This is Stormy, my 97 isuzu trooper. Named after my dog Stormy who had a beautiful black and silver coat. And storm troopers.
3 1/2 years ago I sold my beloved turbo miata and bought this trooper with 100k on the clock for $2k.
I did crown king a few times and a bunch of random other trails, took it camping, and daily drove it, and it quickly graduated from cheap temporary beater to favorite car ive ever owned. It way outperformed expectations off road, was a comfortable ride in town, and an all around decent vehicle. The current tires are 265/75/16 pirelli mud tires.
And then the AC went out. Living in phoenix this is not tolerable. The trans also started leaking, and it had a bad valve cover leak. I bought the blue f150 to take over daily duty, and got to work.
Fast forward a year and a half and stormy has just reassumed DD status. New AC, converted to manual from automatic, a winch, some LED lights, fresh gaskets all around, electric fan conversion with a huge dual pass griffin radiator.
I still have shocks and new front axles on the shelf and need to replace my front ball joints, they are still tight but all the boots are torn.
I’ve also got a CB in the cab, and a nice little tool box in the back. I am getting a 12V air compressor for Christmas and I’m trying to decide if I want to mount it and plumb lines outside because overlanding or just keep it in the case in the back so I can move it around if I need.
Eventually i would like to diesel swap it with an isuzu diesel from Japan, but that’s hard to figure out emissions wise here in Maricopa County.
I know Facebook is a swear word here, but I will have to say there is one page worth it’s salt, the Isuzu Trader™ page is the best car page on Facebook in my opinion. It’s a bunch of nice and helpful folks who don’t take themselves too seriously. Very rare for FB. I would never have made it through my trans swap without that page as the planetisuzoo forum is fairly well dead and photo bucket made most of the old posts worthless.