I do agree that i would not pay more than 2 or 3k for a '91 bronco with all the usual problems these things have. I have corrected 99.9% of those problems when i bought this one, and i went a step or two further. i didn't want to life it, because at the time i was living in an apartment and it wouldn't fit in the garage i had rented if it had a lift. and yes, i know the market for a "newer" bronco isn't like it is for the older ones, but honestly how many broncos do you see on the road these days? and of those 4 or 5, how many are about 95% aesthetically perfect?
i in no way thought that i would get all my money back out of this bronco when i put it up for sale. but if nobody recognizes it as worth more than the standard price due to the work that has been done to it, then hell with 'em i'll keep it. i'm not in a pinch for cash, it just sits in the garage and looks pretty. once in a while i'll drive it around the block. so, its a question of do i keep dumping money into something i don't use or sell it to someone and put the money into stuff i do use? like i could use a nice welder - i'd rather put a couple grand into one of those than dump it into the bronco.
the reason i just had it pictured sitting outside at a shop is because that is the shop i did the work at. if i was going to buy a bronco that had all this work done to it, i'd want to see the receipts, and i'd want to talk to the guy(s) who put in the wrench time. i do finance for a living, so if i tell you i put on hooker long tubes and cammed it up - why would you believe i did it right? but if a mechanic says yea its had that shit done to it, i did this and all this shit and heres the receipts - i'd be more trusting.
the body shop owner was not a friend of mine, just someone whos done work for me in the past. look up what it costs to buy those panels from lmc - and then look at shipping. then factor in what it would cost a shop in labor hours to put all that shit on after taking all the old off, and then a 2-stage paint job. 6500.00 is just about right. maaco is cheaper, ya, but maaco is maaco.
and i have not listed the bronco again, and not sure that i will. but if and when i do i will put a note in the ad about the carfax report and questionable mileage and list it as mileage unknown. if i can't get 5k out of it, it stays. simple.
I guess I am the only one here that understands what you're saying. You're saying that your $6500 invested in your paint/body work, for example, makes it more valueable than if you had not done it. I didnt hear you say that it justifies exactly a $6500 increase in your price. To my mind, it makes it more valueable to an amount that whatever the marketplace determines. Others here say it doesn't add a f**king cent of value. Whatever. From their posts, you could have taken it to the top car restorer in the country, had it restored to better than new and paid a $25,000 bill, and they would say....."Yup, it's a '91 Bronco. I'll giv ya $475 for it. That's what '91 Bronco's fetch around here."
You got the right idea now. Just drive it out as you can never expect to get all or even most your money out of it, and you never have been expecting to. Nothing wrong with driving a Bronco around. Nice to have 4WD when you need it. If you're tired of it, get another car for those times when you want to drive something else or want higher mileage. I have a '96 that I've owned for 9 years, and it went from 39k miles on the odo in 1999 and now it has 61k. But when I drive it, I enjoy the shit out of being in it. Obviously, most of the time I am in something else.
And also, be careful about saying to people when you look up and say....."Gee, that's a beautiful blue sky." Because some of them will say......"Nah......that's a pink with orange polka dot sky." Just nod your head and say....."ohhhhh, ok."