I'm totally not sure what I'm going to do and this really has to wait until I'm at least firm in my new job but I think I will buy a rig that has most of what I am looking for already done to it and then do a few extra mods such as a diesel swap. I kinda want the bling factor.
Anyway, how does this sound for a rig. Late 80's Samurai convertable (87-88 seems to be popular) VW 1.9TDI, 3-4" lift, toyota; trans, transfercase, and axles. For starters with future items being linked, coilover rear and dual cases plus various mods to the diesel. Also do you think this would be do-able in the $6000 range? That's the proposal I put up for review by the budget hearing commitee (my wife).