68 baja build

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Well it's only been 4 years...Welcome back.
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Welcome back!
Addendum to Newtons first law:
The longer a vehicle rests on jackstands,the more likely it is to remain that way...
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Good to be back.
Good to hear dusty is doing a bit better.

Working on the f100.
Might be selling that to downsize to something a bit easier to tow . Nissan frontiers rating is only 6500 so I’ve been thinking a samurai or maybe a buggy.
If I go buggy I want a beam car combo spindles extended arms 3x3s bus box. Motor I’m impartial water cooled would be nice but vw is fine
More of a dual sport.

Samurai would be a bit more broad as far as what I can do but no going fast. Thinking pretty stock lockers low range transfer


I’ll post some of the 65 bug when I get to it.
That’ll stay a class 11 style for a bit until I get time to pull the body lift and replace the a pillar kickers
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Thanks Travis.

Was just watching a YouTube (FabRats) on repairing his brother's Samurai with a Toyota 22R, Toyo 5speed manual gearbox, Toyota axles. Seemed pretty cool and in rural Utah, smog is no issue. Not way wide. Not stupid horsepower. Good trail vehicle and cheap. But then again...You live in San Diego County, Cali. Where getting such a vehicle past smog check is a problem. The Suzi engine isn't bad though. A neighbor of mine back in the 90s was going with his club to the Rubicon. A couple days before leaving, his CJ5 put a rod through the side of the Chevy 350 block. So he called his pals to let them know he and his wife weren't going. They talked him into coming up anyway and taking his wife's daily driver Samurai hardtop for running around. Somebody else's Jeep broke down on the trail. So they chased parts in town and brought them to where the Jeep was broken in the Samurai. That was damned near 1/3 of the way through the Rubicon. They wound up taking the stone stock Samurai on street radials all the way through the Rubicon. Pictures and all. The trail is more extreme now due to lots of higher horsepower rigs and lots of traffic. Think... The Rubicon was once a wagon trail.
Richard
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Ahh yes smog that is the main downside to a samurai.
Hard to get around that. I might go for the registration in a no smog county but with how things are going I wouldn’t be surprised to see that loophole change.
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I've had several Samurais. Never had problems with any of them except that they had to pull out of the states because of rule changes that were made. They didn't have enough dealers and repair places across the US when the rules changed so they just gave up and pulled out as I remember. https://www.motortrend.com/features/suz ... fferences/

Because of this, parts were difficult to get as was a fix to the seat belt warning system. I never had a problem with mine and I still miss them.

From what I have heard, they are doing well around the world... just not here. :wink:

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Yep, my sister has a Honda Odyssey mini van that wouldn't pass smog up in San Bernardino County, so now it is registered at my address here in Imperial County. I too, wonder how long until the state closes that loophole. Imperial County has some of the highest unemployment in the nation, yet I am sure we have more cars registered here per capita than most California counties.
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Suzuki didn't pull out of the US market back in the Samurai days . They made an agreement with GM to sell their replacement for the Samurai, known as Sidekick, under the Geo brand name. They were selling them and other passenger cars like Geo Metros under the Geo brand name. They continued in the US market far beyond the Samurai.
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dustymojave wrote: Mon Jan 16, 2023 8:29 pm Suzuki didn't pull out of the US market back in the Samurai days . They made an agreement with GM to sell their replacement for the Samurai, known as Sidekick, under the Geo brand name. They were selling them and other passenger cars like Geo Metros under the Geo brand name. They continued in the US market far beyond the Samurai.
Dusty, I have had both of the Samurai and Sidekick and a Grand Vitara rigs. My last was a new 2010 Grand Vitara which was close to the time they pulled out. For repairs and parts in my area they were hooked to a Mopar dealership. I did a search about the contact between Suzuki and GM and the only thing I saw was for parts 89 -74 (GEO?)

I finally got rid of the Grand Vitara in 2019. I had good luck will all the Suzuki's I had. If they did hook up with GM, other than the Geo, I have never seen any other attachment for any reason.

Occasionally (usually online or now and for imported older versions [Craig's List usually]), I have seen new models sold around the world but not here in the states (not sure about Canada).

Lee
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