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#991429 - 03/26/10 06:59 AM suzi the psychic *  
rascott  Offline
Mudrunner
Joined: May 2007
Posts: 434
aptos, california *****
thought i would introduce my fishing vehicle-
suzi the psychic
[Linked Image]
picture credit goes to rxinhed

about 5 years ago i decided to have a dedicated fishing vehicle and bought a $600 wonder car.
i was thinking of a sammy, but found an '89 sidekick that had been bashed around and abused, but still ran well enough for me to get it home.
she has gotten me into some real nice places, and (so far)always brought me back home.
i have been running the fishing season(say april-october)in cental california, then servicing and modifying off season.
i think some of the projects could be of interest and will post up some descriptions and pics.
we'll see how this goes......
richard

oh yea- she is just my fishing rig- this is done on the cheap. there is beauty in function. i like some stickers.


'89 kick w/some modifications.
some intentional.
suzi the psychic gets me fishing.
kj6esv

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#991430 - 03/27/10 01:52 AM Re: suzi the psychic [Re: rascott]  
rascott  Offline
Mudrunner
Joined: May 2007
Posts: 434
aptos, california *****
so anyway
i had to put a new head on and adjust everything else. the p.o. aparently did nothing but drive it. asked me where the clutch fluid went. seemed to be suprised the 4x4 worked.
soon i realized the stock tires were too small, and that it would be nice to have more ground clearance, so i got 235x75x15 tires(on 7"rims) and some pucks to jack up the suspension.
[Linked Image]
used longer shocks for the rear- from spec. part of the shock catalog- think they fit a mustang.
in the front are the stock struts with the strut mount flipped and spaced 1/2". gives decent droop.
chucked the sway bar.
[Linked Image]
i did a minor body lift and decided on 31x10.5 tires, after the end of the second season.
[Linked Image]
body lift was by rearanging the doughnuts and adding some old conveyor belt material. only @ 1 1/8" , but it helped.
of course i still had to cut/bend/hammer the front wells to reduce rubbing.


'89 kick w/some modifications.
some intentional.
suzi the psychic gets me fishing.
kj6esv

#991431 - 03/27/10 04:16 AM Re: suzi the psychic [Re: rascott]  
TayJ  Offline
Rock Warrior
Joined: Dec 2007
Posts: 725
Mesa Az
<img src="/forums/images/graemlins/kewl.gif" alt="" />

Awesome! Do you have any more pictures? Action fishing shots?!


Jeep
Jus' sayin'

#991432 - 03/28/10 03:37 PM Re: suzi the psychic [Re: TayJ]  
rascott  Offline
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Joined: May 2007
Posts: 434
aptos, california *****
tayj
i often run solo, so it's hard to get anything that looks "action".
also i hook and release, and don't have them out of the water very long. i did try some quick shots once- not much action(or very big fish).
[Linked Image]
i stopped taking the camera into the stream.

pics often don't look like how it felt- i think this was on a piece of the rubicon.
[Linked Image]
i was trying to get to rubicon springs. looked good on the map.

Last edited by rascott; 03/28/10 03:49 PM.

'89 kick w/some modifications.
some intentional.
suzi the psychic gets me fishing.
kj6esv

#991433 - 03/28/10 04:23 PM Re: suzi the psychic [Re: rascott]  
rascott  Offline
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Joined: May 2007
Posts: 434
aptos, california *****
aaaaany how,
i was pleased with the lifting. suzi was much more capable.
i realized i was usually running alone, and i carry the kitchen sink with me(just in case), so i chucked the passenger seat for some stowage room.
note: my trips are usually 5 day(or so) in the "bush"- i try to avoid backtracking.
here are some stowage pics.
[Linked Image]
[Linked Image]
this worked real fine in the rain- spent 2 days comfortably hunkered down- even snowed some.
[Linked Image]

i decided to put a locker in the rear and split the transfer case. poor suzi the psychic needed low range to get over ebbet's pass. i have no pics of those projects, but consider them some of the most effective improvements.
more later.


'89 kick w/some modifications.
some intentional.
suzi the psychic gets me fishing.
kj6esv

#991434 - 03/28/10 11:24 PM Re: suzi the psychic [Re: rascott]  
rascott  Offline
Mudrunner
Joined: May 2007
Posts: 434
aptos, california *****
just fired up her new heart.
i'm getting excited.
bored block.
replaced clutch also.
2 comments:
1 of the water pump bolts is in the swing arc of the timing belt tensioner. as if it were a special bolt. i had to shave some off the bolt to clear the tensioner.
must have something to do w/new part, but every thing appeared the same....
my old clutch seemed to be in fine shape- i was impressed.
i had no idea how old it was. i just know what i had been doing with it. this new one should last forever!
i should have taken some pics of the engine build. oh well.


'89 kick w/some modifications.
some intentional.
suzi the psychic gets me fishing.
kj6esv

#991435 - 03/29/10 04:34 AM Re: suzi the psychic [Re: rascott]  
TayJ  Offline
Rock Warrior
Joined: Dec 2007
Posts: 725
Mesa Az
I have to say this is by far one of my favorite rigs! It is very cool. I like seeing rigs built for a purpose.


Jeep
Jus' sayin'

#991436 - 03/30/10 02:08 AM Re: suzi the psychic [Re: rascott]  
rascott  Offline
Mudrunner
Joined: May 2007
Posts: 434
aptos, california *****
as prevously mentioned, i often run alone. sometimes i would explore a trail and reach a point where i'm sure i could proceed, but if i had to come back that way i might not be able to get up something or...... so i thought a winch would be handy.
i got a smittybilt xrc8(8000#) and proceeded to mount it.
i wanted to put it a little higher and in more than other installs i have seen.
first thing was to remove some bodywork that was in the way.
[Linked Image]
then start welding a support/mount.
[Linked Image]
added some bracing off the frame and that tube thing between the chassis rails, and fit the winch a few inches in front of the radiator.
[Linked Image]
i cut up the bumper and cover and made that fit, modified the grill to fit, and oh yea, note the skid plate- i made that well before- it works well. used to be an electrical panel door.
fairlead bracket came out well.
[Linked Image]
i mounted the solenoid box under the hood and put the winch control plug socket in the cab.
[Linked Image]
[Linked Image]
i mounted a second battery behind the seat, installed a battery switch, powerpost and volt meter(prev. pic.).

[Linked Image]
[Linked Image]
i lost one of the bumper cover halves on a stump, so i dumped the other one. still functional enough for me, although i liked the way it looked.
i have used the winch a couple of times(recovered a jeep from the river once)and it didn't rip off, so i guess my welding is ok.
that pelican case holds my navigation gear(laptop w/gps).
mabe more later.......

Last edited by rascott; 03/31/10 04:25 PM.

'89 kick w/some modifications.
some intentional.
suzi the psychic gets me fishing.
kj6esv

#991437 - 03/30/10 05:30 AM Re: suzi the psychic [Re: rascott]  
TayJ  Offline
Rock Warrior
Joined: Dec 2007
Posts: 725
Mesa Az
We need you out here in Arizona to be part of the AZ crew from this board. Some of us are handy while others are not so much but we love having guys like you around, you can make so little work so well and it looks so nice. Quit a few of us are also under pre-paired while others are over pre-paired, more are not so it would be nice to have you along. Get in touch with us if you are ever in this area. Keep up the good work and keep the pics coming along!


Jeep
Jus' sayin'

#991438 - 03/30/10 08:58 PM Re: suzi the psychic [Re: TayJ]  
rascott  Offline
Mudrunner
Joined: May 2007
Posts: 434
aptos, california *****
thanks
if i get down and over that way i'll certainly look you up.
seems an active community there.
i couldn't get that link to work- mabe it's just me.
i always like to see what others do. get good ideas that way.
looks like i didn't screw anything up w/my rebuild so i'm getting her ready for the road for some break in running(start driving to work and back).
got a fish window middle of may.


'89 kick w/some modifications.
some intentional.
suzi the psychic gets me fishing.
kj6esv

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