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

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    Quote Originally Posted by Comanche Scott View Post
    Rrrrrrrooooooaaaaaadddddd Trip!
    Yes indeed....... a Road Trip!

    https://youtu.be/Nzg9cE7-2LQ
    Last edited by DGarman; 01-04-2018 at 11:17 PM.
    Dennis Garman
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    Ruff - '79 Ford Bronco
    Ben - '77 Jeep J-10 Shortbed
    Hondo - '82 Harley FXRS Shovelhead
    Dice - '78 Jeep Wagoneer

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    Road Trip to Kingman AZ....... not an Overland trip by any means...... but a 500 mile round trip to see what could go wrong!
    Dice did great..... lots of power with the 401..... rode nice...... very comfortable......

    Did catch a photo of Dice in his natural habitat.....


    Got to Kingman in the dark........ got a room {Oh, the Horror!} about a mile from the MVD..... enjoyed some Banquets and Pizza.....
    Went to the MVD at the crack of 9:30 in the morning..... got the title and registration taken care of for Dice...... 5 years registration for $69.50 (!!!)..... no smog check necessary..... and my total time inside the building was less than 15 minutes!..... it was actually a pleasant experience......
    I grew up in CA...... and I know how the DMV in CA works...... and how much they charge..... so I'm poking some fun here......


    Next up was to cruise out to my little piece of Paradise..... near Hackberry...... off of I-40 it's 6 miles of good dirt road..... and 2 miles of bad dirt road......
    My neighbor built a nice house....... and an Old West Town!...... for family get-togethers and field trips for school kids...... pretty cool.....







    Up the slope to my place..... no electricity..... no water..... no telephone..... no natural gas...... virtually no neighbors..... you know...... perfect!





    Headed back to CA for Mom's 80th birthday!..... driving across the Mojave...... no radio...... no passengers........ had a lot of time to think about what to do to Dice........
    Dennis Garman
    http://www.dennisgarmanleather.com/
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    Ruff - '79 Ford Bronco
    Ben - '77 Jeep J-10 Shortbed
    Hondo - '82 Harley FXRS Shovelhead
    Dice - '78 Jeep Wagoneer

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    Wow, that old west town is pretty unique! Looks like fun too!

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    Uh oh, a long car ride with no supervision!? I can only imagine what you came up with for Dice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Curly View Post
    Wow, that old west town is pretty unique! Looks like fun too!
    It's pretty cool when he's got something going on there!

    Quote Originally Posted by SOAZ View Post
    Uh oh, a long car ride with no supervision!? I can only imagine what you came up with for Dice!
    Haha! All kinds of Farkles are on the list now!.....
    Dennis Garman
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    Ruff - '79 Ford Bronco
    Ben - '77 Jeep J-10 Shortbed
    Hondo - '82 Harley FXRS Shovelhead
    Dice - '78 Jeep Wagoneer

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    I've only owned Dice for a few weeks now..... he's working out well...... I think I'll keep him!
    This will be Dice's "Build Thread"..... so I figure I should post up a To Do list for improvements and such.....
    Dice and me had a conversation...... he'd prefer to be built up like it's 1978..... that sounds good to me.....


    We came up with a list of improvements..... but they were mostly around 40 years ago..... with a few exceptions.....
    We figured Dice's build list (in no particular order) should be called this:

    Not This..... But This Instead.....

    No electric/pneumatic lockers….. but instead a Detroit Locker in the rear and a True Trac in the front.
    No GPS unit….. but instead a bunch of paper maps, Gazetteers, and a Marble’s compass.
    No snorkel….. but instead a 14” K&N filter with a chrome top….. bling bling!
    No bypass/remote reservoir shocks….. but instead Rancho RS5000s.
    No MaxTrax….. but instead I’ll pull the wool blanket from my bedroll, in the off chance I need to.
    No storage drawers….. but instead a sleeping platform that covers my milk crates.
    No fridge….. but instead a 1975 Coleman ice chest.


    No fuel injection….. but instead a 670 cfm Holley Truck Avenger carb.
    No LS or Diesel engine swap….. but instead keep the original AMC 401.
    No axle swaps….. but instead keep the original Dana 44s.
    No winch….. but instead I’ll rely on the lockers above, and carry a tow strap.
    No Ham radio….. but instead a pair of FRS radios, and maybe a CB.
    No sound system….. but instead something that will play my 1,879 favorite songs from my IPOD.
    No RTT….. but instead a David Ellis Range Tent for extended stays.


    No awning….. but instead a blue tarp, adjustable poles, paracord, and stakes.


    No dual battery system….. but instead one Odyssey PC1500 with a manual cutoff switch.
    No roof rack….. but instead some eyelets to attach the above blue tarp to.
    No LED Light Bars….. but instead some KC Daylighters.
    No rear view camera….. but instead I’ll look around, the Wagoneer is all glass anyway.

    So anyways..... Dice and me agreed this would be a good build for us both..... old-school..... vintage..... retro...... antique...... whatever term you prefer!.....
    Dennis Garman
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    Ruff - '79 Ford Bronco
    Ben - '77 Jeep J-10 Shortbed
    Hondo - '82 Harley FXRS Shovelhead
    Dice - '78 Jeep Wagoneer

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    I'm with you, My 3B is built up like it would have been done in the early '60s. (that is how I bought it) It works fine and is a favorite out on the trails. I get more attention than any other Jeep in the group.
    1992 FG, 1994 Hallmark camper.
    1961 CJ3b, V6,OD,PTO winch etc.
    1969 Jeep Commando.
    1998 Harley.
    2, 1982 XT 550's
    1953 Buick Special, that I get out about once a year, 62K original miles.

  9. #79
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    That old iron looks good. Looking forward to your retro build.

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    You could always add a Hi-Lift Jack, and some chain to pull you out of a bad spot.
    A Hi-Lift jack is a farmer's best friend.

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