That's not true, and you shouldn't assume. But I work for myself and if another pandemic happens where I get f***ed in the ass I want to be able to filp it. Sorry for being a capitalist. But, If I wanted to make money I would have taken the two random offers I've already got while driving it. I'm just trying to be pragmatic.
He's not assuming, you literally admitted as much. Call me crazy, but if I was worried about my financial security, I wouldn't have blown nearly $12K on a 28 year old truck as an investment. Seems to me, you saw the BaT action and started salivating at the bits, so to speak. To answer your question about retaining value, replace everything with OEM parts and document all the parts/work. With 231K on the odometer, your Land Cruiser is the exact opposite of the high valued Land Cruisers from BaT; either modify it to make it what you want it to be, drive and enjoy it or sell it before you sink more money that will never be recouped. But that's my opinion, and you do you, that way you won't have anyone else to blame for poor decisions.