Montana Barn Find: 1973 Jeep Wagoneer

Jeep Wagoneer

This original but tired Wagoneer has seen the benefit of living in Montana in a barn, and is still located in that state, specifically in Bozeman. The seller doesn’t indicate how long it was hiding in the barn in the auction listing here on eBay, however, seeing as it’s running and driving and has an opening bid of only $1,900 without a reserve I think it’s worth a closer look.

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According to Road & Track, the Wagoneer has the distinction of being the American vehicle produced the longest on the same platform, being in production for 29 years without significant structural changes. I’m thinking they must have gotten something right when it was designed! The seller describes the brakes as being soft, and there are certainly some cosmetic challenges. But with the big V8 (either 360 or 401 cubic inch, the seller doesn’t say which) and air conditioning, I’m thinking vintage tow vehicle, maybe with a camper or boat of similar vintage to complete the package. Of course, that was a common use for these big Jeeps when they were new, too. There’s a huge following for these early SUV’s and I was able to find a lot of parts sources online with a quick search. Think of it as a project that you can use while you upgrade it!

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Comments

  1. Rick

    I, for one, love it. I wish I had the money and the time. These were solid, well built, attractive vehicles well before the damnable word SUV was coined. I would think, since it’s from the great white north, that the lack of moisture would mean it’s solid, or more solid than many. Jeep would do well to make that their new vehicle.

  2. JW

    Jeep Wagoners were pretty dependable and while this one is well used it is drivable , fix the brakes , clean that interior and drive it as a parts runner. Just a long as the bidding doesn’t get stupid.

  3. guggie

    love the older Wagoneers , have had several , this one tho not cherry by any means could still be a daily driver with a little work , everyone that I had was the 360 and at 80k sucked up the timimg chain , and gears . otherwise pretty bullet proof . wish it was closer would check it out for sure !

  4. guggie

    I had the twin to this one ,except for the engine 360 in mine , loved it . I drove the snowplow so now you know what the plow guy drove ,never failed me , even when the timimg chain went it was in my garage . Towed a 28 foot coachman travel trailer ,trailed with it all over the north east never a problem .The last time I saw it a young couple had bought it and were taking it to Flordia .( 100k)
    I traded it for a Full size Ford Bronco , now back to a Chysler suv !

  5. leiniedude leiniedude Member

    Strangely listed as a 258 six cylinder.

  6. Ed Williams

    In Kerville, Texas there is a Wagoneer specialist called The Wagon Master. They restore them and sell them as well. Maybe they sell parts too. I don’t know.

  7. Woodie Man

    I dont know. I’d say the opening bid is the top end for this tired ole girl. period

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