I have consistently checked craigslist for the past few years for good deals on Isuzus and have called about a few. I had the 95 trooper limited a few years back that was fun and I made some decent money flipping it, but nothing since then. There was/is a $500 first gen, but it has paperwork problems and has an issue with the starter, so I passed. Last week, I saw an ad for a 96 rodeo 4x4 for a decent price and he had a lot of the parts to fix it, so I went to look at it. The ad said it needed a rear window and front axles and tie rods (which he had, just not installed yet). When I got there, I could tell it was rough! I It was caked with mud and wouldn't start due to a dead battery. He had taken it to Aetna Mountain (northwest GA) about a year ago and then parked it. I brought a battery to see if it would start and the fuel pump seemed to be out. With starting fluid, it fired off for a second.
The guy said he was moving to Florida at the end of the month and needed to offload all of his projects/old vehicles. I gathered that the rodeo was his first vehicle and he has had it for about 10-15 years. His father was a mechanic and he is a motorcycle mechanic (went to MMI in Florida), so he said he took good care of it mechanically. I had my reservations because he also said he flipped it in his front yard after taking it over a jump
I believed it!
I weighed through it and figured that I could get it running with not too much work, so I made an offer below his bottom. He said he was turning in his 2 weeks tomorrow and might be out of a job, so he didn't have time to wait for a better offer and he accepted. I loaded it up on a trailer the next night and brought it home!
You do not have the required permissions to view the files attached to this post.