I can’t believe we’ve never done a proper Wagoneer CC; shame on us! Too many cars, not enough time. Here’s a nice pairing of a fairly early Wagoneer with a car it undoubtedly helped inspire. Another shot:
I’m a bit surprised there hasn’t been a FSJ CC too.
I just sold off my last Cherokee Chief last October and find myself missing it often.
I’d love to find a Waggy like the one pictured. I’d be pretty happy with an 83 Brougham with the wrap around tail lights and the 258 would be perfect.
Who am I kidding, I’d take any one of them that hasn’t turned to dust yet!
Agreed – who would have figured that we would do a Studebaker Wagonaire before a Jeep Wagoneer. Both Brooks Stevens cars, too.
Like Sean, I would love an old Wagoneer. Make mine one of the earlier metal Jeep-y ones instead of the leather-trimmed horriffically expensive yuppiemobiles that were at the end of the line. But also like Sean, in my part of the country, I cannot be too choosey.
I had a ’90 Grand Wagoneer for a few years, a gift from my in-laws. Unfortunately, it was a Maine car, and after three years of ownership the rust started to accelerate. 12mpg wasn’t exactly wonderful, either, although it was useful at the time because my wife was a real estate agent. Moi? That was a wonderful car to take out on I-95 and draft Priuses – just to make the bastards nervous.
I really think I would prefer this to a suburban. Something over 25 years old is a good car in Texas. A 258 might have to work a little hard here but I’m in no hurry.
I wonder if the 3.9L Cummins TD and Allison 6 speed would fit?
4BT FTW! You want a 5 or 6 speed manual with a granny low.
4BT fits but you have to relocate a few things. Like most of the A/C system if you want to keep it.
I agree these things are prime candidates for modern turbodiesel transplants. I just looked up the posted EPA figures… 10/12 for the 360 and around 12/16 for the 258. Both motors are total dogs. They can make very good power with some tinkering, but will always suck down loads of gas no matter what.
On a sidenote, when I checked the fueleconomy.gov site, it lists the six as being available up until 1987 with a 4-speed manual transmission… huh? Anyone ever seen one like that? I certainly haven’t… by that time they were all Grand Wagoneers, too. You couldn’t get a stripper model without leather/power everything/etc.
I have seen an early 80s Wagoneer with the six and a 4-speed, but it was as basic as they came. No fake wood paneling…
I love them, especially in that color sans the woodgrain…
In my younger days, I bought a ’78 Cherokee brand new. It was essentially the same vehicle as the Wagoneer but with more vinyl on the inside and a 2 Dr. A reasonably decent vehicle for a year or so, then it began to fall apart. You couldn’t pay me to own another one.
I really learned to hate mine. But it was anything but new.
Is that an Umpqua ice cream truck I see? Yum! I much prefer Umpqua toTillamook.
Tough call on that one! Depends on the flavor, I think.
Two of my favourite cars in the same picture. Me likes. 🙂
I always wanted a FSJ.. any of them would do. Early models, pickups, the 2-door Cherokee, the yuppiewave Grand Wagoneer…
In fact my love for these goes back to before I was of driving age and I’m kinda shocked/disappointed in myself for never having owned one. I’ve looked at quite a few over the years and always found some reason not to buy it. Of course, they’re just about the most impractical things on the road… but it’s not like that’s ever stopped me before. Has anyone seen prices for them lately? I may have missed my window of opportunity.
Here’s a FSJ variant I hope CC comes across one day, this is my own personal favorite of the breed… if (when) I win the lottery I’ll take mine just like this:
Wagoneer World: 1967 Super Wagoneer
These guys will make you one that is better than new (hope your wallet is fat).
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