I appreciate everyone's concern, and I know this thing is going to be one issue after another. I'm not relying on it for transportation, though, so that doesn't really bother me. I'll mostly be using this to drive around on our timber farm and I can't imagine I'll be putting more than 2000 miles on it in a year.
The hoses probably needed to be replaced when it was parked, so they're definitely due now. Put the soft open thermostat on it.
The hoses look and feel pretty dang good. I think there's a very good chance they were replaced shortly before this thing was parked. I'm going to replace the thermostat, though, so good call on that. I'll probably replace the water pump when I replace the pulleys and tensioner, which is on my to-do list.
Before doing anything, inspect the frame thoroughly. If it spend 4 years parked over wet grass, the frame is probably swiss cheese. In the wrong conditions, they rot very quickly.
It was parked on a concrete driveway in a spot that's shady for most of the day, in a city where the temp never falls below 50. So far I haven't found a spot of rust on it.
Yep. Even free, you might not be getting a good deal. Any car sitting that long will have lots of problems; a LR will be exponentially worse. A D2 will amaze you with the number of ways it can ruin your day. Like CT said, we're not trying to disappoint you. It's just much better going in knowing what you face rather than the "ignorance is bliss" argument. Ignorance is just ignorance and most often leads to pain. But if you're up for a challenge, I say go for it. I love my D2 right now but I know that will change shortly. You will find plenty of help here. We're all a little nuts for owning one. Best of luck!
I appreciate your concern, but this isn't really about getting a good deal for me. I was particularly close with my cousin, so I really like the idea of fixing this thing up. I also don't mind the idea of working on it as things break. I'm always happier when I have a project to work on.