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I found this super-clean '91 Samurai JL in front of a garage with 4-year-old plates and 104,000 miles. The story was that a customer had dropped it off for a junkyard engine swap, and then the computer was found to be bad so they ditched it. Oddly it seemed that none of the current mechanics at the garage could even remember when it had first shown up. I haggled the manager down to $450, and after swapping on the spare tire to replace an old flat that hadn't held air in years, I pulled it onto a trailer and towed it home in the dark.
Budget left -- $1,050