I have driven this Suzuki ute about 17 years ago. It was a slow, uncomfortable little bouncy box that needed lots of TLC. I fell in love straight away!! Today it was given to me for free. It has been parked in the shed about 10 years ago with a broken rear (leaf) spring. I hope to pick it up this Thursday.
Plans for now; Find or fix that rear suspension. Get it running Then make a list of jobs to do.
Wish list; replace the very tired motor. I think the 1.3 Sierra motor will slot in without much pain.
I prefer to keep it as much as possible as found. But it will get other seats as the originals are falling apart.
I found out that the brakes are still working, no handbrake though. We found the keys!! I was afraid that they had gone missing. The motor is still turning by hand, so that's great! Coolant looks clean. Oh, and I haven't found any rust so far!!
no rust....on.a suzuki....thats a winner for starters!! never found my samurai uncomfortable , even on custom made hd +3" springs. may have been more to do with the uber comfy-bum rover metro seats i fitted. that has the potential to be a great little truck. all the guys over here that tray-back them will be very jealous!
It was possibly bought new by the Hancock family in 1995. They own a 300.000 acre cattle property out west (near Mt Moffat Queensland) and a smaller 300 acre property near Mt Tamborine (1hr South West of Brisbane) The car was used by him and his family till about 2005 or 2006. It more or less never left the property and has only about 35.000km on the clock. Mr. Hancock founded the Youth Enterprise trust and the car became property of the trust. I started working for the Youth Enterprise Trust in about 2003.That's when I drove the car for the first time. Although I left YET in 2006 and worked for other organizations I always kept in contact and have delivered/facilitated many youth programs at the smaller property. In 2012 I started working with the Youth Enterprise trust again.That's when I found out that the Suzuki was now parked up at the smaller property. It was apparently parked up around 2006 or 2007 when the rear leaf suspension broke. I kept reminding managers, board members and the like that I would like to buy that car when it was time to move it on. That day came yesterday and tomorrow it should be sitting on my drive way!
I would like some advice on how to start that thing for the first time. What do I need to do before I turn it over? What do I need to do before I try to turn it over or try to start it? There is water in the cool system. There is fairly clean oil in the engine and it turns over by hand. The petrol stinks like old petrol.
It says loud and proud on the rocker cover "Maruti"!! And yes, it has this 1000cc power house under that bonnet!! 0 to 100km/h ....bring your lunch top speed....no speeding fines for me anymore!! fun factor ...100%
I have more or less decided to clean it, get it going, service it, make it look great, but keep it all original. I will never do a lot of miles in it so, a little under powered and a little uncomfortable will add to the fun!!
I have "friends" in higher places at Zupps. They will look after me.
Today is the day!! It will be delivered around 1.30pm!!
My son asked me not to clean it. He wants to do that!! He loves car detailing. I am happy to leave it till he is ready to clean it.
It's home!! I can't wait to get into it. First job is to get the windows up and make it more or less water tight (ish) Then get the rear suspension sorted. New leaf springs L&R only $230. Not bad but I am looking for second hand first.
so exactly what kind of horse is sir alfred then??
Mate, Sir Alfred is me little doggy. It's a Great Dane. He started growing a bit late but stopped growing even later. He is the best lap dog we ever had, makes weird growling noises from the front and sometimes from the back too.