April 30, 2013

Car Spotting & Isuzu Geeking in Costa Rica

Spent last week in Costa Rica, and last Sunday afternoon with resident Isuzu geeks Beto, Mauricio and Jean Paul.  We had a great time hanging out and seeing a little of the Costa Rican countryside.

As per usual, I was on the lookout for cool Isuzus and other vehicles.  To my surprise, you didn't have to search at all to see any number of excellently outfitted Isuzus, as well as just about every other type of "expedition ready" 4x4 imaginable, save for an abundance of Jeeps, which Costa Rica lacks completely from what I could tell.  There are far more Land Rovers, Toyota Land Cruisers, Suzuki Samurais, Mitsubishi Monteros, Daihatsus and Hyundais of all ages and types than Jeeps.  And Isuzus of all makes and models were everywhere.

Here is what I rented for the week.
2013 Suzuki Jimny. This cheaply made little Zuk is nothing more than a modern Samurai. Its like a riding lawn mower on gas and very, very compact. I enjoyed driving it, but it is not suitable for carrying more than one passenger, which my friends who had the pleasure of enjoying the back seats made me aware of for several hours.

April 14, 2013

91 Trooper Body Mounts

So I need to replace the rubber parts here. I would like to get OEM replacements, so this will be my first attempt. If they are not available, I will try to find some aftermarket pucks that will fit.
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April 10, 2013

Got a cool email from an Aussie Zu Geek...

...with some cool pics of his special Isuzu decal on his snowy Gemini.
Anyone out there know the origin of this logo? I am guessing it is a special design for the Isuzu HQ in the Shinagawa ward of Tokyo, but that is just a wild guess. Would make a great t-shirt, eh?

April 7, 2013

91 Frame Coated

So today I finished painting the frame.  I used a KBS Frame Coating Kit that came with a degreaser, an acid-etching solution, and then the gloss black coating.  It was pretty straight forward, but it makes quite a mess.  I will give it one more coat tomorrow and it will be done.

Here it is after a scrub down with degreaser.