Bilt man, lemme just say your contributions to to my land cruiser knowledge have been vast and greatly appreciated so thanks, and as I begin to digest the levity of your post and confer w/fsm to plan next moves I will leave this here for youThat could fall under "make it safe" or under "make it pretty".
If the suspension is unsafe such as a broken spring or bad shocks, then yes.
The basic "make it drive" refers to making it physically able to move under it's own power, so replacing bad bearings, changing oils, no bent axles or broken steering components.
The "make it safe" part could include replacing tie rod ends, or new tires.
It depends on your interpretation.
If it will take you to/from work in relative safety, then I would push it further down the list.
In example, I knew I had one spring that was collapsed by 2" on the RR of my truck.
It still got me where I needed to go and I was only able to feel it as a problem a few times.
I knew my plan was to install a lift, but I had many other things to spend the money on before I was ready for the lift.
I made my list of what I wanted it to be and the parts I needed to get there, then I prioritized according to safety or urgent need. I wasn't ready to drop $1200 on a lift until I had the oil leaks taken care of and the front axle rebuilt and new tires.
So I waited. Since I knew exactly what I wanted, I was able to jump on an opportunity when another member installed a lift and decided he didn't like it. My needs were different than his and it was exactly what I wanted. I got it for a huge discount and timing was right. It still took another 18 months for me to get it installed because.of timing.
It took me about 8 hours in my driveway to replace the springs and shocks.
I had done longer brake lines long before because I needed to replace the lines and I knew what I needed eventually, so I did them at that time, do when the time came for the suspension, it was fast.
It's the last peice of the puzzle