Our Restoration Process

OUR 2023 FRAME OFF RESTORATION PROCESS

Please note we restore only our own company owned Wagoneers for our sale inventory and do not offer private party restorations.

Exterior cosmetic restoration works:


  • Full professional repaint
  • New Wood Trim is used whenever the original wood trim is no longer in excellent condition
  • New Wood Siding
  • New Windshield
  • New rubber door seals & window wipes
  • New white wall tires wrapping professionally refinished wheels
  • The remaining exterior chrome and aluminum bits, such as the front grill frame, 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 Arizona usage and as such, still present nicely.

Interior cosmetic restoration works:


  • Seats – If the original seats are in excellent condition upon our purchase, they are cleaned and the leather portion re-coated. If the original seats are below an excellent standard, they are reupholstered by our Amish craftsmen with all new leather & new fabric inserts.
  • New carpeting on the floors, inner tailgate, cargo sides with new cargo boards & custom matched floor mats
  • New Headliner
  • Dashboard & steering wheel recoated

Electrical/mechanical works:


Engine:

  • 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 Pistons
    • 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

  • If the factory original AM/FM stereo is still functioning, it is preserved. Otherwise, a new AM/FM/CD stereo with Bluetooth connectivity is installed
  • Battery w/ new cables
  • Starter
  • Alternator
  • Fuel sending unit
  • Oil pressure switch
  • Ignition switch
  • Inner fender ignition module
  • Neutral safety switch
  • Headlamps upgraded to Hella 9003 halogen bulbs

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