Not a P'up, but a close relative....my 1981 I-Mark diesel

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puttputtinpup
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Not a P'up, but a close relative....my 1981 I-Mark diesel

Postby puttputtinpup » Mon Nov 09, 2009 6:24 am

Guys, I was torn a bit when the opportunity presented itself to swap out my 1985 LS diesel for this pristine 1981 I-Mark 1.8 5-speed diesel. The swap was with a current member (VendPro) who also happened to have played a large part in planning our 1st ever P'up meet in Charlotte, NC
It wasn't until I got "her" home that I realized how similar she was to my 1982 P'up...white paint w/ tan interior. Currently, I don't have lowbeam headlights, but I'm working on that. The dimmer switch on the column is bad.
Here are a couple of pictures:
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'81 Isuzu I-Mark diesel.JPG

Andy

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Re: Not a P'up, but a close relative....my 1981 I-Mark diesel

Postby JoeIsuzu » Mon Nov 09, 2009 7:55 am

Great car, I wouldn't mind having one of those. I hope you will keep track of your fuel economy, I'd love to hear what you get.

Jack

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Re: Not a P'up, but a close relative....my 1981 I-Mark diesel

Postby puttputtinpup » Mon Nov 09, 2009 12:08 pm

I haven't checked it yet, of course, but Jerry says it should get in upper 30's and maybe into the low 40's if it stays at highway speed. Alan had it set up on veggie, but I had him remove all the relays, etc. He did leave the extra tank in the trunk all hooked up for me. The body has about 165,000 on it, but the engine/transmission came from an auto mechanic school. They had been donated to the school by Isuzu, and were mounted onto a stand when Alan got them. I need a couple of tires for it, and need to check out the brakes for wear and a minor pedal leakdown. Possibly a bad master cyl. I'll let you know if I run across another one. Ed Wright also has one, if I remember correctly.
Andy

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Re: Not a P'up, but a close relative....my 1981 I-Mark diesel

Postby Twin_Stacks » Mon Nov 09, 2009 12:16 pm

JoeIsuzu wrote:Great car, I wouldn't mind having one of those. I hope you will keep track of your fuel economy, I'd love to hear what you get.

Jack


My exact words stolen form me.
Jared
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Re: Not a P'up, but a close relative....my 1981 I-Mark diesel

Postby puttputtinpup » Tue Nov 10, 2009 7:06 pm

The dimmer sw on the column is bad. I don't have lowbeams. The prev owner has another sw, so whenever I get it fixed, I can start working on the other stuff and run it. I'll keep this thread going here, if Jack's ok with it.

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Re: Not a P'up, but a close relative....my 1981 I-Mark diesel

Postby PUPdiesel » Wed Nov 11, 2009 6:55 pm

Hey Andy, congrats on picking up the I-Mark. Hey, you traded a truck but you've owned a few of them so having the car will surely make up for it. I'm sure it will be very fuel efficient and nothing beats driving an older Isuzu diesel instead of any of these newer fuel efficient cars that are only gas or hybrid, yet you don't get that satisfaction from the diesel clatter when you start it up (am I right)? Haha, good luck with it and I agree keep us updated on what you get for your first few tanks of fuel.

Sal
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Re: Not a P'up, but a close relative....my 1981 I-Mark diesel

Postby puttputtinpup » Thu Nov 12, 2009 6:05 am

Good to hear from you again, Sal. I was thinking about you the other day when I went through the pup meet pics again. For now, I'm stuck with not being able to drive it w/o the dimmer switch, but Alan said he'd try to get the replacement to me soon. If I get the switch by this weekend, I'll drive it next week to Va
Andy