my first car was an 87 4 door that I drove for 2 weeks before giving up on since I was 16 and didn’t know anything. After getting tired of my cappuccino I decided I wanted to hunt down something that I can easily work on, fix, or adapt parts for it down the road as this is a vehicle I aim to own for A long time.
I was on the hunt for a round eye 2 door LS model. after about 6 months of searching I got a notification for one on eBay which I managed to win for less than I had budgeted for.
it took about a week to getpayment and shipping arranged but it finally arrived to me.
1986 2 door LS, I’m the 3rd owner. It had 162877 miles on it when it rolled(/almost fell off) of the trailer. Was bought at Tallman Subaru and Isuzu Too! In California, where it stayed with the 1st owner until he put it in storage in 2005. Then in 2015 the man who owned Tallman Subaru got in contact with the owner and bought it back. He then drove it for 3 years until he had to park it in storage in 2018. In December 2020 he passed away and I was fortunate enough to be the one who bought it.
It’s in great condition, everything works except for the hvacair recirc door. His son tells me his dad loved the truck and put a lot of time and effort into getting it back into a running vehicle. I’d Say he did a good job considering he put almost 30k miles on it!
Current plans are to fiddle an tweek things here and there. Do some preventive maintenance. And just enjoy it for the most part.
I’ve already done a timing belt on it since I didn’t have any documentation showing it had been done. But judging the condition of the head and belt it was clear someone had already gone through it.
I‘ve also gone through and deleted the air pump since it has already had its cat swapped out for a modern one. Still passed California smog as recently as 2018!
every few weeks I attach the trim panels with a carpet cleaner to get 35 years of dirt out of them, they look better and better every time I hit Do it.
Another good item is door hinges. Take them off the back doors as they'll fit the opposite side front door and there easy to remove from the rear doors, also if you do get a distributor from a 2.3 get the flat mounting plate as well.
I did a weber conversion on my 89 about 4 to 5 years ago and haven't had any issues ever. The only thing, and it's not a real issue, is if I don't use the trooper for over a week I have to crank it more than if I start it daily before it responds.
Looks really nice. Good write-up on the blower motor. Yes, the brief cool down is welcome to me as my Trooper doesn't have air. Ever get the tail light lens sorted out. I got one from Mike (gruff54) here on the forum.
Nice. Your right about Gen. one's around the Dallas area. To bad that one doesn't have the G80 option. I would really like to find one in a yard with that option. Is that yard in Waco, or just close by.
Interesting. Would like to see a follow-up to this to see its destiny. I do know from previous experience that the rust shown on the roof can only be permanently repaired by cutting out the bad section and welding in a new section. Anything short of that it will only return in time. Where did you ever find that video.
I can't even remember the last time I had a flat and had to use the spare to get me home. Had a 2003 vet that I drove for 10 years without a spare. Often unnerved me some with the thought of the run flat tires working as advertised. If the wheel not matching becomes an issue just get one of the many spare covers. Presto!