Hennepin RestoMods

Jeep Grand Wagoneer

The Griswold Family Truckster just got a little tougher

We’re getting ready to say goodbye to this beautiful beast of a 1990 Jeep Grand Wagoneer. There is a huge new audience looking for these first generation luxury SUVs that show rugged personality and individualism compared to the more rounded, slightly minivanish SUVs and Crossovers of todayThis Luxury SUV of the past was in great shape when it got here, low mileage, great paint, immaculate interior and style for days.

This is a great example of a ride that does not need a full restomod, but can definitely be improved upon. We gave the Wagoneer some refreshments and upgrades to ensure it can roll on for 30 more rugged, refined years.

On the Wagoneer’s creature comfort side, The air conditioning was outdated and anemic, so we updated the inner workings of the AC unit to accept the more modern, more climate friendly R134a for those hot summer days.

The old halogen headlights were dull and weak, so they were replaced with LED headlights and LED driving lights were added for good measure, improved visibility and overall badassedness.

Under the hood, the Chrysler TorqueFlite A727 transmission was in good shape because of the low mileage, but the AMC 360 V8 had no oil pressure and some questionable mods from a previous owner. So we sent them out to Jasper to remanufacture. They replaced all the wear parts and double checked the hard parts to make sure they weren’t damaged. Giving us a right and tight engine and transmission combo that’s ready for the long haul with a 3 year, 100,000 mile warranty. For ease of use and updating, we got rid of the old carburetor and gave it a FiTech fuel injection upgrade for easy starts in any weather.

We’re sad to see this beauty go, but excited that it’ll be out there on the road with a new lease on life and an endless black ribbon of asphalt in its future.