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Cleaned it (kinda) and got it running after sitting for 10 years. Literally just shoved some starting fluid down the carb and it fired right up. Connected a 5gal gas tank to the fuel pump instead of running that crusty old gas straight into the engine and it runs amazingly. Really responsive, just doesn't idle, and it's LOUDDD. The exhaust has split apart in multiple places just from rusting through. Need to figure out how to drain the tank and then fill it up again, do these have a plug on the bottom of the tank? Need to get a brake booster for it as that's supposedly why it was parked... and then left to rot😞. Also, it moves, has 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and reverse, as well as Low Range. It was definitely restored (at least partially) at some point. The paint is really quite beautiful and the interior is pretty mint. Anyways here are some vids of it running and before and after the wash.

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curious to know what you paid- but not my business
I'll let my dad say if he wants to, not my call
Pig 🐖 got a lift in it?? Looks like it. Body's very rough, but get it running and I know someone to help with body😉🐷.
I think so, the suspension in our other pig is flat so I can't get much of an idea of how they should look OEM and brandnew-ish
That body is gone.
Totally, I thought the turn signals were gonna fly out of the fenders on the way home! 😂
I’m thinking what do the floors look like?
Really not as bad as I thought, especially for the rest of the body. Very clear it rusted from the outside from just sitting under that tree in a coastal area for 10 years.

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I've seen the 4 speed boxes on eBay going for $1K or more. I guess you can ask what you want, not sure what you can get for them. If the original dome light is there they are asking like $400 for them (which is just stoopid). Lots of good specialty parts, door hardware, glass etc.
 
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My schedule lately has left no time for the forums, so apologies for the slow report.
We towed the 55 home and my son got it running in a day - @theglobb video above.
I really don't want to part it out - but the body is absolutely shot.
The engine seems to run decently well -- it moves in all gears -- brakes are gone.
Frame has rust, but I haven't had time to evaluate whether it's mostly surface rust or if there is significant rot.
It's kind of bizarre how good the interior appears.
Any way - how about a call for help? Sources for full body transplant? Body parts?
Suggestions? Guidance?
 

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The frame would be a deal breaker for me. If it's gone then I think parting it is the best option. Others might disagree. Even if the frame is good then you still have the hurdle of finding a body, unless you have wicked sheet metal skills.
 
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If the frame is good save it...restore to your level of tolerance... get her running and in the woods or on the road..
If the frame is shot, part it out, save other pigs, and specifically the other one you have... (not all parts will transfer)
Option three, hold onto it, wait for the right donor, and take pieces of both and make a runner... There's no fail in this world when it comes to pigs...
but all of them cant be saved ..
IMHO your decision rests on your evaluation of the frame....
 

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