WEll instead of editing the post i decided to enter the next segment and say some things about the reason we use the older vehicles. First off Is the economic value of the older rigs, they cost less up front and if you watch what you are buying you can get an awesome deal at times.
here near the cultural hub of the universe, the price of any 4x4 will generally be over $1000.00 even in poor condition, it is the accepted way of life, a friend had an old dodge that he no longer wanted, advertised it for $800 got 3 calls wanting to know what was wrong with it.... after talking with me he upped the price 3 weeks later in another advertisement to $2800.00 and sold it the first afternoon the ad came oput for the full price..... same rig, nothing different except the price tag warranted the rig was good to run. So with that in mind ifg i go looking for a rig i also figure on a talking the price to a lower level....
The old vehicles are easy to work on for the most part, and as long as you can find a similar rig or two for a parts rigs a person could easily keep the old one running... taking the parts off one rig and putting them on a shelf even doesnt take up much space as a person thinks and then haul off the frame to the wrecking yard or scrap yard... keeping the parts that need replaced once inawhile. And as long as a person takes care of the older rigs they tend to last fairly well, and the older the better, those made in the 40's and 50's of last century that are still running are really in better shape for the most part than some of the current off the line rigs both in body and engine soundness, but that isnt saying much as there isnt much pride in manufacturing anymore anywhere. Changing the gear oil in the transmission every 5 years in a standard is something 99% of the rigs never have done, and also in the rear ends, but its a hassle and folks really dont do much maintainence except change the engine oil, and some not often enough.
Engines can be stored in a corner of a shop/garage on a pallet and even have a bench built over the pallet for some extra storage, the other parts like power steering pumps, alternators, air conditioning pumps, brake canisters, transmissions mostly can fit onto shelving under a work bench, hoses can be reused, but if a person knows the hose lengths a new pieces can be bought and stored... yeah my shop has a place ive got parts stored on shelves in boxes [wooden ones ive built for the job] and in old milk crates scored here and there.... not the most orderly but i know what i have for replacemtn without going to the wrecking yard.
I personally dislike mechanicing on my rigs, but i do it from force of habit left over from growing up on the farmstead and having to keep things in running order without paing for shop time in town for everything [We did have the shops in town work on equipment at times when we did not have the time or tooling available].
I have to many old rigs sitting around waiting to be torn apart or put together, but there they are, rusting away, waiting for new life to be breathed into them, they are an investment in the future if nothing else, cause they look good, and can run good as well with a little sweat and a few frauds.