Hooniverse “It’s 1987″ Weekend Edition – A Few 25 year old Trucks with Poll!

This will be the final posting for the Hooniverse “It’s 1987 II” Weekend, and this time I thought I would ask if 25 year old trucks are desirable and collectible. Yes, I have features a couple of trucks both last week and this week, but I have found a few with low mileage or ones that peg the Hooniverse Want-O-Meter. So, let’s discover a Couple of Ford Bronco II’s, another amazing Jeep Grand Wagoneer, A GMC Sierra Pickup, A VW Vanagon Westfalia, an El Camino SS, a Land Rover Defender, and a Jeep Commanche Diesel.

The Ford Bronco II was the answer to the growing popularity of the Chevrolet S-10 Blazer, the Toyota 4-Runner, and the Jeep XJ Cherokee. The Bronco II was the spiritual ancestor to the original compact Bronco that was produced between 1966 and 1977, and was intended to replace the full sized Bronco (but never did). By 1987, the Bronco II was equipped with the 2.9 L Cologne V6 engine producing 140HP, with the 2.3 L Mitsubishi 4D55T Turbodiesel inline 4 cylinder as an option. This particular Bronco II is equipped with the V-6, and a 5-speed manual transmission. There are a few problems with this truck, like the missing white rim, and the flaking clearcoat, and the fact that the A/C doesn’t work all that well, but at least the truck only has 48,700 miles on the odometer. The top bid so far is $2,600, with an unmet reserve, but I think that should be the top bid period. See the listing, and tell me if this Antique Truck is right for you.

This is also a Bronco II, but this one has only traveled 29,809 miles. The major difference between this Bronco II and the last Bronco II is the Transmission, and this one is an Automatic. This Bronco seems to have the same problem as the previous one in the fact that the fuel gauge is inoperable (must be a design flaw) but otherwise, this is a great little truck. Currently, the high bid for this little truck is $2,500 with an unmet reserve. Having about 18,000 miles less than the brown and tan Bronco II, I’d like to know what you think about this one, and how high the bidding might go. See the listing here, and tell me what you think.

The Jeep Grand Wagoneer is a favorite among the Hoons that inhabit this corner of the blogosphere, and this particular Grand Wagonner is finished in what is probably the favorite color scheme, Charcoal Grey over Woodgrain. According to the listing:“You are bidding on a Wagoneer that was professionally lifted. Rear bench seat, as well as front driver and passenger seats are original, no rips. There is obviously some repairs made to the seats, by replacing small sections, with a similar color material. It looks professional and well done. Seats have normal wear, but no rips or tears. Headliner is new. The chassis looks very clean with no rust issues to speak of. The rear window is working. I do not guarantee these because the switches are so sensitive a little bump keeps it from working, but it is working and not broken. Very positive for these cars. The woodgrain vinyl was changed out and new marine grade vinyl was installed. The truck was stripped and painted in single stage ppg paint in original color. The main pieces of the luggage rack were re-chromed and look brand new. The truck runs beautifully, and very roadworthy.” Right off the bat, the fact that it is lifted is a major detriment to value, but what do you guys think? It has over 170,000 under it, and the top bid so far is $2,550, with no reserve. Take a look at the listing and tell me if this is the Antique Jeep Grand Wagoneer worth purchasing.

Pickup Trucks seem to be a staple in the world of Car Collecting, and they are popular because the prices are relatively affordable. There are exceptions, but rarely do Pickup Trucks reach the heights of say a Hemi ‘Cuda, or a 57 Chevy. So acquiring the right 25 year old Pickup at the right price shouldn’t be a difficult challenge. For example, here’s a 1987 GMC 1500 Sierra Classic Step Side. According to the listing:“An original unrestored 1987 Sierra Classic. This rare clean truck was purchased in Fresno CA and has been well taken care of for 25 years! This original, non-restored, 1987 C1500 Sierra Classic Stepside regular cab is a second owner. Fuel injected 350 cu in 5.7L V8 with 210 HP and 300 lb-ft of torque matted to a 4 speed automatic transmission. Final year for the very popular third generation GMC pickup that ran from 1973 to 1987. Also for 1987, it was the first year for TBI (Throtle Body Injection) in a GM pickup.” The only thing I would change is the wheels and tires, but they look good enough to use for cruise nights, with a set of original steelies and poverty caps for shows. Current bid is $7,000 with no reserve, which seems like a good buy. Take a look at the listing and see if you agree with me.

Jeep Grand Wagoneers may be popular here at Hooniverse, but so is Volkswagen Vanagons, especially the Wesfalia versions, and here is one now. This is a one owner, restored Vanagon Wesfalia Camper, with a little over 164,000 miles under it’s belt. This van is equipped with the 4-speed manual tranny, so you can take full advantage of the limited power available.This van has just about everything replaced: The Clutch, exhaust system, and the catalytic converter. The engine head, valves, and and gaskets were replaced, and the Bosch Fuel Injection was updated. New paint, aftermarket rims, fairly new tires all come with the package. This is virtually a turnkey classic, and currently has a top bid of $13,100, with an unmet reserve. Take a look at the listing, and tell me if this Vanagon Westfalia is the Antique Van of your dreams.

The Chevrolet ElCamino seems to hold a special place within the hearts of the Hoons here, and now all ElCaminos are considered “Antiques” since the last ones were produced during the 1987 model year. The ElCamino SS had two distinct versions during this model year, the standard nose, and the “Aero Nose” versions created by Choo Choo Customs. This is one of those Aero versions, but something isn’t quite right with it. The seller states that this car will be sold as “Exempt” meaning that there isn’t proper documentation as far as mileage. No matter, there are other items to be concerned about this ElCo. First, the decals are not correct (except for the one on the front bumper), and the ChooChoo Customs logo is missing from the rear tailgate. Those wheels are not original, but that is an easy fix. I would ditch the aftermarket radio, and scrape off all the dark tint on the windows, but this is all a matter of taste. But the biggest crime for this car is the asking price; $12,800! That is a lot of money for a car with questionable mileage, and to have to fix all the mistakes in the “restoration”. Take a look at the listing here, and tell me if I’m wrong.

The Land Rover Defender seems to captivate all of our hearts, and this one is a diesel powered Defender to boot. The only questional aspect of this otherwise stock Landy is the switch to a diesel engine sometime during its lifespan. According to the listing: “This is a 1987 Defender 90 in very good condition. This Landy is in excellent running condition. All the required maintenance has been kept current and documented. The engine was changed in May 2008 fitted with a 200tdi Land Rover Engine hence the speedometer reflects vehicle miles, not engine miles. The tdi engine provides more power combined with higher fuel efficiency, 30mpg average. Recently the oil was changed, the differential oil changed, the windscreen rubber changed front vent gaskets replaced, new rubber diamond plate installed in the interior, new rear door hinge bearings,new upper dash replacement, new instrument panel cowl, new clutch, and a full mechanical inspection performed by a certified land rover garage. No mechanical issues found. Engine compression, gaskets, and valves adjustment in good order. The turbo on Land Rovers are quite simple, this engine turbo whistles like a charm.” This truck still has right-hand drive, and this is a very interesting truck if your interested in owning one, but be prepared to pay for it. The Buy-it-Now pricetag is $18,500, which seems excessive. See the listing here, and tell me what you think.

Our last 1987 Truck Antique should peak the interest of our very own LongRoofian. It is a 1987 Jeep Commanche in its basic 2X4 configuration, powered by a 2.1L Renault Turbodiesel! Very few of these were produced for North America, and rarer still is the fact that this is a 2WD Commanche, with a long box to boot. It is a Florida Truck (John, I think this truck is calling your name) with a rebuilt engine, new clutch, pressure plate, throwout bearing, and clutch slave and master cylinder. The brakes have been gone over, but there is a minor oil and fuel leaks, and there is no heater core or radio. Still this is a rather rare bird, almost as rare as the Ranger Diesel in the previous posting. There is no biding at this time, and the starting bid for this Diesel Commanche is $3,500. See the listing here, and tell me if this is the Jeep Truck of your dreams, even with only 2WD.

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