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Thread: Dice...... The 1978 Jeep Wagoneer

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    Default Dice...... The 1978 Jeep Wagoneer

    Howdy All!
    Been wanting an early Wagoneer for a while..... finally got serious about finding one about a month ago.
    I wanted a driver..... something I could drive while I fixed stuff..... I already have a '77 J-10 Shortbed for a major project.

    Found this feller about 200 miles from home..... gathered some $$$$....... got my son-in-law to come with me....... and brought him home yesterday!



    Drove him home the 200 miles..... no problems at all...... well, except for a power steering leak..... easy to fix.....
    70+ mph up the grades with more to go..... 50 psi of oil pressure (Whoa!)..... temp about 190*..... no death wobble..... didn't explode or catch fire either.....
    Finally I made a good purchase on Craigslist!..... I think.....



    Some specifics:
    401..... recently rebuilt, with documentation..... 4 bbl Holley..... Edelbrock intake manifold.....
    TH400..... shifts goods and has all the necessary gears.....
    BW1339..... Quadratrac..... has low range and a Doug Nash Part-Time kit.....
    Dana 44s..... front and rear..... don't know the ratio yet..... probably 3.07 or 3.31...... my guess is 3.31 (Tow Package) by the way he runs.....
    Factory alloy wheels...... probably 15 X 7.....
    Kenda street tires...... needs BFGs soon!.....
    3" Rough Country springs front and rear..... worst riding springs I've ever felt..... these will get changed very soon!......
    Recent paint job...... within a couple years...... only a couple of rust spots showing through.....





    And here's me........ about 10 minutes after the purchase..... I'm a happy guy!.....



    "Dice? That's a different name....." I'm sure you're all saying.....
    When I got there I walked up and introduced myself.....
    "Howdy, I'm Dennis...... what's your name?"
    "You can call me Dice"......
    Evidently..... Dice has been sporting these for a couple years..... the seller was gracious enough to throw them in on the deal for no extra charge!......



    Plans for Dice:
    Every truck I've bought..... I've had a list of stuff that I always do to them right at the start....... not now.....
    Aside from the springs and tires...... I'm just going to take Dice out...... have fun...... and add/replace parts when it becomes necessary......
    I'm going to act like it's 1978 and there is virtually no aftermarket support for anything!
    Last edited by DGarman; 12-14-2017 at 11:02 PM.
    Dennis Garman
    http://www.dennisgarmanleather.com/
    https://www.facebook.com/GarmansWorkshop
    Ruff - '79 Ford Bronco
    Ben - '77 Jeep J-10 Shortbed
    Hondo - '82 Harley FXRS Shovelhead
    Dice - '78 Jeep Wagoneer

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    Good stuff!!
    Can't wait to see it in person!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mitch502 View Post
    Looks nice!
    Thanks Mitch!

    Quote Originally Posted by SOAZ View Post
    Good stuff!!
    Can't wait to see it in person!
    Thanks Tim! Just a couple weeks!......
    Dennis Garman
    http://www.dennisgarmanleather.com/
    https://www.facebook.com/GarmansWorkshop
    Ruff - '79 Ford Bronco
    Ben - '77 Jeep J-10 Shortbed
    Hondo - '82 Harley FXRS Shovelhead
    Dice - '78 Jeep Wagoneer

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    Now that's a beautiful Jeep!

    Good luck and have fun
    His- 2014 JKUR Copperhead Pearl
    Hers- 2018 JK Gobi
    Retired: 2016 JKWW
    Retired: 2013 JKU

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    That looks sweet! Love to see some interior pics too.
    "See more, do more live more"
    Wally Byam

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    Yes! Another Waggy on the boards! Looks like a great rig... nice and clean! Looks like it has a 2-3" lift on it too! Nice find and I can't wait for more pictures.

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    Hello Dice, Pleased to meet ya!
    JEEP The AR-15 of the automotive world

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue Baby Sound View Post
    Now that's a beautiful Jeep!

    Good luck and have fun
    Thanks BBS!

    Quote Originally Posted by goin camping View Post
    That looks sweet! Love to see some interior pics too.
    Thanks GC! I'll get some more photos today.

    Quote Originally Posted by lumpskie View Post
    Yes! Another Waggy on the boards! Looks like a great rig... nice and clean! Looks like it has a 2-3" lift on it too! Nice find and I can't wait for more pictures.
    Thanks Lumpskie! Verified that it's a 3" Rough Country kit....... and it rides ROUGH!....... need to swap them for some BJ's springs, Ranchos, or maybe Skyjackers.

    Quote Originally Posted by Zeep View Post
    Hello Dice, Pleased to meet ya!
    Dice says "Hi!"
    Dennis Garman
    http://www.dennisgarmanleather.com/
    https://www.facebook.com/GarmansWorkshop
    Ruff - '79 Ford Bronco
    Ben - '77 Jeep J-10 Shortbed
    Hondo - '82 Harley FXRS Shovelhead
    Dice - '78 Jeep Wagoneer

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    Some interior photos.....
    The seats and carpet seem to be in good shape for being 40 years old..... the dash pad is not cracked either!
    Rear seat comes out with no tools..... I'm 6 foot and I can easily sleep in the back.....
    Not going to build drawers or a sleeping platform....... but figure a way to secure my gear in totes on one side of the floor, and sleep on the other side...... it will only be me and a dog at most..... Again, the goal is to go camping and 4-wheeling in 1970s style!







    Dennis Garman
    http://www.dennisgarmanleather.com/
    https://www.facebook.com/GarmansWorkshop
    Ruff - '79 Ford Bronco
    Ben - '77 Jeep J-10 Shortbed
    Hondo - '82 Harley FXRS Shovelhead
    Dice - '78 Jeep Wagoneer

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