Hi! I just bought a 88 Samurai from somebody who lied to me about a few things and I would like some help. First off, its an 88 with (supposedly) a 93 engine and dashboard, a 4" shackle lift, 15" tires, and not much else - oh its got the MSD ignition coil. ANYWAY - here's the deal. I drove it 2 hours back home and it runs GREAT. Only PROBLEM #1. THere is no brake pressure. I bled the brakes, checked the rear drum pads and they are desperately in need of changing (the fella I got it from said it had new pads) and no matter how much I pump the pedal, I get no pressure. Its real nerve racking on the NJ interstates at rush hour - AND the E-brake cable is real loose, so its useless. If I floor the brake pedal, and really dig into it, I can slow down, I think I even locked the wheels going about 15mph but there is no pedal pressure at all. There wasn't any air in the lines and there's no visible leaks, so I am going to try changing the master cylinder and rear pads. Any other suggestions?
Problem #2 but should be #1 The dashboard supposedly is from a 93 - its definately newer than 88. BUT - the VIN # on the dash is from the 93 too! Theres no vin sticker on the door frame I guess because someone sprayed the car a different color - the engine block is a later one too so HOW DO I FIND A VIN # on this thing? - my only reason for doing this is in case I get into trouble - ie for my own purposes I wanna make sure the vin on the title is really whats on the samurai. So theres no wierd stuff like (maybe I am paranoid) its stolen or something, and if I decide to sell it later? what do I do? I was able to register it with just the title here in NJ but How can i be sure thats really the truck I am driving - the guy I got it from had another samurai that he kept the registration and inspection for and slapped it on this one. Im an idiot because that alone is pretty sketchy, but I wanted one too badly.
Problem 3: The lever to change the blower speed is missing and the previous driver installed a toggle switch to go from off to High but he disconnected it and I don't know which wires to use. There's also stereo wires there so what do I look for? I'd like to put a 4 position switch in if I can....
Problem 4: The temperature gauge doesnt work. The only investigation I made was to find that there ARE wires comming out of the housing for the thermostat, thats it. How can I test the gauge itself - the gauge cluster is still loose, so I may be able to access it there...
Problem 5: There was a can of bars leak under the hood and a [email protected]
*tload of copper powder around the waterpump. Should I be worried?
Problem 6: No air cleaner assembly whatsoever. Ive looked for them on ebay and all, but the engine runs good and I have no vacuum diagram. But I have a naked carb and nothing keeping stuff out of it.
Problem 6a: There at some point was a manual choke on the engine. The guy I got it from said it was there and the carb had all kinds of springs going to it and he removed the choke and cut the springs, so now I have nothing to keep the choke closed when its cold except my fingers on the butterfly. Can I reinstall the manual choke and how the heck do I do it?
Theres alot more - Rost holes in the floor of a car I was told had "Not a speck of rust" on it but I can get metal scraps and a welder buddy, THe car was regeared with richmond gears and a 4wheel reduction in the Tcase - I think the tires MAY be bigger than stock - how do I check to make sure the speedometer is correct? The list goes and goes....
Thanks in advance!