Originally Posted by Gummee!
The original spec was for something to replace the Jeep: behind the lines, 'light weight,' people and equipment hauler.
It was never designed to go into combat. That its been pressed into duty for that is a testament to both the ingenuity of the troops and the short-sightedness of the guys planning equipment purchases.
Back to Landy questions: there's a Disco on CL locally with a blown head gasket. How hard are those to do? How much of the crap on top of the engine needs to come off? etc etc etc
Like so many things, how handy are you?
As for the HG, I got a '00 DII for cheap because it had all the leaking HG symptoms. I paid a shop (Biggs Eastside in Bellvue, WA--good guys!) to do the work after doing homework on it. It was about $2K. In retrospect it would have been smarter to have the shop look at the job and quote rather than chance the purchase. I suppose one way to work this out would be to get a WRITTEN agreement that the sale is pending an inspection and would be voided if it was the sleeves rather than "just" the headgasket.
*If* you get a DII with obvious problem cheap you can put that money towards fixes/mods. You know, because the work "has to be done anyway."