Its probably safe to assume 90 percent of you cant drive down a rural road without craning your heads around to spy what is lying in the farmers field. Youre always on the lookout for that next purchase. Youve got absolutely no need for another vehicle and have no idea what youll do with yet one more crusty non-running hulk. Your significant other is ready to kill you. Your neighbors burn you in effigy. The police and zoning commission know you both by sight and by reputation. And your driveway, side yard, front yard, areas in front of the neighbors houses, and most of the local store-it-yourself spaces are filled up with your crap. Congratulationsyoure a true 4x4 enthusiast!
Nobody knows why were like this. Its easier to land men on the moon than try to figure it out, so the best course of action is just to accept it, surrender to it, and embrace it.
Go buy dirt-cheap stuff with every last penny youve got. If youre a true junk aficionado like us, you couldnt care less about how easy your purchase is to find parts for, modify, or resell. The coolness/gotta-have-it/ never-owned-one factor comes into play heavily here. Take an older vehicle for example. It doesnt matter that every last nut and bolt on this pile needs to be replaced, the axles are puny, the engine doesnt make enough power to motivate a go-kart (if it runs at all), or nobody in the world makes anything remotely resembling a bolt-on part. Youd be hard-pressed to find spark plugs for it, let alone bearings, gaskets, or seals, but you drag it home on the trailer like a caveman toting Wilma Flintstone home by the hair.
Its even worse with newer vehicles. I found a 78 Bronco that only needs an engine, tranny, rotors, third member, and some bodywork. All for only $500! The 460 that used to reside in the junkyard Lincoln will fit no problem, and who cares if the stuff to install it will come to over $400? By the time you swing that big-block behind another salvage C6, swap a centersection in, and bolt on your Pep Boys rotors youve got over $2,000 into the thingand the body is still trash.
Who cares, though. It aint about the destination, its about the journey. Once a vehicle is running and driving its no fun anymore.
Were writing you from Southern California. If theres a more communistic, latte-sipping, Beemer-driving, pink-and-green-Polo-shirt-wearing group of imbeciles festooned with rules, regulations, and codes, then we just dont want to know about it. We hope for your sake its better where you are, but were losing hope around here. For whatever reason, they dont want a real 4x4 in their neighborhood. Dont they realize their BMW X5 owes its very existence to the Carryall parked in your driveway?
The following is an actual conversation between a neighborhood homeowner and a homeowners association board:
Caller: Im calling to have a big ugly truck towed.
Board: Whats wrong? Is it in your driveway, maam?
Board: Is it blocking your sidewalk?
Caller: No, my neighbor just parked it in the street in front of his house.
Board: We cant tow a vehicle in the street, maam. Thats illegal.
Caller: But I want it towed because its ugly.
Board: We cant do that.
Caller: Well, then(pause)its abandoned and hasnt moved for over a month.
Board: Goodbye, maam.
Which brings us to our next topicjustifying your purchase.
Im All Right, Youre All Right
Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. You owe it to yourself to be a good citizen and broaden the horizons of your vehicle-ignorant neighbors. That way, when they ask you what that unholy mess is in your front yard you can puff up your chest and tell them with pride its a WC-52 weapons carrier made by Dodge. Then watch them faint as you tell them it would be a shame to molest such an original and unrestored specimen. In fact, you dont even think youll drive itjust let it sit in the yard and collect value.
Fun with the neighbors isnt the only reason to justify your 4x4 purchase. For those of you who may need a little more help coming to grips with that whopping $200 purchase, weve compiled a short but dirty list in no particular order in the sidebar "Top 10 Reasons to Buy Junk."