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Our tame fighter pilot wonders: Should this Jeepster be sent to the boneyard?

The first time I ever fired a missile from a moving plane was against an F-4 Phantom target drone. It was glorious and I walked around the house for a week making "Whoosh!"
https://www.hagerty.com/media/buying-and-selling/our-tame-fighter-pilot-jeepster-boneyard/
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cyclemikey
Detailer

Good read, thanks for that. But honestly? I just can't get my head around even the idea of keeping a Mazda6 and sending the Jeepster on its way. That's just...wrong.
Josh_Arakes
Detailer

Well, it is nice to have a vehicle that easily gets 30+mpg and comfortably carries 5 people. I love my three enthusiast cars, but sometimes it is mostly about just getting from Point A to Point B.
SAG
Technician

NEVER
SAG
Technician

those of us that work for a 'living'
didn't vote Biden into office
DUB6
Specialist

Please explain how your comment is relevant to the topic...

jaysalserVW
Advanced Driver

Absolutely fascinating writing and information, Josh! We'll never hear such history about the BlackBird anywhere else! And, the Family involvement with the Jeepster--nothing compares!

Maestro1
Technician

I would go with CitationMan. Store it for a where you can get it easily for a while and see what direction it takes you.......Thanks for this.
DougL
Detailer

You have the choice of a fully restored Jeepster, or an old Lexus when off road capability is needed. I say, dump the Lexus, keep the Jeep!
Josh_Arakes
Detailer

We've already done a couple off-road adventures in the Lexus (not sure I'd use the term overlanding for what we did) and it's been awesome. No way I'm driving the Jeepster 1,000 miles roundtrip with 4 people and lots of gear, it just isn't built for that while the Lexus handled it with comfort and aplomb. Not to mention the 200+ miles once we left pavement that the Lexus crushed. Part of me wishes I'd left the Jeepster a bit rougher in my restoration so I could beat it up off-road, but it's almost too nice...
SJ
Technician

Yes.
Air_and_Water
Instructor

You have a van and a Lexus SUV, so in your scenario I would condense those two down to one vehicle and keep the Jeepster. It wouldn't even be a question! A sedan, large SUV, Miata and Jeepster sounds like a good do-it-all garage to me. I suppose a pickup in there somewhere would be ideal, but those four would be pretty good.
Gary_Bechtold
Specialist

If the car is not feeling useful or desirable for you anymore I would say sell it to someone who will love it and give it the use it deserves. Not the easiest decision to make sometimes.
JGeske
Instructor

I always wanted a Commando. They are such a cool vehicle.
LoudV8
Intermediate Driver

You and family had fun but it's time to sell it and move on. You will only "regret" it momentarily which will subside. You now have the satisfaction of having enjoyed a cool and completed project, the ambition to move on to your next project and of course cash in hand. Been where you are man.

Spuds
Advanced Driver

I have a 59 VW transporter,3rd owner,100K miles and runs excellent,only rust is battery area.Its insured,registered and hasnt been moved in last 3 years.But cant sell it,its freaking money in the bank.
rambleonrose
New Driver

Hate to say it but you have a couple redundant vehicles, and the Jeepster is not one of them.
~ Jeepster: emotional classic
~ Miata: fun car

The following 3 can all be replaced by a single F150:
~ Lexus: off-roader
~ Van: hauler
~ Mazda: commuter
Josh_Arakes
Detailer

We were planning to get a truck when the van died, but we ended up with the Lexus. One reason to keep the van is that it's a great vehicle for my teenagers to learn to drive on (child #4 of 5 is about to get their permit). If it gets scratched or beat up it's not a big deal as it has over 250,000 miles. And, frankly, if it's totaled it's not a big loss (though I would be sad). I'm not sure what vehicle my kids would learn to drive on if I didn't have the van.
Spuds
Advanced Driver

Agree on Lexus.I have an LS400 as a daily driver,best vehicle weve ever owned.Wife says she never wants another car so I better keep it running.And since its a Lexus its easy to keep running.Way too powerful to let a kid neophyte drive unescorted,they would hurt themselves IMO.Only thing that would replace it is if gas disappears and electric our only choice which seems more likely with each passing day.You wont find many unhappy Lexus owners.
dgodshal
New Driver

Josh, how about a picture of the sculpture from the old engine parts? Sounds neat!
vrooomie
Intermediate Driver

Another option: I took my '69, slammed it to the ground, made it a 2WD, and took that *awful* Buick engine out, and put a Jaguar XK in it! It makes it's world premiere at the Salt in '22...c'mon out!

I've been hinting at Hagerty to do a feature on it.