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Re: 95 Pickup 4x4 aka Susie Q

Postby Tentin » Fri Jan 01, 2021 5:32 pm

Just got back from the trails yesterday, lucky I went since once I got home they announced they are closing for the time being because of ICU capacity. Stupid because I couldn't think of a better place to social distance besides the mountains... yet every non essential store is still open.

Truck did great, I was able to clear some obstacles I've had my eyes on and did a few new trails. Loving these new tires, night and day difference between the street tires that the truck came with. Could definitely use an LSD. Had a bit of a scare getting stuck on an awkward corner in a steep section, mostly my fault though.
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Re: 95 Pickup 4x4 aka Susie Q

Postby Lightning » Sat Jan 23, 2021 10:38 pm

Your pickup is looking really cool. I have always wanted a pup. I'll have one someday but I'll have to wait until I finish school and get that cash flow :D . I just recently bought my "third" first gen rodeo and I also had a first gen Amigo that I threw in a 6vd1 and upgraded to 4x4. I love the first gen platform and the pup is the last one of the trio I have yet to own. Keep it up!

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Re: 95 Pickup 4x4 aka Susie Q

Postby Tentin » Sun Jan 24, 2021 11:50 pm

Yeah they can be addicting, just last week I was messaging a lady about a supposed $700 '88 trooper that ran, but it seemed a little sketchy and she stopped responding to my questions.

On the pickup I've noticed the temp gauge drops hard when I'm going downhill, leading me to believe the thermostat was stuck open. I bought a rock auto one, installed it, and the gasket leaked pretty bad. Took it back off and used RTV and no more leaks.

Took a trip up to the mountains for the weekend to chase some snow and had a blast. First real roadtrip with the truck. The tires did great and I had way more predictable grip than I thought
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Re: 95 Pickup 4x4 aka Susie Q

Postby szac » Mon Jan 25, 2021 10:12 am

Awesome! This makes me very anxious to get my project on the road! I just switched out the thermostat yesterday. Did yours seat all the way around in the housing recess?
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Re: 95 Pickup 4x4 aka Susie Q

Postby Tentin » Mon Jan 25, 2021 2:35 pm

Yeah it fit right in with no issues, I just took note of how the old one was positioned with the jiggle pin and matched it when installing. The part number was Stant 13858 and the gasket that failed to seal without RTV was an APEX AWO2032. I applied it to both sides of the gasket, attached the housing finger tight, then fully tightened the next day.
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Re: 95 Pickup 4x4 aka Susie Q

Postby szac » Mon Jan 25, 2021 8:20 pm

Tentin wrote:Yeah it fit right in with no issues, I just took note of how the old one was positioned with the jiggle pin and matched it when installing. The part number was Stant 13858 and the gasket that failed to seal without RTV was an APEX AWO2032. I applied it to both sides of the gasket, attached the housing finger tight, then fully tightened the next day.


I didn't know to do any of those things lol. We'll see what happens. Thanks for the info for when I have to go back and do it right.
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Re: 95 Pickup 4x4 aka Susie Q

Postby Tentin » Sat Feb 27, 2021 4:50 pm

Went out and bought a truck tent and air mattress. $100 for the pair on craigslist, just had to patch one small hole in the mattress. 100 layers later of rubber cement and e6000 and now it works like new. Went out to the mountains with some buddies and had a blast. Tent and mattress worked great, probably the most comfortable camping setup I've had to date.

The truck ran decent, but it seems my hesitation issue and lean CEL is back. Spraying brake clean I could've sworn I narrowed down the vacuum leak to the EGR valve and thought I saw a crack in the rubber diaphragm, but when I took it off I didnt see one. Put it back on and now cant identify the vacuum leak any more. Totally confused
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Re: 95 Pickup 4x4 aka Susie Q

Postby szac » Mon Mar 01, 2021 12:51 pm

Great score! I'm loving your new rear bumper. What is it?
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Re: 95 Pickup 4x4 aka Susie Q

Postby Tentin » Mon Mar 01, 2021 1:42 pm

Not sure, I grabbed it off a pickup in the junkyard so it was able to bolt right on with no modification. It uses 3 bolts per side to attach compared to the stock bumper which had two. Pick n Pull classified it as a "Trailer Hitch with Ball" (???) and it was only $30. Definitely got lucky with that one.
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Re: 95 Pickup 4x4 aka Susie Q

Postby dankly1 » Sun Mar 07, 2021 12:16 am

Nice truck tentin! I can confirm that 4.56 gears did come in some pickups. My 93 has a 2.6, 4X4, 5 spd and 31X10.5 on snowflake wheels. I checked it the other day and it's got 4.56. I snagged a G80 out of a 94 Trooper last week and will be putting it in Suzie's rear end soon.

Good luck with your build!

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Re: 95 Pickup 4x4 aka Susie Q

Postby Tentin » Sun Mar 07, 2021 12:46 am

Mine's definitely a 4.30 unfortunately. The plan right now is to eventually swap in a 4.56 G80 rear and a 4.56 front with a lokka. Not looking forward to pulling apart the front end but hopefully it isn't too much more work than when I replaced the axles
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Re: 95 Pickup 4x4 aka Susie Q

Postby DSUZU » Sun Mar 07, 2021 8:43 am

The 4.56 usually came with the "Big wheel package" on Rodeos, (4x4) pickups, and Amigos. Included mud flaps at all 4 wheels and snowflakes with the 10.5 x 31 tires. Trooper Big wheel package had the 4.77s. Dennis
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Re: 95 Pickup 4x4 aka Susie Q

Postby Tentin » Sat Apr 03, 2021 2:46 pm

Guess I'll give a little update. My lean code and very slight misfire at idle are still around. I did a hot compression test and my numbers were 180-185-180-190, wow! Installed my carter fuel pump just for the sake that I had it laying around after buying it when I had that wiring issue and that was kind of a pain in the ---. I was expecting kind of like a classic two belts held up by four bolts, but was greeted by vertical and horizontal brackets that just seemed to not want to let the tank drop no matter how much I wiggled it and played with the angles. Eventually I was fed up and just bent back the rear vertical bracket an inch with a ratcheting tie down attached to the bumper which gave me just enough wiggle room to drop the tank and install the new pump. Had to mallet the bracket back into place on reinstall but everything worked out. Glad I had to never do that on the side of the road or on a trail.

Narrowed down my lean code to a vacuum leak at the EGR diaphragm AGAIN. RPM's go up when sprayed with carb cleaner without a doubt. Seems to be temperature related whether or not it will leak, which explains my difficulty diagnosing it. Need to take a trip to the junk yard and get a new one.

Went back to apparently my favorite place to break Isuzus, Hollister hills. Little Susie Q did great all day and even rescued a 4runner that decided it wanted to tackle the biggest mud pit there without checking the depth (~2.5 feet). Wish I had gotten a picture but for reference this is the mud pit being referenced. My buddies 95 Montero was overheating pretty badly on the steep stuff and we ended up taking the hood off and throwing it in the truck bed which didn't really help much. Still survived the day though with a lot of cool down breaks.
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Re: 95 Pickup 4x4 aka Susie Q

Postby DSUZU » Sun Apr 04, 2021 12:34 pm

Tentin wrote: that was kind of a pain in the ---. I was expecting kind of like a classic two belts held up by four bolts, but was greeted by vertical and horizontal brackets that just seemed to not want to let the tank drop no matter how much I wiggled it and played with the angles.

FWIW, many of us learned that removing the bed is much easier. Mine, being converted to a dump bed was super easy. Dennis
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Re: 95 Pickup 4x4 aka Susie Q

Postby Tentin » Sun May 09, 2021 1:00 am

Haven't updated in a while. I tossed the $12 rock auto shocks, they had great road manners but were not good at all off road. Not only that, the rears were way too short after doing the shackle lift and I was missing 3" of travel. I bought some KYB Gas-a-justs after being impressed with them on the Amigo. Stock sized front ones, and then rears from a 1987 ford f250 after reading that they would work. The top mounts worked and they were the perfect length (3" longer than stock), but the bottom mounts were not correct at all and I had to remove the metal eyelets on the shock bushings which was not fun at all. All said and done though, huge improvement from what I had

I got some wheel spacers after noticing some rub on the inner front fenders. Totally bought ones way too big (2") thinking the studs were longer and that I had to clear them, but really I could've gotten away with like a 1.25" or so. Had to do some clearance modifications with an angle grinder and a mallet, it's all on the inside though so it's not visible. Also I removed the plastic part of the front bumper, not for clearance reasons just thought it would look cool. Definitely want to fab up a winch bumper at some point.

Here's a glamour shot
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Anyone know what these two connectors are? I assume they're for some sort of diagnostics but just wanted to make sure

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And then what is this black thing? The wiring all leads to the device on the right which is on the lower part of my dash near the stereo

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Re: 95 Pickup 4x4 aka Susie Q

Postby Lightning » Sun May 09, 2021 1:14 am

Looks good. Have you read anything qbout how do the wheel bearings hold up with the spacers? I'm just curious, if not it'll be interesting to see of they affect your bearings any.

I'm guessing here but my diagnosis port on the 6VD1 engine is a three pin so it's likely that it is the same on yours as well. For that black box thing, I'm thinking an aftermarket alarm or keyless entry setup, or some weird amp thingy. Its definitely not a stock option so see if you can trace the wires to any other components for clues.

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Re: 95 Pickup 4x4 aka Susie Q

Postby Tentin » Sun May 09, 2021 11:47 am

I'm not too worried, the truck basically just gets driven around short trips around town and to the trails and that's about it. What scares me more is all those horror stories about wheels falling off, but I figure most of those are due to improper installation. I coated my studs in red loctite and torqued down to 85 ft/lbs, and will probably re-check them from time to time.

I've got manual door locks so I'd find it weird if it was any sort of alarm. It almost reminds me of a 1/4" stereo jack. But yeah I probably just have to chase the wires.
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Re: 95 Pickup 4x4 aka Susie Q

Postby Tentin » Mon May 10, 2021 1:32 pm

Got a little creative and made my own seat cover after not finding anything I liked with a universal fit. 5 yards of Joanne's fabric and about 500 zipties. Total cost just a little over $20

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This is a pretty good before/after picture.

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All installed. Just need to find some gray headrests

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Re: 95 Pickup 4x4 aka Susie Q

Postby szac » Mon May 10, 2021 1:41 pm

Tentin wrote:Accurate representation of the process


HAHAHAA! looks great.
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Re: 95 Pickup 4x4 aka Susie Q

Postby BoiseTrooper » Mon May 10, 2021 8:32 pm

That made me laugh as well.

Great truck. Great pics too!
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Re: 95 Pickup 4x4 aka Susie Q

Postby Tentin » Tue May 25, 2021 12:19 am

I adjusted the valves again (.008 intake and exhaust) and also soaked the iac tube in pb blaster overnight. Turned the truck on today after 24 hours of soaking, white puff of smoke out the exhaust for a few seconds, then noticed that the truck has a loud whine. Sounds like a supercharger. Not sure what's going on, I took a video.

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I disconnected the smog pump belt since I originally thought that's around where the sound was coming from, no change. Removed the cam cover to see if it would be louder, no change. Really seems to be coming from under the valve cover. What could I possibly have done wrong?
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Re: 95 Pickup 4x4 aka Susie Q

Postby Tentin » Mon Jun 07, 2021 10:10 pm

Susie Q's all good now, just needed an italian tune up. Added a few hundred miles with no issues. First time taking both isuzus on a camping trip together, what a blast. We really love these trucks. Amigo took a little bit of a physical beating, I'll update that thread once I fix it.
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Re: 95 Pickup 4x4 aka Susie Q

Postby Enemigo » Tue Jun 08, 2021 12:53 am

I don't always comment, but I really enjoy build updates. That goes for every build on here.
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