What am I getting myself into?

Discussion in '60-Series Wagons' started by eddybaboy, Oct 11, 2018.

  1. eddybaboy

    eddybaboy

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    Finally found one I can afford. What am I getting myself into?
     
  2. morganism

    morganism SunkCostFallacy

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    Cali truck?

    Looks like the spring hangers aren't too rusty.

    Pretty standard wheel well, and tailgate rust. Check the roof line above and below gutters, especially rear of truck.

    Steering column cover usually means electrical probs with turn signals.

    Interior looks pretty standard for western truck. Lotsa cloth rot, but check driver/Pass floorboards for rust carefully, that is major work.
    Look at the hard brake lines in rear. If they still look silver, instead of rust, that is a good sign.

    Engine looks like it still has most vac switches, and not too much hacked electric.

    4-5k ? If engine will turn over, even by hand. Oil slick in radiator?
     
  3. Tennessee80

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    You’re getting yourself into a next level vehicle that will quickly consume you…
     
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    Here’s how these threads work:

    You post some photos and limited details.
    People review and offer warnings or tell you to run.
    You buy it anyway.
    You start a build thread and hopefully never sum the receipts...
     
  5. NeverGiveUpYota

    NeverGiveUpYota Dare me. SILVER Star

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    Words to live by after buying a 30 year old Land Cruiser.
     
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    ceylonfj40nut Hate Design Obsolescence SILVER Star

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    Buy stock in USPS.
     
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    Awesome! Assuming you can do most of your own work... Buy it before someone else does!!

    Looks pretty close to the same project I took on! I've been DD-ing mine for over a year.

    Check out the thread in my signature.

    Also it appears to have SOR seat covers, someone used to care about that 60!
     
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    Willard SILVER Star

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    I did this once.......big mistake. Now I never look.


    Really, first and foremost figure out why you want one and what you are planning on doing with it.
    Then decide if this is the right one for that decision.
    If yes buy it and then take a full inventory on what needs to be done. Mechanical first, then rust. Make sure it is safe.
    Make a budget and stick to it and pace yourself.
     
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    Buy It... You wont regret it! Well you might, but only when you are frustrated. Then when someone throws you a thumbs up on your first ride, that will melt away.
    And hide the receipts from yourself, there will be a stack!
     
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    Keep the receipts and then show them to your kids and tell them, "this is where your college fund went".
     
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  11. NCFJ

    NCFJ Supporting Vendor

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    Hell yes! Buy it. Warning, it will grow on you, often to the point of obsession. Think of it as a blank automotive slate that you choose how to build. You can do as much or as little to it as your heart desires. Get it running and safe, throw the dog in the back and go for a ride :)
     
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    RodrigzCrzr SILVER Star

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    Looks like a good project!
    Make it run first and make sure it stops as well. Clean it up and enjoy it!
    Yeah like everyone else said don’t sum up the receipts.
     
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    To me, that's not more than a $4K truck - hope you're paying that or less. Lots of potential, for sure!
     
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    $3500. Old man said it only needed a new battery, and I believe him. He appeared to be the type to keep his farm vehicles running. He had an old WWII dodge power wagon running when I arrived.
     
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    RodrigzCrzr SILVER Star

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    That’s a good buy!
    The fun begins.
     
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    NeverGiveUpYota Dare me. SILVER Star

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    I wasn’t gonna name names Dave. ;)
     
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    Spike Strip Torque Ain't Cheap SILVER Star

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    Looks relatively complete with areas of serious rust. If you can do body work and are prepared for the mechanicals and the price is VERY right (depending on why it was parked), looks like a decent projet.

    I wouldn't pay more than a couple grand, at MOST, for that cuz it's gonna be a years worth of work (if you've got a regular job), and if you've got an indoor space to work in.

    It will be a labor of love, at times, dysfunctional.
     
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    Willard SILVER Star

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    It is just time......but I agree with this.

    Do what lots have people have done. Take a piece of cardboard, wood, old metal sheet door panel or the windshield.
    Write down everything you need to do on it (that list will be LONG) and just start, it is amazing how many projects you can cross off in a weekend.
     
  19. landcruiserjunky

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    Priced right. Awesome job reading beyond the old man's words .
     
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    dogfishlake Go on a living spree Supporting Vendor SILVER Star

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    Let's see that build thread!
     
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