2012 A Spacecab Odyssey

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Re: 2012 A Spacecab Odyssey

Postby DSUZU » Thu Dec 08, 2016 6:50 pm

Ross, how long you down for? While this weekend is obviously shot, I'm just across the bridge in South St Pete. I almost bought "Palmetto Mower" (lawnmower shop) a couple of years ago for a retirement business. It's only 19 miles and 3 traffic lights from my house. Numbers didn't add up. Next weekend, my in-laws get down from Michigan and they will be coming to Bradenton. Dennis
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Previously owned: 1987 Trooper II LS, 1989 Trooper (parts only), 1994 Trooper 3.2 Auto, 1997 Rodeo 2.6 5 speed, 1993 shortbed pickup 2.3 (project - sold) 1992 Rodeo 4x4 LS (parts car, devoured by Spacecab needs) plus some 70 plus other non Isuzu vehicles over the years.

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Re: 2012 A Spacecab Odyssey

Postby 92isuzupickup » Thu Dec 08, 2016 7:21 pm

Hi Dennis! Too bad things didn't work out! I'm watching a lightning game in Tampa Saturday! (Us Canadians and hockey eh!!) and flying back home Sunday! I'll be back this time next year again! In laws own a house here, so it's cheap to come here. Would love to check out your spacecab and your other projects!!
Should arrange something for then when the time comes!
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Re: 2012 A Spacecab Odyssey

Postby shaggydoink » Sun Dec 11, 2016 12:57 pm

captkai wrote:Wow! :D


x2! That is a funky looking engine, at least after staring at the ISUZU 2.6L for so long. It sounds like you've made quick work out of this project which continues to impress the heck out of me, I hope everything continues to go smoothly for you.

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Re: 2012 A Spacecab Odyssey

Postby DSUZU » Sun Dec 11, 2016 7:12 pm

Thanks Jon. Yeah, after working on "normal" engines, "flat" engines seem really weird - especially when you add DOUBLE overhead cams. It took longer than I had anticipated (in my life lately, what doesn't?). I did finally get it fired up this afternoon. The only complication? The temperature sender wire had come unplugged when I installed a vacuum switch valve that goes above it. Long needle nose pliers to the rescue. I put about 30 miles of road test on it and turned it over to her (She just got back from Iceland last night, which she describes as "Frozen Hawaii"). Now to get these Christmas lights up :santa: Dennis
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1989 LS Spacecab 2.6 5 speed 4x4 manual hubs, Rodeo torsion bars, extended shackles, 2" lift, K&N airfilter (drop in), dump bed conversion, burgundy interior change, warn brush bar.
Previously owned: 1987 Trooper II LS, 1989 Trooper (parts only), 1994 Trooper 3.2 Auto, 1997 Rodeo 2.6 5 speed, 1993 shortbed pickup 2.3 (project - sold) 1992 Rodeo 4x4 LS (parts car, devoured by Spacecab needs) plus some 70 plus other non Isuzu vehicles over the years.

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Re: 2012 A Spacecab Odyssey

Postby DSUZU » Mon Jan 16, 2017 7:02 pm

Well, it's time I actually did something to the Spacecab.
part one: As some know, a few weeks ago I picked up a 1993 Amigo with a blown head gasket. Initially, I wanted to save it from the boneyard, maybe fix the head gasket and flip it. On getting it home and running (a new head gasket had been installed, but not correctly - copper coat everywhere), the body, while extremely straight, has some rust issues. I offered it in our classified section, but then decided to part it. Basically, it's become my own private boneyard :). I pulled the engine to rebuild later. My hood has a rust bubble - so the hood goes in the Spacer stash. My rear end had some slop, so I popped the rear out of the Amigo, and decided to swap axles, rotors and brakes while I was at it. Of course this was too much for the Subaru clan, while I'm doing this stuff, first, the wife gets a flat (while pulling Amigo rear), then I just dropped the fluid the Spacer axle and my daughter comes home "My A/C quit". Turns out the A/C quit because the balancer came apart and slung the belt. Got that fixed and did the Spacer swap today.
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Almost forgot: in doing this job, a couple of things I learned from "The Gospel of Mark" (Squatch's build threads)
First: the long bolt on the diff housing (mine both came out easily) - be sure to use never seize on installation
Second: as Mark says "the caliper pins should be checked and greased about once a year".
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Previously owned: 1987 Trooper II LS, 1989 Trooper (parts only), 1994 Trooper 3.2 Auto, 1997 Rodeo 2.6 5 speed, 1993 shortbed pickup 2.3 (project - sold) 1992 Rodeo 4x4 LS (parts car, devoured by Spacecab needs) plus some 70 plus other non Isuzu vehicles over the years.

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Re: 2012 A Spacecab Odyssey

Postby DSUZU » Mon Jan 16, 2017 7:10 pm

Spacer rear end project part 2. The Amigo had fairly new brakes and the rotors were much nicer than mine so I swapped all that over too. I've heard a lot about the rear calipers and twisting the pistons, but this is the first time I've actually messed with them. Had to twist the pistons to allow for the newer pads and thicker rotors. While some places show using a pair of needle nose pliers, I decided to modify a socket (they make them - fairly cheap, but I have PLENTY of extra sockets. I did find that if you put the caliper over the top pin and let it rest on the pads, it is a bit easier.
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Previously owned: 1987 Trooper II LS, 1989 Trooper (parts only), 1994 Trooper 3.2 Auto, 1997 Rodeo 2.6 5 speed, 1993 shortbed pickup 2.3 (project - sold) 1992 Rodeo 4x4 LS (parts car, devoured by Spacecab needs) plus some 70 plus other non Isuzu vehicles over the years.

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Re: 2012 A Spacecab Odyssey

Postby captkai » Thu Jan 19, 2017 4:19 am

I didn't know a 1993 amigo has parts for my Spacecab! I should take a look around here...On another subject-I cleaned my throttle valve recently; it made a noticeable difference. The car used to lurch and jerk around when driving in 1st or 2nd at an idle. Feels nice now!
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Re: 2012 A Spacecab Odyssey

Postby DSUZU » Thu Jan 19, 2017 6:09 pm

Yeah, Amigo, Rodeo, pickups. Many components are the same between the three. I'd considered keeping the grille and giving my Spacer a facelift, but it's barely visible behind my brush guard. Dennis
1991 LS Trooper 2.8 V6 5 speed conversion (Sold)
1989 LS Spacecab 2.6 5 speed 4x4 manual hubs, Rodeo torsion bars, extended shackles, 2" lift, K&N airfilter (drop in), dump bed conversion, burgundy interior change, warn brush bar.
Previously owned: 1987 Trooper II LS, 1989 Trooper (parts only), 1994 Trooper 3.2 Auto, 1997 Rodeo 2.6 5 speed, 1993 shortbed pickup 2.3 (project - sold) 1992 Rodeo 4x4 LS (parts car, devoured by Spacecab needs) plus some 70 plus other non Isuzu vehicles over the years.

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Re: 2012 A Spacecab Odyssey

Postby shaggydoink » Tue Jan 24, 2017 10:39 am

DSUZU wrote:While some places show using a pair of needle nose pliers, I decided to modify a socket


I bought one of those specialty gadgets to spin the piston in, although the socket looks like it's got a more snug fit so might give this a try - thanks for sharing the idea!

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Re: 2012 A Spacecab Odyssey

Postby DSUZU » Sat Jan 28, 2017 5:59 pm

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Well the Amigo went away this morning. 1 local guy who builds mini-pickups (like V-8 powered) took the Amigo fenders. Another local guy got the wheels, a bunch of interior parts, A/C compressor, grille and all lights (spares for his pickup), With the engine, body parts, and wheels gone, the boneyard gave me next to nothing for it. What I found REALLY disturbing was when he said "almost anything older than 2,000, we send directly to the crusher". I don't know how true this is, but if this is going to be the trend, we may be in trouble, This is the very thing that cost me my 1960 Impala convertible back in the '70s. The yards were scrapping that stuff as soon as it came in - no ebay back in those days. Hope it's B.S. Dennis
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Previously owned: 1987 Trooper II LS, 1989 Trooper (parts only), 1994 Trooper 3.2 Auto, 1997 Rodeo 2.6 5 speed, 1993 shortbed pickup 2.3 (project - sold) 1992 Rodeo 4x4 LS (parts car, devoured by Spacecab needs) plus some 70 plus other non Isuzu vehicles over the years.

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Re: 2012 A Spacecab Odyssey

Postby shaggydoink » Sat Jan 28, 2017 6:52 pm

DSUZU wrote:What I found REALLY disturbing was when he said "almost anything older than 2,000, we send directly to the crusher". I don't know how true this is, but if this is going to be the trend, we may be in trouble.


Yikes!! First generation Troopers are almost never popping up in the local yards up in my area anymore which I suppose makes sense, although definitely starting to change the game in terms of maintaining these trucks.

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Re: 2012 A Spacecab Odyssey

Postby DSUZU » Sun Jan 29, 2017 7:42 am

Kind of makes me want to buy some acreage, buy up dead Isuzus and maybe add a "5" to my name :D Dennis
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Previously owned: 1987 Trooper II LS, 1989 Trooper (parts only), 1994 Trooper 3.2 Auto, 1997 Rodeo 2.6 5 speed, 1993 shortbed pickup 2.3 (project - sold) 1992 Rodeo 4x4 LS (parts car, devoured by Spacecab needs) plus some 70 plus other non Isuzu vehicles over the years.

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Re: 2012 A Spacecab Odyssey

Postby itsmehb » Sun Jan 29, 2017 8:57 am

Dennis,
Yes, that is sad. I don't know this for a fact, but seems logical that there isn't as high a demand for the Gen. one parts anymore and the yards don't want an albatross sitting there so they either aren't interested in them, or as you were told, they go straight to the crusher.....Harry
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Re: 2012 A Spacecab Odyssey

Postby 92isuzupickup » Sun Jan 29, 2017 10:11 am

Great idea Dennis! I was thinking the same here in Ontario! They're even more scarce!!
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Re: 2012 A Spacecab Odyssey

Postby DSUZU » Sun Jan 29, 2017 3:20 pm

Honestly, the paranoid, conspiracy inclined part of me thinks "THEY" are behind this as a way to get "us" to buy new, or newer cars by cutting off the supply. Yes, Humpty Dumpty WAS pushed. Dennis
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Previously owned: 1987 Trooper II LS, 1989 Trooper (parts only), 1994 Trooper 3.2 Auto, 1997 Rodeo 2.6 5 speed, 1993 shortbed pickup 2.3 (project - sold) 1992 Rodeo 4x4 LS (parts car, devoured by Spacecab needs) plus some 70 plus other non Isuzu vehicles over the years.

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Re: 2012 A Spacecab Odyssey

Postby captkai » Thu Feb 02, 2017 2:39 am

Maybe it is time for a TV show! Restore old Isuzus and then auction them off for $$$$$$$!
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Re: 2012 A Spacecab Odyssey

Postby 92isuzupickup » Thu Feb 02, 2017 1:10 pm

Wow! Great idea Dennis!!!! Would be te newest craze on velocity!!! Lol

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Re: 2012 A Spacecab Odyssey

Postby DSUZU » Thu Feb 02, 2017 5:24 pm

Actually, captkai had that idea (at least on here). As I have stated here many times, Isuzus are the "red-headed step child". That's good and bad. Good because prices stay deflated (for us). Bad, because less aftermarket stuff and more difficult to get parts for. Back before evilbay, when I was doing Land Rovers, parts for them were non-existent except for new. You NEVER saw a Rover in a boneyard. My buddy and I kept a stash that was almost enough to assemble a complete Rover out of.
If Isuzus ever got that bad, it'd probably be over for me, but we DO have the internet now. (I evolved Toyota regular cab pickup to Rover to Suzuki Samurai, to Isuzu Trooper(s) to Isuzu Spacecab)
We may yet see the day when one of those car shows has an Isuzu restoration. Dennis
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Previously owned: 1987 Trooper II LS, 1989 Trooper (parts only), 1994 Trooper 3.2 Auto, 1997 Rodeo 2.6 5 speed, 1993 shortbed pickup 2.3 (project - sold) 1992 Rodeo 4x4 LS (parts car, devoured by Spacecab needs) plus some 70 plus other non Isuzu vehicles over the years.

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Re: 2012 A Spacecab Odyssey

Postby 92isuzupickup » Fri Feb 03, 2017 1:56 am

Yup your right! Even more scarce here in canada!
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Re: 2012 A Spacecab Odyssey

Postby bradzuzu » Fri Feb 17, 2017 1:54 am

Did you pull the tires and wheels off at the yard ?

Good parts score , sad to see it go :(

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Re: 2012 A Spacecab Odyssey

Postby DSUZU » Sat Feb 18, 2017 10:28 am

Yep. Met the "buyer"* (tires/wheels, and miscl parts) at the boneyard. Gave him all the misc parts and then towed it into the yard where it was entirely up to me to remove the wheels (I had taken a floor jack). Jacked each side, popped the wheels off and let it down on a wood block I had in the back of my truck (left the block under the Amigo after last wheel. When the woman at the yard gave me the check she said "You got that done pretty quickly". I don't mess around. Wish I had time to get Jacks Amigo and put it back on the road - but time is short and in great demand. Hope to get some Spacecab stuff done this coming week. Dennis
*BTW, the buyer, a guy named Terry, sent me a pic of his truck with the wheels all painted/ plastidipped or whatever, and sporting regular street tires. Good looking little pickup. D.
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Previously owned: 1987 Trooper II LS, 1989 Trooper (parts only), 1994 Trooper 3.2 Auto, 1997 Rodeo 2.6 5 speed, 1993 shortbed pickup 2.3 (project - sold) 1992 Rodeo 4x4 LS (parts car, devoured by Spacecab needs) plus some 70 plus other non Isuzu vehicles over the years.

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Re: 2012 A Spacecab Odyssey

Postby squatch » Sun Feb 26, 2017 2:34 pm

I guess it's now time to ruin your day. Rumor has it that the next year 'Migo-'94 has the larger 2nd gen rear brake. The axle should be a bolt in though e-brake cables would have to be cobbled. 1 year only.

I've kinda been watching for one of those. But don't want to buy an entire truck for the axle.

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Re: 2012 A Spacecab Odyssey

Postby DSUZU » Fri Mar 10, 2017 8:24 pm

Been busy, and therefore quiet for a while. Tonite, I decided it was time to begin evaluation of the engine. This engine had come from a 1993 Amigo I mention earlier in my thread. For a refresher, this engine previously had a head gasket replacement, but continued to have a problem. The previous owner was told it had a cracked block. It did puff out massive clouds of whitish smoke on my brief 1 mile road test. After pulling the engine, the first thing I noticed was excessive use of "Copper Coat" on the head gasket area. ANY use of ANY kind of sealer is a no-no on these heads / head gaskets. PUT THEM ON DRY.
Step one was pulling the intake. This isn't all that bad with the engine out of the car. For one in the car, I agree with the pull entire head / manifold theory. One nut was a particular booger (see pictures). This nut could only be turned about 1/6th of a turn from the back, then 1/6th from the top until it was loosened. The others were easily accessible. Normally, you would separate the top plenum from the bottom, but I decided to go in one piece for now. Note also that the entire engine harness is still attached and the only thing I had to unplug was the dizzy plug and the radio noise filter on top of the manifold. All other wires lead to sensors or components mounted on the manifold.
I am posting these pictures because while there are many of the 2 hole type intake, I haven't seen many of the later type. This is a 1993 engine.
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Picture limit, to be continued. Dennis
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Previously owned: 1987 Trooper II LS, 1989 Trooper (parts only), 1994 Trooper 3.2 Auto, 1997 Rodeo 2.6 5 speed, 1993 shortbed pickup 2.3 (project - sold) 1992 Rodeo 4x4 LS (parts car, devoured by Spacecab needs) plus some 70 plus other non Isuzu vehicles over the years.

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Re: 2012 A Spacecab Odyssey

Postby DSUZU » Fri Mar 10, 2017 8:53 pm

Gettin "down and dirty" or in my modified Charlie Daniels quote "That's how you DON'T do it son". This mechanic lost his shirt on this job because he didn't know what he was doing (more pictures)
Step 2 was pulling the valve cover (so I could see the cam lobes) and doing a "leak down" test on each cylinder to check head gasket leakage. I started with # 4 (because of timing mark) and didn't have to go far. I pressurized using a spark plug extension from a compression tester set and a rubber tipped blow gun. #4 produced a hissing noise. It kind of sounded like it came from the exhaust port :shock: . #3 produced a much louder hiss, and it came from the #4 sparkplug hole. Bingo!! #s 2 and 1 made no noise and caused the crank to turn sharply because of the compression (I was turning the crank and watching the cam lobes to see which cylinder was on compression stroke)
Bad mechanic signs: First - one manifold nut (top side) was only on by one thread :roll:. Second - once the valve cover was off, I immediately saw a regular bolt substituted for a head bolt at the right rear of the head (right above the dizzy). I had found a stripped out allen head bolt in the back with the other parts and suspected as much. It didn't look like it was seated well. Also found almost all of the bolts difficult to back out of the holes (I loosen in sequence - first 1/4 turn each, that another, then 2 more times before removing all bolts). ALWAYS chase the threads of both the block and the head bolts on assembly. Lightly oil the threads. Third - the excessive use of copper coat - which had been SPRAYED on - including all over the tops of the pistons. Fourth - a missing dowel pin at the left front. I didn't notice any cracks in the head - or block, but DID notice fretting in a couple of cylinders (from antifreeze?). This may or may not clean up with a honing. Most disappointing was about 1/8th inch of crankshaft end play. This means thrust bearings are gone - hope it didn't kill the block. More to come later.
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P.S. I didn't find a sign of head gasket failure, but it didn't look like it was properly compressed either. Dennis
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Re: 2012 A Spacecab Odyssey

Postby shaggydoink » Sun Mar 12, 2017 10:27 am

Holy smokes, you sure are finding a lot of... uh... creative enhancements?! :shock:

For your leak down test contraption, were the two pieces connected in some fashion? Or did you just press the rubber tip onto the open end of the plug extension? Curious as I was thinking of doing this on the 2.6L I got.

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