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Re: My 1988 Trooper- Azul Tortuga

Postby Bizmarkie » Thu May 22, 2014 11:10 pm

Not really an upgrade to Tortuga but thought I'd share. It has taken awhile but I finally finished it tonight.
It has been a while since I have placed with any leather.


Hand tooled veg tanned leather. I air brushed the color on.
Hand made interior made from kangaroo leather.
Laced with matching kangaroo lace.

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Re: My 1988 Trooper- Azul Tortuga

Postby imamonstertruck » Fri May 23, 2014 10:07 am

You do such amazing work

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Re: My 1988 Trooper- Azul Tortuga

Postby shaggydoink » Tue May 27, 2014 7:19 am

Bizmarkie wrote:Not really an upgrade to Tortuga but thought I'd share. It has taken awhile but I finally finished it tonight.


You've got some amazing skills, that came out incredible!!

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Re: My 1988 Trooper- Azul Tortuga

Postby Bizmarkie » Wed Jun 04, 2014 10:55 pm

thanks for the comments on the wallet.

Here is my newest mod to the Tortuga

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Re: My 1988 Trooper- Azul Tortuga

Postby btw1549 » Fri Jun 06, 2014 3:21 pm

That is awesome!!!!
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Re: My 1988 Trooper- Azul Tortuga

Postby Bizmarkie » Sun Jun 15, 2014 11:19 pm

A couple new things

31x10.50x15 General Grabber AT2's on black steel wheels.

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A little bling for the dash:

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Re: My 1988 Trooper- Azul Tortuga

Postby shaggydoink » Mon Jun 16, 2014 8:28 am

Looking good Biz!! :thumbup:

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Re: My 1988 Trooper- Azul Tortuga

Postby Stirpicult » Sat Aug 09, 2014 7:31 pm

Awesome trooper. Did you make the molle rack?
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Re: My 1988 Trooper- Azul Tortuga

Postby Bizmarkie » Mon Aug 11, 2014 4:13 pm

No I had it made. There is a fella on ebay that sells them.
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Re: My 1988 Trooper- Azul Tortuga

Postby Centex Trooper » Mon Aug 25, 2014 9:10 am

I was going to ask about the molle rack. I've been searching online and can't find any! Biz, can you share that guys name/site if you know it? Figured it was custom made with the Tortuga on it. Slick stuff for sure!
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Re: My 1988 Trooper- Azul Tortuga

Postby Bizmarkie » Mon Aug 25, 2014 5:09 pm

To those who asked about the molle rack, I do not know the rules about putting eBay links on here but I can tell you what to search once you get to ebay.com
search "jeep tailgate molle" The guy was fast and the rack is bullet proof.
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Re: My 1988 Trooper- Azul Tortuga

Postby Bizmarkie » Mon Aug 25, 2014 5:53 pm

So I already had a cool shifter knob. But I wanted more...
more custom...
more cool...
more Tortuga-ish

So I started looking...

I found a 5 "Cinco Dolares" Coin from the Galapagos Islands. The coin came to me via the Czec Republic... I dunno why but its a great looking Tortoise coin.

I then sent the coin to a dude in Colorado. This guy turned me a bad --- shift knob and even expertly inlaid the coin in the top.
Check it out:

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I am pretty pleased with the result. The pics dont do it justice. He installed a threaded sleeve to fit the shaft and it has a lock nut to keep it oriented correctly.

The guy sells other style knobs as well. Most are priced at $20.00 plus shipping. If your interested in a one of a kind shift knob for your rig give him a shout: [email protected]
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Re: My 1988 Trooper- Azul Tortuga

Postby Jem Andes » Mon Aug 25, 2014 7:52 pm

Cool stuff going on w/ the trooper!
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Re: My 1988 Trooper- Azul Tortuga

Postby bradzuzu » Tue Aug 26, 2014 1:27 am

That's to cool !! Looks great on there :)
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Re: My 1988 Trooper- Azul Tortuga

Postby -88- » Tue Aug 26, 2014 1:58 am

That's cool as chit! I think Bansil would approve! Anyway to see more of his designs without actually contacting him? I definitely interested, but buried with aquisitions atm...don't want to hit him up when I'm far from the purchase point....
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Re: My 1988 Trooper- Azul Tortuga

Postby Bizmarkie » Tue Aug 26, 2014 8:45 pm

I need to get caught up on some recent (last few weeks) things I have done to Tortuga.

First, I bought a Smittybilt Molle seat cover. They are designed for the Jeep high back seats. I put it on the drivers side... and was disappointed. The fit was sloppy, it moved around no matter how tight I made the straps. Here is a before:

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really poor fit. It had to be strapped over the head rest. Looked BAD.


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The back wasnt too bad, but not real happy with the fit.

So I went to work. I cut the seat bottom section front from the back and added some velcro straps to tighten it. Also I stitched in some 1000 denier ballistic nylon in the front corners to make for a better fit and cleaner look,

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Then I separated the top and rolled it under the head rest. I punched holes and reinforced it with additional ballistic nylon and stitched the holes up to prevent tearing or stretching the holes.

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The overall fit is much better. so shifting or moving. I have the back loaded out now complete with a small first aid/trauma kit. Check out the back of the console... Thats a 12v outlet for the back passengers.

A few months back I got a push bar for the front bumper. I installed the bumper last month but didn't post it. I coated the bumper with Durabak coating. I have planes for the rest of it :idea:

Anyway the push bar is gray and I am trying to decide on black Duraback or leave it as is... It will probably be black.
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The light tabs look naked. Maybe a set of lights will find itself planted there soon as well.

So I finally got my Aisans installed. Didnt go with a new paint job, but cleaned them up, re-greased and cleaned the paint off the dials to get the gray on black look. Im happy with it.

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So I am pretty caught up with the current upgrades. I have some stuff in the wings.
Here is a run down of what I plan on doing soon as the temps come off 100 degrees.

Dual battery set-up
140 Amp alternator install
Onboard Air with a York compressor
Carpet. Tired of the bedlined floors! :!:
Durabak the lower panels
Big Brake upgrade
1000w inverter
Sunbrella Awning, will have a side awning that can go either side and one that will come off the back. Still in the planning stages...
Platform rear bumper
Roof rack ladder
Sliders


Any other things I need? lol

Seriously, any ideas?
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Re: My 1988 Trooper- Azul Tortuga

Postby Jem Andes » Tue Aug 26, 2014 9:00 pm

Looking good man. Can't believe all the work you've been getting down. Keep it up and you'll be out of a project soon. Then what? :lol: On top of that, you're making the rest of us look bad. Slow down.... JK! :D

Really is coming together nicely. I'm interested in seeing your canopy's.
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Re: My 1988 Trooper- Azul Tortuga

Postby Bizmarkie » Tue Aug 26, 2014 10:45 pm

Jem on my side it feels like it has been moving at a snails pace.
I don't think I'll ever be done. I keep seeing stuff other folks have done and the ideas start flowing.
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Re: My 1988 Trooper- Azul Tortuga

Postby bradzuzu » Tue Aug 26, 2014 10:59 pm

Wow some very cool mods you've done !! How much is the shmity built seat cover ??

You might think your slow but the work you do is awesome !! It takes time to plan out mods , hell my 3.5 build is going on two years lol

But I kinda need it here pretty soon or else..
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Re: My 1988 Trooper- Azul Tortuga

Postby Bizmarkie » Tue Aug 26, 2014 11:30 pm

I gave $99.00 for it. It came with quite a few pouches as well. Shoot I have paid $35 for one pouch do I thought it was a decent buy thanks for the kind words about the build. I do spend a lot of time thinking things through and usually change the final approach a couple times in the middle of the project.

Right now I'm kind of obsessing over this canopy thing. It might be bumped to the top of the list. I can do the sewing in the a/c! Lol
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Re: My 1988 Trooper- Azul Tortuga

Postby mustanger999 » Wed Aug 27, 2014 1:03 am

Are you going to relocate the alternator to the smog pump position when you upgrade to the 140 amp?
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Re: My 1988 Trooper- Azul Tortuga

Postby Bizmarkie » Wed Aug 27, 2014 8:23 am

mustanger999 wrote:Are you going to relocate the alternator to the smog pump position when you upgrade to the 140 amp?



No currently it will go where the original was. The plan is to put my York compressor in the smog pump spot.
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Re: My 1988 Trooper- Azul Tortuga

Postby mustanger999 » Wed Aug 27, 2014 11:16 am

I really can't wait to see this. I plan to do many of the things you have planned.
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Re: My 1988 Trooper- Azul Tortuga

Postby Bizmarkie » Wed Aug 27, 2014 9:05 pm

Just time and money...
and the heat is brutal.

Ready for cooler temps for sure.
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Re: My 1988 Trooper- Azul Tortuga

Postby superman27344 » Wed Aug 27, 2014 9:39 pm

Just realized I never commented on this thread, lol. Awesome rig Allen, but you know that already, just needed to be able to subscribe to it.


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