed with snaps only covering the foot well area and rear floor. The factory seats were custom stitched with a mix of a Pendelton blanket (his families favorite) and black heavy vinyl. The door panels were made to match with custom mesh covering the speakers and the sub woofer in the rear quarter. The stereo is a blue tooth receiver hidden under the front seat with an AMP and all JL audio speakers and a 12″ sub in the rear. The whole jeep was rewired, Modern A/C blows through the vintage under dash unit, and a full spectrum of gauges hide in the glove box with the sub controls and USB port for charging phones. There is SOOOO much custom work in this rig. From the custom drivetrain to hidden stereo…The above paragraph doesnt even come close to describing all the work……It really does drive like a dream. The 5 speed swap really does let it roll at 80mph without the typical Wagoneer screaming…. A/C custom stereo, custom steering box….. wow. My guys really knocked it out of the park. Chase thank you for the business and I think you and the family are gonna enjoy this ride! I know I REALLY enjoyed the test drive miles.