Suzuki Samurai '88 4x4 custom

1988 Suzuki Samurai

Technical specifications of Suzuki Samurai 1988

Price: -
Condition: Used
Item location: Gladstone, Oregon, United States
Make: Suzuki
Model: Samurai
Type: Convertible
Year: 1988
Mileage: 40,000
VIN: 1s4jc51c0j4265932
Color: Blue
Engine size: 1.9 VW TDI
Number of cylinders: 4
Fuel: Diesel
Transmission: Manual
Drive type: 4WD
Interior color: Gray
Drive side: Left-hand drive
Options: Convertible
Vehicle Title: Clear
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Car description

1988 Suzuki Samurai fully custom. This vehicle is one of a kind. Here is a list of the options and mods:
-VW 1.9 Turbo diesel engine-Acme adapter VW 1.9 to stock manual transmission kit-Rocky Roads SPOA YJ lift kit w/custom shackles for 7.5 inches of lift-Over sized radiator with dual electric fans-Heavy duty stage 3 clutch-Oil cooler w/electric fan-Power steering box from Toyota Landcruiser but uses stock vw ps pump-35" BFG MT tires with 350 miles on them and matching spare wheel and tire-Aluminum 15 in. wheels-4500 lb. Superwinch with remote and inside controls-Skyjacker steering stabilizer-Custom bumpers front and back-Updated carpet40 Channel Uniden CB w/stainless whip antenna-Custom fade 2 tone paint job and graphics-Newer Besttop soft top-Custom powder coated Point man fender flares- 3 nostril custom hood scoop-Custom spare tire and Jerry can rack w/diesel fuel cans- Point man rock sliders-Custom superman grill insert-'12 Fiat 500 front seats w/ aluminum custom seat brackets-Custom shock towers and heavy duty Deutchtech shocks made for the samurais weight-Disc brake conversion kit for Low Range Offroad (not installed still in the box)-5:38 ring and pinion gears front and back ( not installed still in the box)-Fire extinguisher mounted behind passenger seat-New Hi lift Jack installed on interior of spare tire rackThe Samurai has approximately 40k on the odometer and the diesel engine was purchased online used and was advertised as having 70k on it. Since its been installed ive driven it less than 500 miles. It has new glow plugs and runs great. I am selling this to fund my next project. Im selling it as is and no warranty is implied.

On Mar-06-17 at 17:09:58 PST, seller added the following information:

Ive gotten a lot of questions on the Samurai and this is my first time selling a vehicle on ebay. Ill try to sum up the questions and give answers here to help anyone else thats considering bidding on it.
How does it handle with those big tires: To be honest, it wants to follow the grooves and pot holes in the road surface and its not a rig that youre going to steer with your knees while eating a burger.
How is the ride: Its a stiff ride and it has its rattles and squeaks. It is nearly 30 years old.
Does it have rust: It has very very minimal rust and is very solid compared to most of the vehicles ive seen its age in this area. The chassis and body were purchased in a very dry part of Idaho.
What is the condition of the interior: The interior carpet and seats are nice and in great shape. The control knobs for temperature are missing and to shift from cold to hot is stiff..(probably needs cables lubed) The heater blower is extremely lethargic and I have another one I bought and will include with the vehicle that will hopefully put out more flow. The dash has no cracks and the glove box door is missing.
Do the lights and turn signals work: They all are new and all work. The back up lights are on a switch on the dash and not on the reverse switch like stock, They are bright.
It does not have A/C and it does not have door locks. It came factory without door locks and was used on a military base in its earlier life from what I gather by the DOD sticker.
Gearing: Its geared tall for trail use but not too bad for highway. It will do 65 down the road no problem. It could be used a daily driver as is. The 5:38 gearing I am including is because I planned on using it more for a toy out in the hills and not so much pavement time.
Can I mount a tow bar to the bumper: You can mount one to the frame where the bumper mounts up but I wouldnt mount directly to the bumper. Both front and back bumpers are made from 12 guage A36 and is a little light for tugging on,
Timing belt and water pump and engine questions: The engine is an AHU/1Z mechanical fuel pump motor. The timing belt and water pump are probably original. When I bought the motor I got it online and was used and was claimed to have 70k on it.
Would I drive it acrossed the country: I personally wouldnt want to drive it acrossed the country. Its a little bit of a rough ride. Its noisy inside. I dont like the brakes very much. The disc brake conversion will make a big difference im sure. When I drive it i give myself and extra car length or so that I would in my truck. Ive driven it round trip 60 miles back and forth to work several times and taken it up in the woods a bit but Ive never taken it on an all day road trip or for more than a 100 miles stretch. Its doable im sure but I wouldnt want to do it.
Here are two videos I took of it showing it running and a drive down the road going through the gears. I tried pasting the links here but it didnt meet ebays criteria for some reason. If you go on you tube and type in Ability mfg look for on video named Samurai 03/06/17 and another that is named Samurai drive 03/06/17. Im new to posting videos here. Sorry for the inconvenience.

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