First of all, thank you all for you help over the years. I currently have a 1997 Rodeo that is on its last legs, and I wouldn't be squeezing the last life out of it if it weren't for all of your help and support. So, knucks to that.
I recently bought a 1991 Trooper LS to replace my ever-aging Rodeo, so I'll give you the quick rundown on it and my immediate as well as my long term plans with it.
FAST FACTS BROUGHT TO YOU BY ISUZU MOTORS OF AMERICA
1991 Isuzu Trooper LS
2.8 l GM V6 (179,xxx miles)
Midnight Blue/Silver with grey interior
Missing exhaust manifold bolt as well as bits of the gasket
Heater core blew up
One power lock on the passenger door that has been disabled
It tried to kill me. No really, it had sat for a while according to Rick, who I purchased it from, but he had been using it as a farm vehicle in central Oregon. Decently clean, it has a few dings and one semi-major dent on the front fender from when "an animal hit it in the night." I got down to pick it up late in the evening, and it fired right up. after I let it warm up, I took it out and hit the road.... then proceeded to die. I needed a jump, let it charge once more, then finally set off. after getting a bit of fresh gas, i set off for its first test- a 40 mile freeway journey home. It required a lot of mashing of the gas pedal to the floor, and a consistent loss of power in fifth gear. Long story short, it nearly died about 8 times on the way home. Once it was parked on a steep drive way, I turned off the key and just sat there for a sec as I heard (what I thought) was a loss of pressure in the radiator. I was sorta right:
That is the heater core-turned-into-violent-evil-firehose-of-death. the piece that is missing broke off as soon as I parked on the steep driveway, and (I assume) that the pressure in the hose was too great for the 25 year old plastic cover. It broke off, burned the ever loving ---- out of my leg, and filled up the cab with hot antifreeze vapor. I managed to crawl into the back seat and jump out one of the passenger doors, run inside, and play medic the rest of the night.
Leg hurt like hell, but I managed to block off the heat so the core is shut completely off right now. I pulled it down, gave it a bath, then took some glam shots:
Charged the battery, cleaned all the antifreeze off the floor, and started drying it out. Went around and checked all the fuses, bulbs, connections and was pleasantly surprised at how complete it was, I'll only need one turn signal bulb. The driver headlight has some water in it, which probably isn't ideal, so that will need to get sorted out. crawled underneath and again, was reminded that a 179,000 mile car wasn't going to look terrible from below, save the few pinhole exhaust leaks.
The Passenger door was a bit sticky, and wouldn't open without pulling the tab and either of the door handles. I took off the door panel and saw that there was a motor at the bottom of the door with an arm going to the lock cylinder. took that arm off, and what do you know, it works perfectly. So I assume that there was at one point an aftermarket alarm on it, probably.
PLANS FOR THE IMMEDIATE FUTURE, IN ORDER OF IMPORTANCE
1. New exhaust manifold/gasket on passenger side
2. Take new 265/70/16 tires and wheels off of Rodeo and put them on Trooper
3. Fix the heater core debacle
4. Fluid flushes all around
5. General tune up
6. Drive it
8. Install radio
9. Fab up some sleeker off road bumpers front and rear
10. Fab up ladder for small door on back
Anyway, thanks for taking the time to read through this, and I look forward to talking and getting to know the rest of this awesome community.