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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-25-2018, 09:41 AM Thread Starter
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First gen Bronco lot

So there is a new ad up on Craigslist of someone who is selling 8 first gen Bronco trucks for $15k. While the vast majority are in pretty rough condition, there might be enough solid parts between them to build at least one proper Bronco. Seeing as how the prices for these older models are currently skyrocketing, if you're able to do a lot of the work yourself, there could be some money to be made here.
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I'm sure these will go fast especially if a company like Icon comes along and scoops them up. Once a person/company has the infrastructure, capital and reputation like Icon, real money is made.

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With the shape that these are in, I doubt that even the frames are in solid condition. I don't really feel like the investment is worth it, even for 8 vehicles. The blue one is completely mangled from an accident lol.
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No one said that the process was going to be cheap or easy. You're looking at hundreds if not thousands of hours to get any one of these into working order. But we've seen that restored models can go for upwards of $50k.
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With the shape that these are in, I doubt that even the frames are in solid condition. I don't really feel like the investment is worth it, even for 8 vehicles. The blue one is completely mangled from an accident lol.
ultimately they will sandblast these to its bare metal and start from their.
knowing parts of your restomod have been around since it rolled off the line does add value.
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I don't know all that much about restoration, but I feel like there are bound to be a bunch of salvageable parts across so many models. From reading through the ad it looks like all these trucks were running when they were first bought. No idea how long they have been sitting for.
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pictures like this don't say a lot aside from the neglect these have been through
ultimately someone who wants to restore these has to put them on a rotisserie to start from very fundamental areas of these
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Sitting is the worst thing for a vehicle, so even if they were running before that doesn't guarantee that they will run again. If you're going to go the route of restoration it probable makes more sense to go with a crate engine anyways.
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The whole point of a proper restoration is to the make the vehicle more practical as a daily driver. By replacing most of the components with modern technology you should be able to eliminate most of the reliability concerns seen with a classic car.
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The whole point of a proper restoration is to the make the vehicle more practical as a daily driver. By replacing most of the components with modern technology you should be able to eliminate most of the reliability concerns seen with a classic car.
No quite. Not to split hairs but there are several variations of "restoration". What you're referring to is a resto-mod whereby you enhance the vehicles performance, efficiency, and handling with newer technology while maintaining the classic look. A true period-correct restoration is where you utilize the same components and technology but with new or reconditioned parts so you would in effect have a "new" classic car like it rolled off the factory line. Some purists prefer this iteration vs the resto-mod. Personally, I love resto-mods.

With the 8 Bronco scenario above, its unlikely a resto-mod guy would buy the lot as he would really only need a frame and axles. Everything else can just about be purchased aftermarket including complete tubs, doors, grilles, etc. Then he'd slap in a modern drive train and call it finished. These would be for some purist who was looking for as many OEM circa-correct stamped parts that are salvageable as possible.
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