I have owned my Sami since 1998 and it has seen many miles from Ft. Lauderdale Florida up to Orlando and down to Key West where I believe was it's home before I owned it. I always wanted to do many upgrades including installing a 1.6 16 valve I purchased a couple years ago but could not afford to install. I finally took it off the road about 3 months ago to start what I had anticipated to be a month long project. A lil welding here and a lil welding there and in the end I ended up pulling the body off of the frame and going all the way with it. Now 3 months later I am still working on it. Most nights working past midnight till 2 and 3 in the norning. One thing leading to another. There was not a whole lotta rust but what was there seemed to be never ending. Everytime I thought I was done, I'd find another lil hole. I was determined to do just about all of it myself. I had previously done a spring over axle with the mercedes arm OTT. I made a 3" body lift kit myself and installed front shock tubes with F-250 shocks. I sold my Celica convertible to buy the Mickey Thompson 33" crushers which destroyed any hope of driving in 5th gear. So, that was when I took it off the road to install the 1.6. I got a roll cage kit and welded that up with a couple lil features I will post in some pictures later. Last weekend I finished doing a rear disc brake conversion with all factory front Samurai parts. While at it I replaced the power brake booster and painted that Pearl orange to match the future colors of the vehicle ad also had to replace the master cylinder which I figured since it was aluminum I would file the casting seems out and polish that. They look really nice bolted together. The proportioning valve was a lil bit of a to do since mine being an 87 I had to switch a few of the lines at the distributing block as well as fabricated the lines at the master cylinder to look as clean as possible. I took the factory wheel flares off as well as their mounting brackets and put 5 inche wide flares in their place. The total lift is around 11 inches since when I bought the Sami it looked to actually have been lowered. There has been quite a few companies responsible for helping with information and by having the parts needed to do the build. Such as Roadless Gear, Trail Tough products, Low Range Off Road, Petroworks and a lot of information from very helpful members of the forum. The Sami is at the moment at the mechanics doing the only part I knew I could not do. Finalizing getting the 1.6 16 valve running. I installed the motor, trans and harnessmyself but being a custom auto painter, I do not know much about the mechanical parts. Better for those who know what they are doing to handle this part. I also made half doors for going on the trail and installed a flip down windshield. I did weld in an SJ410 original grill which made it look a lil jeepish. I designed and built the winch bumper and matching side sliders. With the rocker panels being a lil flimsy. I also replaced them with a set of rockers available from a guy on ebay and while welding them in I sleeved the slider bolt holes so they could take more of a beating if necessary. One problem I am running into is trying to install the power steering and also keeping the factory A/C. I don't know what bracket to use on the bottom of the A/C compressor. Which seems like it would bolt to the top of the power steering pump bracket. Any info on this area will be greatly appreciated. So it is finally sitting with all the bodywork finished and and primed. Wetsanded and ready to paint as soon as the mechanic/owner of Tuning Pro gets it running. The theme is going to be Mighty Mouse with him airbrushed most likely on the hood. Was gonna put him on the side but with 2 sets of doors that would mean having to airbrush him 4 times. Although the hood had one half of a Pontiac Formula/Trans Am hoodscoop welded in. I'll try and upload some pix of the project so far and by the way, all of my spare parts including the 1.3 which I had just installed a different cam and new rockers and such are available for purchase if anyone is in need. I do have the weber carb installed on it and a set of hedman headers. So there are many parts availble. I even have one factory wheel I was using as a spare and a set of aluminum directonal razor slotted wheels. Any feedback and helpful hints are welcome. I hope you do like the pix and try n remember it was all done by myself with very little if any help from anyone else.