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Re: Looking at a Wagoner
I dont think ALL of the ones in 82-83 had the vac front axle, but it is something to watch for, you dont really wan tto mess with that unless its free or near it.
they are prone to rust where the fuel tank rests againts the frame rails, some so badly they are apart if you remove the tank!
they dont give mych trouble in the cold weather its a simple carb ( autolite 2100 or 2150) both are simple 2 bbls, simple choke, and simple adjustmets its easy to make it start and run how youd like.
the rear windows rarely work right, its usually the wiring and saftey switchs, not the actual window motor itsself, the rear quarters get rusty, and of course the floorboards.
the electronic do dads seem to give the most problems, the power windows, door locks, most can be fixed by cleaning the contacts, or fixing connections to ground.
the engines and trannys, are pretty durable, look for oil pressure when the engine is at operating temp.
look at the bottom of the bellhousing to see if the trans is venting fluid or leaking fluid.