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Old 01-11-2021, 01:55 AM
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Because it's a Samurai with an old Volvo engine in it. We've had it for about 15 years. For about 4 of the last 5 1/2 years it was the dingy we tow on our camping and overland adventures. When we got it, the only upgrades done were an SPOA conversion and 31" tires....and the Volvo engine, a Weber carbureted 1.8L 4 banger that had been punched to a 2.0L. I’d cleaned up a bunch of small stuff, added better seats and a better cooling system. I also put 6.5:1 crawl gears in the xfer case and a lunchbox locker in the rear. Then 2 summers ago there was a catastrophic oil pump failure that lead to a seized engine. So since I'd been hoarding parts for several years for a giant build I wanted to do, I decide to pull the trigger. At this point I’m getting closer to being finished but wanted to post a build thread after the fact. The build is as follows: A YJ Jeep leaf spring conversion using 1985 Toyota mini truck axles with 33” tires on steel 17” Trail Blazer wheels and a Sidekick power steering conversion along with a high steer set up.. Under the hood will be a freshly rebuilt B20E out of a 72 Volvo. It’s been bored and decked to about 9.6:1 with a skinny head gasket. The crank was also turned .010” / .010” or in this case, .025mm / .025mm. This was a Bosch “D Jet” fuel injected engine. Although antiquated by today’s standards, D Jet was a decent system in its day, but now days parts are nearly impossible to find and many components are really expensive, even used. So I’ll be attempting to install the DIY fuel injection system called MegaSquirt. I think for this build this will be the best part! By this I mean so much of our hobby is cut this, drill, mill, turn and weld………whatever. Although it’s all really fun, I haven’t done anything new in years and even though in my former life as a mechanic I’d diagnosed and repaired plenty of fuel injection issues, I’ve never converted a car that was carbureted to fuel injection top to bottom.
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Old 01-11-2021, 07:28 AM
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Head over to https://bbs.zuwharrie.com/ Best Suzuki site. I have a 87 we bought new. I'm the same user name there. Jim
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Old 01-11-2021, 08:27 AM
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I have owned a few different samurais, in a very wide ranges of variations. Very cool little off-road rigs. Very capable I'll be following along
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Old 01-11-2021, 07:41 PM
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[QUOTE=redidbull;542941]Head over to https://bbs.zuwharrie.com/ Best Suzuki site. I have a 87 we bought new. I'm the same user name there. Jim[/QUOTE

Yes I've been a long time lurker @ zuwharrie.com. I never joined but have read the different forums for hours in an effort to learn and decide which way to go with this build.
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Old 01-11-2021, 08:22 PM
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I have owned a few different samurais, in a very wide ranges of variations. Very cool little off-road rigs. Very capable I'll be following along
For years I was a hardcore Landcruiser guy (still have a couple) but always noticed Samurais on the trail. One time in Moab I saw 2 old guys in a bone stock Sammy Tin Top go up Potato Salad hill like it was a Subaru Outback in a grocery store parking lot. Granted, they took an easy line but just the same, it was cool the way they just motored up that thing. Ever since that day I wanted one. Then about 15 years ago I saw this one for sale at Ike's, a junkyard up in Craig. I stopped to look at it and it had a Volvo engine in it. Needless to say, the rest is history because of my love of all things strange....
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Old 01-11-2021, 09:36 PM
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Looks cool. I'll be watching.
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Old 01-11-2021, 10:03 PM
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I had a GEO Tracker for a little while, really liked that little thing. I think it was Suzuki powered? Can’t remember now. When it was running, you couldn’t beat it. It had a bad habit of not starting though. It might sit two weeks before it would start. I mean, it wouldn’t even hit on starting fluid with a blue spark on the plugs. Never figured it out, so somebody that wanted it more than I did got a deal on it....
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neat stuff! especially the volvo engine!

a guy I worked with had a samurai on what had to be 37s and he had a video of him crossing a river, floating! always liked these little things after that.
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Here is ours on 31s and 4.5" of lift. Jim
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Old 01-24-2021, 11:41 AM
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Here is ours on 31s and 4.5" of lift. Jim
I like that grill! Are the turn signals behind it? I have a plan for a grill on mine.
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