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My 1989 Amigo 2WD

Postby tylerruinstrucks » Fri Jan 22, 2021 4:26 pm

Hi all!

Over 15 years ago, my first car was my dad's old 1990 Trooper. I am now rejoining the Isuzu family with this fantastic little Amigo I picked up in Phoenix last weekend. 124k miles. 2.6L 5-speed. 2WD. 33" tires. 3" lift. Drove her all the way back to Los Angeles without any problems (minus the rear passenger tire delaminating at 60mph and doing some damage to the body and cracking my taillight :cry: ).

I've got a carpet on it's way from Stock Interiors, a new OEM shifter boot from the legendary Jerry and have a lot of other fun little projects in mind including a custom tire cover and eventually adding A/C.

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Looks so good in the desert. We camped outside Phoenix for the night before heading home. These big A/T tires handled the rocky dirt roads fine, even with just 2WD.
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My son came on the trip. Made him earn his keep with window washes at the gas stations.
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Appreciate all I've learned here so far and thank you all in advance for the future help I'm sure I'll need.

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Re: My 1989 Amigo 2WD

Postby szac » Fri Jan 22, 2021 6:09 pm

So awesome, man! Where did you camp outside of Phoenix? Sonoran Desert National Monument? Holy smokes and there's the shredded tire in that window washing pic. Good to see little man establishing some ownership too.
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Postby tylerruinstrucks » Sat Jan 23, 2021 12:10 am

Thank you! We camped at a place apparently known as Smuggler's Run off of Highway 8 in the South Maricopa Mountains Wilderness Area. https://freeroam.app/campground/smugglers-run

Here's a bonus shot of campsite with the Amigo looking like a dang Matchbox car.
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Re: My 1989 Amigo 2WD

Postby Lightning » Sat Jan 23, 2021 8:36 pm

Awesome! I'm so happy seeing your new truck on the Planet. I saw that rig on Offerup in Phoenix too but I ended up buying a 95 Rodeo. I loved my 4WD 93 Amigo that I had some years ago, wish I still had it, it was originally 2WD like yours but I swapped in a 6VD1 and 4WD from a scrapped 94 Rodeo and it was a little BEAST until it blew a head..

Keep the sweet pictures coming in!

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Re: My 1989 Amigo 2WD

Postby tylerruinstrucks » Fri Feb 12, 2021 12:23 am

Added sound deadening material plus new black carpet from StockInteriors.com!

Still need to reassemble dash (and pass smog) but she's comin' along!

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Postby Enemigo » Fri Feb 12, 2021 12:38 am

Looking good. Welcome.
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Postby Tentin » Fri Feb 12, 2021 2:09 am

New sound deadening is a game changer. Did you do the doors yet?
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Postby tylerruinstrucks » Fri Feb 12, 2021 2:33 am

Yes! Did the doors too. Makes such a difference. The cab is so much quieter now it’s crazy.
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Re: My 1989 Amigo 2WD

Postby gruff54 » Fri Feb 12, 2021 7:19 am

Tyler,
How did the carpet fit?

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Postby tylerruinstrucks » Fri Feb 12, 2021 2:19 pm

Fit pretty good! They leave you a alot of extra margins that you have to trim. It would have been easier if I had an old carpet to trim against but instead I had to kinda just figure it out as I went. It's far from a professional install, but it's great for my needs. The shifter area and the firewall are definitely the trickiest. In hindsight, I probably should have just bought the full kit that included the cargo area and wheel wells. At the time I didnt want to spend the extra $100, but to order on it's own with shipping, its at least $150. that said, I think I may do a spray bedliner in the cargo area so it wont really matter.
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Postby gruff54 » Fri Feb 12, 2021 7:46 pm

So it fit the transmission hump and firewall pretty good? My experience with aftermarket carpet is they don't fit the hump very well, regardless of the vehicle.

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Postby tylerruinstrucks » Fri Feb 12, 2021 7:48 pm

Had to trim a few inches to get it correct at the firewall but the transmission tunnel is pretty spot on. I’d say I got it about 95% right. For 200$ for whatever, it’s a no brainer if you’ve been considering it.
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Postby gruff54 » Fri Feb 12, 2021 8:01 pm

I'll bookmark StockInteriors.com then! Thanks.

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Postby tylerruinstrucks » Fri Feb 12, 2021 8:03 pm

Yeah man. Wherever you can get the best deal on the ACC molded carpet. StockInteriors is just a authorized reseller.
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Postby tylerruinstrucks » Sun Feb 14, 2021 1:04 pm

First time poppin the top! I was surprised how easy it was to do it myself. Now just need to rig up one of those hard top holders for the garage.

Driving around without the top was a gamechanger. The truck was already fun but it's really at it's best going topless. As long as I can get this thing to pass smog, it's going to be the perfect weekend fun truck I hoped it would be.

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Here's a little video of the Amigo's new carpet. I cant believe how much quieter it is now with the sound dampening material + carpet kit. Engine is just a low rumble now, and almost inaudible when music is playing.
https://youtu.be/ypym0Km2g8s

Here's the sound proofing stuff I used: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0751CBXBT/
36 sq ft was enough for passenger area and doors with enough left over that I could probably do the roof if I wanted to.
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Postby Lightning » Thu Feb 18, 2021 4:56 pm

That carpet looks great! My amigo I had years ago, I had replaced the carpet with plastic astroturf from Lowes' :D . It was hilarious and I'm considering doing it again but doing a much better fit and finish with my current Rodeo.

I loved that Amigo with the top down, it was epic rolling through the pines in the Arizona high country. I never had any kind of top though so back in Phoenix mid summer 110+ weather, I got more than one sunburn on the back of my neck! haha :shock:

Keep the pictures coming! I'm living through your Amigo and memories of mine! Maybe one day I'll buy another..
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Postby Lightning » Thu Feb 18, 2021 5:03 pm

I spy something interesting in that video! Other than the carpet looking awesome by the way.

Do you have any detail about what looks to me to be a locking hood latch lever?! I have never seen one of those before nor can I easily find one online. That's really cool!
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Postby tylerruinstrucks » Thu Feb 18, 2021 6:13 pm

Good-eye! It is a locking hood latch -- but it's also busted. I mean, the lock works, but the actual latch is snapped off, so I have to just pull the rod. Super annoying. I'll eventually figure out a new handle to attach there. Maybe have my brother 3D print me something.

Also, I love the idea of the astro turf. A friend did that in the bed of his VW pickup-van and it was awesome. If this Amigo was in rougher condition, I definitely would have gone the more jokey route, but with how nice the interior is, I felt like i had to treat the little lady a bit better :lol:

And in another update: A couple Amigo centric FB groups have come up clutch for me in the pursuit of a soft top. One guy in Virginia shipped me an original OEM top in great condition (just one broken zipper which is an easy fix) for $100 and a guy down in San Diego pulled all the hardware for me (support bar, tie downs, weather stripping with the snaps) off a junkyard find for another $100.

Now, I probably dont NEED a soft top (given So Cal weather) so it's probably just the completionist in me + the fact they get rarer by the day -- but for about $200, it seems worth it!
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Postby Lightning » Thu Feb 18, 2021 6:53 pm

Ahh that is neat, I would be very interesting to know how that "works". If you end up replacing it, I would take it off your hands in hope of replicating something similar.

Nice job sourcing the soft top set up. I'm crossing my fingers for some photos! You speak the truth though, if you can get your hands on anything OE in good shape then it is worth it. Even the first gen Rodeos are getting more rare in the yards lately. I remember 6-8 years ago there would be 6 or more lined up in several yards. Now there is not even 6 for all the yards in Phoenix...

I too thought about 3d printing interior parts. Its very intriguing.
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Postby tylerruinstrucks » Fri Feb 19, 2021 2:40 pm

Here are some pics of the locking hood release. I have to wonder... were that many people breaking into Amigo hoods that a lock made sense?? I suppose it might be a decent place to install a little lockbox where I can store valuables when I'm rolling topless or soft-top. Hmmmmmmm :idea:

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Postby tylerruinstrucks » Wed Feb 24, 2021 12:03 am

Drove down to San Diego this past weekend to pick up some soft top hardware that a guy from an Amigo FB group was kind enough to pull for me from an Amigo that just hit his local Pick-a-Part yard. I also bought an old soft top from him to convert into a bikini top. The windows were busted, and the rear zip on window is missing, so it was the perfect candidate. I cut the window flaps but kept them attached so that I can roll them down if I so desire. I will probably replace the clear plastic when I find a suitable material or may opt for some sort of mesh option.

Anyways - pics!
Stopped in San Clemente on the ride home
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Re: My 1989 Amigo 2WD

Postby BoiseTrooper » Wed Feb 24, 2021 7:30 pm

tylerruinstrucks wrote:Drove down to San Diego this past weekend to pick up some soft top hardware that a guy from an Amigo FB group was kind enough to pull for me from an Amigo that just hit his local Pick-a-Part yard. I also bought an old soft top from him to convert into a bikini top. The windows were busted, and the rear zip on window is missing, so it was the perfect candidate. I cut the window flaps but kept them attached so that I can roll them down if I so desire. I will probably replace the clear plastic when I find a suitable material or may opt for some sort of mesh option.

Anyways - pics!
Stopped in San Clemente on the ride home
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The girl showing off her new bikini
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That looks fantastic! Beautiful Amigo
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Re: My 1989 Amigo 2WD

Postby Lightning » Mon Mar 08, 2021 10:32 pm

The new tops look great! Thank you for posting the hood latch lock photos. It is interesting for me. When I had my open top Amigo years ago, I actually pad locked the hood through the grille. These trucks are VERY easy to hot wire and I had put a ton of work into mine at the time so I wanted to make sure I could disable the vehicle and be able to lock out it from the curious folk.
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Postby tylerruinstrucks » Fri Mar 19, 2021 10:09 pm

Pulled an AC system from a 94 XS that rolled into my local Pull-A-Part today. No clue if it will work but... worth a shot!
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Re: My 1989 Amigo 2WD

Postby Lightning » Wed Apr 07, 2021 9:20 pm

tylerruinstrucks wrote:Pulled an AC system from a 94 XS that rolled into my local Pull-A-Part today. No clue if it will work but... worth a shot!


Nice, I just went through that with my Rodeo. I grabbed every component and tube there was off the salvage vehicle and I got lucky and everything works like a charm. I made a post with some notes from my experience on my thread linked below and there is also link to a quality YouTube video showing how to charge an AC system within that post.

https://www.planetisuzoo.com/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=145837#p5527659

Hopefully your truck already has the wiring in place because then its actually a really easy job. Bolt up and charge. Harbor Freight has all the tools, o rings, and refrigerant you'll need but I had to get UV dye, compressor oil, refrigerant can tap, and an AC system schrader valve kit from Oreilly's.

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