Wait till you have a truck! There will be another swap meet next year, same time frame and by then you'll likely have the truck and likely know 100% exactly what's going on. Not sure your time frame but that's personally what I would suggest... Unless there's stuff you just absolutely 100% can't live without! LOL You can do the build in stages but honestly, I'd just wait till you have all the parts in a pile ready to go and knock it out in one solid marathon build session cause it'll all flow and work better together. Things won't look like an after though when you decide midway 6 months into that you're changing direction. Instead knock it all out over a matter of a month or two once you have the parts and get it over once and for all. I've done the long build it as budget allows way and Now I've done a full speed all parts in hand type build a few times and the end result is always better going the 2nd route. Not to mention all the steps you don't take backwards having to fix the truck cause you weren't patient and wanted to use it eventhough it wasn't finished and ended up breaking things along the way too.
It'll probably be at least another $300-400 on top of that for 6 heim joints and the tubing along with weld in bungs depending what I end up with to finish it up.
For the swap, right now my plan is to drive my exploder out there with my small enclosed. I'll be heading down early/mid afternoon on Sat and should be back home late morning/early afternoon that Sunday. I'm going to sleep on my cot inside my trailer. There's room for a 2nd cot in there and also the back seats of the exploder fold down flat and I know I used to put an air mattress in the back of it or heavy padding to sleep on. I think right now Merrick want's to go and you so I'm sure we can figure it all out sleeping wise. Last 2 years in a row I've walked it till about 11-midnightish. Then alarm was set and I was back in there around 5:30am. Usually on the road home by 9am'ish with a stop for breakfast somewhere. I think entrance is $10 and they give you a wristband to come and go all you want. I'm bringing a 2 wheel dollie for sure. Red wagons are a hot ticket too... The whole area is paved and it's nice for carrying stacks of tires or say a heavy *** third member. LOL (stuff from last year) Or say random suspension parts... LOL
This is what I brought home last year...
5 gallons shock oil, $50 vs $400 retail, sealed brand new
strange nodular 3rd, 35 spline, spool, 6.0 gears, $650 vs $1400 retail and it was brand new.
Parker Pumper, $40
GPS brand new, $400
Play helmet wired brand new $100
Sway bar setup for my truck, used $100
Center console, brand new, $50
Fenders were $250 brand new for the pair
Light bar actuator, $80 vs $500 new
Dump cans were $80 each
tie downs were like $5 a pack
Girlscout cookies were a couple bucks...
Granted, most of that last year was for the race truck but just that math alone, you can see why it's worth the drive out if you're really serious about shopping.
Heck, get your jeep sold and bring cash to buy something to just drive home!!! LOL Last year Big Mac rolled in around 6:30am for sale with a price tag of $80K if I remember right which was insanely cheap! You should've heard that big block idle thru the swap meet! Everyone stopped and stared as he drove by to park it for sale. It's an old truck with a MEAN motor and some crazy suspension.