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Well Everyone, Time for the next project :D . I still have many plans for the Trooper but as that is only a For Fun vehicle it's time to get the other project started. About two years ago I bought an Axiom with a bad transmission and 172,000 miles on it. Ran and Drove great until the transmission would overheat after about 10 miles. Body and frame are in AMAZING condition so towed that home and parked it while looking for another parts truck. Last month found another Axiom with a bad Engine, (People thought they would top off their oil and filled the engine to the top and tried to drive it. Needless to say didn't work out that great!) but the body and frame are really rusty. The transmission was just replaced prior to the engine issue so I towed that home to complete the beginning process of the Axiom Build.

This weekend I pulled the first Axiom I bought down to the garage and pulled the drivetrain. Being the engine has 172,000 miles I am going to do a complete rebuild on it so it's fresh again. Then I'll yank the transmission out of the other truck along with the interior (the interior in the second truck is spotless but the first trucks is beyond a cleaning) and make one good one out of the two.

This will not be as big a build as the Trooper but it will be getting a small lift and bigger tires and as many of you know this may all change the farther I get into it, just like the trooper ended up!

So start with a few pictures of the powertrain removal.

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Nice project! I've always liked the styling of the axiom. What are your plans for it? A little lift with 33s would look pretty sweet. Good luck and keep us updated with progress.
 

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I have to agree I love the look of the axiom....especially with some extra attitude :D
 

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I'm not 100% sure yet. I really wanted to keep the electronic suspension on there but that wouldn't work with a lift like I want to do. I was thinking of using the multi-cross spoke 16's from the trooper,
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And wrap them in a set of 265/75r16's or the 16" snowflakes would work if I need more backspacing.

I want to get the drivetrain rebuilt first see what kind of funding I have available and then go from there. I've already been researching lockers and LSD's for it though :twisted:
 

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Looks wise I think the Axiom was about 10 years ahead of its time. I mean that thing is 14 years old and it almost looks like a car that was made 2 or 3 years ago. I can't wait to see that thing lifted.
 

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southernboy90 said:
Btw being a fellow axiom owner i was wandering if u knew where i could purchase a bra for my. axiom?
I have not seen a bra listed during any of my searches for accessories. Can't even find a bug deflector available new.
 

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I was home for graduation this weekend so got a chance to strip down the 3.5l that I pulled previously. Supposedly this engine had 180k on it but after looking at how clean the back of the valves and pistons were and how the cross hatch was still present in the cylinder walls I think someone might have had the engine apart for a rebuild once before. Oh and you could still read the Isuzu and the part numbers on the timing belt like it was barley used.

Cylinder #1 rod bearing had some excessive wear but nothing that caused damage to the crank (thank god). I haven't removed the crank completely yet as I ran out of time.

Does anyone have the specs for the measurement of the cylinder bore? It isn't in my shop manual. ***Edit, found the specs :D

I'm still trying to decide if I want to paint it or not. I think the truck will end up a charcoal gray and maybe the suspension components orange so I'm thinking of maybe doing the engine in a gray and orange theme to match.

Now for the pictures. I took a lot of photos along the disassembly process so I can reference them if I need to. I'll post the majority of them for the same reason on here. Someone may need to reference them at some point.

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I was amazed how beefy the rear link setup was in the one I got the motor from , that poor rig was burned to the ground..!!

Good progress so far !!
 

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I don't know if that's sludge or crapy oil brand that stained everything , mine was just as dark inside.. Took lots and lots of cleaning !!
 
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