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Hi all,

I bought this short wheel base Trooper last February. It's a 1984 non-turbo C223 diesel.



Like I said on my introduction post, the body is not in a good condition, but the frame is quite good. The engine is great, it never failed to start and sounds like new although it already has 340.000kms.

The previous owner has convert it to rectangular lamp grill and... Mercedes Benz emblem. :(



I have a plan to re-paint it and make it as close as possible with 1982 JDM edition, just like this.




The color will be like this :



some friends told me to make a soft-top version like that picture, but I think I'll pass that idea, maybe on another project.

here's my sketch for this project :



beside of re-paint it, (at that time) my other plans are :

- convert all the Chevrolet emblems to Isuzu
- round headlight grill
- 2" bodylift
- 16"x5" steel wheel
- 7.50" military style tires

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Andy
 

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Here's some items that I've been able to collect not long after I bought that Trooper:

-Round headlamp grill, various Isuzu's emblems, old Isuzu sign lamp.




I got those emblems mostly from US eBay.

-a set 16" steel wheels, powder coated with (very) light brown color



-Isuzu Steering wheel

the old steering wheel has Chevrolet badge on it, and it has different shape with the Isuzu one


- another set 16" steel wheels, black color, include with Sumo ST888 7.50"x16" tires

here's the Tyre pattern looks :


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Andy
 

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Sweet. I love seeing these vehicles from other countries, very subtle differences but all really great.
 

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Thanks for the comment guys :D

Very sorry for my bad English

Continuing the story,

After drove it for 4 months, I realized that it needs a 5 speed transmission.
Lucky, a friend offering me 5 speed transmission (MSG5E) from his 4ZD1 gasoline Trooper.



He changed the transmission with 5 speed unit (MSG5K) coming from C223 diesel, it has lower 1st, 2nd and 3rd gear so his Trooper will perform better while offroading.

I did that in one of Indonesian Troopers Club workshop, you'll be able to see a glimpse of another 1st gen Trooper on some pictures.

Just before the transmission swap begin, another friend offering me a wide rear axle from his '89 Trooper. Since it'll give me better stability and improve wheel travel, I didn't have to think twice to put that axle on my Trooper.

Here's the result :

New crossmember for the 5 speed unit


Have to make new hole for the transfercase shifter



the wide axle :




here's the difference with the old axle (a picture from another '84 Trooper) :


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Andy
 

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This is a nice thread. Somebody knows what they're doing. :wink:
 

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Great Trooper, keep up the good work.
 

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Here's some pics when I put the 7.50"x16" tires




still use that rectangular headlamp and... mercedes badge :(

but not long after that the Trooper entering paint workshop, so that grill will come off

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I like where you're taking this project! It sounds like it's gonna turn out to be a wicked ride!
 

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btw1549 said:
I like where you're taking this project! It sounds like it's gonna turn out to be a wicked ride!
Thanks man :)

I just want to make it different. Even in my country it's not a usual setup.

The N/A diesel engine didn't produce a lot of power, so keeping the weight as light as possible will help it's performance on and off-road.

That's why i choose that tractor-like wheels and tires.
:wink:

But the whole idea comes when I saw a brochure of 1982 Trooper, some pictures shows Trooper with that skinny wheel setup.




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Nice work :)

I don't know diesels ..... I thought the gas and diesel motors & transmissions had different bolt patterns. Swap bell housings?
 

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maxwell417 said:
Nice work :)

I don't know diesels ..... I thought the gas and diesel motors & transmissions had different bolt patterns. Swap bell housings?
Thanks Curt :)

Yes, gas 4ZD1 and diesel C223 had different bolt patterns. So I swapped the transmissions only, bell housing stayed with the old engine.

For this you have to drop the whole transmission, switch the bell housing and put it back.

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2x the nice work
 

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i love how its turning out cant wait to see more
 

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Very Cool Trooper! I like the direction you are taking it!

Your buddy's truck is cool too! Nice work with the axle swap.
 

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cronk said:
Very Cool Trooper! I like the direction you are taking it!

Your buddy's truck is cool too! Nice work with the axle swap.
Thanks Cronk, also like your RS, it inspire me a lot.

Someday I'll show my friend's Troopers. Many of them has done engine swap and SASed their IFS.

Back on my Trooper's story,

2 weeks after changing the tires I put that Trooper in a paint workshop. At that time I have to work in another city, so I ask my friend to watch the painting process. He's also a big fan of Trooper, so I believe that he can watch over Trooper's specific body detail.

Some pictures from the first week :



after 3 weeks :





pictures from last week :




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Andy
 

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Did you sand to the bare metal? why?

I like the color.
 

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Very VERY nice set up!
I love the look you are going for.

How tall are your tires?
How much do you pay for a paint job like yours in your country?
 
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