Sounds like a great rig for it. these trucks are pretty bullet proof with the manual trans.
Here is a tip for you... make a list of any items , or maint items you need / will need , and start looking for them all now... supplies and part availabilities are a nightmare... my recent experience. Do not trust web sites that say they have item in stock,, after you order you likely will be informed they do not actually have items and no replacement date availible...New guy here. Just picked up a 97 manual 4wd trooper project. Not new to cars or to isuzu's but Never really been into off-roading and never owned a 4x4 isuzu. Hoping to make something fun out of this one to take the family camping and on some dirt roads or what have you. Looking forward to digging into this forum, gettinig advice, making contacts so I can get this on the road and have some fun. Check out my post in the drivetrain section if you'd like to hear more about the trooper.
Yes i use Oreilliy's also , nothing against them ( as i have found out all parts supplies use the same computer system, this just in time system = that none of them have much of a actual warehouse, instead they all drop ship from all the same importers, manufacures, re- manufacturers. ) be ready for wrong parts, save your receipts, be patient, do your legwork to research what other veihichels use the same part you are looking for.. i.e. GM, BMW, Cadillac. Parts counters no longer have any actual mechanic knowledge to cross reference for you. When they say " yeah it doesn't look exactly like yours but " computer says it works the same " NO. NO. NO. NO. This blog and others here with used parts stashes are far more effective.. finding oem parts.Also to add to what Bluetugtuna said - make sure when you order parts that they do fit, had an Oreilly's computer system tell me that the 1/2" smaller thermostat they gave me is the replacement thermostat. Not that the cashier was wrong, but their computer was, took another week to get the thermostat online. Forgot where I did that, was about two years ago.
Also be prepared for people to tell you , " no one has parts for a 20+ year old ISUZU. "Also to add to what Bluetugtuna said - make sure when you order parts that they do fit, had an Oreilly's computer system tell me that the 1/2" smaller thermostat they gave me is the replacement thermostat. Not that the cashier was wrong, but their computer was, took another week to get the thermostat online. Forgot where I did that, was about two years ago.
Not to be a bumber, but find another vehicle. If you are not a crazy isuzu fan, or some how delusional, it simply not worth the road you must walk to get your initial manual 4x4 target. Oh by the way I have had 6 different troopers ,,, so far. And loved them all.Awesome, thanks. I'll get ahold of him as soon as we dig in and see what this motor needs. And yea, on the manual it's funny. Wasn't looking for an isuzu, an suv, or an off roader at all was just typing in "manual 4x4" on craigslist looking for a beater/daily pickup truck, but here we are, lets see how deep this rabbit hole goes...