- Rock Hill
I thought the J-trucks rans longer, but you are right. Probably a few leftover '87s on the lot in '88. I know they were there when we bought our first XJ in '87. Chrysler killed them all off as soon as they could after the takeover in '87. Boo hiss.Good point...the MJ really is the answer to that question as they were produced through 1992. The J series barely made it into 1988.
Its already a disaster when the photo shows on the "reserve one page" a mixture of torx bolts on the door and allen heads on the hinge. I bet the tailgate hinges will be upside down too. For 65-95K? Give me a break.
I thought he decided the 8 was too nice for actual farm work, and kept it essentially just for easy drives around the property and tours, while he kept running the 6 for actual ranch jobs?Nancy bought him an 8 after a ranch hand rolled his 6, so technically he used both on the ranch. Mikhail Gorbachev was famously driven around the ranch in the 8.
The price tag isn't crazy. If you consider what other places charge for a turn-key built Jeep (Toy Box Jeeps) or even ICON building FJs and Broncos in the 6 figures, Ball and Buck isn't out of their mind with the prices. Also they are not going after the masses. HOWEVER the quality and who is actually building these Jeeps (and the above pics are scaring me as I type this) is the real question. You have to have built a reputation for turning out amazing builds to command those prices. Last I saw ICON has a long waiting list and I have a friend that has seen and driven one of their FJs and was speechless at the quality. Most of these buyers have money to spend and want something different. They'd spend the same amount on an AMG Mercedes, etc.. so the custom built Jeep/Toyota/Ford is right up their alley. Again, not mass market. Build 3-4 6 figure builds a year and that's a nice year.
I hope to one day be able to command somewhere near what these guys do. In the meantime I will continue to build, learn, grow, and perfect my builds at my shop.