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frickenbored 02-06-2013 09:11 PM

Opinions
 
So I'm starting to look for another cheap mud toy for the summer. My k5 has become more of a trophy than a bogger anymore since I have to much time and money invested into it, I cant bring myself to beat on it anymore.

Anyway I've been searching craigslist and have found five trucks under $5000 that I'm considering, just can't make up my mind on what one I want. Which one would you guys go with?

1. 1987 dodge ram, 318 - $2500
http://img841.imageshack.us/img841/9260/12500.jpg

2. 1981 chevy 1500, 350 - $4600
http://img705.imageshack.us/img705/2823/24600.jpg

3. 1977 F150 or F250, 302 - $3000
http://img834.imageshack.us/img834/1443/33000.jpg

4. 1998 Jeep Cherokee, 4.0l - $3500
http://img571.imageshack.us/img571/4545/43500.jpg

5. 1992 Jeep Wrangler, 4.0l - $4500
http://img19.imageshack.us/img19/9645/54500i.jpg

Lets hear some opinions on these trucks, like I said I just can't decide which one to possibly go look at.

PaulMys 02-06-2013 10:17 PM

#1 or #5- But I am partial to #1!

Excoastie 02-07-2013 08:00 AM

1,3, or 5...

The Dodge and Ford due to the price... there is more room to mod, and you won't feel so bad about beating the hell out of it.

The Jeep because I've always loved that style. They're also a blast to play with.

Exco

gonefishin776 02-07-2013 08:27 AM

i say 1,4,5. idk why but #4 just looks sweet. it's already got a winch and a spare tire holder. I don't know much about it's capabilities but.. i like it.

CajunDodge 02-07-2013 10:59 AM

1 or 4! 4 looks awesome and in great shape, too! You can have just as much fun in an XJ as you can in the Wrangler and the extra room is a bonus too of course I'm just a bit biased lol as I have one and I've always been partial to that style, but I've had a blast with my XJ over the years! Good luck though, all good choices!

- Cajun

ridgerunnerseoinc 02-07-2013 12:27 PM

WOW, I wish I had your problem! They all look great to me. I couldn't find 1/2 of those around here in that good a shape. Decide whether U want a truck or a Jeep/SUV and that will cut your numbers down a little. The Jeep has intense aftermarket support. The Cherokee has a unibody "frame" while all others have a body on frame design. Damn hard choice, buy 2 or 3 for those prices.

RamTech 02-07-2013 12:44 PM

Based on capability, price, upgradability and what it's already equipped with, the Cherokee is the clear cut winner. Not to mention, you have $1500 left over to modify it even more if you so desire. The best things about these Jeeps is that parts are plentiful, the range of years that you can swap stuff to and from is wide (so if you destroy it, take your goodies and bolt them to another Cherokee that you pick up for nearly nothing) and the sheer reliability of the 4.0L.

frickenbored 02-08-2013 05:30 PM

lol nobody picked 2. I've been going back and forth between 1 and 2. But man 5 looks damn good. That being said, I really like 3 and 4 too....well i've made no progress so far lol.

RamTech 02-08-2013 05:35 PM

I had a '79 K10 with a 350, 35's, 4" lift, and a Detroit locker and that thing was awesome in the mud. The prices to upgrade that truck are among the cheapest in off-roading and I know the engines like the back of my hand. The problem for me was I wanted to do more than just sling mud after a while and the truck was a bit too large for the places I wanted to go here in the mountains of east Tennessee.

frickenbored 02-09-2013 05:46 PM

I would love to have mountains and stuff to go off-roading in...sadly there are none here. Southeast Michigan is on the rather boring side...but there's some nice land in northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.

after doing some thinking truck 2 is out, I already have an older chevy and am looking for something different. I called the owner of the ford but that truck has been sold. So monday I'm going to look at truck number one. Something about it looks badass.


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