|Just not touching. Paper-slipper|
|This is pretty much how I last left you|
This car has been with me for several years and has had the most modification of all my cars so far, but after much deliberation, I've decided to let it go. If I keep if, it will turn into a much larger project than I really want or need that car to be, so I'm selling it before it gets out of hand. There is a pending sale on it now, just waiting for him to come sometime this winter to pick it up. Plans are to reinvest in a welder/plasma cutter combo for future projects.
|Almost prepped for shipment|
This car I bought last Fall in the hopes of making a big project out of it. I got it running and got sidetracked with a different idea. I started fixing it up to run an event and soon found it wasn't up to the original project I had planned to use it for. Then we started calling it the White Prowler. In the end, I ran it for the event (later to be posted about), and I had no real plans for it afterward. I thought it would make a great body swap candidate, but decided it would be too long before I got around to that, so I listed it on a couple Facebook buy/sell/trade groups saying what a good body swap it would be. About four months later, a guy took me up on the idea and traded me a '79 F-150 Ranger Larait 4x4 with a 351M, auto, utility bed, 4" lift, and 35" BFG All-Terrain T/As. It's cool and tons of fun to bomb around in, but in the end, that's on the chopping block too. It was good motivation to get the Broncos figured out though because that was the same lift combination I was hoping to run on that too.
|This had a rough weekend in Michigan last April|
|Probably the best trade I could've made to not lose money on the white Vic|
Seemed like a good segway. What had always been the biggest issue with this Bronco while I've owned it? That's right; rust. Well, just about the time it was starting to get nice out and I could start working on it, wouldn't you know my friend sends me a link to an online auction saying, "hey, they have a Bronco just like yours with way less rust!" I would be a fool to not look into it. Sure enough, clean '79 Bronco with an opening bid of $8. This is how I spent May and June, watching this auction. Back to the black Bronco, I just setup a pending transaction, a gentleman's agreement, with a guy from North Dakota who really seems to want my Bronco to rebuild like one his Grandpa had, just like mine but burned in a fire. He's trading me a '94 Bronco that needs a trans, but my brother is looking for one that style, so all good!
|Looks good with 35s stuffed in there; won't turn.|
What started as a simple "hey, check this out," turned into 7 pages of old inventory getting purged at liquidation prices out of a wrecking yard out in north central South Dakota. So many great projects all in one place, all starting at single digit prices! I could barely contain myself. I finally got the list narrowed down to eight that I was watching... for two months. In the end, I wound up with the Bronco (Ranger XLT with no engine and a 4-speed) and a rwd '72 F-100 long bed (302 automatic). My mom even got in on the fun with a '74 Valiant sedan (slant six automatic). By the end of the summer, we had a friend with a trucking company bring all three down to us in southeast Wisconsin. The shipping cost almost triple what the vehicles did, but it was a fun bucket list item to be able to say I saved cars out of a junkyard.
|My truckload of toys from the junkyard. Can't wait to drive the F-100!|
|This will replace the rusted out black Bronco and will be getting a 460 and 5-speed from my '91 F-250|
For a short while, I owned three Crown Victorias at the same time (what a glorious world!). Now I only own two. The one you haven't seen yet (which needs some build posts) is a '01 P71 that I may have just installed a 3" lift onto and a set of used, take-off 31" Goodyear Wrangler Duratracs. It is going to take a turn for the Wasteland and get a paint job like the original Mad Max police cars. It's gonna be pretty cool, and I can't wait to take it to the couple events it needs to be at, but last week, the head gaskets blew on my way to work in -15° weather. Hooray for my junky cars! Already looking for a replacement motor. We'll keep you updated... mostly.
|This is how I got it|
|This is what I've done to it|
My brother got an '11 Wrangler, and that got a 3.5" lift and 35s, so I need to show you that. It also seems to be the only way I got out and took pictures in 2017, so expect some fun off-road shots. The family F-250 is still down pending rebuild, but I think I found a motor for that too. Still no movement on the cars still in Minnesota ('63 FC-170 heirloom truck and my '74 Maverick sedan). There's also a Jeep Commander, Ford Escape, and Jeep Grand Cherokee around, but you'll probably only see the Grand Cherokee since we took it off-roading. I doubt I'll post basic maintenance on the ladies' rides.
|Modded with no lift and 31" BFG Mud Terrains|
|'11 JK with lift and 35" Nitto Trail Grapplers|
|ZJ on the JK take-off wheels and 31s in the UP|
|I killed it and left it in the woods overnight, but that's a different post...|
|My outdoor storage space is currently well endowed|