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Old 09-19-2011, 07:27 PM   #1
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I'm just here to live through you guys...

Hi everyone. 27/m from Southern California, here. I love Sportsmobiles. I take multiple trips to the Sierras every year, and I always get a thrill when I see them. I also get a nasty jealously that won't go away. I figure that I might become bitter if I stick around talking about toys I can't afford, or it might be therapeutic

Anyway, hopefully someday I'll have one of these to call my own. Meanwhile, I can come to understand them better, and plan for the future.
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Old 09-19-2011, 09:19 PM   #2
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Mine started as a FLTRI fund (Harley) that I wanted but did not want to make payments to a bank so each month I made a payment to me and 10years later I found Jiminy.

Oh ya the Harley. did not get the pretty new road glide but a panhead older the I am. It was a good friends that passed away and the money went to his girls college fund so it's even better. I do wish for a button start but if you can't kick it over you should not ride is what my father said when I wanted his 500 yamaha at 13 years old.
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This site WILL NOT be helpful for your obsession..... Just an fyi---
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Old 09-22-2011, 03:54 PM   #4
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Yeah, I'm starting to get that feeling.

I'm starting to think buying an older 4x4 van and doing some of the work myself might be the way to go. Problem is, I won't have that nice Penthouse top, which is definitely something I would want. I want to be able to stand up inside.

Realistically, what is the lowest price I should hope for? I don't mind buying an older SMB if its in good shape. It just has to have 4x4 and a PH. I can add in the other stuff as I go along. I would definitely prefer a diesel, too, but if I'm looking for older ones, I'd probably have to go gasser.
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Old 09-22-2011, 07:03 PM   #5
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Don't rule out a 2wd van & doing your own 4x4 conversion. I know a guy that can help you with that.

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Old 09-22-2011, 07:26 PM   #6
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You'll never know what you might find in the classified sections. Members post links to vans that are for sale all the time. Most seem to run between 40-80K but it really depends on what options they have. Sportsmobile will put a top on an older vehicle if it meets their requirements, but most of the vans in those sections are usually the typical SMB. Still you could get lucky and find a stripped down 2WD keeper that SMB might put a top on. Then do like Chris said...have an aftermarket 4x4 conversion done.
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Old 09-22-2011, 11:23 PM   #7
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I'd say 2wd with the top already, then just dial back the vintage to meet your budget + 4x4 and you don't have to worry about putting the money and fit into a top. There's also the option of DIY westy or vw top on a fullsize.
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Agree with Jage on this for sure - find a nice mid 90's 2wd on the cheap with a penthouse. I would personally go for a Ford so you have an easier option to do a 4x4 (Ujoint or other) upgrade down the road, but a stock Econoline has pretty decent clearance and a good set of tires will go a long way to get you where you need to go.

Additionally, if a fixed top would fit the bill I wouldn't rule that out. You may find some more economical options and even one that is already a 4x4 on a reasonable budget.

Fixed or poptop, I agree that the ability to stand up and move about is huge.
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Old 09-23-2011, 08:22 AM   #9
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Thanks for the suggestions, everyone.
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Would it help your obsession to buy me a set of Bilstein's for my van? I'll put your picture on one of them, like a sponsored child in a developing country.
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