I've always wanted to do a convertible bobbed pig, but figured it'd be years before I'd ever have the chance. But it might be falling into my lap. A '73 turned up for sale about 100 miles away for $900. Runs strong, kinda rusty. Roof toast. From what I've heard, the frame is solid, as are the body mounts. The floor on the passenger's side is supposedly rotting a bit. Fenders have the typical rust. The way I look at it, the rear quarters will get hacked up and trimmed anyway, as will the roof. The floor could be diamond plate covered with herculiner. I've got most of the parts to swap in power steering and '60 axles sprung over (was collecting them for mine before plans changed to bigger). Fronts could be fiberglass. This is where my girlfriend comes in. I can't support 2 cruisers in college. We've been dating over a year and been good friends for over 10, so there's a good chance she's the one. That means if she gets a pig, I'll get to ride in it a lot ;p She's already got a truck, so no need for transportation (wouldn't trust a project rig anyway). She'd have to find some space to store it (which means parental permission probably). Her dad would probably get into helping out, since he's the type who has no use for a welder but just bought one anyway. She does like the way FJ55's look chopped and bobbed, so that's a plus. The other day, she said "You must be wearing off on me, since that's really tempting and that's probably not a good thing!" So mixed messages there. But she's interested enough that she's asked about registration and insurance. Then again, she's an accountant, so that's probably pretty natural. I think I might have gotten an agreement to go drive down to look at it weekend after next. So, help me tip her over the edge! Pics of pigs playing would probably help, as would any good excuses. She's never really been 'wheeling (I've had her off camber in my '40 before and it kinda scared her, though I think that could be worked out with some practice). One of the major appeals of this thing is that I could probably get it turned into a decent 'wheeling rig for pretty cheap. So friends, countrymen, Knights, lend me your excuses and rationalizations!