Vortec V8 Swap: 1979 Jeep Wagoneer

The SJ generation Jeep Wagoneer was produced from 1962 through 1991 and holds the unique title of being the world’s first luxury 4X4 sport utility vehicle.  Back before the Cadillac Escalade or Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen littered prep school drop-off zones, this was the vehicle that wealthy country club cowboys bought for their first wives, and tried to get their second wives to use — but being twenty years younger, wife 2.0 would normally demand something sportier like a Mercedes SL. Perhaps with a bit of persuading she would drive a Vortec V8 powered Wagoneer?  Find this 1979 Jeep Wagoneer with GM 5.3 Vortec V8 swap here on eBay bidding for $10,001 reserve-not-met with 2 days to go, located in French Settlement, LA.

To this day, you will still find a certain segment of the East coast upper class who keep these things on the road at considerable maintenance cost, but they were nice cars when new.  Times change, and the AMC 360 V8 that would have originally powered this Wagoneer just doesn’t offer the power/fuel economy that Tesla drivers expect– time for an LS swap.

This Wagoneer lost a few cubes when the engine was changed to a small block GenIII 5.3 liter Vortec V8 from some GM product, but the 275ish horsepower should be a significant upgrade.  It is mated to a 4L60E and twin sticked Dana 300 transfer case and Dana 44 rear axle with locker.  TL;DR version– this thing can now climb hills.

The interior features nice seats, a clean dash, gauges that work, and functioning AC — it will be very interesting to see what the reserve is on this beast.

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