Join Date: Sep 1999
Location: Vancouver, WA, near Portland, OR
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Re: 68 Wagoneer Buy? What to look for?
'68 Waggie came from the factory with either a 327 AMC or 350 Buick V-8. Standard engine was the 232 I-6. Tranny was either a 3 speed manual, (not sure which), or TH-400 automatic. Transfer case is a Dana 20. Front axle is a Dana 27. Rear is a 19 spline tapered two piece Dana 44. I'm not sure, but if it's got the 327 AMC, it might have the same motor mounts and similiar block as later AMC's which might make for an easy swap to a newer 360, 390 or 401 AMC. The 327 AMC debuted in 1957, so it's a bit dated. If it's got the Buick, then it's got the best low-end torque of all the engines the Waggie used. There are aftermarket products available for the Buick, but not aware of anything for the 327 AMC. If it's been converted to a Chevy, it's very easy to identify by the distributor in the back of the block, rather in front like the Buick and AMC. I'm in the process of building up my '70 Waggie. Just got the engine rebuilt and moderately modified. Next will be the TH-400 & Dana 20.
'66 Jeepster Commando w/Buick 252/4.1L V-6
'70 Wagoneer w/Buick 350 V-8