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f6sk Reader
4/28/14 8:52 p.m.

Found this for $300 on craigslist. 1988 Isuzu I-Mark turbo. Handling by lotus and Recaro seats.

It didn't run because of a fuel tank issue. The wife and I made a weekend out of it, and stayed in a bed and breakfast and then headed back to South Carolina.

irish44j PowerDork
4/28/14 9:11 p.m.

I never remembered how tall that hood is in comparison to the rest of the waistline. Looks like fun though.

f6sk Reader
4/28/14 9:32 p.m.

The 4XC1-T engine is a 1.5 liter turbo. 115hp 0-60 8.9sec stock. It weighs only 2,000 lbs.

I had one as a teenager:

I always wanted to fix it up and make it go faster. But I could neither afford to fix it up, nor have it out of commission while I worked on it. I ended up selling it after college because I needed something more reliable. I've regretted it ever since. I would have dreams about the car. So when I found one I jumped.

sethmeister4 Dork
4/28/14 11:20 p.m.

Sweet! I'll be following this for sure!

edizzle89 Reader
4/29/14 5:32 a.m.

ive always been curious about these little cars, looking forward to this build!

Hasbro Dork
4/29/14 5:43 a.m.

This will be fun to watch.

ultraclyde SuperDork
4/29/14 6:40 a.m.

Awesome. I learned to drive stick in a red one just like that. Only drove it a handful of times but it was cooollll....at least to a 15 year old...

pinchvalve MegaDork
4/29/14 7:55 a.m.

This may confirm my oddness, but I think that is a great looking car. I like straight lines apparently.

f6sk New Reader
4/29/14 11:49 a.m.

I pulled the tank and found the problem

Fobroader New Reader
4/29/14 11:51 a.m.

Holy crap....havent seen one of those in years. Colour me interested, am fully tuned in on this project. Good luck and godspeed man!

f6sk New Reader
4/29/14 12:11 p.m.

1.5 Liter 8 valve. has ghetto MR2 hood vent and DIY intercooler

Woody MegaDork
4/29/14 2:48 p.m.

I like this.

fidelity101 Dork
4/29/14 2:56 p.m.

THATS Where that vent is from! someone had "installed" one of those on my hood when I bought my rx7 about 9 years ago. I always thought it was a dryer vent or something.

f6sk New Reader
4/29/14 3:39 p.m.

View from Inside the tank

fidelity101 Dork
4/29/14 3:52 p.m.

yes we know thats the rust tank but where is this gas tank you speak of?

f6sk New Reader
4/29/14 7:14 p.m.

Picked up one of these puppies

Ditchdigger UltraDork
4/29/14 7:42 p.m.

A $2 gallon of muriatic acid from Home Depot will make that tank look like new inside.

Remove the tank from the car, block off the holes, Fill most of the way with hot water. Pour in the acid and seal it up. Rotate the tank every 10 minutes or so to submerge all surfaces then pour it out into a bucket and neutralize the acid with a box of baking soda.

After that you need to keep the tank full or line it with the red goo or POR15

My tank before  photo tankbefore.jpg

after  photo tankafter.jpg

I POR15'ed it

 photo sealant.jpg

Still spotless 5 years later

f6sk New Reader
4/29/14 8:48 p.m.

In reply to Ditchdigger: awesome.

fidelity101 Dork
4/30/14 8:36 a.m.

Yeah I used that stuff to clean the surface rust off of the suburban, works like a charm, wear a mask.

f6sk Reader
5/2/14 8:44 p.m.

I stuffed big balls of duct tape in the holes and swished around the POR 15 kit. It has a "metal ready" solution and then a coat of the good stuff

f6sk New Reader
5/2/14 8:55 p.m.

Got a manual of e-bay. Every noob needs one of these.

I'm actually further along than the current photos, and have been working on this for a long while.

I considered running it in the challenge but have since gone over budget.

Vigo PowerDork
5/3/14 9:08 a.m.

I was shocked by how clean the OUTSIDE of that tank was.

Lookin good!

Timeormoney Reader
5/3/14 1:10 p.m.

f6sk New Reader
5/3/14 8:16 p.m.

After I got it running, there was a major knock, so there was no choice but to pull the motor.

accordionfolder HalfDork
5/3/14 11:22 p.m.

Such a cool little car. I hope you get that engine sorted out. Are you going to do a rebuild or ??

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