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This home-brew ’65 Jeep Wagoneer bucks convention in the best way
For every dozen-or-so prim and proper pieces of eye candy that pop up on Bring a Trailer, there’s always one listing that catches your eye for the exact opposite reasons. Today’s healthy dose of what-the-heck comes courtesy of this modified 1965 Jeep Wagoneer, offered at no reserve by a seller out of Georgia.
Let’s start first impressions. The listing indicates that the seller repainted the vehicle blue and black upon acquiring it. Further reading reveals that the black is actually spray-on bed-liner, a somewhat-unconventional solution, but one that is popular in the Midwest as a way to stem the onslaught of rust on older vehicles. The best line? “Dents are visible throughout the body.” Yeah they are, and the truck is better for it.
Power for this franken-smurf Jeep comes courtesy of a 350-cubic-inch Chevrolet V-8 paired to a TH400 three-speed automatic transmission. Offroad-focused modifications range from Dana 44 axles, a divorced twin-stick NP205 transfer case, four-link suspension, hand-made steel bumpers, a winch, and cut fenders to swallow 35-inch tires. There’s also a color-matched Hi-Lift jack because why not.
The inside is more of the same. Leather seats from a 2003 Durango? Sure! Wood panels on your door? Gotta have ’em. Circa-1950 F1 car steering wheel with a wooden helper knob that looks like you pulled it from a Peterbilt semi? Custom wood center console, and an under-dash aftermarket air conditioning system? WRENCHES FOR YOUR TRANSFER CASE LEVERS?
Say it with me, folks—there are no rules.
The video at the bottom of the listing is especially satisfying. The seller, who introduces himself as Matt, walks us around the vehicle sharing its history. Without spoiling the film, the best part is that the whole build took place in a Harbor Freight tent, the perfect cherry-on-the-top of what the video shows to be an honest-to-goodness, home-brew build that strikes a chord with our inner DIY zealots.
The comments on the listing show that it’s striking a chord among the BaT faithful, as well—a nice reminder that we’re all just here because we can’t get enough of silly four-wheeled boxes that sometimes work and sometimes don’t.
Hell yeah, Matt. This thing rules.