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Since I am back in California - the land of rust free vehicles - I started looking for another project.

I promise, I looked for S10s for almost 2 months. I saw 2 first gens that were totally bombed from over use, and 2 second gens that were sold the same day. Crap.
I looked at 2 Jaguars, nice cars, but one owner was a megadick, the other had scary transmission fluid.
I also looked at 2 El Caminos, one I drove 160 miles round trip and the palpitating flying sphincter muscle sold it 30 minutes before I arrived. And yes... I made an appointment to see it.
The other was overpriced.

As I was scanning the adverts, I found this:
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I know, I know - sorry, it's not an S10, but I really tried to find a decent one.
You'd think they'd be everywhere since rust is not an issue.
Wrong Dicky.

Anyway, this is a 1979 Dodge D50 (Mitsubishi) and I am the second owner. It's not perfect, but considering the 41 year age tag, it's pretty damn nice.
It has a 2.0 liter, 4 speed and little else in the options column. No A/C, no PS working AM radio(!!) and even the interior light works properly. Came with an original key.
When was the last time you saw one of these?

Plans?
You know - the usual.
I don't really want to change it much from stock, but updating a few systems could make this a great machine.
Very first upgrade: A Weber.
The Mikuni Solex is so miserable, it's hard to drive this sometimes. It surges and is terrible when cold.
I've order a set of 16" wheels and tires, LED headlights (better night vision since the originals were like 2 candles in the wind), a header, an android 10 radio which will be hidden, a set of MB Quart speakers to match the radio mounted in the factory locations, a 1" front sway bar, and some minor stuff like tuner lug nuts and blah blah...

If you are interested, I will continue posting with pix - since now the pix tag works ok.
At least this one is never seen on the road anymore.
 

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That things sick!
Let’s see the interior, that’s where you’ll be living. And hell yeah, keeping it stock!

Being from California, it’s true what your saying about s10s not being very available. The ones you find are POSs or people out so much into them that there 12k.
 

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Pretty sweet!
I had one of those with the 2.3 turbo diesel. I built an 8 foot flatbed for it. It was an amazing little truck.

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Boozebag
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Thanks gents.
All is welcome!
Amazing rig Pro!
Pants
and Kaw, I keep trying to keep the weird stuff alive!
It's amazing that some of this stuff survives all these years.
I'll post lots more pix. This is just a start.
I really appreciate it when members light up for unusual crap
 

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My '85 Escort was similar to that color, seems to be a pretty common '70s/'80s thing. Definitely a nice score.
 

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I love it. The weirder the better.
Yez, old is cool.
Especially the stuff that isn't special.
Just weird. :cool:
 

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I love it. The weirder the better.
Yez, old is cool.
Especially the stuff that isn't special.
Just weird. :cool:
Don't you have an Isuzu 117? Now that's cool/weird.
 

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Don't you have an Isuzu 117? Now that's cool/weird.

I wish... But I have something a lot weirder - a 1971 Isuzu Bellett RHD.
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It's not in this condition, but it is a super low mileage example. I have a picture of it in the POS site photobucket, but it is a real PIA to transfer pix. I'll see if I can do it.
I also have 2 Isuzu I marks. One is a 2 door and one is a 4 door. The 2 door is really an Opel Isuzu marketed by Buick when they discontinued importing German Opels.
I think I posted pix years ago, but I'm guessing they wiped them when this forum went through the "Change".
 

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Don't you have an Isuzu 117? Now that's cool/weird.

I wish... But I have something a lot weirder - a 1971 Isuzu Bellett RHD.
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It's not in this condition, but it is a super low mileage example. I have a picture of it in the POS site photobucket, but it is a real PIA to transfer pix. I'll see if I can do it.
I also have 2 Isuzu I marks. One is a 2 door and one is a 4 door. The 2 door is really an Opel Isuzu marketed by Buick when they discontinued importing German Opels.
I think I posted pix years ago, but I'm guessing they wiped them when this forum went through the "Change".
 

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I love the rare and odd stuff, but the common stuff is so much cheaper and easier to find parts for.
 

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^^^ Very true MBP
I had to order a radiator cap for my Isuzu Bellett from Australia!!
It is a weird size and I couldn't find one here.
Of course, since the US caps didn't seal properly, the damn POS would overheat.
Just a quick example of your observation.

Sad part... I won't live long enough to finish all of these projects.
 

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Here's a few pix.
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2 liter "Astron" engine - Mitsubishi G52B
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Euro design headlights with LED bulbs

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First thing I did:
Replace the bombed widow riser mechanism. That stopped the window from dropping when going over a bump.
That's not annoying... :mad:
Of course, someone had been in here before, they ripped out the plastic vapor barrier and didn't replace it. Good thing that it rarely rains here - the back side of the door panel would have been severely warped/rotted. It's in great shape.

I'm waiting for a set of MB Quart speakers to arrive (high end German) then I will reassemble the door correctly. I cut out a new vapor barrier with quality 4 mil plastic. I also bought a can of 'Gorilla' spray cement to tag the plastic to the door.
More to come
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The old window riser mechanism. Amazing that this is 41 years old. It looks almost new. I could have fixed it if I was at my shop.
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Oops, random pic of turkeys at the office I'm working at. I was about 6 feet from them. As I walked closer, they moved away slowly. These are youngsters.

Engine ID Tag:
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