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Re: Bradzuzu's 2000 Amigo rebuild...

Postby bradzuzu » Thu Nov 24, 2016 5:21 pm

I'm going on a trip next week , when I get back I'll check on them , I'm not sure I would go with bigger tires on the amigo or not , the late models don't have much fender well room :(

We will see what fate brings !! :) it's actually a great plan though , my ford has 16.5's which are pretty much fazed out ...

Then there would be that little side project to build a full floating 44 , that sounds like a fun project !! I could also put my new wheels onto my wife's xterra (the gears are spinning in my little head)
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Re: Bradzuzu's 2000 Amigo rebuild...

Postby bradzuzu » Sat Dec 31, 2016 1:39 am

Little update of project nessesities

Deq is right around the corner so I decided to try my luck hooking the egr system up to my manifold...

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I cut down the piece I had widdled off the first manifold that became my doner for the turbo manifold , although tight corders I lucked out and it hooked up relatively easy !! I tapped the egr piece with a pipe tap and screwed in a #6 jic male male nipple then put a 90* onto that and one more 90* into the manifold , knowing it needed a feed tube inside so it would reach the inlet port from the throttle and hopefully disperse evenly I matched up a tube down at the hydraulic parts store ... All I had to do was machine out the 90* fitting screwing into the manifold and press it in plus slightly curve it towards the center and install !! All sounds easy , as I was removing the fuel rail hold down bolts one of the tabs broke its weld , that sucked because it was trying to twist on the fuel rail itself ( not good at all) , I finally was able to get a wrench on it enough to break the bolt loose ... Next problem , as I popped the fuel rail up removing the injectors out of the intake the left front injector lost its plastic O ring retainer , and it dropped all the way in , lucky the manifold was coming off .. The old fashioned flexible grab claw thing saved me , it reached right down on top of the valve and grabbed it , I was happy it was saveable too !! Quick inspection of the injector O rings , although they looked crusty they where still soft and pliable... I made sure and lubed the ports when it went back together with a noncoroding grease stuff ... While I was messing around drilling and taping the hole in the manifold one of the other fuel rail tabs decided to bust off too , I fired the welder up again and reattached it and in the process found a small pinhole on the very bottom of the feed (intake runner) pipe so I put a small weld over it and then it was just about ready for assembly again !!

First attempt to screw in the fitting with the angled tube it immediately hit the inner wall of the plenum so I had to straighten it out some , I liked how it was because it was just about centered one in place ... it still grabbed a little as I screwed the fitting in but with a bit of forced I got it tightened in and pointed towards the middle of the intake ...

The last of the assembly went much better than the removal process (I was kind of surprised how corroded up everything seemed to be , possibly some degreaser I used a while back) ..

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Pretty much factory location , next was to see how it worked and if the tube would be big enough for flow (I wanna say it's 5/16 which is roughly have the size of the original tube) ... After starting it up and noticing how nice and smooth it ran I plugged in my obd2 Bluetooth tool and reset the insufitiant flow code and headed off for the freeway .. Gotta say it was strange and bewildering not seeing my ce lit up :) It stayed off the whole way home but I stopped to grab some dinner and as I pulled out to the street I noticed the light was on... Crud !! I linked back up to see what code set , po303 , number 3 cyl misfire ?? I started thinking if the tube possibly to close to that intake runner ... I reset it again and drove the rest of the way home ... This morning I had a bunch of parts running to do so I waited to see if it was a fluke , well the light came on again , I checked to see what set it , same po303 .. I guess the good part is that the egr system is happy (gotta stay positive)

Tonight before heading home I pulled #3 coil curious if oil had leaked into the plug well , nice and dry , the plug itself didn't look bad slightly brown soot on it , I pulled #1 to compare and they both looked identical ... Last test was to switch the coils , I also checked there gap , they where tight for the feeler gauge .038 , I opened them both up just a little ... I think #3 plug was slightly tighter on gap ... Drove home without a cel so I think it'll be good for deq !! I almost think m the fuel mileage has gone up which is crazy !! If it does I'm gonna be sad to disconnect the egr system again , the down side is I can tell it's effecting the mixture under boost some ...

Sunday we have an Isuzu meet up , I'll get a good idea on mileage improvements if any ... Looking like several guys are going this year :) I'll get lots of pictures !!
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Re: Bradzuzu's 2000 Amigo rebuild...

Postby totten » Sat Dec 31, 2016 11:34 am

Thanks for the update. Very nice and hope it runs good this Sunday for you. I would set plugs gap at.42-.44 should help with boosted engine.
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Re: Bradzuzu's 2000 Amigo rebuild...

Postby bradzuzu » Tue Jan 03, 2017 2:31 pm

I haven't ever researched into the plug gap thing , is it really noticeable for plug life ? These $10 a piece plugs for once looked good still , just brown but not much electrode wear ...

Here's a group shot of our trip , I'll post more tonight ..

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Oh and since pulling those two plugs and semi cleaning them I haven't set a code , that means smooth sailing through deq !!
My hopeful wish of improved fuel mpg's I think was a hopeful wish :)
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Re: Bradzuzu's 2000 Amigo rebuild...

Postby shaggydoink » Tue Jan 03, 2017 6:57 pm

bradzuzu wrote:Here's a group shot of our trip , I'll post more tonight ..


Killer picture, looks like the trip was a blast!!

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Re: Bradzuzu's 2000 Amigo rebuild...

Postby chuffer » Tue Jan 03, 2017 10:39 pm

Looks like a fun little get together.

I assume I will see you on the 14th down here for the Trask run. I should prolly make sure the damned truck starts and drives first...been sitting for weeks now.
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Re: Bradzuzu's 2000 Amigo rebuild...

Postby Cronk » Tue Jan 03, 2017 11:21 pm

Group keeps getting bigger! Looks like a good time!
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Re: Bradzuzu's 2000 Amigo rebuild...

Postby bradzuzu » Wed Jan 04, 2017 12:27 am

Yes sir the clan is definetly growing !!

Kieth really want's to work toward a big crowd meet up at Moab again .. I think it could be a good gathering again if we work at it..

Here's a link to a vid of me playing

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Re: Bradzuzu's 2000 Amigo rebuild...

Postby Cronk » Wed Jan 04, 2017 8:57 am

bradzuzu wrote:
Kieth really want's to work toward a big crowd meet up at Moab again .. I think it could be a good gathering again if we work at it..



My goal is to get to Moab one day but the Moab gathering falls around our wedding anniversary. Momma isn't into off-road and I'm not planning to go through the Big D, so we'll see, one day, one day........
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Re: Bradzuzu's 2000 Amigo rebuild...

Postby bradzuzu » Mon Jan 09, 2017 10:55 pm

I hear ya , my youngest birthday falls on the week of Moab so it's a catch 22...

Sorry I've been lolly gagging , here's the trip pics !!

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Re: Bradzuzu's 2000 Amigo rebuild...

Postby bradzuzu » Mon Jan 09, 2017 11:01 pm

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Plus an update , my radiator sprung a leak somewhere and last Thursday I just made it home and parked and looked under the front to see antifreeze covering the axle .. The weathers been nasty ever since up until this afternoon , I got it yanked out , I can't really see anything , that could be good or bad , I'm hoping the core isn't busted ...

I'll drop it off tomorrow and hopefully get an answer ...
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Re: Bradzuzu's 2000 Amigo rebuild...

Postby DutchBro » Mon Jan 09, 2017 11:03 pm

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Re: Bradzuzu's 2000 Amigo rebuild...

Postby paulevans76 » Tue Jan 10, 2017 9:03 am

The Famous Air Amigo, nice!

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Re: Bradzuzu's 2000 Amigo rebuild...

Postby bradzuzu » Wed Jan 11, 2017 12:39 am

Well ,, when it's doing this

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And my radiators missing :)

The rad shop called today and said my radiator was toast !! Eaten up from electrolysis , to top that the price has gone up considerably to $480 , last time it was $350 ish , I'm somewhat peeved about that ... More than that I'm perplexed about the electrolysis issue , I want to see the old one and make sure it's not an excuse for a cheap core , anythings possible but man it's only a year old , well and 45,000 mikes worth of driving too...
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Postby totten » Sun Jan 29, 2017 8:45 pm

What a nice group !! Pictures are great,Thanks
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Re: Bradzuzu's 2000 Amigo rebuild...

Postby bradzuzu » Thu Feb 09, 2017 2:29 am

Finally got the new radiator sorted out , they put the shroud mounts in the wrong location , my little helper had fun while it lasted :)

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I'm still trying to get time to deq it and after that I'm going to work on the tuning some more and see if I can improve on the mpg's , that's my goal and the dual tcase setup , I'm getting bored driving a stock vehicle ...
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Re: Bradzuzu's 2000 Amigo rebuild...

Postby bradzuzu » Fri Feb 17, 2017 3:09 am

Change might be happening but I think in a good way..

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Re: Bradzuzu's 2000 Amigo rebuild...

Postby trooper4kids » Fri Feb 17, 2017 11:17 am

Can't wait to see you apply your magic to a Trooper! Is it a manual or automatic?
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Re: Bradzuzu's 2000 Amigo rebuild...

Postby shaggydoink » Tue Feb 21, 2017 4:52 pm

bradzuzu wrote:Change might be happening but I think in a good way..


Holy smokes... would this be a replacement for the Amigo??!!?

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Re: Bradzuzu's 2000 Amigo rebuild...

Postby bradzuzu » Sat Feb 25, 2017 8:44 pm

Well here's my thoughts , I'm planning on pulling all the running gear and power train out of the amigo and building the trooper into what the amigo couldn't fit under its short little self , dual tcase for sure and I'm in the process of designing some link arms like an fj80 ... It will gain roughly 6" of uptravel ... in wondering if the heater core and pedal will work in the trooper ...?
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Postby itsmehb » Sat Feb 25, 2017 9:21 pm

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Re: Bradzuzu's 2000 Amigo rebuild...

Postby bradzuzu » Mon Feb 27, 2017 10:10 am

Thanks buddy !!
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Re: Bradzuzu's 2000 Amigo rebuild...

Postby bradzuzu » Thu Mar 09, 2017 3:41 am

My new build thread has begun !!

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Re: Bradzuzu's 2000 Amigo rebuild...

Postby bradzuzu » Sat Apr 01, 2017 8:33 pm

My last amigo pictures

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As I gutted all the stuff it kinda grew a little :)

I was all ready to pull the dash but i found out the ignition system loops through all of that harness and I didn't want to disable it quite yet ...

Looks so different without the cage !!
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Postby paulevans76 » Mon Apr 03, 2017 9:45 am

I bet it would haul just a little more --- without the extra weight :D
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