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Spinnaker Blues and the difficulty is-those colors were produced in limited quantities “back in the day” , sometimes originally made only in the hundreds.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.

OUR RESTORATION PROCESS

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 (Factory original ultra cool vintage shag carpeting is preserved on the seat backs)
  • 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:

  • Engine 360ci V8
  • Engine is compression tested in all 8 cylinders
  • Oil pressure confirmed via mechanical gauge at hot idle
  • External gaskets replaced including:
  • Valve cover gaskets
  • Intake gasket
  • Timing cover gasket
  • Oil pan gasket
  • Front & rear main seals replaced
  • New engine mounts

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
  • 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
  • New vacuum hoses

Transmission & 4 wheel drive systems

  • Valve body from automatic transmission removed, resealed shifter shafts & installed new filter & fluid
  • Replaced gear lube of front & rear differentials for 4 wheel drive High & Low
  • New transmission mounts

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
  • 4 New whitewall tires
  • New muffler and tailpipe
  • Undercarriage detailed with floors and frames coated

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: