Twenty-five years ago the Grand Wagoneer was Jeep’s flagship and considered top-of-the-line for luxury SUVs. My, how times have changed! Justin Roose got his ’84 Grand Wagoneer in a trade for a 3⁄4-ton Chevy that Justin picked up for free, so he doesn’t shed a tear when he puts a scratch in his luxury SUV. Instead he just cuts off the offending sheetmetal and keeps wheeling on the cheap.
The Grand Wagoneer was originally blue with wood graphics on the sides, but that look went out of style with Vanilla Ice and parachute pants. Sticking to the cheap theme, Justin painted the Grand Wagoneer using a roller and house paint. The body was complete and relatively straight until Justin took the Grand Wagoneer through Pritchett Canyon in Moab. After that trip everything behind the front doors was removed and replaced with a custom wood deck flatbed. The front fenders are the stock Wide Track models with the flare cut off, but the grille was sourced from a ’70s Wagoneer.
1984 Jeep Grand Wagoneer
Engine: 393ci Ford Windsor w/ GT40 heads, Schneider camshaft, EFI Live, Duraspark ignition Transmission: Ford C6 3-speed automatic w/ B&M shift kit
Transfer case: NP203 to NP205 w/ Jed’s Machine Adapter
Front Axle: Dana 60, 4.10 gears, welded differential, Ruff Stuff cover
Rear Axle: Corporate 14-bolt, 4.10 gears, welded differential, Ruff Stuff disc brakes
Springs & Such: Stock leaf springs and Pro Comp shocks in front; 63-inch Chevy leaf springs and Pro Comp shocks in rear
Tires & Wheels: 13/38x16 Super Swamper TSLs on 16x10 steel wheels
Steering: Saginaw Steering Box w/ 1½x8-inch industrial hydraulic ram
Other Stuff: Custom flatbed w/ air tank, spare driveshafts under bed, vise on front bumper, Superwinch EPi9.0 winch