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    Who I was when I started the build... What I brung to the project...

    What I had already: confidence, a dream, money to burn, time to waste, a competitor, knowledge of my limitations, research capabilities, and a supportive Mrs.

    What I didn't have and still don't. I don't twerk wrench. I don't turn wrench. I don't own wrench. Extend that to mean I knew going in I would need a team to complete the build because after reading everyone else on here I simply do not have the aptitude, skills, experience, ability, interest, training to touch the truck beyond driving it.

    The story goes...

    I wanted a full size jeep pick up since I saw the 2004 green jeep truck. I had moved to the city, gave away my 78 doge ram charger V8 four on the floor snow plow wood hauler and my 2011 Jeep Liberty limited, sold my allis chalmers tractor, my car hauler, the 88 jeep comanche, and the 2004 jeep liberty. For the first time in a long time ... No Jeep.

    I was gonna buy the new Jeep gladiator pickup. I had a price. $40,000.00 OTD, new. I won't pay more than that for a truck. Call me stubborn. Say I'm stuck in the past. I call it voting with my feet. I won't support an economic approach where an everyman truck costs more than everyman average annual wage. I'm a capitalist pig. Not a communist or socialist. But I'm also a pragmatist, a realist. No economy will thrive which over spreads that gap between haves and have nots. We all get better or we all fail. My opinions. Not meant to offend. Your mileage may vary, and welcome all ideas.

    Couldn't get the one I wanted at the price I was willing to pay.

    Challenge accepted:

    I would build the 2 door, bench seat, manual transmission, long bed, No Tech, Bad Axe Jeep Gladiator for half my stated price point.

    Goal, buy and build for 20K.
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    Acquisition

    Acquisition (a definite fail, but not quiting!)

    Enter Cindy #1. I found a fully restored, everything on it, 1966 Jeep Gladiator pickup truck for $5,900.00. sure the guy was shifty, but me, I could outsmart him. See where this is going? Perfect truck? Fully restored? Cheapest one ever? Shifty dude? Confident dumb *** like me? Doesn't twerk wrench? Wants to buy the solution. Damn fool. I am one. Paid the man the money. No truck. I didn't even get bait and switched. I got straight street hustled. I even called the bank aforehand, yep, he's a real customer - sure you can transfer the money direct to his account. I even talked to the feds or bank investigatory after. Yep, that's the man who stole my money. Here's all the websites he's ripped people off from. end of day? No money, no jeep truck! (Took three months)

    Moral of the story: if you don't exercise your morals, if you ignore what your momma taught ya, no self respecting Jeep Truck will have you either. You simply can't cheat the build.

    Technically, I own this truck... http://topclassiccarsforsale.com/jee...ry-v8-327.html

    Please do not mention this to my better half. Of course she told me not to. I had to. No, I don't actually own that truck. It's just the one I paid for at one time, three years ago when I was a much younger man!

    Cindy #2 Neighborhood truck. Neighbor said guy wouldn't sell. Told him $3500. Met the family. Told em 4 grand. Guy wouldn't sell. Talked to the guy. Offered 6 grand. Guy wouldn't sell. (Took three months).

    Widening search. All the search engines. Virtually looked over maybe a thousand vehicles, maybe 100 jeep j series trucks, offered on some, all the difficulties. Wrong engine, wrong transmission, wrong rust, no tailgate, etc. Right truck, wrong price, wrong timing etc. This took so long I watched one truck go from craigslist to a specialty site (I chatted the guy up and his price was above my available cash - would have bought a completed truck, 84 J Series, sweet complete truck, for under ten grand and been done, but) he sold it to a specialty dealer where I saw it listed the next six months +5K at the price I offered. So much time spent looking!!! No jeep truck.
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    I never new you started out with a "Goal" like you had. A good one Az. Definitely achievable.

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    Love to read the story, the details and your mindset going through the process. Very interesting and entertaining.

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    Az your photo album is on fire! nice pics man. Cool photos of Cindy gettin' dressed. Lots of neat photos Az.

    https://willysjeepforum.kaiserwillys...bum.php?u=8254

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    [QUOTE=bmorgil;16253]Az your photo album is on fire!

    I agree with bob it is pretty cool!!!

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    Figured we might all enjoy those old adverts. Those things are amazing. All different languages, same jeep truck. Those are for die hard who might actually look there. If it helps one jeeper with one build, bonus. I'll post up the pony keg, brakes and the fence in items coming up here. So hard to figure out how to convey how hilarious those were because half of the fun is you guys joking on me with expert (you would say) and idiotic (I might add) "guidance". We'll get er done.

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    All the "guidance" is worth every penny you have paid for it.

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    Oh my gm you forgot the “expert idiotic” part Ole Wise one
    Last edited by TJones; 03-31-2021 at 01:14 PM.

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    You always have to read an "Az post" a few times to be sure you get it all.

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