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Old 05-03-2012, 10:58 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I thought I read somewhere that it could be difficult to find a place to install a new windshield on a Sammy. Is this accurate? I'm looking at a samurai that has a couple of rock bubbles in the windshield an I'd like to have an ideas what it might cost to get fixed before deciding to make an offer.

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Old 05-03-2012, 01:53 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Not difficult, I just got an estimate from a local/national auto glass place. I told them to keep their warranty, the end price was like $160. They said I may have to wait a few days for the glass to arrive but emailed me the estimate.

PM for more info if needed, I have not had it done yet, vehicle is not quite ready for the road.

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Old 05-03-2012, 03:26 PM   #3 (permalink)
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So I'll be taking a deeper look at the 87 Samurai convertible this Sunday. I will take some pictures (interior, under wheelwells, engine compartment) so I can post them here for some experienced dudes such as yourself to look at and hopefully give a bit more guidance.

One of the issues with this sammy is the soft top bar was apparently lost or dammaged so another one was made for it. Looks like a good job, welded and all so its solid but the mounts where each end of the bar would slide into in the truck body are missing. Can I buy a set somewhere that has maybe a new bar and mounts?

Also, IS wheelwell rust (like general oxidation, not deep pitting or rust holes) a major concern? Or is body rust the main problem to look out for?

Thanks brotha! I hope to have pictures of a sammy in my driveway posted soon!
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Cant wait to see it. Capture the rust areas along with any areas of concern or damage. Probably others here can be more specific on Samurai specific problem areas to photograph.

I'm fairly new to the Samurai scene to so I don't know where they mostly tend to rust. The vast majority of my mechanical experience comes from various other vehicles. I have learned a great deal of Samurai stuff since I have been here thanks to extensive work done on mine, and the hours and hours of reading forums, AND certainly not least of which is the great wisdom of the ppl on this board.

Can't wait to see it.

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Just for fun I did a CL search of your area (I love CL, thats how I found mine)

Just to give you an idea of what the local market bears I found a few links, some of these may deserve a look to if your gut tells you to continue the search.

Samurai 1986
1987 Suzuki Samurai This one looks pretty clean for the price.
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Have fun!
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Thanks man, yup I've been following these all week! The one I'm looking at actually looks better than most of these ones. I'd compare it to the green one you noted looked pretty clean, but there is no clear coat damage and it's the blue color that reminds me of the late 80's!. It's even got a soft top and hardtop. Paint and body looks good, except for a big dent in the front bumper, which I'd probably end up replacing anyways.. It was an eastern Oregon rig since 2002 so as you can imagine theres a good amount of sand and grime on the interior, but it's nice enough and could be easily cleaned up. When we started it up the engine idled fine but the whole front end was shaking. Not violently but enough for us both to mention it. Once warmed up it smoothed out. Is that typical of carbed sammys? I chaulked it up to the fact that it's been sitting for 2.5 years and the carb could use a good cleaning and a tank of fresh gas.
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Getting a hardtop with it is a notable plus, especially in the Pacific Northwest.

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