Wally

1988 Grand Wagoneer - Flint's #6 FSJ
Purchased in Charlotte, NC in July 1995 w/95k miles
Equipment: 401/SP2P/Holley TA 670/TF727/NP208/D44s/4.10 gears/front Auburn LSD, rear Detroit
As of 5/24/17: 293k miles

The mild street version in 1997 with fresh paint


Wally has also been a good beach buggy on occasion

The "a little bit wild" version of Wally in 2008

Maintenance/Enhancements

  • Aug 95 - New 2.5 inch exhaust from cat back w/turbo muffler & replace both power steering hoses
  • Oct 95 - Replace exhaust return plumbing for air pump replace pulley on p/s pump (it was bent, don't ask me how)
  • Dec 95 - New rear brakes and drums
  • Apr 96 - Tranny overhaul
  • Dec 96 - Carb overhaul at home along with full tune-up - plugs wires, rotor, cap and fuel filter.
  • Mar 97 - 2nd carb overhaul at home
  • Apr 97 - Complete A/C overhaul
  • May 97 - Replace u-joints on rear shaft
  • Jun 97 - 3rd carb overhaul at dealer ($ouch!)
  • Aug 97 - New Firestone SS Firehawk 255-70x15
  • Jan 98 - Factory brush guard installed (from 79 Cherokee WT)
  • Feb 98 - Choke pull-off replaced, front end alignment, overhaul carb again (Jeep dealer loves me)
  • Mar 98 - New paint (1983-87 Jeep deep blue - less metallic)
  • Apr 98 - Refinish headliner
  • May 98 - Overhaul front brakes, incl. new calipers, install 96 XJ radio/cassette, new Polk coax speakers in front doors
  • Jun 98 - Install new Polk coax speakers in back, replace air pump (argh!)
  • Jul 98 - Rebuild window track in tail gate
  • Sep 98 - HP hose replaced on power steering, new 180 degree thermostat, new roof rack grommets, 4 inch Warn Black Diamond lift (new springs in front, add a leaf and 2 inch block in back with BD shocks), Bridgestone Dueler AT 32x11.5x15
  • Oct 98 - Replace bumper hitch with heavy duty Drawtite class 5 and replace original grill with 83 Cherokee chrome grill
  • Mar 99 - Moved to So.FL, tint windows, fix front inside door release mechanics and electric locks, replace 55 watt fog lamps with Ralley 100 watt variety (mo betta)
  • Apr 99 - Remove cat and install new turbo muffler, 3 inch nerf bars with aluminum step plates
  • May 99 - Install 33 gallon Aero fuel tank (fits in stock location)
  • Jun 99 - Install 94 amp alternator, new u-joints and CV kit on fore and aft driveshafts
  • Jul 99 - Replaced all cooling system hoses, flushed system, fresh antifreeze
  • Sep 99 - Cracked tranny cooling line dumps fluid all over I75 - 727 burn out - AAMCO does overhaul ($940 - ouch!)
  • Nov 99 - Ignition switch failed.  Placed temp fix starter button under vent controls
  • Jan 00 - Rear drive shaft sheared off two u-bolts in front.  New ujoints, tcase yoke and balance shaft.   Full brake job with new wheel cylinders in back.  Fix gas leak back by fuel tank.  Remove track bars.  Replace flex track on LF door (3rd time since purchase)
  • Feb 00 - Install Columbia rebuilt Motorcraft 2150 carb - no adjustments required.
  • Mar 00 - Full tune-up with plugs wires, rotor, cap and fuel filter.  Discovered leaking fuel pump and replaced.   More leaks from tranny cooling lines were fixed also, no thanks to AAMCO
  • Apr 00 - Replace flex track on RF door
  • May 00 - New set of Goodyear Wrangler MTR 32x11.5x15 tires replace the Bridgestones
  • Jul 00 - Replace high pressure hose on power steering
  • Dec 00 - Repair tilt steering, replace ignition switch & starter relay, repair starter wiring, install new Ralley 55 watt fog lamps, install new seat cover on driver's seat, install new steering stabilizer (HD Gabriel), new HP power steering hose, new power steering pump
  • Feb 01 - Install Purolator electronic fuel pump and K&N air filter
  • May 01 - Replace instrument cluster with unit from 87 GW to get good speedometer. Old speedometer read 183871, replacement reads 178090.  Replaced burnt bulbs in dash.  Replace all water hoses and belts.  Install 15x8 white spoke wheels with the previous Bridgestone Dueler ATs.  Move to SW Colorado.  Replace electric fuel pump, PS pump and reseal steering box
  • Jul 01 - Replace front wheel bearings & axel u-joints, replace front drive shaft with better used one and install new 24" glass pack muffler
  • Aug 01 - Install Tuffy console and re-install Goodyear MTR tires and stock wheels
  • Sep 01 - Remove nerf bars (gonna rig 'em up on the Cherokee)
  • Oct 01 - Mount MTRs on new 15x8 white spoke wheels
  • Dec 01 - Install PS pump and alternator
  • Jan 02 - Install custom built front drive shaft (3/4 ton)
  • Feb 02 - Install 3.73 gears, lockrite in rear, all new axel, ring & pinion bearings and new brake pads and shoes. Thanks for the help Quincy!
  • Mar 02 - New Baja Wide Trac 33x12.5x15 tires to accomodate Phoebe with the MTRs. Overhaul spare 727 with shift kit, installed and make the Moab Easter Jeep Safari
  • Apr & May 02 - Going through aches and pains with tranny. Rebuilt again and still not right. Gonna rebuild original tranny and put it back in
  • Jul 02 - My rebuilt tranny is trashed, pull the 727 out of Rusty (parts bin) and install. Gotta make Ouray next month! Also install new CB radio. Get original tranny back from overhauler and have it on standby for next R&R
  • Nov 02 - Trim rear fenders 1.5" and seal seams to make better fit for 33" tires
  • Feb 03 - Replaced alternator, install factory tranny cooler (Modine), remove mechanical fuel pump and install block off plate, remove most emissions vacumn lines and stuff along with air pump, new water pump, fix down shift linkage, new alternator belts. Replace Cherokee grill with original and remove broken driving and fog lamps
  • Apr 03 - Replace blown NP229 while at EJS 2003 with stock AM NP208. Required longer rear drive shaft
  • Jan 04 - running on 7 cylinders - time for a 401!
  • Jun 04 - install 401 (.030 over pistons) from Kozmo with Edelbrock SP2P intake, Comp Cams 260H cam & lifters, Carter AFB and spare rebuilt 727. Dipped and repaired radiator, new Motorcaft style starter system
  • Jul 04 - Install used Jacobs Omni Magnum ignition system
  • Mar 06 - replace drag link, front spring bushings, install BJs Offroad 4" drop pitman arm, 1" lift shackles & swaybar disconnects
  • Apr 06 - remove grille and bumper and replace with eggcrate style grille from a 76 Wagoneer and install 2x4 tube bumper and brush guard. New 33" rear tires
  • Jun 06 - replace original 360 Motorcraft distributor on the 401 with a newer rebuilt distributor and replace 3 row radiator with a new 4 row radiator
  • Oct 06 - overhaul front axle: new ball joints, knuckle joints, seals - install hubs, rotors and outer axles from 75 Wagoneer donor along with new Warn manual hubs
  • Jan 07 - New alternator and 33" front tires
  • Apr 08 - Replace 727 tranny with an 81 lockup style with a Jeff Yoder rebuild & RV shift kit - Replace NP208 with a 81 208 with a J10Mike rebuild - install Hedman headers and get custom 2.25" twice pipes!
  • May 08 - replace bent rear D44 cover with a stronger front D44 cover - install flaming 8 ball seat covers
  • Jun 09 - clean up the wreckage from a near disaster in April - rebuild rear axle - replace left axle shaft & left drum, both backing plates, turn drums, all new springs, clips, cylinders, seals, axle shaft bearings
  • Oct 09 - electrical nighmares in Las Cruces - replace ignition module 3 times, coil once, found burnt wiring
  • Sep 10 - wiring problems now down to wipers, turn signals and heater blower - removed remote starter button, clean up dash wiring - got the right exhaust pipe hanger welded
  • Jun 11 - Replace original steering box with remanufactured unit for 79 J20, replace power steering pump and hoses with new ones for 79 J20 - turn signals start working again on thier own, I dunno
  • Aug 11 - Install a Ristow built Holley 600 with TA crossover tube
  • Nov 11 - fix wiring for wipers, they work again!
  • Apr 12 - New General Grabber 35" tires, replace 2" lift blocks in rear for 3". Now closer to 6" lift. Add 1" spacers to the wheels, trim more out of fender wells. Wheel it to Moab and have fuel problems. R&R all fuel lines and drop tank to for inspection. New fuel filters. Replace Holley 600 with Truck Avenger 650.
  • Oct 12 - trim more sheet metal out of rear fenders for better clearance. Take it to Las Cruces and do some light wheeling. Stuck to the plan. On the way home the left rear axle sheared of at 65 mpg near Shiprock, NM and the tire pretty much trashed the fender and fuel filler. Wally the 401derwagon is currently retired.
  • Aug 13 - Sold - The next owner, Jerry did the following:
    • Pulled engine and replaced all freeze plugs, front & rear main seals, new rocker arms and bridges, lifters, pan gasket, intake gasket, valve cover gaskets
    • Replace LR Fender/quarter panel, repaint original Baltic Blue, add XJ fender flares, add a hood bar, swap bOObie grille for a razor.
    • Install Evil Twin sliders, mirror mounts, hand grabs, D44 diff armor.
    • Swap in 88 GW axels with 4.10 gears, front Auburn LSD, rear Detroit locker, add skid plates over U-bolts and steering stabilizer.
    • New Skip White HEI and wires and new aluminum radiator, rear mount fuel pump with power relay.
    • Add stainless beauty rings and Jeep center caps on the white spoke wheels. Add ammo box arm rest.
  • Aug 16 - Got him back from Jerry.
  • Sep 16 - Fix broken wires in tailgate.
  • Mar 17 - New Altima battery, cables and engine ground strap.
  • Apr 17 - New Sony stereo. Replace bad fuse link.