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      10-08-2019 11:02 AM #76
      Quote Originally Posted by gotcha640 View Post
      I bought the latch contraption for a ~2011 focus when we lived in Morocco and work gave me a car without. I remember it bolting in, because I also made work pay for the torx socket to pull the seatbelts.

      Maybe you could find one that could be cut up and bolted in. I agree that universal one doesn't look great.
      I'm thinking removing the seatbelts, running a bar between the span of both of them, then bolting said bar in where the seatbelts bolted up, and somehow incorporate LATCH anchors to that bar.

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      10-08-2019 11:08 AM #77
      If you look it up as isofix (euro version of latch) you'll find parts available. I wonder when American cars were all required to have them. I was surprised when the car we got didn't have it.

      Also, I imagine most cars, or at least most cars of generally similar overall width, would have a similar seatbelt bolt spacing. If I didn't have 2 car seats in my accord I'd go measure for reference.
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      10-08-2019 11:30 AM #78
      Here's a quick 3D sketch of what I'm thinking. It would utilize the mounting holes of the factory rear seatbelts, which are safely anchored to the chassis, behind the rear seat. This isn't to any sort of scale, just a visualization....


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      10-08-2019 11:40 AM #79
      Quote Originally Posted by Veedubgti View Post
      Here's a quick 3D sketch of what I'm thinking. It would utilize the mounting holes of the factory rear seatbelts, which are safely anchored to the chassis, behind the rear seat. This isn't to any sort of scale, just a visualization....

      I really like that. That's a long span though, so I'd put a center anchor in there as well. Collisions can be weird and twist things in ways you don't expect, so for a little bit of extra effort it'd be quite a bit stronger.
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      10-08-2019 11:46 AM #80
      Quote Originally Posted by Air and water do mix View Post
      I really like that. That's a long span though, so I'd put a center anchor in there as well. Collisions can be weird and twist things in ways you don't expect, so for a little bit of extra effort it'd be quite a bit stronger.
      Keep in mind, this isn't to scale. I have no idea what that length actually is, I just drew it at 3 feet...its got to be close to that. But I agree, a mid-point mounting bolt would be wise. I'd have to add that one to the chassis, however, as there's nothing else from the factory there besides the folding latch for the actual rear seat itself.

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      10-10-2019 11:15 AM #81
      Very minor update. I removed all of the existing trailer and tow bar wiring:



      I also picked up the Volkswagen 2.0L ABA engine for the swap. It came out of a 2001 Cabrio, has 84,000 miles on it, dealer maintained, and had a timing belt and water pump service performed just prior to removal. This is my friend's car, which is currently undergoing an APF VR6 swap. I already started to tear it down last night, but no pics of that yet.

      Here is a picture of it from when I picked it up:

      Last edited by Veedubgti; 10-10-2019 at 11:29 AM.

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      10-15-2019 08:34 AM #82
      In case anyone is interested, the previous owner of my Samurai is now selling his 1977 Ford Pinto Wagon w/ 47,000 miles. He's very easy to deal with and now fluent in shipping vehicles to other states.

      https://houston.craigslist.org/cto/d...990042890.html


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      10-24-2019 09:42 AM #83
      Forgot to mention I saw you and the Samurai out by the mall last week. The car would appear to be as clean in real life as it looks in the pictures.
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      10-24-2019 10:52 AM #84
      Quote Originally Posted by rs4-380 View Post
      Forgot to mention I saw you and the Samurai out by the mall last week. The car would appear to be as clean in real life as it looks in the pictures.
      Thanks! Sadly, I still haven't had any time to even wash it yet, let alone a full paint restoration process.

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      10-24-2019 11:47 AM #85
      Quote Originally Posted by rs4-380 View Post
      Forgot to mention I saw you and the Samurai out by the mall last week.
      Glad to see he is hitting the trails hard already.
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      10-25-2019 10:31 AM #86
      I obtained period correct Thule Load Bars, last night on CL for $60. They came off of an original owner 1985 Volvo 240, with locks and keys, perfect length, no cutting required. Better pics once they are adjusted and the Samurai is outdoors.

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      10-25-2019 02:57 PM #87
      When are the white walls coming off?

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      10-27-2019 10:11 AM #88
      Updates? Asking for a friend...

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      10-27-2019 10:51 AM #89
      Quote Originally Posted by Smooremin View Post
      Glad to see he is hitting the trails hard already.

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      10-27-2019 11:27 PM #91
      You probably already know this, but TFL has a Samurai they've been doing cool stuff with:

      https://www.tflcar.com/2018/11/suzuk...tfl-long-term/

      Love this build and project, BTW.
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      10-28-2019 05:34 AM #92
      My old coworker went with a VW diesel engine, non turbo on his build. He was pretty happy with it sine it was more punchy then stock, and returned great MPG.

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      10-28-2019 09:19 AM #93
      Quote Originally Posted by sunofernest View Post
      When are the white walls coming off?
      Most likely next year. My first Samurai had some slightly oversized BF Goodrich raised white letter T/A tires on the same stock wheels and I'd like to recreate that look on this one. When I figure out roughly the size those were, I'll start shopping.

      Quote Originally Posted by DerBaldGuy View Post
      Updates? Asking for a friend...

      The only update that I have is over the weekend I installed new tail lights. The original units were in pretty rough shape. The integrated bulb holders were all rusted, and as a result, the bulbs were seized to the assemblies. The back up lights do not work, so I assumed the corrosion killed them. Seeing that I couldn't remove the bulbs, I purchased new units. It also gave me a chance to repair all of the hacked up trailer wiring loose ends with proper heat shrink crimp terminals.

      Once everything was cleaned up and installed, the back up lights STILL did not come on. I knew it wasn't the fuse, because it is shared with the turn signal lamps, which work fine. I unplugged the back up light switch, put it in reverse, and I did not get continuity across the pins. So I jumped the pins on the other end of the connector, bypassing the switch, and the lights turned right on. A new back up light switch has been ordered.

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      Quote Originally Posted by The_Real_Stack View Post
      You probably already know this, but TFL has a Samurai they've been doing cool stuff with:

      https://www.tflcar.com/2018/11/suzuk...tfl-long-term/

      Love this build and project, BTW.
      I was not aware of this, thanks for the link.
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      11-06-2019 09:24 AM #94
      Not directly a Samurai related update, but I installed four new LED shop lights in my garage to make working on it way easier. They are called "The BOLT" from Prime Lights, 4 foot strips, 3 bulbs each. It's bright like the sun in there now. So happy I did this. Highly recommended.

      https://www.primelights.com/shop/ite...ns-pl-blt66wfr

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      11-06-2019 02:05 PM #95
      That is huge, although it looks like your Jetta wagon suffered from an immediate existence failure under the new light.
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      11-06-2019 03:51 PM #96
      Love this thing.

      I apologize if this is super obvious, but have you tried tightening your VCG bolts down to kill the leak? 60% of the time, it works all the time. Least it did for me on my 2 current cars.

      Also while those baja whatever-they're-called rims are correct, I'd love to see a set of grey steelies and taller, skinny tires on there.

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      11-07-2019 08:41 AM #97
      I utilized my new garage lighting for the first time last night and finally fixed the broken windshield washer hose. If you recall....when I first tried to clean my windshield, my feet were unexpectedly sprayed instead. Turns out the hose popped off the washer jet, which connects behind the dash. In order to get my non-Japanese hands in the appropriate location, half the dash had to be removed. The good news is, all is well in Windshield Washerland now.

      Quote Originally Posted by fizay View Post
      Love this thing.

      I apologize if this is super obvious, but have you tried tightening your VCG bolts down to kill the leak? 60% of the time, it works all the time. Least it did for me on my 2 current cars.

      Also while those baja whatever-they're-called rims are correct, I'd love to see a set of grey steelies and taller, skinny tires on there.
      I have not tried tightening the VC bolts, I probably should have a while ago. But at this point, the Samurai is pretty much parked for the winter and the engine is nearing its removal process.

      The factory Suzuki Sidekick 9-hole gray steelies will always hold a special place in my heart. I longed for those for my first Samurai, when I was a kid with no funds. That suggestion is definitely a "maybe".


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      11-12-2019 08:29 AM #98
      Surgery is underway!

      Last night I started the process of pulling the 1.3L out of the Samurai. I got the engine harness all unplugged and labeled all of the stuff that will be incorporated into the VW 2.0L harness. I also got the Air Conditioning disconnected. Luckily, as I expected, it was completely absent of refrigerant. To keep the engine bay lean, I will not be reusing the AC, so there entire system will be removed. The radiator and fan shroud have been unbolted. Once I drain the coolant, it will be ready to come out, as well.

      Up next is the downpipe, clutch cable, and coolant hoses. Everything else after that will need to be disconnected from underneath. I plan to pull the engine and transmission as one unit without removing the nose, we'll see how that goes. Some people say it is no problem, others say the entire front clip should come off.

      I can't wait to get this engine bay empty so I can start scrubbing off all of the Texas dirt and grit that accumulated over its 34 year lifespan.

      Here's a little photographic evidence to prove that some work has begun...








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      11-12-2019 08:55 AM #99
      Getting right after it.

      Man that engine bay needs a cleaning! Looks pretty roomy. I can't imagine you won't be able to pull the engine/trans together if you have a leveler.

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      11-18-2019 09:41 PM #100
      You can always pull the front wheels and lift up the back end of the truck if you need a little bit more angle to get the drivetrain out. Its going to be a fun little Zuk when you're done with it!

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