New 1989 Jeep Grand Wagoneer
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Frame off restoration undergoing mechanical and cosmetic works with estimated completion date of fourth quarter 2023… Reserve Now as our available and in production restoration pieces continue to be complete sellouts year in and year out…
Grand Wagoneer by Classic Gentleman, internationally recognized as a leading buyer, restorer and seller of low mile, excellent condition Grand Wagoneers presents this low mile vintage 1989 Grand being refinished in the rarely seen color- COLORADO RED.
This fine example traveled a modest 80,483 miles in her 33 year lifetime. That translates into just 2500 miles driven per year on average and as Wagoneer enthusiasts know, low mile examples are becoming more and more difficult to locate as each year passes by. A most critical question for any potential Wagoneer buyer is where did it spend its life time. Carfax confirms this fine example spent the beginning of her life in the south and then in Colorado as a “resort driver. Our search for any possible restoration candidates always begins with a close inspection of the undercarriage. Given where all her miles have accumulated and the fact she was rust proofed when new, this Wagoneer presents a solid foundation for our restoration works.
There was also a very limited amount of owners that enjoyed this Grand over the years. Each of them took the time and effort to save much of her original factory paraphernalia including the window sticker, the dealers addendum window sticker, owners manual and warranty information. Doesn't add a dollar to her restoration value but still, good to know her past owners valued her history.
We are color converting this fine example into that highly sought after color- Colorado Red. A perfect choice for a Grand Wagoneer from beautiful Colorado. The story of the red finish on the Grand Wagoneer is unique and here are the two reasons that red is not as prolific as the other colors that you generally see on the Grand Wagoneer. The actual “GRAND” nameplate began in 1984 and ended in 1991. During that eight year span , according to our Jeep paint color chart , Colorado Red was never offered to Jeep dealers. That’s right- ZERO stock Wagoneers in Colorado Red were ever shipped from the factory. What about the red ones that come up for sale? The answer is simple- they were special ordered. You are probable aware that car salesmen are usually paid once a vehicle is delivered. As you might expect the majority of Wagonreer salesmen were not eager to pull out the special order color chart and having to wait weeks or months to collect a commission check. Not a stocking color and few special orders made Colorado Red quite scarce in the Wagoneer saga. The years before the Grand Wagoneer nameplate (1963-1983) featured some red finishes with names like Sebring Red, Trans Am Red and Firecracker Red to name a few ,but once again no Colorado reds of any model were produced. Red ones never stay in our inventory for very long as you might imagine.
OUR FRAME OFF RESTORATION PROCESS
Exterior cosmetic restoration works:
Full professional color conversion repaint in Colorado Red
New Wood Trim
New Wood Siding
New rubber door seals & window wipes
5 New white wall tires wrapping professionally refinished wheels
The remaining exterior chrome and aluminum bits, such as the front grille, bumpers, center wheel caps, door handles, luggage rack and so on, whilst not new, as they are no longer manufactured new, only exhibit low mile desert usage and as such, still present nicely.
Interior cosmetic restoration works:
Seats reupholstered by our Amish craftsmen with all new leather & new fabric inserts and new carpeting on the back of the seats
New carpeting on the floors, inner tailgate, cargo sides with new cargo boards, lower door panels & custom matched floor mats
Dashboard & steering wheel recoate
Professionally re-manufactured original factory spec correct 360ci V8 motor installed, including:
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 Rod Bearings
New Seals & Gaskets
New Timing Chain
Break-In Oil Included
New Hydraulic Flat Tappet Lifters
New motor mounts
Front & rear main seals replaced
Modern fuel injection includes:
Throttle body with mounting plate
Electric fuel pump
Inline fuel filter with hoses
Inline fuel pump
New engine harness with OBDII date connector
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
New vacuum hoses
Transmission & 4 wheel drive systems
Transmission rebuilt with new torque converter, all interior and exterior seals replaced, replace clutch plates, frictions and bands, new fluid, filters, gaskets and transmission mounts
Replaced gear lube of front & rear differentials for 4 wheel drive High & Low
Air conditioning & coolant systems
Air conditioning system pressurized & Freon recharged
Updated to R134
Coolant system service includes new water pump, thermostat, heater hoses, upper & lower radiator hoses & bypass hose, fresh antifreeze.
Braking, wheel components & undercarriage
Front brake service – New rotors, pads, rubber hoses, rebuilt brake calipers, wheel bearings cleaned, inspected & repacked with fresh grease & inner hub seal replaced
Rear brake service- New brake shoes, drums, wheel cylinders, brake hardware (anchor pins & springs) adjusters cleaned & lubed. New rubber hoses from frame to rear differential. Master cylinder flushed out & new brake fluid installed.
4 New shocks fitted
5 New whitewall tires
New muffler and tailpipe
Frame completely removed from chassis
Undercarriage primer sealed to protect against future rust with Rust-Oleum painted black frames and grey floors.
New front leaf springs
New rear leaf springs
Key electrical components & parts replaced
New AM/FM/CD stereo with Bluetooth connectivity
Battery w/ new cables
Fuel sending unit
Oil pressure switch
Inner fender ignition module
Neutral safety switch
Upgraded headlamps to Hella 9003 halogen bulbs
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 Wagaoneer 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 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.
You are welcome to ring 724-996-1288 for a cordial discussion regarding this example or any other in our current or soon to be on offer extensive inventory.
- Classic Car ID101813821
- Stock NumberGrand Wagoneer by Classic Gentleman
- CategoryClassic Trucks
- Body StyleSUV
- Mileage80,483 miles
- Engine8 Cylinder
- DoorsFive Door
- Drivetrain4 wheel drive
- Transmission3 Speed Automatic
- Exterior ColorRed
- Interior ColorBeige
- Seat ColorSand
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