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Old May 25th, 2010, 11:49 PM
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Help from other married men? Please?

Ok guys, I need the resources of other married men to help me get through this issue....

My Defender has been locked in a barn for the past 2 years (I know, I know..horrible). I just couldn't afford to fix it while saving up for a house. As of last week, my wife and I are in the process of closing on our new home. Exciting. The driveway is super long. Coincidentally I bartered with a mechanic buddy of mine to get my Defender running again (traded a few weekends of drywall work). My "sale" to the wife on the idea of getting the Defender up and running is that we'll need a utility vehicle to haul wood, do runs to the dump....AND...we'll save money by not having to buy a snow-blower....I'll just buy a cheap plow to throw on every now and then. I live in CT. 8-10 snow storms per year tops, in my area.

Can anyone help with ideas. Cheap ideas that do not include me shoveling??!! I found this plow on Craigslist. He's asking $200. Maybe I can custom fit it? It was off an old Jeep CJ.

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Thanks in advance everyone. I'll be sure to post photos and video of my running 94 D90 soon!

-Steve
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Old May 26th, 2010, 12:12 AM
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When my wife and I bought our house, I bought a Tacoma pickup for trips to home depot and such. Paid itself off. Since you have the defender - justify putting it back on the road as to not wreck your other "daily drivers".

These rigs are true workhorses. If a shovel makes it worth putting it back on the road, then do it.
Having another vehicle in working order during your move has so much upside.

Congrats on your new house!
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Old May 26th, 2010, 07:24 AM
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Wait for a neighbor to move who leaves you their snow blower for free? Worked for me.

But unless there is some huge expense in getting the D90 running again, why can't you justify having a toy for your own mental health? Too many other toys/hobbies?
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I've got a customer who uses their SWB Rangie- actually my old SWB- to pull farming implements. why not?
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Old May 26th, 2010, 09:10 AM
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I agree with Charles... Man up Stephen! :-). Seems silly to grovel with your wife over your 90. Pick up a very old pick up truck to plow and haul stuff from the hardware store.
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Old May 26th, 2010, 09:22 AM
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If you have welding /fabrication skill you can make the frame work. if there is no pump or controls then expect to pay another $400.

or go buy a snow blower for the same money...

You had the truck before you married her so she should understand your attachement.

fix it and drive it or sell it . they need to be driven....
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Old May 26th, 2010, 12:19 PM
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If you have welding /fabrication skill you can make the frame work. if there is no pump or controls then expect to pay another $400.

or go buy a snow blower for the same money...

You had the truck before you married her so she should understand your attachement.

fix it and drive it or sell it . they need to be driven....


RON! How's it going buddy! It's been a long time. You're right, I had it before I met her. Agreement #1: We'll never sell it. However, I got addicted to triathlon over the last few years. And it's expensive. Ironman Lake Placid was financially painful, regarding training, bikes, travel, etc. I was into it for at least $15,000. During which we wer saving for a house, so I couldn't justify fxing the Defender...something had to bend.

I have a trailer for the D90, so hauling wood, etc was an easy sell. But hey, didn't I buy that winch bumper from you back in 04 or 05? Come to think of it...how the heck am I going to fit a plow set up on the front without removing that bumper.

Maybe I just buy a beat-up F150 with a plow for $1000 and call it a day. My new driveway is long. No way am I spending hours snowblowing. I could be out off-roading in the snowy woods!
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$15K? Wow.

What did you place?

Just fix the truck or sell it to someone who'll use it.
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Old May 26th, 2010, 12:59 PM
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They used to have a series of sprint triathlons up in Lake Placid every summer- huge fun. You should come ride the Tour of the Battenkill in upstate NY next year. Amazing ride. In fact, maybe we should organize a Defender team.

As for the plow question, I think you might be better off picking up a beater with a plow already on it.

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Old May 26th, 2010, 01:01 PM
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Yup, wow...and ouch...but it made for a cool video:

My Land Rover is fixed, it runs... my mechanic buddy is just finishing off the small stuff now. So I have it, plan to drive it, but wanted to "justify" doing all this by getting the plow. Win win situation.

Nope, I'll never sell it.
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Old May 26th, 2010, 01:02 PM
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You and I are leading parallel lives. I just bought a new tri bike and have an IM in October. I'm in denial about the total cost of that one.

How much is it really going to cost to fix the truck compared to getting something to plow with? Can you get a plow attachement for whatever you are going to mow with? The daily driver argument is the most sound unless your daily driver is fine in the snow. Seems like you should spend the $ on getting the truck you have running again vs getting a beater to plow with.

Just own up to it that you want to get the 90 running now that you've spent too much money on triathlons and the house I seem to get away with it by just moving forward with my plan. I just own up to the fact that I love the trucks and know they are money pits and labors of love. Not to mention if I don't train for something I'm not a pleasant person.

And save up for something she wants to do or get.

Good luck but don't just sell the truck unless you want to, you've kept it this long for a reason.
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Old May 26th, 2010, 01:04 PM
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They used to have a series of sprint triathlons up in Lake Placid every summer- huge fun. You should come ride the Tour of the Battenkill in upstate NY next year. Amazing ride. In fact, maybe we should organize a Defender team.

As for the plow question, I think you might be better off picking up a beater with a plow already on it.

-Gardner
I'll have to Google that event...I'm not too far from there.
Thanks for the thoughts everyone. Maybe I'll just craigslist a beater pickup with a plow.
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Old May 26th, 2010, 01:06 PM
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http://grandrapids.craigslist.org/cto/1757513711.html

woops didn't see that was in MI.

Well, there's:
http://newjersey.craigslist.org/cto/1749718581.html

http://providence.craigslist.org/cto/1753678619.html

http://buffalo.craigslist.org/bar/1752068541.html

http://hudsonvalley.craigslist.org/cto/1751318083.html

http://newyork.craigslist.org/brx/cto/1749949097.html
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Old May 26th, 2010, 01:09 PM
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You and I are leading parallel lives. I just bought a new tri bike and have an IM in October. I'm in denial about the total cost of that one.
Good luck at Ironman! It was the one of the best days of my life! I made the mistake of spreadsheeting all costs associated to triathlon. Ouch....ignorance is bliss, I wish I didn't know.
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Or cheaper:

http://nh.craigslist.org/cto/1741885133.html

http://nh.craigslist.org/cto/1742128251.html
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Old May 26th, 2010, 01:18 PM
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Wow, $700.....I'm interested. Thanks for the search!
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There is a plow for $1000 at home depot that is crap and universal fit (picture actually showed it on a disco I), but should work for your needs as it does not use hydraulics. Try to find one used. It will do a few inches of snow so you can't let it pile up to a huge amount or you will have issues.

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Seems to me an old beater truck with a plow is going to cost far more than just hiring a service to plow the 8-10 times a year.

If your wife is like my wife, and it sounds like she is, one old, unreliable money pit is more than enough. Two would push her over the edge.

you can still justify using the D90 for Home Depot trips but I'd just contract with a plow service or a neighbor with a plow.
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Old May 26th, 2010, 02:03 PM
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Seems to me an old beater truck with a plow is going to cost far more than just hiring a service to plow the 8-10 times a year.

If your wife is like my wife, and it sounds like she is, one old, unreliable money pit is more than enough. Two would push her over the edge.

you can still justify using the D90 for Home Depot trips but I'd just contract with a plow service or a neighbor with a plow.
$100 per plowing...very very long driveway. So that's an average of $900/yr. Or, spend $1000 on a beater, a few bucks every now and again to keep it running, and save over the long run.

------ Follow up post added May 26th, 2010 02:04 PM ------

But I agree....I think now, I'm not going to attach a plow to the Defender. Maybe just a beater Jeep or F150
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Seems to me an old beater truck with a plow is going to cost far more than just hiring a service to plow the 8-10 times a year.

If your wife is like my wife, and it sounds like she is, one old, unreliable money pit is more than enough. Two would push her over the edge.

you can still justify using the D90 for Home Depot trips but I'd just contract with a plow service or a neighbor with a plow.
Agree - an old beater truck that's sitting all year will not want to start when there is a foot of new snow on the ground and the temp's are in the ten's.

I also doubly agree with the wife not being too keen on another truck in the driveway unless she is ultra ultra cool. And if you are into the tri stuff - why give yourself another headache - save the wrenching time for the D90 and have some time to train.

How long is your driveway? The modern snowthrowers can move some snow. I have a little one that I bought for $500 at the local mower place and it's done well. My area to clean isn't small either - between the patio deck, front walk, parking area, and then the driveway - it takes me a good part of the day but you could code that to cross training :D

Additionally, the times I did pay someone to plow (snowthrower was broken) - they snotted up my grass and the brown stone of my walkway. And that's not to mention the ice that was made from plowing during the wet snow storms. Last I was at the local power equipment store - they were selling burly ones for $1,500. I'd go that route instead of a junker plow truck.
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