Short story long, I was talking to a realtor about leasing a building to work on my projects and hopefully get a hot rod shop going, or at the very least make some headway towards it. Unfortunately, they decided to screw me over last Friday, and since that was my last option for renting a place and I won't be staying here long enough to make building worthwhile, well, that's the end of that.
So, as much as I hated to blow my savings, I needed some kind of distraction. Monday, I was dicking around on Craigslist and came across an '87 FJ 60 for sale in my town. I called the owner up so I could go look at it, figuring I'd lose interest once I saw the interior and drove it since it has 252,800 miles. But, aside from needing a slight tune-up, it runs like a top and I was hooked as soon as I drove it.
I think whoever's had it has taken pretty good care of it, but it's far from perfect. I've got a handful of things to do to it.
-Replace the windshield and fix a leak
-Tune-up the engine and fix all the open ports where a PO removed the smog equipment
-Fix the A/C
-Repair the cancer in the RR wheel well, about the size of two credit cards
-Hopefully get the dents and dings popped out with paintless dent removal
-PO hacked the front doors to install speakers
-PO welded both bumpers on and blocked the port for the spare tire hoist (with it still underneath, of course)
-Replace front seats
I couldn't wait to put a lift on it until I saw how much they cost. Even with almost bald tires it goes pretty well, so I'm anxious to see how it will do with new ones and a lift. Granted, it's got 31.5" tires (29" stock) and add-a-leaves, but I was surprised by its break-over angle. There have been a few times where I thought it was going to high center, but didn't even rub.