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Old April 7th, 2013, 01:33 PM   #81
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Old April 7th, 2013, 01:45 PM   #82
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Holy shit. I thought the Cummins and the SuperDuty were stock tow rigs. Compared to that deuce they look like it
My bro-in-law had a 1-man towing company, and did a call dragging an F150 stuck 300ft in his back yard. Well, the buried the tow truck trying to get the F150 out, so they called me. My deuce was a winch truck, so I used the big PTO winch to drag his tow truck out, then I went into the mud to get the F150. I was a little worried, as they say, when these get stuck, they are STUCK. WEll, mud was almost to my hubs in the deuce, but it did OK.

So I hooked up to his F150, he asked me what I wanted him to do, I just said hold on and enjoy the ride. Didn't even feel it behind the Deuce, with it in low range. I dragged him about 300 feet (I wasn't stopping, because I didn't want to get stuck myself). The guy got out shaking and excited, I thought he was angry at how bad we messed up his yard, but he was just in awe of the big truck. 50-something yr old guy, I gave him a ride on the street in it, and he was like a kid.

My favorite thing, was just how many Vets would walk up and check out the truck whenever I parked it somewhere...
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Old April 7th, 2013, 01:57 PM   #84
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I don't know if the bobbed one is overpriced. Prices vary a bit, depending on how much you want to look, or pay for a nice one. (IMO, pay for nice ones, already titled and running/driving).

Its like anything else, you are paying for someone elses labor. More like a classic car, than a Jeep. Bbecause anyone can do a hack job on a Jeep, you won't get much labor cost when you sell a modded one. But bobbed a deuce is a big job. Not to hard, but the weight and scale of the fabrication is considerable.

Tires and wheels used can add up. IF you use stock wheels, its cheap, especially if you get not so nice tires. 95% tread tires and new wheels (wheels are $$$ for these), then you can have $3000 into them. Then buying a trailer bed, fab work, etc, $10k is a reasonable, if the truck is nice.

You can do it yourself for less, if you have the space and tools.


Seems like most nice on-modded deuces, people ask $6, $7k down there. But they can be had for 1/2 that if you get them from someone who buys lots of them.
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Old April 7th, 2013, 02:26 PM   #86
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I don't know if the bobbed one is overpriced. Prices vary a bit, depending on how much you want to look, or pay for a nice one. (IMO, pay for nice ones, already titled and running/driving).

Its like anything else, you are paying for someone elses labor. More like a classic car, than a Jeep. Bbecause anyone can do a hack job on a Jeep, you won't get much labor cost when you sell a modded one. But bobbed a deuce is a big job. Not to hard, but the weight and scale of the fabrication is considerable.

Tires and wheels used can add up. IF you use stock wheels, its cheap, especially if you get not so nice tires. 95% tread tires and new wheels (wheels are $$$ for these), then you can have $3000 into them. Then buying a trailer bed, fab work, etc, $10k is a reasonable, if the truck is nice.

You can do it yourself for less, if you have the space and tools.


Seems like most nice on-modded deuces, people ask $6, $7k down there. But they can be had for 1/2 that if you get them from someone who buys lots of them.
I'll definitely keep that in mind and thank you for the advice. Your knowledge here is absolutely priceless.

Have you ever installed a power steering system on one? That would be one of the first modifications I would need to make because I know my wife would be demanding to drive it

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How bad are maintenance costs on it? I know I would be driving that bobbed deuce on an almost daily basis.
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Just admit it, you suck at drinking stick i found it a blast driving 7.3x's deuce but air or hydro assist steering is a must in my opinion.
Nah I've been driving manuals for years, I was just being a pussy. I had driven the thing what, 100 yards at that point? I wasn't exactly planning to overdo it. Agreed big time on the steering, that was a workout.

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Sean, next time you get stuck call me.. I can bring my dads 5ton wrecker :)
That would've been too easy we were over at bigbchevy's when that happened. Pretty sure it was St. Patty's day......if it hadn't been for the beer and my desire to fix my mistake (aka restore my pride) I never would've put my truck through that.
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Most of the maintenance stuff isn't bad costs. A lot of filters and such can be obtained at Napa. Sign up on steel soldiers, and you can find all the info you ever want over there.

Power steering is tough to do. The Army had an air-assist setup, that could be bolted on. Most of these kits bring $1000+ when I looked.

I *think* you need to lift the engine out to get the steering box off the frame.

I really need to buy another one. I am torn between bobbing one, and just staying singled, with 395s (46" tall). Its hard to beat the articulation of the stock walking beam rear axle. Most bobbed ones that retain enough spring to tow and load are so stiff they have no rear articulation.
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This is what I think my next one will look like.. singled out stock rims, flipped rear hubs, 395 tires(about 47" tall). (Although I really like the idea of recreating a yellow nose from one of the transportation companies in Vietnam)


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Well... I'll be filing this one under future projects once I buy a house. Thanks for the help guys and this thread turned out to be a pretty good resource for anyone else that was having the same ideas. Still want one in a bad way though

Back to picking out what lift kit I'll be putting on my LJ.
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This would be my ideal setup, only with the rear hubs flipped and maybe a smaller tire.

I'm already budgeting to buy one in the next few years, though I plan to buy one complete and in primo condition.

I want mine to be reliable enough to DD (even though I won't), or pull my rig, camper, or boat to wherever I want to go.

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The day i have some extra coin i'm going to own a deuce; I think it would be a perfect rig to tow around the 10000 monster i'm building.
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There was a nice bobbed one over near Washington MI a couple years ago, but they wanted $12,500. I laughed, but it was clean and done well form what I recall. IIRC it had new or close to new 54" XML's.
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The day i have some extra coin i'm going to own a deuce; I think it would be a perfect rig to tow around the 10000 monster i'm building.
Keep in mind, its 50 yr old technology, manual steering, has single circuit drum brakes on all 6 wheels, and makes less horsepower than a honda civic and less torque then most small blocks. Top speed is 55mph and you are best wearing earplugs when driving.
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When the time comes I won't be doing a bobbed deuce.

It will most definitely be a bobbed five ton.

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When the time comes I won't be doing a bobbed deuce.

It will most definitely be a bobbed five ton.

My pants feel tighter after seeing that.
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Power steering, etc etc already installed with a five ton. Will save a lot of time and money down the road.
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Here's a bobbed quad cab 5 ton for the guys with families:



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Item Description: One of a kind Bobbed M813 quad cab. Cummins NHC250, 20,000lbs winch, hard top heater, M105 bed. 53" michelin tires on combat wheels. Train horns with 24v compresor. Complete A/C system included, leather captains chair. full bench seat in back 65+mph, seats 5. unique vehicle!!!
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I think my wagoneer is big. I have no idea what I would do with one of these monsters.

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