I have owned 3, 1st Gen Troopers and bought my first one in 1999. Sadly in 2002 I was T-Boned during the ice storm in Louisville on I65 southbound by an XTerra on my way to work. Busted the passenger side door into halfway into the seat and the post was pushed into the glove box. Still was able to drive to work. I was on Nation Weather Channel News for 40 seconds, they shut down the Interstate until the XTerra was towed away. I had watched the news that night and cried. She served as a donor truck up until this summer when I pulled the plug.
Here are a few photos I had dug up
My favorite, we used as a photo in my old bands promo pack. This actually made it on a Jones Soda bottle to. I have a few I should dig up!
My old band on tour in traffic. We took the trooper, my bros camry, and a big yellow box truck for gear.
Stuck in traffic playing euchre...miss those days.... kind of
Me in the white, my bro is across from me. My buddy Dean who I visited in Michigan @ the dunes was driving the Trooper.
My best friend Scott and I at the "Sand Pits" in Greenville Indiana.
...and a couple Videos I found as well.
@ the sand pits...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ounNP4zLIQ&feature=youtu.be
and hitting up the bath on our way out. I used to drive deep into this creek and get away for a day or two. Very peaceful. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUtLsLgK6C0&feature=youtu.be
I sold many parts from this truck to members here and have several parts on my current 91 and 89 Troopers.
Speaking of my 89, I found this bucket on ebay, or actually my friends father found it and bid on it and won it, unbeknownst to me.
$800 was not a bad deal, it was paid for already and I figured heck, I'll go get it and pay the man back. My friend an I flew to Baltimore got a cab to the guys house made the proper exchange and drove away. We found ourselves on the hwy running no more than 45mph. We stopped at a service station and found that the cap and rotor, plugs and wires need replace bad. After the fix, we hit the road. It began raining real bad and the wiper blades were, well, there was one on the drivers side arm
. We found a walmart and got some cheap blades, and in the process found the cargo area soaked. Wheel wells rotted. Hit the road. Traveling down I71 we stopped off for gas, and do you guys remember the DC sniper? There was a copycat in 2002 and shot at vehicles on I71. http://www.enquirer.com/editions/2002/10/18/loc_oh-highwayshootings18.html
At this point the truck was running rough and could not get over 45mph again. We had decided to stick it out and push for home with fingers crossed. Got home just fine and the truck need a new fuel filter and injectors. This truck has been a great truck, runs strong and aside from the rust, a dag gone good truck.
A few photos...
Bringing home our canoe...
I wish I had more, because I have had more memories in the 89 than the other two combined. Sometimes that just how it goes. Plus, I may be selling this one soon to a friend... we'll see.
A few links to posts regarding this Trooper...
filter/sending unit, housing/casing cracked.http://forum.planetisuzoo.com/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=41631
This one was not mine, but my brothers and I mention it only because of his genuine love for the 1st gen Trooper. After I had purchased my 89, I left for tour. I always allowed my brother to drive my trucks when he needed to. My band was on tour, he usually would ride with us and sell merch, roadie and what not, this time he did not. I come home from tour and there is a 90 Trooper sitting in the drive, he was at work with my truck. My mind raced with every possible scenario the mind may muster. He arrived home with a grin a mile wide. He waited for me to ask, so I did and he said "YES" before I finished the obvious question. That goofball brother of mine, bought this truck with 87K miles on it for $600! The next day we took it out to dads farm to swap some stuff from the 91 I had in storage. Well, I followed him and noticed the rear passenger side hopping. I flashed him to stop, he pulled over and I crawled under the truck. Needless to say he did not inspect this thing at all. The frame just before the shackle was missing 3 sides of the box. Rust everywhere. We got it out to dads safely and it sat in that barn up until this summer, and we junked both my 91 and his 90. We had parted out what could be salvaged. He did not quite make his money back, but he learned a valuable lesson. Come to find out, this truck was only used during the winter up north, never washed. This is what happen's when you do not wash that B.S. they soak roads with around here.
Here are some photos of it.
*may be graphic and disturbing to some*