This just popped up on eBay. I don't think I have ever seen one in this condition come up for sale in recent years. Now's your chance to own a rare piece of serious Isuzu history. What you see here is a gen2 iMark, better known as a Gemini in the rest of the world. Like the Impulses of the same era, Isuzu was working with Lotus to sport-up their cars in an attempt to keep pace with Toyota, Nissan and Honda. This things looks pretty damn clean. I hope whoever buys it knows what they are getting into!
I am a sucker for old school rigs. I don’t really like the look (or feel) of modern 4x4s. But that is an altogether different discussion. To me, round headlights look best. So one of the very first things I did to my Trooper was swap out the rectangular headlight grill for an early (1984-1986) round headlight setup. This automatically changes the entire style of the vehicle in such a dramatic way, and it is a very simple swap. I also scored a pair of JDM Isuzu Bighorn side markers from a guy on the forum, which set things apart even more. After some more junkyard scrounging and forum hounding, I was able to find a nice pair of proper vintage badges for the grill as well. One of the nice things about the round headlights, is that they are easily replaceable with new sealed beam lamps. The later rectangular Trooper headlights are not replaceable with anything other than Isuzu glass, as far as I know. So this is a logical swap for not just looks.
It's been a while since I have made a new post. Sometimes I need to take a break from all things Internet. But I figured it was time to add my personal Trooper build to the blog. As a long time fan of Isuzus, and an avid camper and wanna-be full time overlander, it's been a dream of mine to build a fully outfitted 4x4 for this purpose. And as an Isuzu Geek, there is really only one option.
I am a firm believer that the key to happiness in life has less to do
with getting what you want, and more to do with understanding and
eliminating the things you don’t. This philosophy leaves you with only
good things, good experiences and overall peace of mind. And one thing I
know I don’t want is complexity. Over the years I have owned a lot of
vehicles and driven a lot of rentals. And I always come back to my
older Isuzus. To me, simplicity is king, and manual is the way to go.
So when I found this base model 1991 Isuzu Trooper S, I was pretty
stoked. It had around 72,000 original grandma miles, and was in
immaculate condition save for an exhaust manifold leak and a bad
thermostat, both of which were easy fixes. I paid $2,500 for this
Trooper. It came from the factory with no a/c, no cruise control, manual
windows and locks, and a 5-speed manual transmission. Perfect!
I ran across this photo online, I think it is from Japan, and it is hands down the rustiest Trooper (Bighorn) I have ever seen. High-res here, you can see the whole front panel behind the bumper is completely gone, and the roof is just wasting away. This Trooper must have lived near a strong ocean breeze.
It pains me to do this, but with the Trooper RS restore on deck now, and my lack of extra time, space and money, I am testing the waters with the Impulse on eBay. If it sells, I hope it goes to a good home, to a collector who appreciates the car's history, rarity and heritage.