Grand Wagoneer by Classic Gentleman, internationally recognized as a leading buyer, restorer and seller of low mile, excellent condition Grand Wagoneers, presents this very special 1988 Spinnaker Blue Metallic collector’s piece. She is in our “Top Fifteen” lowest original mile Grand Wagoneers with just 44,350 miles being accumulated. (Remarkably, that is just 1,250 miles per year, on average).
The Carfax confirms the super low miles clicking up nice and slow over the decades with no accidents ever reported. This Grand of course has a great undercarriage and frame, down to the fact that until our purchase, she was always registered in the deep bit of southern California where not only would she not of seen road salt or of course snow, she probably was rained on next to never.
One of our favorite restorations of 2022, she has been exercised around 250 miles post completion and our mechanics have confirmed our works are nicely dialed in.
Extreme low miles, rare and sought after Spinnaker Blue color and a strong Carfax history confirming the 43,350 miles with all but a few hundred of those miles in the perfect environment for vintage automobiles, southern California .
OUR RESTORATION PROCESS
Exterior cosmetic restoration works:
·Full professional color conversion into rare Spinnaker Blue Metallic
·New exterior wood trim
·New wood siding
·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 California usage and as such, still present nicely.
Interior cosmetic restoration works:
·Seats have all new fabric inserts with original leather re-coated
·New carpeting on the floors, inner tailgate, cargo sides with new cargo boards, kick panels & custom matched floor mats
·Dashboard & steering wheel recoated
·Original Engine 360ci V8
·External gaskets replaced including:
·Valve cover gaskets
·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
·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 hoses, 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.
·Rear leaf springs replaced
·4 New shocks fitted
·4 New whitewall tires
·New muffler and tailpipe
Key electrical components & parts replaced
·Modern stereo update with Bluetooth connectivity
·Battery w/ new cables
·Fuel sending unit
·Oil pressure switch
·Inner fender ignition module
·Neutral safety switch
·Headlamps upgraded 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 Wagoneer 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.