Topic: Our 2017 Rally racer build thread
After searching for the perfect rally racer for several months, I stumbled onto the perfect candidate just a few doors down from my house. Last year, we took 4th place and got the award (and a free entry this year) for completing the rally in the vehicle that anyone would least likely want to drive in the rally - a 1967 Jeep CJ5.
As our team started together racing in the deserts of California, Arizona and Nevada, we wanted to keep with the 4wd theme if we could.
Sitting in my neighbor's yard for the past 15+ years was this little jewel -
1986 Isuzu Trooper II. 4 Cyl. 5 speed. 4 wheel drive. 4x4 of the year back then and still has the dash badge intact.
Story was that it had a blown head gasket so they parked it. A deal was negotiated (they would give it to me if I just hauled it away) and a rally racer was born.
I could not get my truck to the rear of their property, so my old John Deere and a U-Haul tow dolly got us home.