The winter 2009 issue of JPFreek is a tribute to the full-size Jeep and after we received a number of truly remarkable photos of various full-size Jeep vehicles, including submissions from our friends at International Full-Size Jeep Association (www.ifsja.org) as well as other friends within the Jeep community, we knew we had found a rig worthy of being featured in JPFreek’s Freek Show section: Pelle Klein’s 1989 Jeep Grand Wagoneer.
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The Jeep Grand Wagoneer was produced from 1984 – 1991, and was an extension of the Jeep Wagoneer which was the first true “luxury” 4×4 vehicle. The Jeep Wagoneer’s production spanned nearly three decades – 28 years total – with several mechanical improvements that included power steering and automatic transmission, both of which were seldom heard of in 4×4 vehicles when the vehicle first made its appearance. Pelle’s rig, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, looks just as good now as it did when it came off the production line. Of course, it’s been updated with a few mechanical and cosmetic “refinements” which are listed below:
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• AMC 360 V8 (ATK replacement engine)
• NP229 (OE replacement, installed at T&J Performance, Orange, California)
• Dana 44 front & rear
• Deaver springs (Deaver Suspension, Santa Ana, California)
• Bilstein shocks
• 7-inch lift (Custom by Jeeps R Us, Laguna Beach, California)
• 36×12.5-15 Super Swampers
• 15×7 Kaiser steel wheels and hubcaps
• J2000 Gladiator front clip and 3-piece bumpers (J&W Jeeps, Antelope, California)
• Free rusted J2000 bench seat frame from Alaska
• Custom upholstery, door panels, and headliner (BJ’s Upholstery, Costa Mesa, California)
* Published by JPFreek Adventure Magazine – The leader in Jeep and adventure enthusiast publications.