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This is not the appropriate place for technical questions. Please post those in the appropriate Troubleshooting or Upgrades section.
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rat76
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Posts: 13
Joined: Sat Jun 02, 2018 8:44 pm
Location: NE Oklahoma
Isuzu vehicle(s): '87 P'up 2.3 L, auto, Webber carb, Trooper rear axle, ex class C motorhome

New Member

Postby rat76 » Mon Jun 04, 2018 11:52 am

My name is Jim. I have an '87 half ton long bed P'up with the 2.3L gas engine with auto trans. Her name is Smokie.

She started out as a Class C Motor Home. Some "hammer monkey" in Kansas decided to go into the motor home business & built a camper onto this poor little thing. They put helper springs, air bags, air shocks (tied together) & a 12 inch lift in the rear shackles. The only drill they had was apparently a 3/8 bit. The rest of the holes were done with a cutting torch. There was a hole in the back of the cab for a pass thru which was cut with a grinder.

The box was 7 foot wide, 2 foot past the rear of the frame, hung 4 foot over the cab & a ceiling height of 7 foot. The interior of the camper & all the appliances looked new. The rear of the camper was rotting out & the floor wasn't much better.

When I test drove her she heeled about 10 - 15 degrees going around a corner at low speed. However, due to this she only had 30,000 miles on her & the cab had had it's own carport. The cab interior is like new.

The last owner had used it for a "smoking lounge" for 3 years hence the name. The nicotine residue on the cabinetry was so bad my skin would burn where I touched it. I salvaged everything of value & hauled the rest to the dump.

Mechanically the only thing wrong was the carb was a mess & it was the second one she'd had. The original carb was in one of the cabinets. A Redline Weber took care of that quite nicely. The rear end was a real mess tho. The extreme driveshaft angle & over load had taken it's toll on the driveline. I had to replace all the u-joints except the front one & the rubber boot on the carrier bearing.

The rear axle was not in good shape. Rear end had been opened up at least once & the wheel bearings has also been replaced, maybe more than once. The springs were also in bad shape. I replaced the entire assembly with a rear end & springs from a '90 Trooper. Four wheel disc brakes are NICE! I alsokept the airbags but ditched the air shocks.

I've closed off the back of the cab & am in the process of mounting a flat bed.
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rat76
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Posts: 13
Joined: Sat Jun 02, 2018 8:44 pm
Location: NE Oklahoma
Isuzu vehicle(s): '87 P'up 2.3 L, auto, Webber carb, Trooper rear axle, ex class C motorhome

Re: New Member

Postby rat76 » Mon Jun 04, 2018 12:04 pm

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JoeIsuzu
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Posts: 19958
Joined: Thu Aug 19, 2004 9:11 am
Location: Germantown (next to Elvistown), TN
Isuzu vehicle(s): Original owner, '83 LS Diesel, 5-spd, 2wd, Long Bed, restoration in progress!

Re: New Member

Postby JoeIsuzu » Mon Jun 04, 2018 12:44 pm

Just when I thought I'd heard everything. ;)

Welcome to the site.

Jack

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puttputtinpup
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Joined: Sat Oct 08, 2005 5:18 am
Location: Winston Salem, NC

Re: New Member

Postby puttputtinpup » Mon Jun 04, 2018 1:34 pm

welcome to the site! I wonder what dually rear end they used. Toyota?

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rat76
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Posts: 13
Joined: Sat Jun 02, 2018 8:44 pm
Location: NE Oklahoma
Isuzu vehicle(s): '87 P'up 2.3 L, auto, Webber carb, Trooper rear axle, ex class C motorhome

Re: New Member

Postby rat76 » Mon Jun 04, 2018 3:49 pm

Nope, Isuzu rear. One of the reasons I bought the truck. That, the mileage & the $2500 price tag. :lol:

I found out somewhere that JC Whitney sold the wheels back in the '80s. It's a 6 lug wheel with an adapter piece welded to it & a custom 5 lug outer. Cutest set of 14 inch duals you ever did see. :wink:
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Location: Winston Salem, NC

Re: New Member

Postby puttputtinpup » Mon Jun 04, 2018 4:43 pm

Thats some twisted ingenuity!


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