1979 Jeep Wagoneer Limited

Matt Garrett - Dallas Texas



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1979 Jeep Wagoneer Limited.  28K miles original.  Probably the best 79 known and at least one of the top examples of the rare Wagoneer Limited on the planet.  Highly detailed, highly original and a high # 2 rated show level vehicle.  Titled one owner, bought in Dallas, has never left, always garaged in a collector environment.  It has been in my care since 1989 as a collector. 

Lots has been said about these vehicles over the years and even 15 years ago these were becoming quite the collector.  They are kind of the original high end SUV and were one of the last vehicles built that were still carbureted, had a large engine and retained a 3 speed automatic transmission all the way up to 1991.  These things were also very expensive new too.  The Wagoneer used the AMC 360 engine, or Rambler engine.  Many people get this confused with the Dodge 360.  It is nothing the same.  The AMC 360 is its own animal.   The frame structure on the Wagoneer and 4 wheel drive systems in the proper optioned examples (like this one) make it one of the toughest and stoutest 4x4 larger vehicles ever done.  Referred to as the FSJ, or full sized jeep, you have seen many an offroader, ranch owner, hunter or outdoors person have one of these somewhere in conditions from camouflaged to actually 1/2 way nice.  I have had my share of these over the years, some that could go under water.  They are good for off road!  In its day the wagoneer did just about everything right.  Today they are not bad except for the fact they were not aerodynamic and their highway abilities are seriously lacking compared to buying something more modern.  Bad gas mileage, high wind loads, etc.  As long as you are not trying to drive across country at 90MPH, a wagoneer from 78-91 is actually a pretty good around town driving vehicle even compared to the best today has to offer.  Very reliable and fuel economy at lower speeds is not bad.  The worst thing about Jeeps in general were their rust issues.  So many of these were bought for snow drivers and nothing lasts doing that for very long, ever.  So many of these presumed nice FSJ vehicles are rust repaired all over the place.  If one has had any history from north of MO, be really careful.  I have seen it all on these things and finding a good solid one is not as easy as it may look with the many for sale at higher prices that you may "think" are just great.

This is example is my answer to an adult Jeep/collector show truck that has never as much as hit a piece of mud.   To me regular wagoneer on white walls is not very impressive.   If I wanted a driver, I would pick 100 other driver vehicles in front of a wagoneer.  Nothing against the wagoneer, just at this point in their lives they are better off as a collector/toy, not some re-live your youth daily transportation.   So this is my toy.  While still being a true original, it has ever been off road, but set up as it is, this Jeep can do what the best of billy-bobs jeep can do too if asked of it.  This FSJ contains some tasteful upgrades that were learned from many years of offroading other FSJs.   Stock 100% original down to the water pump AMC 360, highly detailed engine bay and undercarriage.  Optional TH400 Q-Track, system with factory Dana 44 front and rear.  3:55 Track-Lok front and rear!  Really this whole jeep is original except 3" lift, Ramsey winch bumper with 7K winch and framing support, 3" custom exhaust,  Lock out Warn Hubs.  15x10 Pioneer wheels with rare factory integrated center caps and 33x12.50 15 BFG.   TH400 has been upgraded with B&M kit and Q-track has new chain and upgrades that allow All Wheel street driving, 2 wheel drive or locked driveshaft off road 4 wheel drive.  Best of all worlds.   Has aux plate trans cooler too.  Engine mounts have also been reinforced with cable locks due to the typical AMC engine mount failures that will send the motor into the hood.  If you have owned a Wagoneer or and FSJ with a V8 before then you understand what I am talking about.  I caught this one way before that could happen.  Owning this example for me comes from years of trial and error of other and much lesser examples in my youth.  Some of those were nice, some I ran underwater, others I jumped and did things that would have your mother faint watching.   Doing that for many years, I learned a high level of appreciation for these and wanted the best I could get, one I could show and would never as much as get it wet.  This Jeep literally has never as much as seen rain since 89 when I bought it with 18K miles.  It was a gem then, and even more so now.   As I said, this is my adult version, the one I found the best the world had to offer, one I paid 20K in 1989 to buy, did what I wanted to do, put it in the garage, take it to shows and learned never to hit a water puddle in.  Other than that, the vehicle is really original.   Because of my history with these, I have kept this jeep for a very long time since the late 80s.

  This wagoneer is loaded but has rare power window delete.  The wealthy old money Dallasite I bought it from around 89 was one of those guys that was scared power windows would trap him in the vehicle if he Chappaquiddick'd it.   Has power rear window, leather, AC, map lighting, Rear Defrost and all the other things the Limited has.  Factory tow pak too and of course the Quadra-Track system. Also has rare factory AMC CB AM/FM radio too!  I have kept in my collection as new and have used this on occasion to tow cars to local shows a couple miles from the garage here. Some of those cars did not win, but this always does no matter what.  Every show it graces earns it an award.  I cannot say that even with my best car, but trucks are different.  This an my 84-F-250 are show winners every time.

I usually pull dealer emblems off of vehicles, but if they go defunct I keep them.  Mockingbird went out in the 80s.
License plate is for display only, truck has never left Texas.  It runs its original 79 Texas plate now.

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