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First question is why did it sit for 6 years? Was it broke down when it was parked? To put her back on the road and with limited funds you may want to seriously consider doing most of the work yourself. You can get step by step help on youtube for almost anything. If you aren't mechanically inclined perhaps you have friends that are who would like a challenge. If you don't have a place to work on her you may be able to find a self-help garage near you or a storage business that would allow you to work on her on location. The tools you may have to buy are not that expensive and can often be found cheaply at flea-markets. Stay away from dealerships unless you have really deep pockets.
I agree with the previous posts. But your first work is to change all the soft hoses, radiator, heater, fuel, vacuum, possibly brake. Then do the fluids, engine, coolant, brake, transmission, if 4x4 rear differential, and of course blinker fluid. I would highly recommend putting something like Marvel Mystery Oil into the cylinders prior to trying to start her and letting it sit for a few days so that you aren't turning it over dry or you will score the cylinders and damage the rings. Those brake rotors will likely need replacing or at least resurfacing. A full inspection of the brake and fuel lines. Inspect the tires, tires do decay and should be replaced every seven years regardless of mileage and thread left or you risk a blow out.
Keep us posted on your progress.
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