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1990 Spacecab Restoration and Diesel/WVO Conversion

Postby Richey » Sat Apr 06, 2013 1:04 am

Hey guys, a while back I posted several pics of my spacecab but never got into much detail so this will be my official build thread.

In 2010 I bought a 1984 Isuzu P'up LS with a Diesel C223 with the intention of converting it to Waste Vegetable oil from the start. When checking it out I saw patches of surface rust on the body but wasn't real concerned since its a common issue on older Japanese cars. After buying it for $400 I took it back home and discovered the rust was much worse then I thought, the frame had rusted from the inside out and was looking like it was about to snap. I located a red 1990 Spacecab from a local junk yard and hauled it home with not motor, just the tranny. After a year of on and off work, I finally got the conversion worked out, along with collecting several donor trucks to help out. I painted it black but had no idea what I was doing and didn't prep it or have any ventilation so its covered in over-spray. Long story short, I've used it since then as my daily driver, and its performed great especially in the harsh Alaskan terrain that I live in. I've since started working at an Autobody shop and learned the correct way to paint a car and do body work so here are the pictures from beginning to current, and as I begin restoring my truck ill keep posting pictures.

The 1984 P'up after I scrapped the motor. I didnt think to get a picture before hand.
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Right after bringing home the spacecab, the previous owner attempted some body work.
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Re: 1990 Spacecab Restoration and Diesel/WVO Conversion

Postby Richey » Sat Apr 06, 2013 1:06 am

The C223 While pulling it out of the P'up

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Re: 1990 Spacecab Restoration and Diesel/WVO Conversion

Postby Richey » Sat Apr 06, 2013 1:22 am

Installing the WVO, These are the two Coolant lines and the two Fuel lines, The blue wires are electric soil heating wire that ive tied into my block heater power so when my trucks plugged in it heats my grease lines.
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Wrapped in Fiberglass Cloth Insuation
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Then wrapped in more Insulation, Afterwards it was wrapped in aluminum sheeting for shielding.
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I built a 2-compartment Diamond plate Aluminum box for the bed. One side will be for my Grease tank, and the other side is for my tools. This is the 14-gallon grease tank, its been sprayed with urathane, then covered in undercoating. There is a hole drilled through the box and the bed so the lines can run under the truck. Also shown is the inline WVO filter.
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From below, this is the hole through the bed and box
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Grease lines following the frame up into the motor
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Re: 1990 Spacecab Restoration and Diesel/WVO Conversion

Postby Richey » Sat Apr 06, 2013 1:24 am

Before it ties into the fuel lines, the grease runs through a homemade heat exchanger.
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C223 after WVO conversion inside the Spacecab.
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Postby Richey » Sat Apr 06, 2013 1:33 am

Taping off for priming and painting with Rustoleum, Like I said before, I wasnt sure what I was doing so I didnt do and etch primer, Surface Primer, or scuffing. It started to peel about a month after painting.
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Finished product
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I made some wooden brackets for some 6x9 speakers, and later added in some Subs
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Interior after switching to Bucket seats from a donor truck, I also shampooed the carpets, and installed an Alpine deck.
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Re: 1990 Spacecab Restoration and Diesel/WVO Conversion

Postby Richey » Sat Apr 06, 2013 1:56 am

All these Pictures were taken between 2010-early 2011, Anything posted as of now will be recent.
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Re: 1990 Spacecab Restoration and Diesel/WVO Conversion

Postby DSUZU » Sun Apr 07, 2013 6:11 am

Was the bench seat original? Looking good so far. Dennis
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Re: 1990 Spacecab Restoration and Diesel/WVO Conversion

Postby drinksoptional » Sun Apr 07, 2013 7:20 am

Good job
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Re: 1990 Spacecab Restoration and Diesel/WVO Conversion

Postby Richey » Sun Apr 07, 2013 11:58 am

DSUZU wrote:Was the bench seat original? Looking good so far. Dennis


Yeah, the bench was stock, but I bought another spacecab as a donor and it had bucket seats and a center console that I switched it out for.
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Postby DSUZU » Sun Apr 07, 2013 5:16 pm

Cool. Did it still have jump seats in back? I changed my Spacer to a bench seat 'cause sometimes my Honey will like to ride next to me (when she finishes hating the Spacer and me). Never saw one factory w/ a bench. Dennis
1991 LS Trooper 2.8 V6 5 speed conversion (Sold)
1989 LS Spacecab 2.6 5 speed 4x4 manual hubs, Rodeo torsion bars, extended shackles, 2" lift, K&N air filter (drop in), dump bed conversion, burgundy interior change, warn brush bar. Engine is bored .020 oversize and upgraded to 1994 pistons, head and EFI system.
Previously owned: 1987 Trooper II LS, 1989 Trooper (parts only), 1994 Trooper 3.2 Auto, 1997 Rodeo 2.6 5 speed, 1993 shortbed pickup 2.3 (project - sold) 1992 Rodeo 4x4 LS (parts car, devoured by Spacecab needs) plus some 70 plus other non Isuzu vehicles over the years. 1994 Amigo devoured to provide head and EFI system.
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Re: 1990 Spacecab Restoration and Diesel/WVO Conversion

Postby drinksoptional » Tue Apr 16, 2013 10:55 am

could you post that over here hmm how many envelopes you reckon you need to send it over that way customs wont notice im slowly importing a motor
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Re: 1990 Spacecab Restoration and Diesel/WVO Conversion

Postby Richey » Sat Apr 27, 2013 12:25 am

Recently drove 400 miles round trip to get a '92 Spacecab with the 2.6 I found on craigslist, I wanted it mostly for the body and the Duraliner in the bed, unfortunately the bed is to wasted to use but the hood doors and fenders are perfect. Psychomidget drove down to get the 2.6 for his trooper which worked out real good since I felt kind of bad having a working motor sitting and going to waste.

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When changing my fuel filter I stumbled upon an old OEM filter still in the box that my dad had bought for his P'up back in the 80's.

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Re: 1990 Spacecab Restoration and Diesel/WVO Conversion

Postby Costa Rican SWB » Sun Apr 28, 2013 5:54 pm

Great project!
Have you had any problems with cold starts with that WVO system?
Do you mix it with diesel or is it straight WVO?
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Re: 1990 Spacecab Restoration and Diesel/WVO Conversion

Postby Richey » Sun Apr 28, 2013 6:28 pm

Costa Rican SWB wrote:Great project!
Have you had any problems with cold starts with that WVO system?
Do you mix it with diesel or is it straight WVO?
Great job!!

Mau


No, I have a seperate fuel tank for the WVO that is tied into my fuel lines via valves. About 2 minutes before i get to my destination i flip off the supply WVO switch so I'm supplying diesel and returning to my WVO tank, thus purging the lines of any WVO. When I go to start it the next day the lines are 100% grease free.

It's straight WVO, but sometimes I mix 1 part diesel to 4 parts WVO in the summer.
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Re: 1990 Spacecab Restoration and Diesel/WVO Conversion

Postby Costa Rican SWB » Sun Apr 28, 2013 6:57 pm

Richey wrote:
Costa Rican SWB wrote:Great project!
Have you had any problems with cold starts with that WVO system?
Do you mix it with diesel or is it straight WVO?
Great job!!

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No, I have a seperate fuel tank for the WVO that is tied into my fuel lines via valves. About 2 minutes before i get to my destination i flip off the supply WVO switch so I'm supplying diesel and returning to my WVO tank, thus purging the lines of any WVO. When I go to start it the next day the lines are 100% grease free.

It's straight WVO, but sometimes I mix 1 part diesel to 4 parts WVO in the summer.


Interesting!
Now I'm curious, why do you mix it in the summer?

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Re: 1990 Spacecab Restoration and Diesel/WVO Conversion

Postby Richey » Sun Apr 28, 2013 7:08 pm

I live in Alaska and it gets down to -30 in the winter, and it would be bad news to have any WVO in my diesel tank or in my lines in that kind of temp, I would never get it started.
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Postby Costa Rican SWB » Sun Apr 28, 2013 8:21 pm

So are you able to use WVO in the summer only or do you also use it in the winter?
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Postby Richey » Sun Apr 28, 2013 8:30 pm

I can only do the mixing in the summer, but I use the straight WVO all year around.
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Postby Costa Rican SWB » Sun Apr 28, 2013 9:05 pm

Oh ok, I got confused :oops:

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Re: 1990 Spacecab Restoration and Diesel/WVO Conversion

Postby Richey » Mon Apr 29, 2013 10:03 pm

Greasemonkey gave me some great tips to restoring my corroded snowflakes.

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Powered by Isuzu, My sister is getting into vinyl printing and made me this as a test run to see how well it holds up, I had her make two, one for me and one for Psychomidget.
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Postby Richey » Sun May 05, 2013 2:16 pm

Bought an 83 Pup with the same C223 diesel in it. Rediculously clean interior and only 130k Miles!

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Postby Costa Rican SWB » Sun May 05, 2013 3:29 pm

Impressive!
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Postby Richey » Sun May 19, 2013 9:43 pm

I managed to get some work done on the Spacecab this week, Ive been meaning to upgrade my bumper for some time. The one that came with it when I got it was poorly built, and it was dented and rusty. I bought a tube style from a friend for 50 bucks. It had a bunch of surface rust and pits in it but I wire-wheeled it all out and filled most if it in with bondo. After Etch priming the whole thing I took it into work and welded on the factory bumper brackets so it would be and easy bolt on/off.

Cutting off the old grille guard/bumper. Note I got my Isuzu plates in :D
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New bumper before I started on it
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After welding I re-coated primer and laid on two thick coats of 3M rubberized undercoating, and two coats of Rustoleum spray paint. The end product turned out better than expected and almost looks rhino lined.
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I still need to build an rock shield to hide the radiator and to mount the licence plate and bottom marker lights.
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Re: 1990 Spacecab Restoration and Diesel/WVO Conversion

Postby Psychomidgit » Mon May 27, 2013 9:27 pm

Hey man, good job so far! I've seen it in person and it's an amazing project. The motor you sold me turned out to be in excellent shape, I'll update my posts soon, but the sticker looks awesome, I can't wait to get it on my trooper. Also, excellent job on that bumper!
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Re: 1990 Spacecab Restoration and Diesel/WVO Conversion

Postby Richey » Tue May 28, 2013 2:39 am

Managed to get some work in this Memorial Weekend. My hubs basically ate my CV Shafts and so I replaced those, and while I was under there I noticed I needed a new Idler arm bracket. As I put it all back together I found that the inner needle Bering was ground down too so now I have to wait for those parts to come in. Apparently they're hard to come by. I figured since I had it up in the air I might as well change out all my shocks while im at it.

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New CV
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New Idler Arm Bracket.
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New Gas shocks
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And Here is the new calmini Lift shackles I bought from Maaakaaa.
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As soon as I get my 4x4 all finished and up and running Ill be doing some off-roading. More pics to come.
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