rust is going to be a lot of work. I had an 88 B2 that I spent lots of time and money on to get it street legal. I spent about $2K to get it street legal. new exhaust, springs, shocks, plugs, wires, fix oil leak, rusty quarter panels, o2 sensor, new interior, and others.
This passed me through inspection but I didn't get a lot of the rust fixed. It needed a new gas tank because there was so much rust in the rear above the gas tank. the Body rusted and then the gas tank rusted on the top. The frame was strong and no rust but the body really needed to be removed and have all the rust cut out of it.
If you plan on wheeling this thing for a long time prepare to do basically everything I just said. Chances are it needs it. Considering you should do most of that when you buy something that old.
As for the trannies. Those trannies suck that is why he has spares. If you drive the B2 long enough you will need to replace it atleast 1 time.
If you are going to use this as a trail **** beat it up and scrap it then I would buy it fix the brakes and put the pedal down. They are great off road and have a great turning radius.
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PA Body lift, 33'' Super Swampers TSL's.
Chevy spring swap with torsion crank.
Explorer rear, 4wheel discs, 4.56, and a rear lunchbox locker.
K&N drop in fliter and cowl box snorkel.
Herculined bed and a topper.
Diamond plate skid plate.
Herculined interior floor.
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