LAS VEGAS, NV — The 2022 SEMA Show turned into “That 70s Show” thanks to a lineup of Summit Racing-supported vehicles. We already introduced to you to Dalton O’Neal’s 1971 AMC Javelin and told you about EJ and Amy Fitzgerald’s 1978 Pinto wagon.

Now it’s time to meet “Sasquatch,” Trent Campbell’s 1979 Jeep Wagoneer.

The origin of this 1970s story actually dates back to the late ’60s when Campbell’s grandpa owned four different Wagoneers. Those vehicles were such a big part of Campbell’s childhood that he ended up with a Wagoneer of his own in high school. He sold that Jeep when his first child was born, but was ready re-kindle his love for the Wagoneer with a brand new build.

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“My brother, dad, and I were at King of the Hammers, and my brother said we should get back to Wagoneers,” Campbell explained.

“We were sitting there and thinking it would be really cool to build a Wagoneer but they’re really expensive because you don’t see many of them. And what would you do? I’ve been to SEMA so I’m ruined. I said I could never build something I’d want because my expectations are too high!”

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Enter some of the biggest names in the off-road aftermarket, including Resurgence Automotive, Tremec, and Summit Racing Equipment.

“We have so many partners on this build,” Campbell said. “We’ve done this build a little differently than a lot of builders do. Most builders don’t want to deal with a lot of manufacturers. We’re the opposite. This vehicle is built to show products, so we built this with the idea that we want the products to be off the shelf. We’re actually debuting 15 products on this Jeep for the full-size Jeep community.”

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Here’s a look at the parts that made the Wagoneer a reality:

You can look for Sasquatch (and Campbell) exploring trails on the West Coast soon.

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Author: David Fuller

David Fuller is OnAllCylinders' managing editor. During his 20-year career in the auto industry, he has covered a variety of races, shows, and industry events and has authored articles for multiple magazines. He has also partnered with mainstream and trade publications on a wide range of editorial projects. In 2012, he helped establish OnAllCylinders, where he enjoys covering all facets of hot rodding and racing.