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Old 07-11-2010
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Project SAMI

i picked up this 1987 Suzuki Samurai.

how she sat when i picked her up, before i could get it home i had to fight off over 8 wasp nests....that was not fun.

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after i got it home and gave it a bath and ripped out the carpet and seats (they were thrashed). i was suprized at how much the paint cleaned up with just a bath.

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then of course after seeing how clean it got i had to try and take it one step farther. it took a lot of time but the wax worked.

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so far i have done a lot of little painting and stuff. the carb is all gummed up and fuel wont make it to the engine. im going to try and clean it up and make it work...if not it will probably get a propane swap from gopropane.com.

i have put in new seats that i had laying around the house. they are the plastic buckets from summit racing.

future plans (if i dont sell it and make alot of money...i bought it dirt cheap)

*SOA swap
*rear locker
*more flexy leafs
*remove blue stripes
*cage
*bumpers
*meaty tires and wagon wheels
and alot more
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the propane will help that lil engine alot. one of the better things you can do to it.
also look into toyota axles. sami axles are a pain and somtimes hard to find parts for. its work and the rear diff is centered in stead of off centered but it works just fine. i dont think your planing on goin 70mph...not that it will but will work fine for wheeling. also jeep yj springs are a comon and easy flexy solution.

hope ya keep it
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shall i quote myself? lol

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good job with it already!

im kinda jelous...my friend has one...those damn things really do go everywhere..just kinda tippy.

anyways, yota axles, 35's, low range tcase, lockers.....and your set.

also, some YJ leafs or something should work out great and maybe a nice belly pan?
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Awesome little project, had one on 35"s with a 1.6L swap, locked with on-board air and winch. Went through anything!

Keep us updated. Check out zukikrawlers.com if you haven't already.
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I just about had one of those a few times. that thing is damn clean. There are tons of great websites and parts for those things. There are some really awesome kits to throw small turbo diesels in them, like VW's etc.

like some said, get some jeep leafs and just do a leaf over and you got a pretty good lift for some 33's or so
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Nice pick up. I'd love to have one.
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so before i bought it i knew it wasnt running...wasnt getting gas...but it ran well when i put gas directly in the barrel of the carb, until it burned it all....well after messing with the carb and no luck with it yet....i desided to take a break from it....so i did a compression test for the hell of it....well the first cylinder 135psi...second 132....third 138...i was happy until i got to number 4....0psi....i tested it twice...got nothing. i really hope i just messed up when i did the test.
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well even if it is the sidekick motors are a huge upgrade lol and fuel injections!
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ha i know...but having just graduated high school and going to school in the fall...i dont have a ton of money to put into it. lol
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so today i took a break from working on the engine and installed some gauges i had left over from a differant rig. i think i found just about the best/cleanest place for them. i dont use the vents anyway (i only use defrost and floor). water temp, oil pres, and volt.
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Looks good!
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update

freshly rebuilt head (rebuilt at machine shop)
water pump
timing belt
head gasket
spark plugs
plug wires
fan/water pump belt
radiator hoses
weber carb conversion
doug thorely header
ect..

front bumper

rear bumper



stainless interior panels
summit racing seats on factory seat rails
cb radio
hella 500 driving lights
55watt back up lights

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that thing looks like a blast, keep up the good work
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keep it up man! its lookin DOPE
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That thing is lookin good! I want one so bad.
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