Thursday, November 7, 2013
I have already added several posts this morning requesting feedback, I hope you'll take time on each one.
One of the best ways I can think of helping Patriots prep for what is coming is to get them running their own businesses in niche markets. To that end, Holly and I have a friend we met in person at Brock's PatCon. He's an auto mechanic, with a LOT of experience and skills.
Here's my concept: He looks around the web for good, solid, older 4x4 vehicles and does his mechanic magic on them. Then he adds a few upgrades useful for getting Patriots over the dale and through the woods with minimal headaches - such as Warn bumpers and winches, lights, to hitches (I'm a Warn guy, can you tell?)
He could keep a few on a "For sale lot", ready to go. He could customize them as you wish - even you guys that like lift kits and such. You could even bring him your stock rig that you love, and ask him to make it III ready.
I am just brainstorming here. Since he would not be chasing the $50,000 mega-lifted garage queens that never see a real dirt trail, instead building working 4x4's specifically for the Patriot market, could this be a niche that would work? If you wanted some work done on your rig that is either beyond your skillset or simply too time consuming, would you seek out a III Patriot with fair prices before giving the work to your local shop?
Like you, I don't have money to do everything I want to do at once. But I bet he could even add a few "extras" designed for the III Patriot - such as prudently placed plate steel and even a few James Bond Get out of Jail widgets, if you know what I mean. One of those fancy hide-boxes that are the rage in the drug courier business - you know, you have to tune the radio to 1640 AM, roll the passenger window 1/3 down, recline the seat, light the lighter, then the secret, hydraulic dashboard hidey-hole opens. Mess up the opening sequence, and you'll need the jaws of life to get in there. ;) I bet Wirecutter might know a thing or three about such things. But that's just a hunch. I could be wrong. Maybe. ;)
So, my question: As you build your Go Vehicle, would you take the choice to go to a III Patriot over your local shop, even if it is a bit further of a drive?
I'll put my money where my mouth is and as I can afford to have things done, I'll get Wrench to do the mods, we'll document it all and document it all on III Jeep blog (yes, that blog is built, I just don't have enough time in a day folks).
So - III Patriot truck shop - yes or no?
Posted by K at 6:40 AM