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Just had the pleasure of purchasing a 1988 Samurai Hardtop. It has 68k Original miles on the clock and is in nice condition. I would like to post some pictures once Im able to post pics. Im not into the lifting or sporting it up aspect, I just simply want to keep it stock as possible and re paint it.
 

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Very nice vehicle. They are deceptively capable in stock guise and mods should not be necessary. It will be nice to see one preserved and cared for.
 

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I was able to clean it up a bit yesterday and I will add more pics. I need to buy a headlight and a fuel filter. I believe the speedometer is not accurate. I also need some odds and ends like the rear seat rubber latch to lock the seat in the folded position. Also need a cassette radio knob. I waxed the paint and actually was able to get some polish out of it and now it looks different. Will post pictured soon.
 

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Cant wait to see. I had tons of OEM bits like that to replace, I used Mike at Mikoda industries, he has tons of OEM Samurai stuff and priced quite fairly. I also believe he is a board member here.

Around here a stock Sami with stock wheels legally fits on some of the ATV trails where width is a concern.
 

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Here are some pics, Just had the interior shampoos and looks better than the pics show. I also washed the engine and added protectant to the plastics.
 

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Hey, it cleaned up well. I think the tin tops look better IMO. I also wish I had purchased mine in stock form but when I was looking there really wasn't much to choose from condition-wise. So for now I'm stuck with a 3.5 inch lift, which isn't all that bad since it's pretty smooth on the highway but I would prefer a little less lift.

Do you have any plans at all in the way of mods?
 

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No, No mods planned just enjoy it till the engine quits then upgrade to a bigger engine. I took it on the highway today and ran like a Top very nimble and quiet for a 26 year old. I also replaced the air and fuel filter today they seemed to be the original ones and surely needed them.
 

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That cleaned up beautifully, very nice. IMHO the best bang for the buck is to buy and enjoy!
 

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Nice looking Sammy, I wish that I could find a nice clean one.
 

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I agree, Also one with little to no rust. I am very happy with my purchase and that you guys for your support.
 

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Thank you guy. I am currently looking into transporting it to El Paso Tx where I have plans to paint it to make it almost like new. I will keep you guys posted with pics of course.
 

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I dont know where you are at but what a sweet road trip that would be! toss your bug-out bag in the back with a couple jerry cans, I'm not sure how this could suck, other than the TX part :lol:

Seriously, keep us posted with before and aft pics, it looks like a great candidate for restoration.
 

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I will be towing it 4 down..removing the drive shaft and tow it away. Transport companies are charging me 650+ to transport it 800 miles!! With gas prices low and with it only weighting 2,100 pounds I feel thats very high.
 

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Agree, I will. I'm in the process of towing it back to Texas. I have also made contact with a local painter that is ready to paint him as soon as I return. I will post pics of before and after. I can't wait.
 

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I just bought an 88 Tin Top thats in Yuma, AZ. Now I gotta pay $600 to get it hauled from AZ to Mountain Home, TX. Bought it sight unseen but it looks real good in pictiures. Previous owner seemed to know quite a bit about it. Cant wait to see it in person! I have a Geo Tracker, 95, automatic, that I love. Been having transmission problems, like, wont shift out of first gear till transmission warms up. Then it shifts just fine. Gotta find a solution to that one. Its totally stock and real fun to drive.
 
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