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Re: BtW's 1991 Isuzu Trooper Restoration

Postby btw1549 » Fri Aug 29, 2014 7:46 pm

Guess what followed me home tonight?!
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Re: BtW's 1991 Isuzu Trooper Restoration

Postby electricpuppyboy » Sat Aug 30, 2014 1:18 am

btw1549 wrote:Guess what followed me home tonight?!


Nice score! :wink:
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Re: BtW's 1991 Isuzu Trooper Restoration

Postby btw1549 » Sat Aug 30, 2014 8:39 am

Thanks for hooking me up with it! Made it home late last night with no problems bytheway.
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Re: BtW's 1991 Isuzu Trooper Restoration

Postby Jem Andes » Sat Aug 30, 2014 10:16 am

I really had thought that I had subscribed to your thread. Guess I hadn't. Nice job on everything. I really want to see all finished up.
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Re: BtW's 1991 Isuzu Trooper Restoration

Postby jessejames4 » Tue Sep 09, 2014 11:26 am

I been looking through your build but can't tell if you have a spare 1st Gen body or not left over for parts. I'm looking for the l/s and r/s dogleg/lower rocker panel areas off a 4/dr. I'm over in Connecticut.
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Re: BtW's 1991 Isuzu Trooper Restoration

Postby btw1549 » Tue Sep 09, 2014 11:32 am

I have a lot of bodies left over but none of which have good rocker panels. Do you need the inner portion or just the outer? I have brand new sections of the mid and rear portions of the outer on the 4 dr that I have been meaning to duplicate in my brake but just haven't had the time.
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Re: BtW's 1991 Isuzu Trooper Restoration

Postby jessejames4 » Tue Sep 09, 2014 11:49 am

Driver side rear rocker

Passenger side rear rocker

Here's some photos of the areas that are "challenging" me. I guess I don't really need the doglegs if I had an overlay but as you can see the inners are completely gone in places.
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Re: BtW's 1991 Isuzu Trooper Restoration

Postby btw1549 » Wed Sep 10, 2014 1:28 pm

Yeah mine are all pretty bad there as well except for the one I built. The inside is perfect and only a small hole on both rear sections is present. My plan is to recreate the original outer shape with in 4ft lengths to cut the old rocker right out and replace with the new. While the rocker is cut off replacing the inside with straight sheet will be easy.

Your best bet is to find a truck down south someone is scrapping or parting out and have them cut that section out. You probably won't find anything up here that is clean enough to bother with.

In a year from now I might have those replacement pieces available for sale but no time soon. Just way to busy.
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Re: BtW's 1991 Isuzu Trooper Restoration

Postby jessejames4 » Wed Sep 10, 2014 2:27 pm

I have to believe that stored somewhere in a warehouse in Fujisawa, Japan are the stamping dies for the 1st Gen Trooper body.

I guess I'll have to get a road trip together to head down south to get those rockers. The Tail of the Dragon is on my bucket list so maybe I'll get both done at the same time.

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Re: BtW's 1991 Isuzu Trooper Restoration

Postby IsuzuGeek » Wed Sep 10, 2014 5:15 pm

I have a whole driver's side rear quarter from my 91. Rust free. If you are willing to pay for shipping a pretty big box, you can have it. I was going to take it to the recycler here soon along with a 100% rust free frame.

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Re: BtW's 1991 Isuzu Trooper Restoration

Postby jessejames4 » Thu Sep 11, 2014 12:03 am

IsuzuGeek wrote:I have a whole driver's side rear quarter from my 91. Rust free. If you are willing to pay for shipping a pretty big box, you can have it. I was going to take it to the recycler here soon along with a 100% rust free frame.

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That's a great offer, thank you. I think after taking a closer look at the rusty area, I need the back inner and outer rocker panel on both sides. I'm hoping to just Saw'all out the sections I need out of a donor and mig weld them in.
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Re: BtW's 1991 Isuzu Trooper Restoration

Postby IsuzuGeek » Thu Sep 11, 2014 11:59 am

Yeah, let me know. I basically have the entire rear quarter inner and outer all the way up to the top where the window was, and forward to the wheel well. I only have the driver's side though. I will get a photo for you.

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Re: BtW's 1991 Isuzu Trooper Restoration

Postby itsmehb » Thu Feb 19, 2015 7:20 am

How did I miss this. It will take me several times looking to read it all. One of the most comprehensive builds I've ever seen here. Surely will be a ride of the month one day. If you don't work as a mechanic for a living, you should. Ever think of opening your own shop?
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Re: BtW's 1991 Isuzu Trooper Restoration

Postby btw1549 » Thu Feb 19, 2015 1:01 pm

itsmehb wrote:How did I miss this. It will take me several times looking to read it all. One of the most comprehensive builds I've ever seen here. Surely will be a ride of the month one day. If you don't work as a mechanic for a living, you should. Ever think of opening your own shop?


Thanks! Someday she'll be finished up and ride of the month worthy!

I Actually have a degree in automotive technology and was a VW tech for about 5 years but started to lose interest in my own projects working on everyone else's all the time so eventually I got two more business degrees and started working for Subaru of America, Inc. The truck currently sits parked at my parents place and everytime I travel home I wish I could get back to it and finish the build but with my current job I am in a new part of the country almost every week and I'm just to busy working on my MBA to find the time to spend on it.

Within the next year I should be traveling less and settling down in one place so I can get back to working on her again. I have all the materials I need for my interior and everything, just not the time!

I also have thought about opening my own shop multiple times. Right now it's a future early retirement plan more than anything. If I can save enough doing what I'm doing now in my early 40's branch off and do my own thing. We'll see were life takes me though!

Enjoy the read through!
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Re: BtW's 1991 Isuzu Trooper Restoration

Postby btw1549 » Thu Apr 30, 2015 8:48 pm

Not much of a build update but a little bit of a usage update. She has been sitting for the most part because I just don't have the time to work on it right now with school and work and all the travel I have been doing.

Did use it this weekend a bit though:
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So basically we have a system down now where we can lay a tree down pretty much exactly where we want. We hook a cable up around the middle of the tree and then hook that cable up to the winch on the trooper. In cases like this we also use a snatch block connected to the base of another tree because of space limitations. Once we cut the notch out of the tree I put some tension on it with the winch to get it headed in the right direction and then once the tension starts to loosen up I give it hell in 4l reverse to yank that sucker down in the direction it needs to go. We did 4 trees this past weekend with it but have done a bunch more in the past. I'll upload some videos if I get a chance to.

Yanked this sucker out of my backyard last year. This one was heavy and leaning right towards the master bedroom of the house. The tank struggled a little bit with this one but still put it where we wanted. The limited slip in the rear and the locker in the front really help!:
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Re: BtW's 1991 Isuzu Trooper Restoration

Postby shaggydoink » Fri May 01, 2015 8:10 am

Very clever technique, I'd love to see some videos if you have a chance to upload them!

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Re: BtW's 1991 Isuzu Trooper Restoration

Postby hessmess » Fri May 01, 2015 2:38 pm

I am glad it still out there, wondered from time to time if you still had it.
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Re: BtW's 1991 Isuzu Trooper Restoration

Postby btw1549 » Fri May 01, 2015 2:45 pm

hessmess wrote:I am glad it still out there, wondered from time to time if you still had it.


I'll never get ride of it. I'm just kind of in limbo with my current job where I am about 2.5 hours away from home during the week and many weekends I am in other states altogether so I don't get to show it much love. So instead of working on it I just keep stockpiling parts and coming up with other ideas for it :twisted: .

Someday it will be 100% but most likely not any time soon :(

I want to get the Axiom road worthy first now so I can at least start using that while the trooper gets torn back apart for more upgrades and it's final completion.
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Re: BtW's 1991 Isuzu Trooper Restoration

Postby comerz » Fri May 01, 2015 3:31 pm

Man this thing is gonna be sweet!
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Re: BtW's 1991 Isuzu Trooper Restoration

Postby Psychomidgit » Sun May 03, 2015 2:39 am

This is an excellent build
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Re: BtW's 1991 Isuzu Trooper Restoration

Postby wmorrisiii » Sun May 03, 2015 10:13 am

Hey BT, every time I look back through this, I wish I'd taken the body off my 90 to do the frame. Pretty funny as most of our welds and reinforcements are in exactly the same place. The difference is really in what you were able to do with the inner frame and coating it. Only so much you can do shooting Eastwood through little holes, even if you enlarge all of them. :D All those good preventative measures are going to pay huge dividends on the back end. Don't think there is much question I'm going to do a frame off on the 87 (if I don't get impatient) and think I am going to check and see about getting the frame galvanized. Issue here looks to be finding someone that still does this work that is close by. Powder coating no problem, galvanizing a little tougher to come by.

Look forward to seeing this one all done and roaring!
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Re: BtW's 1991 Isuzu Trooper Restoration

Postby btw1549 » Sun May 03, 2015 1:51 pm

wmorrisiii wrote:Hey BT, every time I look back through this, I wish I'd taken the body off my 90 to do the frame. Pretty funny as most of our welds and reinforcements are in exactly the same place. The difference is really in what you were able to do with the inner frame and coating it. Only so much you can do shooting Eastwood through little holes, even if you enlarge all of them. :D All those good preventative measures are going to pay huge dividends on the back end. Don't think there is much question I'm going to do a frame off on the 87 (if I don't get impatient) and think I am going to check and see about getting the frame galvanized. Issue here looks to be finding someone that still does this work that is close by. Powder coating no problem, galvanizing a little tougher to come by.

Look forward to seeing this one all done and roaring!


I contacted a company here in PA that hot dip galvanizes and it was way to expensive to even consider having it done. I was going to send my other clean frame out and have that done along with the axiom frame but I remember when he quoted me for it I just felt like he was throwing out a crazy high number because he didn't want to have to deal with it! If you find someone that does it for a reasonable price let me know.
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Re: BtW's 1991 Isuzu Trooper Restoration

Postby btw1549 » Sun May 03, 2015 4:30 pm

shaggydoink wrote:Very clever technique, I'd love to see some videos if you have a chance to upload them!

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I don't know if this will work or not but here is a link to an older tree removal project with the truck. This was a pretty big pine leaning towards the highway.


https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=69 ... 4086063487
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Re: BtW's 1991 Isuzu Trooper Restoration

Postby wmorrisiii » Sat May 09, 2015 10:58 am

I'm looking to see what is available on hot galvanizing down this way. Have no idea what would be a good price, but am hoping I can find a few places to get some quotes. I'll post up what I find out. Nothing happening quickly here either, work has been requiring too much time lately.
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Re: BtW's 1991 Isuzu Trooper Restoration

Postby btw1549 » Fri Jun 19, 2015 5:16 pm

Picked up something special from a member this past week :D
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