Grand Wagoneer by Classic Gentleman, leading buyer, restorer and seller of low mile, excellent condition Grand Wagoneers , presents this freshly restored original Spinnaker. This special Grand has been updated with a newly done, commercially re-manufactured original spec 360ci engine, updated with modern fuel injection and a host of Classic Gentleman restoration attention.
The newly re-manufactured engine is the factory correct original style 360ci V8 motor. The professional re-manufacturing process is comprehensive and includes a complete dismantle of the motor with new…… valves, main bearings, oil pump, pistons, rod bearings, lifters, timing chain, seals and gaskets. A new heavy duty radiator has also been fitted. We didn’t stop there but replaced the original carburetor set up with modern fuel injection to make this vintage Grand as up to date as possible. The transmission has likewise been serviced and “shift on the fly” 4 wheel drive is ready for any environment.
This ’88 Grand was born from the factory as an original Spinnaker Blue Metallic Wagoneer….Special ordered that way by her first owners who knew a timeless color when they saw one. This is one of only a few original factory Spinnaker Grands made and for us, one of just a couple original Spinnakers we have ever had. The tan interior mixes well with the Spinnaker wrapper, that, along with the exterior wood treatment, tie it all together in timeless fashion.
Carfax confirms both the low 106,xxx miles ticking up slowly over the years, (that averages just a tad over 3,000 miles per year), with the first half of her miles in sunny Florida and all the rest from Washington State. Neither of those states ever use road salt in the winter and down to that, a strong frame and undercarriage is the foundation of the Wagoneer. Carfax also confirms no accidents ever being reported against our ’88.
Some highlights of our restoration works include:
- Full professional repaint in the original Spinnaker Blue Metallic
- New Wood Trim
- New Wood Siding
- New Windshield
- New window wipes & replacement of exterior chrome flexible pieces
- New white wall tires wrapping professionally refinished wheels
- New floor carpeting with custom matched floor mats
- Tan leather portion of seats re-coated
- New headliner
Back to the extensive mechanical & electrical works we organized and sorted on this special Wagoneer. We normally don’t go into deep detail of the mechanical works we have done, in the write ups, saving all that data to forward to prospective buyers via a document file we complete for each one of our pieces. Still, for all you casual observers, let’s list the highlights of the electrical/mechanical works we performed on this Spinnaker below:
- Professionally re-manufactured factory correct 360ci V8 motor
- Installed precision milled cylinder heads
- Installed Valve train: new valves (stainless exhaust & plated intake valves), new valve seals, new valve seating
- Leak tested Heads & Block
- New Main Bearings
- New Oil Pump
- New Pistons
- New Rod Bearings
- New Seals & Gaskets
- New Timing Chain
- Break-In Oil Included
- New Hydraulic Flat Tappet Lifters
- New Heavy Duty Radiator
- New fuel injection system installed, replacing the old carburetor.
- Throttle body with mounting plate
- Electric fuel pump
- Inline fuel filter with hoses
- Inline fuel pump
- New engine harness with OBDII date connector
- OBDII scan code reader to plug into harness
- New oxygen sensor
- Electronic ignition module
- Electronic speed sensor to replace speedo cable
- 8MM high performance ignition wire set
- Premium distributor cap & rotor
- New spark plugs
- Accel chrome ignition coil
Fuel injection is easily the #1 reliability improvement that we add to all of our pieces at Grand Wagoneer by Classic Gentleman and with a newly re-manufactured engine also installed, this one is as ready as one can be.
Why buy from a Grand Wagoneer specialist? Our entire focus is on Grand Wagoneers and we know these unique vehicles inside and out. When you purchase a Classic Gentleman Wagoneer it has been thoroughly inspected and works completed by professional mechanics, some with over forty years of Wagoneer experience. We purchase fine example Jeeps from a variety of sources including other dealers and private parties. We are often told by the seller, “My Jeep is excellent and needs nothing” however, being in this profession, we know to expect and plan for a great deal of sorting. Remember the average age of these vehicles is over thirty years old and even with loving care many the cosmetics and mechanical parts have aged and worn accordingly. When a Classic Gentleman Grand Wagoneer arrives at your home, it is a special occasion and the Grand will be in beautiful condition. Yes, our sales are as-is, but as you will see from our detailed document files that your Grand has been looked after carefully. Our goal is to see that the joy and enthusiasm of Grand Wagoneer ownership begins immediately with your purchase and that it will be there for years to come.
Still, and here is the most honest paragraph you have perhaps ever seen from a restoration house/dealer, in some ways these Jeeps were terrible even when they were new. Sometimes we wonder if automotive engineering was more of a hobby with Jeep executives. For example, a Grand Wagoneer was the very last vehicle produced in America still fitted with a carburetor. The factory installing an ancient artifact like a carburetor to these Grands is a perfect example of Wagoneers being more primitive than other vehicles of the same model years. Now we automatically upgrade and modernize each of our Grands with MODERN FUEL INJECTION, eliminating the troublesome carburetor and therefore also eliminating the next owner having to constantly hector his local Jeep service advisor to adjust the carburetor. But, in most every other way, we can’t change the method these were built by the factory. In many respects the manufacturer used outdated technology and manufacturing methods and as a restorer, we will always be compromised by that circumstance. Did you know you can remove the front grill from a final year 1991 Grand Wagoneer and behind it still see the round cut out holes for the 1963 Jeep Wagoneer headlights. Those are just two examples above to illuminate the discussion. Therefore, please understand you will do more maintenance and servicing of a vintage Grand Wagoneer than a modern piece, even one we have restored. That is just a truth, fellow enthusiast. If you don’t have the un-excitability and tolerance for that, then let us say to you candidly, don’t buy one. But let us also remind you that it is indeed that old school style and looks of a Grand Wagoneer that have made them so ever popular today.
Be sure to have a look at our website’s recommendation page where you can see first hand the positive experiences of a worldwide assortment of named buyers. We deal honestly and work hard to insure a happy buyer. You will never be pressured or chased for a sale but given all the time needed to insure if a purchase is right for you. Guided by these principals, our modestly sized niche dealership has built a loyal and devoted customer base spanning 5 continents. Please ring us directly at 724-996-1288 to further discuss your interest.