“New Legend” is a bit of an oxymoron. By definition, a legend is something historical, while new is, well, new. But when you’re talking about the customisation shop New Legend 4X4 out of the Bay Area of California, you’re talking about a company that couldn’t be more aptly named. New Legend 4X4 specialises in modernising SUVs from the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s—in effect making “New Legends” out of the classics.
New Legend teamed up with Iron & Resin, another California-based company that prides itself on the handmade, to rebuild a 1978 Jeep Wagoneer. They started with putting in a modern LS 5.3 engine with a 4-speed automatic transmission. The fuel system was also brought up to modern standards, and both the front and rear axles were rebuilt. New brakes were added and the steering box and linkage were upgraded.
To beef up the Wagoneer’s appearance, the ride received a 3-inch suspension lift with new springs, shocks, and bushings as well as a 3-inch single exhaust. The windows were left vintage, with their crank mechanism, but who can resist retro-fitting this ride with an AC unit?
Iron & Resin took on the interior, using Horween Leather, waxed canvas, and Del Sol diamond serape trim to deck it out. New carpet with heat and sound insulation were also added, as was a focal stereo with sub and amp.
The result? This historic vehicle was turned into a new legend.