Immaculate 1989 Jeep Grand Wagoneer Restoration Packs 707-HP Dodge Hellcat Engine

This is one wild Woody.

byJames Gilboy|
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Going by what it did to the Wagoneer nameplate in its second and third generations, Jeep could use some guidance on how to do the moniker justice when it returns in 2021. Yes, talk of a mild hybrid V6 and 5.7-liter V8 is nice, but Jeep knows what we really want. This Hellcat-swapped 1989 Grand Wagoneer built by the pros at Blk Mtn Jeep gives a hint, though it'd be hard to recreate such nostalgic style in a go-fast package.

1989 Jeep Grand Wagoneer Hellcat, Worldwide Auctions

Originally shipped with a 5.9-liter AMC V8 making a mere 144 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, this Wagoneer's 6.2-liter, supercharged Hellcat V8 offers nearly five times the original engine's horsepower output, and more than double its torque, with 645 pound-feet. These flow through a three-speed Chrysler automatic transmission and into the factory Jeep transfer case, which naturally distributes power to all four wheels.

1989 Jeep Grand Wagoneer Hellcat, Worldwide Auctions

Fitting the immense Hellcat crate engine to a Wagoneer reportedly required repurposing Grand Cherokee Trackhawk exhaust manifolds and installing a bespoke oil pan designed to fit around the Wagoneer's frame—plus custom mounts to keep everything in place. The results, as the video below should tell you, are comical.

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1989 Jeep Grand Wagoneer Hellcat, Worldwide Auctions

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