"By btw1549 » Thu Sep 17, 2009 10:37 pm"
I have become addicted to both my Isuzu and this website and thought after reading some really good write ups such as greasemonkey's, I would go ahead and start one up on my restoration project itself. As I said on the introduction forum My family had a trooper before this that is actually still on the road today with 300,000+ miles on it. Unfortunately there are more riveted on pieces of sheet aluminum then there is original body. The problem with the troopers in my area is the bodies and frames did not hold up well due to PA's wonderful use of calcium and salt to clean the roadways in the winter rather than use a plow! No vehicles really hold up well in my area. About five years ago a friend of the family's had an older Isuzu P-up with about 50,000 miles on it that the frame had rotted through between the cab and box. He mentioned he was getting rid of it and asked us if we wanted it for the diesel motor, being I lived on a farm (He thought we would use it for equipment)!! We accepted the offer and right away I began to look for a new body to drop this low mileage diesel in. The candidates for the swap were Gen I Troopers or an 88-93 Chevy Blazer or S-10 Pick-up (I'm a BIG S-10 guy). I searched mainly on eBay hoping to find a truck with a blown engine from the south so that the frame and body would be in decent shape. About three years into looking (I know it took an extremely long time to find the right candidate for the swap) a co-worker who was hooked on the Paper-Shop and knew I was looking for A trooper came across A 1991 Isuzu trooper with a blown 2.8. Being an S-10 guy and having a few extra 2.8's lying around I figured I would look into it not for the diesel swap but to buy, fix, sell and spend the money I make on a diesel swap truck. So I traveled 2 hours south to look at this truck with 100,000+ miles and a bad engine that the man was asking $500 for. When I arrived I was surprised to see what good condition the body and frame were in for that year truck from PA. I made him an offer of $300 which he refused so I left. On my way home I thought about it a little bit and realized what I could do with this truck. I called him back and offered $400 which he agreed too. The next day I drove back down with the trailer and transported it home. When I got it back I parked it for the winter on my property with intentions of working on it in the summer. the summer came and my job had other intentions for me. I ended up spending my summer 4 hours away from home taking training classes to further my carrier. Summer passed and winter came and the trooper hadn't moved. Finally that following summer I began to rip her apart. At first I had no intention of doing anything more than yanking out the motor and dropping a new one in followed by a for sale sign in the windshield; however after tearing in to the project and removing the entire power train I decided to restore this truck to like new condition to have enjoy for hopefully the rest of my life. If your still with me now comes the exciting part, Pictures! I'll add pictures of the work I have done since starting up until today and I will try and add updates as frequently as possible. This is only a weekend project since I have a full time job and train MMA and go to college during the week. I have to give much thanks to this website for I have learned much in the short period of time I have been a member.
This is a Picture of the body after I separated it. I do not have any photos of the truck before I ripped it apart on my computer so This will have to do.
Here's the frame. It was already cleaned in this picture but it's the best view of the whole frame I have with it still on wheels.
If you want to see more photo's fast you can visit my online album which is listed in my signature below. Enjoy my write up and I ask all for their opinions and comments to help me along with my project at hand.
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