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Old August 27th, 2015, 10:38 AM   #1
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Figure its time to show off my current build. I installed a body lift in an OBS chevy for a kid and he gave me the wagon as a payment. I'd been looking for my next project so I couldn't resist.



All in all the body was really solid. Some soft spots in the floor and someone had cobbled the rocker panels at some point. Has a 360, th400, and quadratrac. Previous owner said it ran but not well.

I've since got it running, had a few bent pushrods, Replaced them , converted to HEI Ignition, Basic tune-up, Threw some chevy rims and 235s on it, and drove it around like that.

It's getting chevy axles, a dana 44 front and 12 bolt rear, with 4.10 gears. SOA up front, shackle flip in the rear. Going to swap the quadratrac for a dana 20 t-case. Cross-over steering. And then some 33s or 35s. Once I'm there, time to wheel!!

I'll put up some more pics shortly.

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Old August 27th, 2015, 11:10 AM   #2
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Need specs and plans. Nice start.

And pictures. We like pictures.
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Old August 27th, 2015, 11:40 AM   #3
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Looking forward to this build! I've been looking for a Waggy for some time... would like to build one as a mild family wheeler.
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Old August 27th, 2015, 11:40 AM   #4
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Took the intake off and found these.



Cleaned the valley and threw it back together. Finally ran decent.



I was still having ignition issues so I got an HEI kit off ebay and that cured almost all of the issues. Way easier than trying to fix the old prestolite ignition.



Once it ran long enough to drive it around I threw some extra wheels and tires on it and drove it around my property. Couldn't believe how well everything worked. From the radio, all the lights, and heater. Even hooked up my little trailer and hauled some brush around.






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Old August 27th, 2015, 12:15 PM   #5
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Then the fun began last week. I pulled the front axle out. Scraped 40 years worth of mud and under coating off of the frame and inner fenders. then bolted up my chevy axle. Its from a mid-70s half ton. Passenger side drop dana 44 already has 4.10 gears, and passenger side flat top knuckle. Still need to have the knuckle machined for a high-steer arm and I need to make a new drag-link. The original calipers bolted right to it but I still need some longer brake lines.









I kinda liked the pre-runner stance in that last pic.
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very nice!

Makes me miss my waggy. hoping she is back on the road by winter.
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Old August 27th, 2015, 01:59 PM   #8
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Then I moved on to the rear. I still have some issues that need to be dealt with but its getting there. I started with just a 4 inch block and the gm 12 bolt. Rear end is from the same truck the front came from 4.10s open diff.



Biggest problem with that was it put the pinion millimeters from the gas tank. The new rearend has a center diff. where the original was offset to the passenger side. The quick and simple fix was to give it more lift. So I flipped the rear shackle. I kept the original post style mount in the stock location, so my shackle angles are horrible. It also brought the front of the pinion way up which gave me a horrible angle there. It does clear the gas tank now, but not by much.



Thats where it's sitting now. I'm not happy with the rear. going to flip the tapered blocks around to bring the pinion down. That will help there and give a little more gas tank clearance. I may end up building my own rear shackle hangers and I may end up installing a different gas tank.
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Old August 27th, 2015, 03:23 PM   #11
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Big headache I found with the 75 is that the post mounts mean no off the shelf rear lift springs.

One thing I recall others doing was removing the stock gas tank, and going with a gas tank under the floor in the rear. If/when I get around to putting my Wag back together, I figure I might go that route.
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I am thinking I may use one from a blazer or bronco. At least something along those lines. I've also read that an 80's wagon tank will easily fit with a center diff. So I have some options. As far as shackles go, I've built shackles and hangers before, but was hoping to get off easy when I first saw the design. But I don't think it's as simple as it looked.
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Got a set of new (only used for mock up) 4" rear springs for a FSJ I would sell you cheep if it would help.
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Old August 28th, 2015, 07:20 PM   #14
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I am a fan! Like were this is headed. I have a long way to go on mine and haven't made any progress in some time. But between things coming in line to be able to work on it and inspiration like this makes me want it even more.




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Why not go with a grand wagoneer tank?
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Probably not what will work for everybody. But I am planning to run a zj tank either under the rear, in the back ( with a case made around it) or sunk into the floor part way. Mostly I just want it out of the way to not get bashed up. And would rather not have to have a huge skid plate hanging down to catch on everything as I feel there is enough length of overhang that I don't need to make it lower too

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One thing I like about them is, you pull the grille and you have an old style grille there without work.
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One thing I like about them is, you pull the grille and you have an old style grille there without work.
Except you have to come up with the gladiator insert and the lights and buckets.
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Yup. But the hard part is done. You can screw on vintage stuff then.
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nice build. is front axle for sale?
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