Do you have an old Bronco or Scout? Land Cruiser?

Discussion in 'OT: Trivial Pursuits' started by Sneezybeltran, Jan 13, 2018.

  1. Sneezybeltran

    Sneezybeltran Member Who Talks (A Lot!)

    I'm curious if any of y'all have bought one of these or restored one yourself? And/or paid to have it restored?
    I would like to finally make the move on one in a few months and want some advice.....or would like to hear some opinions.

    Pricewise, in regards to a 66-72 Bronco restored, you're looking at $20K easy (and up to even $40 or $50K), but can find a busted one for $3K up to $5K or so. However, is it worth it to pay to get the work done? I've heard body work is the most expnsive, but I've got an old dude in Abilene that would do body work and a nice paint job for a reasonable price....assuming the old F-150 looks good in a week or 2 when I get it back. I've also got a good transmission shop there who would do work on the cheap when I offer straight cash. Homie. Hot hands in the dice game! Am I out a ton of cash to have a motor dropped(if one is pulled, but included in purchase) in one? Or rebuilt? $3K? Maybe more?

    Next, I would have tires and rims....maybe a rollbar? Nice tires and new wheels are going to be $3500 or so. Upholstery and then electrical work, rewiring, etc. The main issue with a lot of old Jeep's, Scout's, etc is getting the new brake lines or something so they're not the old school brakes that aren't as safe. Or so this is what I've read....
    Options(in preferred order):
    1. International Scout ii
    2. A. Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40
    B. Ford Bronco
    3. Jeep CJ-7

    From what I can gather, I'm out $10-$15K if I do/get work done myself or purchase one in pretty good shape, by bird dogging one online or in person and making a legit cash offer and they want to sell for a lower price.

    Some cool old rigs out there, like this one....but people think a bit too much of them...
    Here's a cheap one(Haha)....but still solid.
    Rust bucket, but they still want $3K. Got that 3 on the tree though!
    So Solid! With a solid $26K price.
    A true project...but I like it for some crazy reason
    Here's some f***in' muscle for ya Wooderson! I don't like the fender flares though.
    International Scout 2's:
    Not sure if the dbag is included. Hope not. Cool rig, but like $14K cool, not $22K cool
    A true project, but I love the stance and wheel/tires. First thing I would do is paint know, so I can actually see it....wink.
    It would be a lot cooler if that was burnt orange. Still, a very solid rig and I don't think his price is bad at all for what he has in it. Too pricey for this guy though.
    The Darkhorse:
    I love these old 4Runner's and this one is clean and original. I love the paint color, but would drop the running boards ASAP!
    This one is less pricey and needs a few things, but not bad.

    Any thoughts? Feel free to let me know. Thanks gentleman and ladies.

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  2. TOK2000

    TOK2000 Member Who Talks (A Lot!)

    old cars are like old houses to me, it's great when somebody else owns and restores them for me to go ooooh ahhhh!
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  3. Sneezybeltran

    Sneezybeltran Member Who Talks (A Lot!)

    Well, it just so happens I like them both. And mid century and modern houses. I really want to get one of those old SUV's though in the next few months. I will keep y'all posted if and when I do so you can ooohhhh and ahhhh.
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  4. PearlandHorn

    PearlandHorn Member Who Talks (A Lot!)

    Broncos are about to go through the roof with Ford re-releasing them, Sneezy. My cousin has a Scout that he loves. Hell his wife loves it even more. From what I gather he didn’t have to tough of a time coming across parts for it. My personal preference are the old Broncos. But full disclosure, I’m a Ford man. Happy hunting, bud. You can’t go wrong.
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  5. Sneezybeltran

    Sneezybeltran Member Who Talks (A Lot!)

    I don't think it's a bad use for my money. Hope you're right, but it's mainly for personal enjoyment and I like the fact you mentioned his wife likes it. It doesn't hurt that the ladies like it....or if just one lady liked it. Wink. I'm a bit of a Ford guy too, but will let you know what I end up with.
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  6. TexasPalladin

    TexasPalladin Member Who Talks (A Lot!)

    Lone Wolf McQuade's 83 Ram.

    I drive a 2000 Z71 Tahoe.
    Have had a few Jeeps that were fun.

    Seriously speaking.....The old Broncos and Land cruisers are great vehicles.
    And you can't go wrong with a older CJ-7.

    Semper Fi
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  7. Boogieman

    Boogieman Member Who Talks (A Lot!)

    Best I ever had was a 1950 Willys Overland jeep. Not the fastest on the road, but owns everything in the dirt, across the creeks, up the mountain and in the mud. Easy to work on. Keeps on ticking when the bRonco's and Lame Rovers poop out.
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  8. Sneezybeltran

    Sneezybeltran Member Who Talks (A Lot!)

    I like the old Willys. Those were cool.
    I think I know the one you're talking about and I like it.
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  9. Boogieman

    Boogieman Member Who Talks (A Lot!)

    I had Buckshot Mudders on it. I lived in Louisiana at the time. Coonhunters Cadillac.
  10. PearlandHorn

    PearlandHorn Member Who Talks (A Lot!)

    @Sneezybeltran Barret Jackson Scottsdale is airing on Velocity right now. Should be on till Sunday. Good place to see what values are doing on the trucks you were thinking about. And the chick in the tall black boots has an incredible rear end.
  11. Sneezybeltran

    Sneezybeltran Member Who Talks (A Lot!)

    Thank you sir. Actually seen some go for cheaper on there than I think they should've.
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  12. PearlandHorn

    PearlandHorn Member Who Talks (A Lot!)

    Be my luck, I’d end up having to bid against some multimillionaire!
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  13. Sneezybeltran

    Sneezybeltran Member Who Talks (A Lot!)

    You know how it would work would be that you go there after buying one and then one pops up nice and for a low price. I've seen some expensive uncut Broncos on there. I'm fine with it being cut and some bigger tires, but also don't like it jacked up way high and super big tires. I like a mix of originality and 4X4 flare. Give me a roll bar, nice tires and a Bimini top and I'm good to roll.
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  14. msflash

    msflash Member Who Talks

    Better to drive a Ford than push a Chevy
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  15. PearlandHorn

    PearlandHorn Member Who Talks (A Lot!)

    I can sit and daydream all day watching these auctions. I just can’t get over how much trucks are going for.
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  16. PFD

    PFD Member Who Talks (A Lot!)

    @Sneezybeltran, I was in your shoes a couple years ago.

    I surveyed the market for Jeeps, drop-top Broncos, and Scouts for nearly a year before eventually buying a 2008 Jeep Wrangler from a guy down in Rosharon. Found it on Craigslist.

    The Jeep I bought had low miles and was well cared for. The prior owner had already made most of the redneck modifications that I was looking for, e.g., lift kit, blacked out rims, fender flares, front steel bumper, winch, light bar, etc.

    I went in looking primarily for a refurbed CJ or Bronco, but my lovely wife impressed upon me the importance of having a rear bench seat with enough seatbelts to accommodate all three of my kids.

    Turns out she was right. My kids love riding in the Jeep with Dad. My oldest (10) has already laid claim to it when he's old enough to drive.
  17. Sneezybeltran

    Sneezybeltran Member Who Talks (A Lot!)

    That's awesome! I'm not really a Jeep guy and then I will be scrolling through and a clean Jeep will pop up and always make me rethink it, ha. I think I actually saw one similar to the age of yours that I liked, but yeah. You get to drive it much?
  18. PFD

    PFD Member Who Talks (A Lot!)

    Yeah, we use it quite a bit (though not as much this time of year).

    We take it to cruise around Dallas on the weekends, especially to our kids' sporting events.

    I got a towing kit, so I sometimes pull it behind my truck when we go to, e.g., Colorado, Broken Bow, Port A, etc.

    I've also used it at my deer and duck hunting leases.

    Holler at me when you make the move here to the DFW area, and I'll pick you up or meet up with you somewhere.
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  19. Sneezybeltran

    Sneezybeltran Member Who Talks (A Lot!)

  20. djantx

    djantx Member Who Talks

    Had a Scout II all through college but had to sell it when I got out. Driving around in a full steel vehicle in Texas rush hour was brutal. Bought it for $3,500 and sold it seven years later for $3,500.

    But loved it!! Just not a commuter car.
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  21. TexasPalladin

    TexasPalladin Member Who Talks (A Lot!)

  22. djantx

    djantx Member Who Talks

    We did this one on our Spring Break last year outside of Moab.

    Granted, we weren't driving and didn't roll backwards. I'm not nearly that brave to try driving it. But there's a company run by the guy who established this trail - Dan Mick's - and they'll take you up the trail and throughout the area. Kids loved it.
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  23. TequilaTex

    TequilaTex Member Who Talks (A Lot!)

    I'm a little late to the party on this, I owned an 85' CJ 7 in the 90's and loved it but had to put money into it to keep it running and it was noisy as **** with just a soft top and soft doors. But they hold there value and are great off road, will take a lot of abuse. Bought it for $4000 and sold it four years later for $4500.

    I'm a big Toyota guy and that is all we buy any more, the damn things will run forever if you take care of them. My oldest 4 Runner is a 2004 with 225k miles on it and it still starts and runs like its new. I met a guy at a rest stop in Virginia several years ago who had a 1980 4 Runner with 450k miles on it and had done very little to it. He said his goal was to get to a million miles.

    Good luck with the search!
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  24. Sneezybeltran

    Sneezybeltran Member Who Talks (A Lot!)

    Thanks. Those old 4Runner's are sweet! I saw a real nice one in OK for $5800 and was very original and nice. I will keep you posted.

    Oh yeah, on the Toyota note, I had an old Sequoia I beat the crap out of from 170k to 236K or so. The wheel literally fell off on me when pulling into a gas station to Odessa when driving it back to work after picking it up and driving back to work from the shop in Abilene. I was pissed off and done with it at that point, but bought it for $4K, put about that much into it after 2 sets of tires, brakes, etc, but other than the tire thing, never broke down on me. The tranny and motor were still solid and I got about $2500 for it. I have a handshake deal/first dibs on my buddy's old 4Runner, which is a 2004 or 2005 he bought new and has 140K on it. When he sells in a year or 2, I'm proably gonna buy it from him.
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