Wakey’s Woody | Wakesurfer’s Surf Jeep Grand Wagoneer

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1988 Jeep Grand Wagoneer by RPM International

This classic Jeep came to us from Wakesurfer as a complete bone stock Grand Wagoneer. We knew going into it that this needed to be a unique build. Wakesurfer wanted modern power, reliability, and features to tow their boat, and drive in comfort and style fitting for their brand. Step one was a tear down of the drive train and interior. This Jeep originally came powered by a 360Ci V8 that was lethargic to say the least. It was backed by a 2-speed transmission that kept it from comfortably cruising at today’s highway speeds. This is being replaced with a 650 hp motor and 5 speed transmission.

The interior on the old Grand Wagoneer’s were pretty posh for the standards of the 80’s, but things have come a long way and the interior is going to be re-done according to today’s luxury standards.


5.3l LM Chevy small block out of a 2004 Tahoe

Destroked to 5.1l for lower compression.

LS9 camshaft

Comp Cams complete Super Sport valve train including valves, springs, roller rockers.

Weisco Low Compression Pistons

FI Tech Ultimate LS fuel injection system and trans controller.

Custom exhaust system and turbocharger plumbing.

Single 64mm AR.71 turbo for low RPM spool times.

4l60E trans with upgraded output shaft for 4×4 applications.



Rough Country 3’’ suspension lift with an additional 2.5” body lift.

Heavy duty leaf springs.

Rear adjustable air bags to assist in towing.



7 speaker audio system.

Back up cameras and lighting.

Navigation system equipped.

XM Radio.

Interior LED lighting

Heated seats

False floor for audio.



Body being smoothed and wrapped in original Dover Grey and wood grain.

New rocker panels.

Complete exterior lighting LED with bars, and rear lights.

The end result of this project is a little bit Resto mod, a little bit Off-Road monster, a little bit street rod, and a little bit modern luxury. All of the combined facets of this build are like nothing that’s ever been done. Wakesurfer will be able to drive this to the lake every day, boat in tow with boards racked up and stand out like no other. You may even catch some Ice Cube bangin’ out of its massive stereo system.

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