Saturday, May 06, 2006

Bye Bye Honda

Well I dumped the Honda. Everyone always says that Honda's are reliable and will go forever without any major work needed to them. Well that is a load of bunk. Needless to say, I got rid of it.

The only way I could really do this and actually get some money out of it was to trade it in for something else. That something else turned out to be a Cummins powered '93 Dodge W-250. I have been wanting to get a diesel truck for some time, but couldn't really figure out how without spending a bunch of money. I was able to trade just about straight across for the Dodge.

Now the plan is to get rid of the Ford and get something I can drive everyday.

As luck may have it, I fell into the deal of a century. I picked up two Jeep CJ-7's for a grand total of $250.

Now... you may ask how one obtains a running driving Jeep for as little as $250, let along two. This is a feat that I doubt I will ever be able to reproduce. The first one (the one I actually paid for) ran and drove just fine, but looked like a turd on wheels. I easily traded it the same day for a trailer to haul my "old" Jeep.

As for the second one (a '76); I actually got this one for FREE. The guy who gave it to me said it didn't run and had all these problems and such. He was going to use it as a parts Jeep for the shitbox above.

I went over to push it out of his back yard and decided I'd see what happens if I were to try to start it. With starter fluid in hand and 5 attempts at turning it over, I drove it out of his yard and into my garage. Yes... it did have a few issues, but nothing that wasn't fixed by the next day (and about $30). It even passed emissions without doing anything special (even running on 3 year old gas).

So I now have a daily driver to repalce my Honda (no, it doesn't get nearly as good gas milage; but remember it was free), and a diesel truck along with a trailer to haul my wheeling rig (if it ever gets finished enough to go wheeling).

Now, if I could only get rid of the Ford....