Our Restoration Process

Restoration Colors

(Please note that we exclusively restore only our company owned Grand Wagoneers & do not organize private party restorations)

We start with restoration candidates that are all low mile examples, averaging between 2,000 to 4,000 miles driven per year since new. Then the fun begins…

If you are beginning the search for a vintage Grand Wagoneer- often the very first criteria is the color choice. In fact, for many of our buyers that is the key determining factor in making a purchase. Exterior color selection is one of the areas where Classic Gentleman truly shines.

Why? Because our professional painters have logged thousands of hours transforming these Jeeps into the finished beauties you see on our web-site and many of those are full color conversions. A process, quite frankly, that is overwhelming for many in the body and paint profession. The completion of a full professional color conversion nearly doubles the average time it takes to apply new paint to a Grand from four weeks to nearly eight. Time consuming elements beyond the normal include; removing of the doors and hood and stripping away the old faux wood and trim, removing the windshield, painting all interior metal surfaces that were required by the factory to match the exterior, and we even remove the old floor carpeting and paint the floor metal to match the new chosen color. We do not remove the engine but we do paint all accessible engine bay areas.

You might ask, “Why then do you do color conversions?” The answer is simple. The most popular colors for today’s Wagoneer buyers were not the choices favored by our parents and grand parents when they ordered the Jeeps from the factory thirty years ago. Contemporary buyers are searching for Hunter Greens and Spinnaker Blues and the difficulty is-those colors were produced in limited quantities “back in the day” , sometimes originally made only in the hundreds. Chances are, you may never come across a Wagoneer in either of these sought after finishes… regardless, that’s what you want and we are here to make that dream a reality. Filling a need that is too exhausting for many others to attempt.

Next in line in popularity is the dark blue metallic Grand and the good news there is, enough of that color choice were produced that there is little need to go to the expense of color converting to the darker blues. Our task is to do our due diligence and find great original dark blue restoration candidates and we strive to always have dark blue Wagoneers in inventory or in the “soon to be on offer” category. Additionally, we try to purchase and restore other popular colors like white, beige, grey , and silver – to mention a few- to round out our inventory.

In general, but not specific to every piece, most all of our restoration pieces include these highlights:

  • Full professional repaint
  • Replacement of exterior rubber gaskets & window wipes
  • New exterior wood trim
  • New exterior wood siding
  • New exterior flexible chrome pieces
  • Refinished wheels
  • Fresh radial whitewall tires balanced & aligned
  • Seats refreshed
  • Steering wheel & dashboard re-coated
  • New floor carpeting
  • New interior cargo boards, kick panels
  • Custom floor mats
  • New headliner
  • Full inspection & review of all major components: 360ci V8 Engine / transmission / 4 wheel drive high & low system / all electrical systems
  • Replacement of original carburetor with modern fuel injection
  • Updated throttle body with mounting plate
  • New electric fuel pump
  • New inline fuel filter with hoses
  • New inline fuel pump
  • New engine harness with OBDII data connector
  • New oxygen sensor
  • New electronic ignition module
  • New electronic speed sensor
  • New high performance ignition wire set
  • New premium distributor cap & rotor / spark plugs
  • New chrome ignition coil
  • New battery
  • New starter
  • New alternator
  • New fuel sending unit
  • New neutral safety switch
  • Air conditioning serviced & updated to R134
  • New shocks
  • Brakes serviced
  • All fluids changed

The list above represents only the highlights of the restoration works we perform.

Many other Grands you might consider for purchase from others would not have had the attention paid to them that we here at Classic Gentleman provide. And in truth, there are other Grand Wagoneer restoration houses that perform even more works than we generally organize, but likewise charge considerably above our on offer prices. We are not a fit for every buyer but a quick look at our Recommendation Page will show that for the segment we operate inside, our past clients express that we are doing a capital job.

Here is an example of one of our restorations, a stunning 1991 Final Edition in Spinnaker Blue:

Our special Wagoneer spent her life in the south or western states of Texas, North Carolina, California and Washington state where she traveled just 98,145 miles, an average of just 3500 miles per year. Southern heritage Wagoneers ensure a strong undercarriage and this example is no exception. Add to that a power sun-roof, a very limited number are equipped with these, and one of the most sought after colors (SPINNAKER BLUE). You see why the words “special and unique” describe this Grand Wagoneer perfectly.

The Carfax confirms the low 98,145 actual/original miles clicking up nice and slow over the decades with no accidents ever reported and all southern and western states of registration.

The exterior was just treated to a full professional color conversion into the extremely rare and beautiful Spinnaker Blue Metallic.The wood vinyl siding was just installed inside the original factory wood trim.The front grill frame is new, along with the flexible chrome like trim pieces. The wheels were professionally redone and are wrapped with new whitewall tires. The remaining exterior bits, including bumpers, center wheel caps and other attached chrome pieces, whilst not new, reflect just normal aging and still present in nice condition.

The sand colored interior is the perfect match against the Spinnaker Blue outside wrapper. We installed new carpeting across the floors in both the cabin and cargo areas along with the sides of the cargo compartment and interior tailgate. Just the carpeting on the back of the seats and attached to the lower door panes, where wear doesn’t occur, are original. Custom floor mats are included to protect the carpeting. The dashboard and steering wheel have been re-coated and the seats have just been refreshed and are in beautiful condition. Above it all, a new headliner has been installed and a power sunroof is there for those summer days. The working interior appointments include power seats, power windows, power door locks, power mirrors and a modern AM/FM/CD Stereo with Bluetooth and satellite radio. The heat and air conditioning are also fully serviced with the a/c upgraded and updated to 134R.

At Grand Wagoneer by Classic Gentleman, we often spend more time and monies looking after the mechanical and electrical needs of these Grands than all the cosmetic stuff you see on the outside wrapper. This special Grand is likewise in that category. This carriage has also been upgraded from the always in need of romancing carburetor with a modern fuel injection set up. Of course, the 4 wheel drive shift on the fly is ready for anything the beach or the mountains will put in front of her.

Whist we normally don’t go into great detail in our write ups regarding all the cosmetic, mechanical and electrical works we performed, saving that for the document files that we send to our buyers, here below find a listing of those extensive works we organized here. The vast majority of our restorations keep the original factory motor but in this particular example, we fitted a newly re-manufactured engine.

Exterior Restoration Cosmetic Highlights:

  • Professional full color conversion into Blue Metallic
  • New wood vinyl sticker inside original exterior wood trim
  • New windshield
  • New front grill frame
  • Professionally refinished wheels
  • New whitewall tires

Interior Cosmetic Highlights:

  • Leather portion of seats re-coated with new seat fabric inserts sewn into place
  • Dashboard and steering wheel re-coated
  • New floor carpeting in the passenger cabin and new carpet on the cargo area floor, cargo area side panels and interior tailgate.
  • Sound deadening insulation installed
  • New custom floor mats
  • New headliner

Mechanical & Electrical Restoration Highlights:

  • 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 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
  • Frame thrower brand 8MM high performance ignition wire set
  • Premium distributor cap & rotor
  • Accel chrome ignition coil