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Choose your project car hell: quirky minitruck edition!

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1987 Jeep Comanche 2WD short bed - $1,300

Dang this is one of the nicest Comanches I’ve seen in a long time and also one of the cheapest.

This is a great straight rust free body, though it only has 2WD and the four pot. The seller claims to have bought it for a 4 liter 4WD swap. No word on the number of gears in the manual. He also claims new tires and rims as well as a clean title.

Unfortunately, the fourth cylinder doesn’t fire so you may not be driving it home. Overall this is a very promising project for a cool small truck.

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1982 VW Rabbit Sportruck - $2500

If that Comanche didn’t hit the right note, how about this 1.7 liter four pot and 4 speed equipped Rabbit pickup? The body looks solid if in need of paint once that replacement quarter panel is installed. No word on the interior but it appears to be present.

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The bonus here is that plenty of spare parts are included. Based on the presence of pictures of the engine both in pieces and intact in the engine bay, it is hard to say whether this truck is currently sitting in pieces. Under 100,000 miles does bode well for what is there, though.

If I had to choose, I think I would take the Comanche simply on account of the larger aftermarket and cheaper price. It’s really a tossup though. Which would you guys choose?

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