That’s a clean ride, I really like that air bag sticker. Hats off for that long drive. Not sure I’d had the guts or nuts to do that. Congrats on your 1st gen!
Hi Ron,where in NJ? (the house style in the one picture look like Teaneck/Bergenfield area) im in Bergen County, Paramus area. I dont do side work, but do have parts that would be cheap to ship were moving to TN in a couple months but welcome to the site. the 2.8L is a great motor, under powered and often a leaker....but 300k motor if maintained!! and the 5 speed....perfect match to that motor
Thank you! Excellent information about the clutch and much appreciated if you can send me the info on the 3.4 swap. I hope to get a couple of good weather days this weekend to do some maintenance on the trooper. I also have some play in the steering wheel which I understand be adjusted and I'm going to try to tackle that this weekend also.Very decent rig. My 2st V6 Troop was a white "S" model. Looks like a good base for a project build.
On the clutch, you may have balky hydraulics or air in the system. Also the clutch hydraulic damper on the driver's side inner fender well tends to cause problems. You may find your clutch action improves by just blocking-out the damper, mine did. Here's how:
10-Minute Clutch Damper DefeatBeen wanting to do this for a long time, finally got around to it! I was tired of the poor clutch operation, even after a complete change of fluid and bleeding with a Mightyvac. I didn't want to open up the hydraulic system, as others have done, and install a coupler in place of the damper...www.planetisuzoo.com
The hydraulic lines are really difficult to bleed. Back-bleeding, from the bottom to the top, seems to help. Or using a pressurized brake bleeder. Another way is to bypass all of the steel & rubber lines, and have a special-length braided hose made up. This will go directly from the master cylinder to the slave, bypassing all of the old equipment.
There's a company that's familar with making these:
Ask for Benjamin.
A thread here: Clutch problems
This thread has the measurements and size/type of the fittings, if you have a hose mfr local, you could have them make it up.
Clutch-wise, when you do replace it, use a clutch meant for a '91 4WD 3.1 Isuzu Pickup. This clutch has a larger-diameter disc and better holding power. It'll fit the 2.8 just fine. Surface your flywheel to remove the wear ridge, or just pick up a new one. They're not too $$pendy.
Look up parts on Rockauto.com, they have quite a few for our rigs. And armed with part numbers, you can search places like eBay for deals on those parts.
I have info on the 3.4 swap, collected over 20+ years. Let me know if you're interested in that and we can get the files sent to you.
The little GM 60-deg V6 responds well to power-adders, just Old-School hot-rod stuff. When you're ready to jump into that, we'll have plenty of tips for you.
Congrats on your Gen I find, & Welcome to the Planet................ed
Thanks, will check out Fluid Film!Fluid film....check that stuff out. my brothers body shop uses it religiously for rust prevention and coating on frames and inside doors. Works great. worth the money.
You Betcha! That's what we're here for! I'll send you a mssg regarding the swap info, you can reply with your contact info so we'll keep email addresses etc off the public forum.Thank you! Excellent information about the clutch and much appreciated if you can send me the info on the 3.4 swap. I hope to get a couple of good weather days this weekend to do some maintenance on the trooper. I also have some play in the steering wheel which I understand be adjusted and I'm going to try to tackle that this weekend also.
Sweet truck, I'm in Green Brook if you ever need a hand with anything, or if you just wanna go for a cruise.Hi All,
Just picked up my 1990 XS (2.8, 5spd) in white over tan. Truck spent it's entire life north of San Francisco until I drove it 3k miles home to NJ last week. If you are in NJ or know a good Isuzu mechanic in the area, LMK. I love to work on cars but may occasionally need to pay someone to repair due to schedule, lack of lspace, etc. Anyway, great trip home with my 16 yr old son and the Trooper performed admirably, even if somewhat slow going through the Sierra Nevada and Rockies. Did any oild change and greased the suspension as soon as I got home.
Benefits of the Cali Trooper are many: zero frame rot/rust, only two tiny amounts of minor rust and interior good except for driver's seat and carpet. The truck has 213k but was a well cared for daily driver for the PO.
Here is what has been done in last 20k miles:
full tune up, battery, KYB shocks/poly bushings, tires, catalytic converter/exhaust, timing belt, radiator, hoses, water pump, serp belt, ignition module, fuel pump, starter, amd rotors/pads.
A/C compressor is supposedly leaking (hot summer coming and I daily the Trooper)
Despite greasing the suspension, can be a bit squeaky after a long drive. Maybe rear springs, bushings and/ball joints?
New rubber door/window weatherstripping...loud at vent windows when on highway. Will try to find/use some rubber restorer but suspect I need new rubber (anywhere to find? Vent window rummer in particular?)
Any type of underspray or paint recommended to prepare for winters in Northeast?
Will eventually need a clutch and will do RMS when I do clutch. Seems to not like shifting into 2nd when cold...fine once warmed up.
Cosmetics (new carpet, seat covers, perhaps a Maaco respray in a year or so) and a good roof basket will also be on the list. Would also be great to figure out an armrest solution for long drives.
3.4 swap, but I am not sure I have the time/skills and would need help or have to find someone to tackle. I want to keep this truck for a long time so willing to spend to get the truck in order.
Anyway, been lurking on the forums for months and this community seems great! Hope some of you are near or in NJ and we can meet up!
I've got an 89 4 door, not nearly as nice and sorted as yours though.Nice! Will definitely make a plan to meet up with you as I am often going up and down route 22 taking my son to basketball in Bridgewater. What year is your Trooper?