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70 Waggy WT Conversion

Posted: Fri Nov 08, 2019 4:04 pm
by Mreuther12
Well, I guess now is a good as time as ever to post this, my 70 Waggy is schedule to go into the body shop for a WT conversion at the end of the month. All I have to do is tie up some loose ends before it goes under the knife. I will be using the fiberglass front and rear flares from BJ's for the conversion.

I am currently rebuilding a pair of '76 J10 axles and doing a rear disc brake conversion to go under it once the WT conversion is completed.

Wish me luck... I will document everything I will give updates as the work is being done.

Re: 70 Waggy WT Conversion

Posted: Fri Nov 08, 2019 6:35 pm
by jpswapmohn
Good Luck! I look forward to seeing another WT Waggy out there.
Are you cutting the rear flares and mounting the front halves on the back doors, or cutting the rear doors to clear the flares? I have seen both done. Personally, I prefer the look of uncut flares, but that be the more challenging method. I have seen some really well built rigs with the flares cut. The Wagoneer Roadtrip concept rig that was at Easter Jeep has the flares cut, and that is one sharp highly custom rig..

The photos in my sig might be of use.

Re: 70 Waggy WT Conversion

Posted: Fri Nov 08, 2019 6:57 pm
by will e
Awesome! I can't wait to see pictures.

Re: 70 Waggy WT Conversion

Posted: Sat Nov 09, 2019 10:32 am
by Mreuther12
jpswapmohn wrote:Good Luck! I look forward to seeing another WT Waggy out there.
Are you cutting the rear flares and mounting the front halves on the back doors, or cutting the rear doors to clear the flares? I have seen both done. Personally, I prefer the look of uncut flares, but that be the more challenging method. I have seen some really well built rigs with the flares cut. The Wagoneer Roadtrip concept rig that was at Easter Jeep has the flares cut, and that is one sharp highly custom rig..

The photos in my sig might be of use.
I actually got my inspiration to do it from your rig! As for the rear flares I am on the fence, but leaning toward uncut. Once it get into the body shop I will probably decide which way I’m going.

Ps - I’m also stealing your idea for your dash


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Re: 70 Waggy WT Conversion

Posted: Sat Nov 09, 2019 7:17 pm
by jpswapmohn
Cool, maybe yours will be on the road before mine. I am not co-located with my toys much these days, so the GW sits in the garage and waits..
Good luck!
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Re: 70 Waggy WT Conversion

Posted: Thu Nov 14, 2019 3:16 pm
by Mreuther12
Looking back I guess I never provided insight and direction for my build, other than I love the WT look and needed 4 doors to haul the kids. Sorry for the long post in advance.

Back in June I picked up my 1970 waggy in AZ, it was kinda of a mission left San Diego at midnight drove 8 hrs into AZ, loaded it up on the trailer and was back home by 6pm. When I got to AZ I got in it started right up and ran, albeit a little smokey from the old gas, but when I got it home nothing, wouldn't even crank. I started looking around that the wiring was a mess, it had so many splices and wire nuts it was not worth the time to try and troubleshoot. I hadn't even owned it a day and I found myself ripping out all the old wiring and purchasing a new harness from BJs.

Fast forward to the beginning off this week, I got to drive it for the first time. Around the block sitting on the transmission tunnel, instrument wires hanging out of the dash, no brake lights, turn signals, tailgate wide open (haven't transferred the hardware to the new tailgate). Either way I had a huge smile on my face.

Just to catch up here is what I have done to date:

- Aluminium Radiator (PO install a radiator that was taller than stock, and took a hammer to hood to make room for it)
- Removed engine mounted fan and replaced with an 3000 CFM electric fan, temperature controlled
- Removed the rats nest of wiring and replaced with a new wiring Harness (almost complete)
- Installed new steering column & wheel, all of the bearings where hanging out the bottom of the original
- LED headlights and parking lights, wired to a relay box (Box has extra spots open for more accessory)
- Front and Rear Benches were toast, removed all the old upholstery and sent the down to Tijuana to get rebuilt & reupholstered with 10oz duck canvas, witch I later waterproofed with Otterwax
- 150AMP one wire alternator
- New Starter
- Ripped out what was left of the headliner and grinded away all of the rust and installed sound deadening material on the roof
- Wheels and tires (30" KO2)
- Tailgate from a 87 GW

Here what I have purchased but have yet to install:

- Hood to replace the dented one
- T/A Performance intake and 4bbl carb for the Dauntless 350
- Upgrading to 3 point belts
- SS tailgate window lifter channel
- Various Kaiser FSJ parts (tailgate window cranks, rear view mirror, taillight & reverse light housings)

I'm sure there is some stuff that I have forgot, but here are some pictures for your viewing pleasure

Pickup day
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Wiring mess
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Seats
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Stripped down interior
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As it sits today
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Re: 70 Waggy WT Conversion

Posted: Mon Nov 25, 2019 10:03 pm
by Mreuther12
Got home today to a very large package on my doorstep, shout out to JDooney76 for working with me and getting them shipped out.

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And I couldn’t resist hanging them where they should be

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Re: 70 Waggy WT Conversion

Posted: Wed May 20, 2020 9:35 pm
by Mreuther12
Alright, so it’s been awhile since my last post but just a quick update here. I got the front fenders swapped on and started cutting apart the rear fenders this week, taking my time, measuring multiple times.

I am going with the fiberglass fenders from BJ’s for the rears, and will be splitting them between the body and rear door. To mount them I am leaving about 1” extra of body just below where the top of the fender should hang, where I will install rivnuts into the body. I will then epoxy a some angle iron to the fenders, that way I will be able to bolt the fenders on and be able to easily remove and replace them if they are to ever be damaged.

I am going to pick up some sheet metal tomorrow and hopefully start to patching up the holes this weekend.

Also, while I was in there I will be replacing the lower quarters as they were rusted out (no surprise there)

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Re: 70 Waggy WT Conversion

Posted: Thu May 21, 2020 6:15 am
by rocklaurence
Looking good. Did you consider not cutting the door and sectioning the fender to mount to the door? I've wondered if that is far easier to do but Im not sure how it would look when finished.

Re: 70 Waggy WT Conversion

Posted: Thu May 21, 2020 10:05 am
by Mreuther12
rocklaurence wrote:
Thu May 21, 2020 6:15 am
Looking good. Did you consider not cutting the door and sectioning the fender to mount to the door? I've wondered if that is far easier to do but Im not sure how it would look when finished.
I will still be sectioning the fender onto the door, but I looked at it a bunch and it just didn't look right without the door being trimmed.