posted by Corey Behrens
2019 stretched Escalade: “Grandpa? Is that you?”
Always wonder when these stretch limo’s are built does anyone “engineer” these modifications? Has the work been “certified”? Has the brakes, steering and suspension been upgraded to handle the additional weight? What was the payload capacity of this Jeep before modification, 1000 ponds? Stretch added 500-600 pounds? Payload is now down to 400-500 lbs? I would guess that these vehicle may carry between 8-10 people. 1600-2000 lbs. Probably 1000-1500 pounds over weight not counting the beer. I drove a stretch limo part time for several years until I realized how poorly these things were put together and the liability I was putting on myself. I quit.
I’m no expert, but Cadillac made a commercial chassis varient with some upgraded mechanical components. The chassis was intended for coachbuilders to make hearse and modesty stretched limos. Not ridiculous ultra stretches, but those with a single section, maybe three or four feet longer.
I’ve been looking for one to add to my collection. I’m okay with a commercial chassis varient, but an unscrupulous builder could adapt a standard chassis and end up with an unsafe overloaded platform that I wouldn’t want.
I was driven in a Lincoln Panther chassis long ultra stretch by a maniac driver. The braking force he was able to get out of that enormous, heavy thing was impressive. Some components definitely were upgraded. That being said, those ultra stretch limos look deficient, with bus size capacity bur not bus sized brakes.
For something like this, no. But back in the days of the Panther Ford did have a package for vehicles that were destined to be stretched. They did certify builders and of course had standards that the vehicle needed to meet. Ford had a maximum stretch limit and finished weight limit/passenger capacity.
The Graaaaaaand Wagoneer. 🙂
Jagpoint, as the name implies, is a Jaguar maintenance/restoration specialist. What they are doing with a Jeep Wagoneer stretch is a puzzlement to me, but fascinating.
All – weather customer service shuttle??? …….. They’re fixing Jags, I’m sure they have lots of customers.
I bet they shuttle their Daimler customers around in something a bit subtler — maybe an XJ Wagoneer?
In my mind this Grand Tail Wagoneer kind of lives in two worlds. It could be the ultimate Hamtons Hipstermobile. On the other end of the wealth spectrum it could be the ultimate Redneck Mudslinger.
That’s a long Wagonaire.
Extra tall vinyl trees had to be cut down to cover the extended sides of this Jeep.
“Whoa, Canyonero! Whoa!!”
Thats a howl! Thanks for posting!
It’s a Grand, Grand, Grand, Grand Wagoneer
Hmmm. This could compromise 4 wheeling abilities a bit…
After doing a little measuring and back-of-the-envelope math, this extension appears to be exactly 4′ long. Adding that to the 110″ WB of a standard Wagoneer gives us 158″, which is about the same as a modern crew cab/6.5′ bed pickup.
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