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I hope to maintain this thread appropriately to chronicle the mods, changes, upgrades, down grades :oops: or whatever happens with this truck.
I acquired this Trooper a month ago or so with a blown head gasket. As luck would have it we had a good 2.3l sitting in an 86 Trooper that is gonna get a diesel engine swap sometime in the near future. So I took the 2.3l and transplanted it in. The motor is great now but the transmission was shot. It had HEAVY gear oil in it and most of the bearings were toast. So I got a used trans swapped in.

I put a coat of wax on it. Still looks a bit rough but after another wash and another coat of wax it'll be looking as good as a 25 year old paint job can look.







The rack you see is a Conn-Ferr rack I picked up last weekend off of Craigslist from a guy with a 1990 Trooper. I spent a day or so with a DA sander and some elbow grease, a could cans of rattle can satin and there it is... I intend to put an expanded metal floor in it soon.



Thought I would throw in the odometer shot. Just getting broke in good.



More to come...
 
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Sweet, the color is cool, , how's the mpg with the 2.3?
 

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The 67 miles on the trip odometer are the miles since the swap. So I gotta run through a tank to calculate. :)
 

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A couple upgrades I made in the last few days.

First is a molle rack for the back door. I currently only have a couple pouches installed and my first aid kit. More to be installed soon. Easy way to keep stuff accessible.




Then I swapped the shifter knob out for a cooler one. Makes an extra 10 HP. :mrgreen:

 

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One more set for the night...

I made this key chain. Made from vegetable tanned leather. Hand stamped and hand stitched with heavy wax thread. The concho is an actual Texas quarter that I made.
The key ring is a small aircraft wire ring.



 

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Good eye Capt'n I didnt even know it was a Sony deck. It doesnt work. Hasnt since I got the truck. I need to look into another deck soon.
 

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Finally I got the roof rack done. And mounted.







When I got it, it was in poor shape. No rot but lots of love rubs and surface rust. It was decked out with plywood and it was rotted.
I sanded and wire-brushed the bad parts and then 3M scuffed the good parts. Primed and painted with a satin black.
I put expanded metal on the floor of the rack and it too was wire-brushed, primed and then painted to match.

Putting it on was an adventure. It took a couple ratchet straps and a tree for a overhead pulley rigging, but its up there.

I'm digging it. Any thoughts?
 

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I would if I could but I don't have a reference mpg to go by before the roof rack. I only have 95 miles on the truck since I took possession and the roof rack has seen everything since 85 or so.
 

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Today I mounted the Hi-lift brackets and the dirty ol Hi-Lift. I might pull it off and clean it up a bit. Right now I am using a hitch lock to secure it from thieving hands, but I am going to look for another solution I think.



Capt'n- Bumpers? who needs stinking bumpers?

I think I will go with a two piece rear bumper. Mainly because of this:



That bad boy is welded all the way around the mount.

This is kind of what I envision:



I'm not sure how it will evolve. Maybe add some clevis/d-ring mounts where it bolts up.
Who knows? Open to suggestions. Anyone?
 
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Not a bad idea, I'd go out a little further for protection.. Could run a flatbar rib across the top even and still clear the hitch then it's one piece ..
 

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Good idea Brad. I think a top rib would be good. You think it should run to the edge of the body on the outside?
I also thought that I would add Hi-lift pads/indents toward the ends.
I want to buy/make some sliders as well with Hi-lift points as well. I has seen a post once with a hi-lift and the poster mentioned a tubing attachment. I have yet to see one of those attachments. Anyone know what I'm talking about.
 
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