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Old March 6th, 2019, 07:35
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Re: BUILD - 1990 XJ Wagoneer Limited

Oh man that's some muddying of the waters!
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Old March 6th, 2019, 08:26
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I am happy to see the progress you are making on this.

Kudos to you for rescuing this one.
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Old March 6th, 2019, 14:40
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I am happy to see the progress you are making on this.

Kudos to you for rescuing this one.
It's a labor of love, that's for sure, and thank you! I always loved these things. I was more interested in the GW (and still want one for my non-existent, but officially started now jeep-hoard), but this one was a right place right time sort of deal. Parts are tough to find though. Tougher than for a GW I'm finding.

It's been at the body shop since November, which has been really good for us. Not being in a rush, and getting to do a lot of the work ourselves (like prep stuff) has been a good learning experience, and has saved us a LOT of what would've been a really big bill. It's still a big bill, but not what it was.

The other side should be painted this week, and the floorpan will likely be replaced before or right after. After that, it comes home and I start picking through it.

I need to figure out where the heck to begin. There's a big part of me that just wants to start rebuilding the whole thing, wiring and all. It's still a huge project, but definitely snatched from the jaws of death.

I'm really happy to have found this community. Up until this point I've always been a Wrangler guy. Had a 1990, and have a 2013 now. Had a 2000 XJ and 2004 WJ for work purposes, but those are long gone now. But just goes to show you, Jeeps are in the blood I suppose. Doesn't matter what kind. Why else would someone (or many someones) spend this kind of time and money on an old pile like this, LOL.
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Old March 11th, 2019, 06:06
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Re: BUILD - 1990 XJ Wagoneer Limited

Some paint progress pictures! The roof is all straightened out now, hail damage removed. Passenger side is painted now. Is it wrong to kind of dig the white top and hood with the blue?
























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Old March 13th, 2019, 19:05
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Re: BUILD - 1990 XJ Wagoneer Limited

Looking sweet. What's the plan for the roof & hood?
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Old March 16th, 2019, 09:50
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Looking sweet. What's the plan for the roof & hood?

It'll all be the same color eventually!


Ordered some sound deadening material for the inside as well. Should be here today I think.
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Old April 29th, 2020, 07:00
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Re: BUILD - 1990 XJ Wagoneer Limited

Did we ever see the end of this build/ restoration? Would love to see how the interior etc came out
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Old June 15th, 2020, 08:26
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Hey there!

Not yet. It's far from over, LOL. It's just been on the shelf for a bit with current events. I guess the Waggy has been quarantined along with everyone else.

The current status is that it's painted now. We have the wood appliqué/trim for the sides, but it's not on yet.

I sent off the border trim for the appliqué on the sides to be re-wrapped - hopefully that will be back by the end of this month. Once we have that, we can put the thing back together and bring it home from the body shop.

I reached out to a local upholstery shop to get a quote on doing the fabric inserts on the seats, the headliner, and the cloth parts of the door panels. Since the interior of the Waggy is out of it, I could just leave everything with them. Might as well while no one is driving it.

Once it's home - the agenda turns to putting it back together. I need to find a few trim pieces (but man I can barely remember now without seeing it), decide on interior carpet since we threw the old nasty carpet out (and it was NASTY).

Before carpet I'll probably POR15 the interior for good measure, then apply sound deadener. I'm considering trying to have the undercarriage blasted and coated, but I'm not sure. This isn't a frame-off resto at this time, so I'm not sure if it's worth it.

I suppose I should decide if I want to tackle redoing ALL the wiring in it while it's apart. The wires appear to be in good shape still, but they're also 30 years old. I don't like the idea of it.

Beyond that it'll be mechanical concerns. Still a long road to go.
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Old June 16th, 2020, 20:08
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Re: BUILD - 1990 XJ Wagoneer Limited

FWIW, I think AMC did a much better job with wiring than did Chrysler.

I say this based on my experience with the wiring for the fan switch for the HVAC system. The 4 prong connector in the dash always seems to be melted down on the H.O. XJs, but I can consistently find them in good condition in Renix XJs.

IOW, I would be slow to ascribe Chrysler's faults to AMC. Have good reasons before you tear into that wiring.
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Old June 24th, 2020, 07:31
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Re: BUILD - 1990 XJ Wagoneer Limited

Wise words I'm sure. Also under the banner of if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

The wiring looks ok. Old, but ok.
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Old June 24th, 2020, 08:10
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I'd probably just inspect the wiring real well for damage, and maybe pop apart connectors that get wet or carry current to clean and inspect. The fusebox and connector behind it for example. A headlight relay harness is always a good idea. Go through the cruiser54.com site and follow all the steps on the grounds, etc.


Then again is was AMC that did that problematic C101 connector and the headlight wiring and switch that likes to meltdown.
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Re: BUILD - 1990 XJ Wagoneer Limited

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A headlight relay harness is always a good idea.
Most definitely do a relay harness for the headlights - your headlight switch will thank you, and you'll get much better light output from the bulbs.

While a relay harness for this is not "stock", it should have been.
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Old June 27th, 2020, 05:47
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Re: BUILD - 1990 XJ Wagoneer Limited

Wow its cool you are redoing that wagoneer. I have a 89 and a 90 that I hope to make one good one out of, also taking the more damaged front clip off and putting it on my 2000 Trail Jeep.

One thing I found strange is that he did not remove the rear glass, or the front fenders for paint. My 1990 is dark blue, but rusted beyond repair, but has a good engine and fuel system. The 1989 has a nice body but a bad knock. Sometimes things work out!
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