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Postby Cronk » Fri Nov 13, 2009 12:52 am

I purchased an 83' Pup Diesel DLX quite a while back as a project. An upgraded version of my first vehicle. I haven't made much progress with it but have been stockpiling parts to build it up. As many of the 1st gen Pups go, it was a bit rough.

Body rusty but not bad
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Tailgate waqs gone
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Cab was smashed in
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Interior lived in by critters....
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The good thing was it was a 4x4, had power steering and AC. The drawback was that it was a 4 speed and had some rough patches in the body, not to mention the interior being trashed. Luckily, I have a 5 speed 4 tranny I saved from a parts truck from long ago... but body parts are scarce. In my search for body parts, I found a 2wd gasser for cheap.

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I was going to use it for body parts but it ran too well and looked to good!
Now I may end up creating a low rider out of it and finding a different way of fixing the 4x. Biggest problem is time and location. Plus the fact that the RS has taken front and center.

Anyway, here is the end goal. I kicked around a few designs but I liked this the best. Course it was inspired by Isuzu's Baja 1000 winner.

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Image used for the design
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And Off-Road cover truck....
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Postby Jaybird » Fri Nov 13, 2009 1:01 am

looks cool. on a side note, Isuzu is running stock front ifs on that thing?!?! wow, I guess it really holds up well with jumps and what not.
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Postby stusvend » Fri Nov 13, 2009 11:07 am

Hell YEAH! :twisted:
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Postby Med!c » Mon Nov 23, 2009 12:07 am

What happened to the pup that won the baja? Anyone want to invest money in me and send me off to baja? :lol:
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Postby Cronk » Mon Nov 23, 2009 8:59 am

Med!c wrote:What happened to the pup that won the baja? Anyone want to invest money in me and send me off to baja? :lol:


Don't know, my guess is that it's sitting in a garage somewhere. It'd be interesting to know. The guy who built it was in California. Here is the full article.

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Postby Cronk » Mon Nov 23, 2009 9:13 am

Looked on Google, K-cars old address is now a Kung Fu Studio..... but looking on street view, there is a place to the right that seems to have a pup silhouette on the sign.

and if Mike Leon was 65 then, well that article was 24 years ago, he would be 89' now. Not to say that he isn't still involved somehow though. Bet he'd love to hear from us if we could track him down.

Edit, found this: Looks like he has passed but the family is still involved.

http://books.google.com/books?id=35WQOd ... ng&f=false

I like this, quoted from the book: ".......driving a desert racing Volkswagen bug and also an Isuzu in the SCORE races that have now become part of Baja folk-lore and legend."

Makes me wonder if they are they talking about the Isuzu or the Score races as being folk-lore.
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Postby Cronk » Mon Nov 23, 2009 9:33 am

Mike's Sky Ranch is located in Baja Mexico and seems to be an off road lodge but I can not find a contact number for it. It is featured on Baja.net

http://www.baja.net/forums/showthread.php?t=23189

Jezus Luna seems to still drive in the 7s truck class

"724 Jesus Luna/Guillermo Rodriguez, Tijuana, Mexico/Gonzalo Rodriguez, Imperial Beach, Calif., Ford Ranger"
not sure if Guillermo Rodriguez would be "Bill" or not.....

http://www.xrsonly.com/content/index.ph ... =162:score

No luck looking up Javier Tiznado or Jim Klepper
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Postby Cronk » Mon Nov 23, 2009 9:39 am

The 741 truck (winning truck) was a short bed and possibly the truck torn down in the shop.

There is a second 741 truck shown that is a long bed. (not as modified as the short bed) The truck seen jumping is a long bed and may be the 741 long bed.

The one with the flared fenders cresting the hill is a different one entirely, also a long bed.... (Can't make out the number, 708 maybe?)

I'd say there were at least three Pups and at one Trooper that were race trucks.
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Postby maxwell417 » Tue Nov 24, 2009 12:33 am

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Very cool what they did to the front suspension. Do you have a higher res photo?
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Postby Metal88 » Tue Nov 24, 2009 12:45 am

those pups look like a lot of fun to drive
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Postby DogMeat » Tue Nov 24, 2009 1:42 pm

Metal88 wrote:those pups look like a lot of fun to drive

When the 2.6L is working, they are!
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Postby jeremy_worden » Tue Nov 24, 2009 1:55 pm

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Postby jwood1016 » Tue Feb 22, 2011 4:59 pm

So yea are you winning baja yet or what? :D
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Postby Ruination » Tue Feb 22, 2011 10:30 pm

I have to admit I was tempted to give my truck an isuzu baja paint job scheme as well a while back... still isn't too late as I am marking up the body more and more. At least if it's marked up in Baja decals, it'll be OK to have some body damage, no? :D
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Postby Cronk » Tue Feb 22, 2011 11:45 pm

Yeah, no progress on the race truck John.....

Looking back through these pages and some of the ECORES photos, I spotted something. Anybody else see it? :shock:

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Postby 94Rodayo4x4 » Tue Feb 22, 2011 11:58 pm

cronk wrote:Yeah, no progress on the race truck John.....

Looking back through these pages and some of the ECORES photos, I spotted something. Anybody else see it? :shock:

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looks like there is a fellow back there picking the dust out of his nose after eating dust from team ISUZU!!!! :D :D :D :D
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Postby driftwood00 » Wed Feb 23, 2011 1:33 pm

Is that a planetisuzoo logo on his shirt I spy?
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Postby jeremy_worden » Sat Feb 26, 2011 12:36 pm

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Postby jwood1016 » Sat Feb 26, 2011 3:39 pm

I look like that guy on the left :D
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Postby Mediamonkey11 » Sat Feb 26, 2011 4:07 pm

jwood1016 wrote:I look like that guy on the left :D


Constipated and depressed? :shock:
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Postby Metal88 » Sun Feb 27, 2011 12:36 pm

Mediamonkey11 wrote:
jwood1016 wrote:I look like that guy on the left :D


Constipated and depressed? :shock:

:lol: :lol: great way to start my morning hahaa!
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Postby Mediamonkey11 » Sun Feb 27, 2011 9:26 pm

Metal88 wrote:
Mediamonkey11 wrote:
jwood1016 wrote:I look like that guy on the left :D


Constipated and depressed? :shock:

:lol: :lol: great way to start my morning hahaa!


I was going to suggest ExLax and Prozac, he'll be on the pot all day but happy!
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Postby Ruination » Tue Jul 12, 2011 11:26 am

Bump... Where's the progress!?! :twisted:
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Postby Cronk » Tue Jul 12, 2011 11:29 am

You must be sneaking peeks inside my head....... I was just trying to figure out a way to get that sucker down to Georgia so I could work on it......

Selling the gas 2wd to my nieces boyfriend/guy friend to help fund it.
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Postby Trooper King » Mon Jul 18, 2011 2:35 am

it would been nice concept :thumbleft:
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