Here's What A Jeep Wagoneer Looks Like After 40 Years Under A Sand Dune

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Sometime around 1977, a classic Jeep Wagoneer became entombed after a sand dune in Truro, Massachusetts shifted and engulfed a garage. Now, after four decades, the Jeep has been removed from the garage, and holy shit, does it look terrible.


Jeep’s venerable SJ platform brought the world a lot of rough and tumble vehicles like my J10 pickup, but none of them were tough enough to put up much of a fight against gearheads’ arch nemesis, Fe2O3— rust.

And boy, did that rust have an effect on this once-gorgeous old razor-grille Wagoneer. Of course, the extraction method—which consisted of a tractor yanking the Jeep out with a chain by what looks like the axle tube— didn’t seem to have helped much, either:

This is a sad day for Jeep nerds. I myself am weeping on my keyboard, while simultaneously wondering if maybe, somehow, I could give this thing a new lease on life.

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Writer, Jalopnik. 1979 Jeep Cherokee Golden Eagle, 1985 Jeep J10, 1948 Willys CJ-2A, 1995 Jeep Cherokee, 1992 Jeep Cherokee auto, 1991 Jeep Cherokee 5spd, 1976 Jeep DJ-5D, totaled 2003 Kia Rio