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Own itFor the region you are from, this isn’t surprising. I am in Southern Michigan and mine looks like this and worse in some sections. Take some things into consideration here:
Are you buying it or do you own it already?
If you already own it, what’s the maintenance history been and how much did you pay for it?
Are you capable to do the work yourself?
Are you financially set to have someone else do the work?
Do you care about driving/owning a rusty rig?
Are you looking for longevity or play?
Here’s my scenario:
I paid $4500 for mine a touch better from that condition. Mine came with a mountain of dealer done service history. I do all of my own work, including rust mitigation. I am used to wrenching on rust, it really doesn’t bother me. I don’t care about driving a rusty rig as long as it is serviced well. And finally, though my truck is rusty, it is very trusty. It is used as a DD and a play rig on northern MI trails. All in all, a rusty cruiser will get you to the same locations a cream puff cruiser will. The difference being, you tend to not care as much about trail rash, dents, or small damage on a rig that is essentially living on borrowed time.
If you are trying to buy that, I would not go over $5k regardless of service history, unless we’re talking a ridiculously low mile situation, like sub 50k on the clock, and even then maybe $6k max. But do what you will and wear eye protection, flakes fly all over in those situations.
I'm going to have to Google 'frame rails' & 'cross members' but will try to get those pics...Ain't the worst. 1 - 10, 10 being sent it to the junkyard, you're at about a 5.5, maybe 6. You showed us a lot of non structural components that don't really matter. Show us the frame rails and the cross members.
It's my first LC so I would love for it to me restored so I can use it as an overland vehicle.What do you want to do with it? Is it your dream rig? Are you wanting to put a million miles on it?
I’d say she has done you well. Do her the same and get a couple gallons of Correseal and a sixer of fluid film for inside of the frame rails and seeeennnnnndddddd it. Again, a rusty cruiser will go where any cream puff cruiser will, just maybe not as pretty.Own it
Paid $10.5K 10 years ago
My first LC
Would love to save and restore it
Can't do the work myself (didnt even really know what I was pointing the camera at when I took all those pics)
Can have someone restomod it
Don't care about driving a rusty rig
Just wondered if It could be restored
I am planning to acquire or have an overland LC built and would love this to be the one