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Old March 19th, 2015, 02:28 PM   #1
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The girlyfriend has a thing for Samurais and Trackers so I've been keeping an eye out for one. It had to be an automatic and 4x4 of course. And preferably dark blue.

The day before St. Pats someone posted one up on our county Facebook page, which is not even a "for sale" page. But it had a number so I called, and St. Pats morning I picked it up for $400 and surprised her.

The previous owner drove it for a ton of highway miles, and kept calling it a tractor when we were doing our dealing.

It is a 2001 four door V6. The interior is dirty but near mint. No serious rust, but it has a bent passenger door and rocker....and only drives in reverse!

The immediate plan:

1. Get driving forward

2. Fix body damage

3. Fix anything else that needs attention

Then she is going to drive it around as a daily driver and work out any bugs. Future possibilities are a lift and/or Toyota solid axle swap and anything else she may want.

Stephanie has been a passenger on many runs with me over the last few years and she loves wheeling. This is her very first 4x4!

I never knew Trackers were so roomy!





Picked up a used trans for $175 with a 30 day warranty.


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Old March 19th, 2015, 08:38 PM   #2
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this is going to bee fun !!!!
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Old March 20th, 2015, 08:39 AM   #3
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I'll be wrenching on it today, and probably a ton next week if you want to swing by with beer and check it out!
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Old March 23rd, 2015, 05:24 PM   #4
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Driveshafts, exhaust, and Trans crossmember are out. Now it gets interesting. Things are so tightly packaged that I cannot figure out access for the torque converter bolts. I'll be looking it up online tonight. The lower end of everything is so greasy I'm tempeted to pull the motor and all and regasket everything. Although I think most of the grunge came from the bad tranny.

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I've been stupid busy at work so my poor shop (and the Tracker) have been neglected over the last few weeks. Hoping to get some good wrench time in the next couple of days!
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Front diff had to come out to get to torque converter bolts and sway bar had to be unbolted and swung forward for room to drop trans.
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Trans is out and everything underneath is pretty much degreased.

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Well damn! I went to drain the fluids out of the junkyard trans/t-case combo and found it not only full of water, but big chunks of broken metal came out of the t-case. Fortunately I hadn't installed it yet!

I called up the yard I got it from, and they said bring it back, they have others. Plus they will extend the warranty. So that's good I guess!
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Other projects, work, travel, and several big family events have limited my time on this one. But being that her DD van is becoming more of a POS I need to get more done.

After spending waaaaayyyy too much time attempting to get the trans in place (It was hitting the floor) I finally figured out that the motor needs to be tilted as far back as possible and kept there. I accomplished this with a ratchet strap around the thermostat and strut crossbrace.

Even after that it is very tight. I got the trans up in place only to discover the torque converter had slid out of the pump and forward!

So the trans came out yet again...and thats where I am as of this moment.



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Success! One long day! But it moves forward under it's own power!

Although my nose didn't fare so well. A wrench slipped while bolting in the driveshaft and I split the bridge of my nose. Weirdly enough, the last two times I did this on Suzuki products as well...

Tomorrow its time to work on removing the crappy running boards and possibly building an exhaust.
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Old July 24th, 2015, 07:42 AM   #12
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Mechanic work is fun, blah

I need a vacation.
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The mods are coming soon. Ordered the lift last night.

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Probably hard to tell in this pic but there is some work to be done. The previous owner ran over something, bending the passenger A-pillar body mount, which in turn tweaked the base of the A-pillar and rocker. It also tweaked the frame just enough to throw off the alignment and bent the door.

The plan:

Remove and discard running boards (mounting tubes are rotted anyways)

Install lift

Take to local frame straighting shop to get frame fixed and alignment done (thus why I'm installing lift first)

Replace or straighten passenger front door.

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Motofab 2 inch kit. I chose this one as it is all billet and not ABS plastic.

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Motofab 2 inch kit. I chose this one as it is all billet and not ABS plastic.

How much did you drop for it
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$157.99 on ebay
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Found a sweet deal on a set of 215/75/r15 Hankook Dynapro MT tires. Only paid $100 for them (they retail for almost $800) and they still have the nubs on them! One problem, they came off a Zamboni so they have studs.

Now I tried to talk her into running them, but she didn't go for it. Evidently I'm all the stud she needs ;)

So, to my plesant surprise she volunteered to spend the morning at my shop removing the studs from the tires.



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I mounted up one tire white letters out and one black out. She prefers the sleeker look of black out. I tend to agree. And rear lift pucks are installed in this pic as well. We could go larger on the tires but I think these will work well for now.

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