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Newbie with an older Trooper

Postby SailorMouth » Sun Jan 03, 2021 9:16 pm

Hi Everyone! Just joined because every time I try to look something up, I end up on a post here!

I have a 1986 Trooper - 5 spd - 2 dr. She's rough, but I am trying to get it all cleaned up and on the road again!
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Re: Newbie with an older Trooper

Postby SailorMouth » Sun Jan 03, 2021 9:23 pm

Read Somewhere else that sharing my location might be helpful. I am in Central Virginia near Culpeper.
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Re: Newbie with an older Trooper

Postby giusedtobe » Sun Jan 03, 2021 10:21 pm

Welcome. You will find lots of knowledgeable people here.

Good luck with the project.

Post some pics of of your project.
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Re: Newbie with an older Trooper

Postby SailorMouth » Sun Jan 03, 2021 11:04 pm

Just got her. It runs already, so I have a bit of a head start. I drove it 40 minutes home from the purchase.
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Re: Newbie with an older Trooper

Postby Ed Mc. » Sun Jan 03, 2021 11:54 pm

Driving one home is always a good start!

Now adjust the valves and service the cooling system so she'll stay reliable.

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Re: Newbie with an older Trooper

Postby SailorMouth » Mon Jan 04, 2021 7:02 am

Thanks Ed! Did the cooling system right away. Also drained the gas and put in a new fuel filter, then new gas. 2 local junkyards have Troopers so I am going looking for parts soon!
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Re: Newbie with an older Trooper

Postby wmorrisiii » Fri Apr 09, 2021 8:04 pm

I’m in Lynchburg and we have some really nice first gen Troopers running around the state. You have a 2 door LWB which are pretty hard to come by these days, and it looks good in the pictures. Also very glad to hear you have a yard with a few Troopers in it. I don’t think I’ve seen a first generation Trooper in a Central VA junkyard in the past 3 or 4 years. You want to pull as much as you can off of them since finding parts can sometimes be problematic. LOTS of good help and knowledge on the zoo so glad to see you on here!
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Re: Newbie with an older Trooper

Postby giusedtobe » Sat Apr 10, 2021 5:37 pm

wmorrisiii wrote:I don’t think I’ve seen a first generation Trooper in a Central VA junkyard in the past 3 or 4 years. You want to pull as much as you can off of them since finding parts can sometimes be problematic. LOTS of good help and knowledge on the zoo so glad to see you on here!


I never see them here either until one showed up the other day but it was a piece of crap. Problem is sailor might not know what he needs to pull.

BTW it looks awesome even with the crappy maroon paint on the upper side & top

Sailor if either of those hulks has a straight rear bumper and or a straight rear door (the big one) I will drive up there and buy it from you!
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