Nice Price Or No DiceIs that this used automotive deal? You determine!

The vendor of immediately’s Nice Price or No Dice {custom} open-top Ford Expedition says it was constructed to resemble the Himalaya Expedition, a show constructed for the 1999 Specialty Gear Market Affiliation present in Las Vegas. That type of makes it the fanfiction of Ford vehicles. Let’s see how actual the vendor has been about setting its value.

It has been stated that you simply separate the lads from the boys by the value of their toys. I don’t understand how that additionally pertains to ladies, however I suppose there’s an analogous adage for the women too.

We checked out a fairly costly toy yesterday a 1988 Mooney M20L airplane and whereas it was Porsche-powered, its complete idea was a little bit out of the wheelhouse for many people. At $140,000 Canadian, it was additionally deemed too valuey for many, incomes a 74 % No Cube loss. A giant consider that end result was the venue for the airplane. Fb Market is among the worst selections for a correct presentation, owing to its minimal copy house and small picture choices. I suppose the ubiquity of the platform makes up for that within the minds of some sellers.

I can’t say with certainty that yesterday’s Mooney would be the final airplane we’ll ever take a look at. I’ve heard that Qantas is retiring its fleet of 747s, in spite of everything. I imply, who wouldn’t need a type of?

As we speak, nevertheless, we’re going again to our protected zone of each Craigslist advertisements and the automotive world. That’s to not say we’re going to be one thing that’s not a little bit bit loopy. That’s simply how we roll.

This 1997 Ford Expedition is a little bit bit loopy. If you happen to’ll discover, it’s not precisely alcollectively there. The rear home windows, hatch and the middle part of the roof have all gone bye-bye, changed by a gaping gap that may be lined by a custom-crafted material roof.

Beneath that could be a tubular-section rollbar that gives mounts for the rear-most seat belts. Extra cross-over bars between the door frames maintain the physique from folding in on the first moose fart. Every of these three crossbars is roofed in black pool-noodle/pipe insulators to maintain you from braining your self.

The vendor says the inspiration for the truck got here from the Himalaya Expedition, a customized SUV built to wow the crowds at the 99 SEMA show. Aside from the shortage of flares, cladding and exterior tire mount, you possibly can completely see the resemblance. Additionally, I don’t suppose the Himalaya had any type of high in any respect.

The highest on this truck is claimed to have been professionally made, and it does look to suit admirably nicely, although with extra confounding snaps and hooks to undo than could be required to take away your promenade date’s undergarments.

All of it seems good and tidy when it’s in place, and the truck appears to be like prefer it’s a whole lot of enjoyable when the highest is stowed. In actual fact, the one actually half-assed side of this practice conversion is the remaining part of the rear hatch. That has some fairly weak mixing (i.e., non-existent) on the former joints over the hind lights, and there’s a gaping gap the place the wiper arm used to name dwelling. At the very least the builder added again a middle brake gentle. Bear in mind, security first.

The remainder of the truck appears fairly inventory and in respectable form. In keeping with the advert, there’s no rust anyplace, and the paintwork, except for these rear corners, appears to be in fine condition. Beneath all of it are manufacturing facility alloys wrapped in what look to be completely serviceable Continental tires. We don’t get to see a lot of the inside because it’s principally blocked by a canine, however what we are able to see seems to be beige.

Energy right here is offered by Ford’s 5.4-liter Triton V8. That’s good for 230 horsepower and 325 lb-ft of twist. Behind that could be a four-speed 4R70W computerized that feeds all 4 wheels by a normal BorgWarner 4406 switch case. The advert claims it to be a “nice working truck,” and notes that it comes with a clear title.

Now, a few iffy issues concerning the advert. First off, it says this Expedition is a 1996 mannequin. That’s humorous, since these weren’t launched till the ’97 mannequin yr. Manufacturing did begin within the spring of ’96, with gross sales kicking off in October of that yr, however they have been all offered as 97s. Regardless of the advert’s claims on the contrary, I’m utilizing 1997 within the submit to stop confusion.

The opposite challenge is the shortage of a mileage studying within the advert. That’s at all times a deciding consider a purchase order resolution, and with out that information it’s a little bit tougher for us to do our job. On the plus facet, this truck has the Eddie Bauer trim package deal, and that’s fancy.

At $4,000, the value isn’t so fancy. That being stated, this truck can also be not going to be for everybody. What we’re going to want to determine is whether or not that value makes it for anybody.

What do you say, is $4,000 a good value for the {custom} convertible large wagon? Or does that make this an Expedition you’d advise towards taking?

You determine!

Allentown, PA Craigslist, or go here if the advert disappears.

H/T to DropHitchR for the hookup!

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