Halloween may be over, but you can still cosplay as Homer Simpson’s Mr. Plow in today’s Good price or no dice Wrangler. Let’s decide if the price can be considered equal.
In the late 1960s, Lee Iacocca, then Executive VP of Ford’s car and truck line, issued a directive to the company’s designers. The edict was to create a new Lincoln halo car by, in his words, “putting a Rolls Royce grill on a Thunderbird.” That design became the Lincoln Mark III, which successfully (and more profitably) outsold the competing Cadillac Eldorado right out of the gate. The following Mark IV model, introduced in 1974, sold in even greater numbers and with better margins. When the Mark V arrived in 1977, buyers went crazy, snapping them up in almost twice as many of previous model. It makes you wonder, where are they all today?
Well, we found one yesterday, one 1979 Lincoln Mark V which had been hiding in storage for a decade, at least according to the ad. It had freshened up to drivability and looked to be in extremely fine shape despite the long sleep. Unfortunately for the seller, an asking price of $15,500 didn’t turn out as well. It seemed as out of step with the times as the car did, and both conspired to serve Lincoln an 83 percent No Dice loss.
One of the more daunting tasks yesterday’s Lincoln can embody driving in snow or smooth situations. Being only rear-wheel drive and a little cranky, taking a car like that out in the weather is just asking for trouble. Fortunately, we have this today 1998 Jeep Wrangler that has been equipped with a snow plow to both relieve the stress of driving in bad weather and maybe making a buck or two doing it clear private cars and roads, and maybe moving the occasional nasty roadkill carcass out of the lanes.
The main attraction here, of course, is the seven-foot SnowDogg plow. To buy one ofse new would set you back almost the cost of this combination. And that would still require something to exist to hook the plough to.
Here we have the Wrangler, which according to the ad comes with both hard and soft tops. Of course you would want to use the better insulated one hard top when we are out plowing because we are not animals.
The drivetrain consists of Jeep’s faithful 4.0 straight six and a five-speed manual gearbox. Those feed the jeep Command-Trac part-time 4WD system. The seller claims the 190 horsepower six was replaced by a previous owner at 90K. The odometer now shows a large 171,136 milesaccording to the ad.
Overall, this TJ looks pretty good for these miles and all the years. The Chili Pepper Red paint seems solid and there doesn’t seem to be any rust visible underneath it. In addition to the plow, the truck is equipped with LED lights front and rear, as well as what the seller says are almost new tires. They are mounted on nice factory alloys.
However, that’s not all that happens here. The seller suspiciously neglects to provide any photos of the Jeep’s interior and, more annoyingly, says that the homely “Life is better at the campsite” spare tire cover is NOT included in the sale. Why tease us with its cruelty then?
There’s also the matter of what the seller describes in the ad as a “slow electric drain”. It may be related to the plow and lighting additions and may last an hour or so of YouTube difficulties to solve and fix. Especially e.gthe title is clean. hrsBut, much like yesterday’s Lincoln, the Jeep isn’t shown with plates so there’s that to see what its current registration situation might be.
To roll the dice, an interested party must have $6,000 for the ante as that is this Jeep’s asking price. As I noted, the plow alone, new, will set you back nearly as much.
What do you think of this Jeep/plow combo at $6,000 asking? Does it seem like a deal to go damn near anywhere at any time? Or at that priceisn’t this wrangler going anywhere soon?
Utica, New York, Craigslistor go here if the ad disappears.
H/T to Don R. for the link!
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