Scratch Trent Campbell and you’ll see his blood runs Jeep red, white, and blue. Poke a little more and you’ll see Di-Noc woodgrain panels. That’s because Trent has been into Jeep FSJ (Full Size Jeep) Wagoneers since he was a kid. His grandfather owned four Wagoneers, and Trent got one of them for his high school ride. He fixed up the ’78 Waggy into a pretty capable off-roader and spent a lot of time in the backcountry of Washington State.
Then, as it does, life happened. Trent got married, his first child arrived, and the Wagoneer got sold and replaced with a station wagon (we know—a Wagoneer literally has wagon in the name, but stay with us here).
Fast forward a few years and we find Trent, his four brothers, and his father at King of the Hammers, and one evening’s conversation turned to Wagoneers.
“We were sitting there and thinking it would be really cool to build one, but there is a lot that goes into a build and how you go about it,” Trent explained.
But his brothers had an ace up their sleeve—a yard full of Wagoneers, including a 1979 that was acquired from the son of the original owner. If that sounds familiar, re-read Paragraph One and see if a shiver doesn’t run down your spine.
So Trent now had a Wagoneer and family members willing to help build it. Now he needed a plan, some parts, and a shop where they could put it all together. As one of the owners of Carbuff Network, a website where parts manufacturers and vehicle builders can network and showcase their projects, Trent knew people. So he gathered a group of off-road parts folks and enthusiasts together to map out the build.
The consensus was to build the Wagoneer as a showcase for the best off-road parts—and parts for FSJs in particular—and debut at the industry’s biggest venue, the SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Dom Tucci Designs created a rendering that made a coherent package of the group’s ideas and products. And that is how Sasquatch was born.
“Most builders don’t want to deal with a lot of manufacturers,” Trent said. “We’re the opposite. This vehicle is built to show off products. In fact, 14 new products for the full-size Jeep community made their debut on Sasquatch.”
With plan in hand, the Wagoneer was loaded on a trailer and hauled to Resurgence Automotive in Fairfield, Utah. The shop builds all sorts of classic cars and trucks, but specializes in building first-gen Ford Broncos, including 5.0L Coyote engine swaps. Resurgence was tasked with teardown, bodywork and paint, and final assembly. CBM Designs in Milwaukie, Oregon did the axle assembly work.
Note: There’s a full parts list at the bottom of this article.
The 392 cubic inch Gen. III Hemi is straight out of a production 2021 Jeep Wrangler 392. The engine was tuned with HP Tuners’ VCM Suite MPVI3 tuning software. DeWitts Radiator made the custom aluminum radiator and shroud and SPAL provided the dual 12-inch electric fans. Resurgence built an air intake using Summit Racing aluminum tubing and conical air filter element.
The 392 is hooked to a Tremec TR-4050 five-speed manual transmission designed specifically for dual-purpose rigs. McLeod provided an RST twin-clutch kit, a steel flywheel, and hydraulic throwout bearing. Silver Sport Transmission provided the clutch master cylinder kit and an STX shifter that moves the shifter location forward. An Advance Adapters Atlas II Trail Series transfer case with an 3:81 gear assembly sends power to the axles.
Exhaust & Fuel Systems
The exhaust system features a set of custom-made Ultimate Headers shorty headers connected to a 2.5 inch dual exhaust system built with Summit Racing exhaust components and MagnaFlow mufflers.
The fuel system features a BJ’s Full-Size Jeep Parts 27 gallon main tank fitted with an Aeromotive Phantom 340 electric fuel pump and a 20 gallon auxiliary tank with an Aeromotive Phantom 200 pump. The main fuel line has an Aeromotive bypass fuel pressure regulator and 10-micron fuel filter. Hagan Street Rod Necessities worked with Resurgence Automotive to design and manufacture the dual fuel filler hidden by a modern looking fuel door.
One Up Off Road makes a kit to fit Ford Super Duty suspension with Dana 60 and Ford 10.5 inch axles under full-size Jeep trucks. Sasquatch is the first FSJ to use a revised kit that features off-the-shelf Fox Shox Performance Elite Series 2.5 bypass shocks.
The Dana 60 axle was upgraded with a Yukon Gear 35-spline axle shaft kit, 4.88 gears, and a Zip Locker air locker differential. The 10.5 inch axle got Yukon 4.88 gears and a Zip Locker. Yukon Gear also supplied an air compressor to feed the lockers. Both axles got Yukon Gear Hardcore nodular iron differential covers, and the Dana 60 was fitted with Warn manual locking hubs.
Brakes, Wheels & Tires
A Power Stop Z36 Truck and Tow brake kit for a Ford F-250 Super Duty provides four-wheel disc brakes for Sasquatch. The kit includes 13 inch rotors, ceramic brake pads with carbon fiber reinforcement for fade-free stopping power, and remanufactured two-piston calipers
37.00 x 12.50-17 Mickey Thompson Baja Boss M/T tires are mounted on 17 x 9 inch Vision Wheel OJOS beadlock wheels. The Baja Boss tires have an asymmetric tread pattern design to improve handling and on-center feel while reducing noise, deep, wide voids for better off-road traction, and mud scoops to prevent mud from clinging to the tread.
Resurgence Automotive built a 8 point roll cage using Summit Racing 1.75 inch DOM steel tubing, Trail Gear tube clamps, Teraflex anchor plates, and Trail Gear and Allstar Performance gussets and chassis tabs.
Sasquatch has enough KC HiLiTES LED lighting to illuminate half the country and a Warn Zeon 12-S winch to get itself out of trouble. Inside the truck is custom leather upholstery by Moore and Giles; Recaro seats; a Dakota Digital VHX Series gauge cluster; Vintage Air climate control; and Tuffy Security storage.
There is one final twist to the Sasquatch saga as Trent explains:
“I was walking to my car and in the parking lot was this full-size Jeep Gladiator pickup. I got the owner’s attention and I told him I liked his truck. He said thanks and proceeded to tell me about a Wagoneer he sold a few years ago that just went to SEMA. I pulled my phone out and showed him a picture of Sasquatch. He looked at me and said, ‘You must be Trent!’”
“It turns out my Wagoneer had belonged to this guy’s father and had been in the family for more than 40 years. He told me how it was difficult to sell the Jeep but he couldn’t take it with him when he moved to Ohio, but he was thrilled to see what his dad’s old truck had become.”
You can see the spec sheet and photos of Sasquatch on the Carbuff Network website. You can also learn about the project’s evolution and get some behind-the-scenes looks at the build in these videos:
Sasquatch 1979 Jeep Wagoneer Parts Available at Summit Racing
- Tremec TR4050 transmission
- McLeod RST Street Twin Clutch Kit, Steel Flywheel & Hydraulic Throwout Bearing
- Silver Sport Transmission STX Shifter Conversion Kit
- Summit Racing™ Air Filter & Summit Racing™ Aluminum Air Intake Tubing
- Summit Racing™ Overflow Tank
- Summit Racing™ Protorque Starter
- HP Tuners VCM Suite MPVI3 OBDII Tuning Interface
- Magnaflow Mufflers
- Summit Racing™ Universal Rod Builder Exhaust Kit
- Summit Racing™ Balance Tube Kit
- Summit Racing™ Exhaust Tube Bends
- Summit Racing™ Weld-On Exhaust Hangers
- Summit Racing™ Exhaust Tips
- Aeromotive Apex Phantom 340 Fuel Pump
- Aeromotive Phantom 200 Fuel Pump
- Aeromotive X1 Series Fuel Pressure Regulator
- Aeromotive Fuel Filter
Axles and Suspension
- Yukon Gear Air Locker Compressor
- Yukon Gear Axle Shaft Kit for Dana 60 front axle
- Yukon Gear 4.88 Ring and Pinion Gear Sets for Dana 60 & Ford 10.5″
- Yukon Gear Zip Locker for Dana 60 front axle
- Yukon Gear Zip Locker for Ford 10.5″ rear axle
- Yukon Gear Hardcore Differential Covers for Dana 60 & Ford 10.5“
- Warn Premium Locking Hubs
- Fox Racing Shox Performance Elite Series 2.5 Reservoir Shocks, Front & Rear
- Borgeson Street and Performance Series Steering Box
- Summit Racing™ Power Steering Pump
- Summit Racing™ Power Steering Line Kit
- Advance Adapters Atlas II Transfer Case Gear Set
- Advance Adapters Atlas II Shift Assembly
- Advance Adapters Trail Gear Transfer Case Housing
- Advance Adapters Trail Gear VSS Transfer Case Tailshaft
- Advance Adapters Yoke Assembly
- Advance Adapters Flange Yoke
- Advance Adapters Twin Stick Shifter Kit
- Advance Adapters Site Tube Kit
Brakes, Wheels, Tires
- Power Stop Z36 Truck and Tow Brake Kit
- Summit Racing™ Master Cylinder
- Summit Racing™ Power Brake Booster
- Summit Racing™ Brake Pedal Rod Extension Kit
- Vision Wheel 350 OJOS Beadlock Wheels
- KC HiLiTES 50″ Pro6 Gravity LED Light Bar System
- KC HiLiTES FLEX ERA 3 SAE Fog Light Kit
- KC HiLiTES 28″ Chase LED Light Bar
- KC HiLiTES Cyclone Rock Lights
- KC HiLites Cyclone Under Hood Lights
- KC HiLiTES 7″ Gravity LED Headlights
- Dakota Digital VHX Series Dashboard
- Vintage Air Gen-IV Magnum Climate Control System
- ididit Tilt Steering Column
- ididit Push To Start Ignition System
- Summit Racing™ Race Harnesses
- Tuffy Security Long Drawer Storage System
- Tuffy Security Deluxe Stereo Console
- Tuffy Security Underseat Security Drawer
- Lokar Competitor Series Gas Pedal
- Warn Zeon 12-S Winch
- XSPower Batteries D2400 Batteries & RK2GA-2 Battery Cable Kit
- DEI Floor and Tunnel II Heat Shield, EXO Series Exhaust Wrap & Easy Loom Wire Loom
- POR-15 Rust Preventative Paint, Rust Remover & Top Coat
- Boom Mat Acoustic Insulation
- Painless Performance Trail Rocker Relay Control System & Pro Series Wiring Harness
- Summit Racing™ Power Steering Reservoir