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Justice R
03-19-2009, 03:18 AM
Ive been wheeling Monteros in one form or another since 1993 when I bought an 86 after a tour in Somalia. Anyways, my latest has been this 89 that I bought out in Phoenix a couple years ago after returning from my second tour in Iraq. I had been wanting to build a short wheel base for a while and my last two had been Long wheel base models. Also, I wanted the 3.0 V6 and and auto trans which is a rather difficult combo to find in the short wheelbase models, with 89 and 90 being the only years of this combo available. I drove my 95 out to AZ with the wife and picked it up. It was in in sorry shape, but I was able to limp it home to So Cal.

Heres a pic from the parking lot, at this point I had already removed some type of wierd roof contraption as well as a cheesey light bar. Note the crome bling stuff and the double blade windshield wipers:wings:

http://homepage.mac.com/zone1wst/.Pictures/wheelin/monteronew.jpg

Hey ou think it might be a 4x4??:drool:

Although it was in AZ the truck had cali plates and when I went to the DMV to register it it was still valid in the CA system and was reviously registered in Compton CA.

Took about 3 days with a heat gun to remove all the stickers. There were about 5 differnt pinstripes running the length of the truck.

http://homepage.mac.com/zone1wst/.Pictures/wheelin/montero2.jpg

changed out the hairdryer for a real heat gun, a few beers...progress..

http://homepage.mac.com/zone1wst/.Pictures/wheelin/monteroprogress3.jpg

http://homepage.mac.com/zone1wst/.Pictures/wheelin/prgressshot2.jpg

On that last one you can see I took off the unpredictable auto hubs and swapped on a set of superwinch manuals that I picked up online from summit.

Justice R
03-19-2009, 03:27 AM
I needed more clearance so I went down the street to Americas tires and got a new set of shoes..cost me more than the truck:sombrero:

http://homepage.mac.com/zone1wst/.Pictures/wheelin/prgrss33%27s.jpg

15x8 AR Mojaves with 33x12.50 MTR's.

These fit nicely with a little tweak of the tortion bars and little trim of the plastic bumper end caps.

Justice R
03-19-2009, 03:50 AM
This was by far the most bang for my buck mod I got done. I saw this 96 Montero rear end on Ebay, so I placed a minimum bid of 100 bucks on it. I did not think I would win, but I was the only bidder and scored.

With this bolt in swap I gained the following:

-Larger axles, diff, and ring gear (from 9.0 to 9.5" ring gear)
-Misu air locker
-Rear disk brakes
-beefier trailing arms

Not bad for 100 Bucks eh?? Also the seller gave me the 96 Coils springs for free. I swapped those in for about a 2" boost in the rear.

Old diff out:

http://homepage.mac.com/zone1wst/.Pictures/wheelin/rearendout.jpg

New Diff:

http://homepage.mac.com/zone1wst/.Pictures/wheelin/rearends.jpg

Diff in truck:

http://homepage.mac.com/zone1wst/.Pictures/wheelin/diffin.jpg

http://homepage.mac.com/zone1wst/.Pictures/wheelin/diffdone.jpg

Justice R
03-19-2009, 04:19 AM
Since I upgraded the rear brakes to disks I decided to upgrade the fronts to 96 units as well. The gen 2's have Dual piston calipers and a larger shoe.

Stock:
http://homepage.mac.com/zone1wst/.Pictures/wheelin/brake1.jpg

here you can see the difference in hardware. 89 stuff on top, 96 stuff on the bottom:

http://homepage.mac.com/zone1wst/.Pictures/wheelin/brake2.jpg

Complete:
http://homepage.mac.com/zone1wst/.Pictures/wheelin/brake3.jpg

tdesanto
03-19-2009, 04:33 AM
Looking good. Nice find on eBay.

michaels
03-19-2009, 05:02 AM
wow that's actually a sexy truck with all the stickers removed. the paint looks great underneath.

does it have IFS? if so, are there plans for a solid axle swap?

OneTime
03-19-2009, 08:16 AM
Who's white Gen 1 with the snorkle in the background?

Justice R
03-19-2009, 01:21 PM
No plans for a SAS as of yet but I have not ruled it out. The IFS on these rigs is fairly stout (for IFS). Seems to be able to handle up to 35's without much issue. I have some part to beef it up a bit, but I have not yet gotten to that.

removed the T case and installed the 2.85 gears from Marks in AU.
http://homepage.mac.com/zone1wst/.Pictures/wheelin/tcase.jpg

http://homepage.mac.com/zone1wst/.cv/zone1wst/Sites/.Pictures/wheelin/101_1661.JPG-thumb_140_105.jpg

Justice R
03-19-2009, 01:25 PM
Who's white Gen 1 with the snorkle in the background?

That was Jon's. A freind of mine who's Montero I was watching while he was deployed.

Martinjmpr
03-19-2009, 02:46 PM
Justice: What kind of shape is the engine in? Has the valve-guide replacement been done or does it burn oil? I had mine done at ~ 139k.

off-roader
03-19-2009, 03:05 PM
Who's white Gen 1 with the snorkle in the background?

You also missed the cool green gen II parked on the curb.

Justice R
03-19-2009, 04:24 PM
Justice: What kind of shape is the engine in? Has the valve-guide replacement been done or does it burn oil? I had mine done at ~ 139k.
Martin, I'll be getting to posting about the engine soon.

rattle&thump
03-20-2009, 03:24 AM
Love that truck Justice. I'd never seen the homecoming pics before! :wings: Looks a LOT better now!

Wait'll you see what he did with the bumpers!

Justice R
03-20-2009, 03:34 AM
After contemplating I decided on a 2" body lift from 4Crawler to gain a little clearance under the rockers and the ability to move up to 35's in the future. With this I need to move the bumpers up. I decided to scrap the stock bumpers and build a set. I'm a beginner welder, but I think they came out decent. I started with the rear.

2x2 inch square tube..

Naked:
http://homepage.mac.com/zone1wst/.Pictures/wheelin/rearofswb.jpg

Tacked:
http://homepage.mac.com/zone1wst/.Pictures/wheelin/rearbumper1.jpg

welded:

http://homepage.mac.com/zone1wst/.Pictures/wheelin/SWBbumperside.jpg

Cut off the excess stock bumper brackets and trimmed the ends of the frame.
http://homepage.mac.com/zone1wst/.Pictures/wheelin/swbbumper1.jpg

http://homepage.mac.com/zone1wst/.Pictures/wheelin/swbbumper3.jpg

Mounts to the frame using the factory holes

http://homepage.mac.com/zone1wst/.Pictures/wheelin/swbbumper6.jpg

http://homepage.mac.com/zone1wst/.Pictures/wheelin/swbbumper5.jpg

http://homepage.mac.com/zone1wst/.Pictures/wheelin/swbbumper4.jpg

Sliders and front bumper next..

pskhaat
03-20-2009, 03:47 AM
Great work!

Justice R
03-20-2009, 04:03 AM
Sliders were next

http://homepage.mac.com/zone1wst/.Pictures/wheelin/slidersSWB.jpg

http://homepage.mac.com/zone1wst/.Pictures/wheelin/siliderdone.jpg

http://homepage.mac.com/zone1wst/.Pictures/wheelin/slidersdone2.jpg

Justice R
03-20-2009, 04:10 AM
Had some leftover steel from the rear bumper I built for my LWB a few years back. I decided to build a front bumper out of the leftover. More to follow

http://homepage.mac.com/zone1wst/.Pictures/wheelin/chpsaw.jpg

OneTime
03-20-2009, 04:15 AM
You also missed the cool green gen II parked on the curb.

I didnt miss it. I have seen his SR on 4x4wire. Dont tell the LC guys but I often considering getting rid of the 80 and going back to a Monty. I had a 95 SR. How do they Gen I do on MPG?

off-roader
03-20-2009, 04:24 AM
I didnt miss it. I have seen his SR on 4x4wire. Dont tell the LC guys but I often considering getting rid of the 80 and going back to a Monty. I had a 95 SR. How do they Gen I do on MPG?

Depends on your tire size and engine. My 2 door v6 (89 w/out a lockup torque converter available in the 90/91 automatics) gets about 12 w/ 33x12.5 MT's and armor.:(

My 96 gets about the same (city/highway) w/ 35's.:Wow1:

kcowyo
03-20-2009, 06:32 AM
Justice R, what a transformation! :clapsmile


I love those Gen I's. Glad to see some of the Wire's finest finding their way here and speading the word about Mitsubishi's.


Welcome to ExPo - :beer:
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Martinjmpr
03-20-2009, 03:11 PM
How do they Gen I do on MPG?


My bone-stock Gen 1 4 door with a 5 speed and stock (235/75x15) tires got about 16 in the city and 19-20 on the highway depending on how I drove it.

Nice thing about it was the 24.5 gallon tank which meant I could figure on a minimum 400 mile range and on more than one occasion was able to go nearly 450. I got spoiled by that tank because now I consider any vehicle range < 400 miles/tank to be inadequate. My current Taco is good for maybe 325 or 350 if I drive like an old lady and feel like pushing my luck. :(

Box Rocket
04-03-2009, 10:56 PM
I like where you're going with it so far. Nice job. Anxious to see more.

Justice R
04-05-2009, 10:12 PM
Thanks I have a lot more done with the rig, but I'm out in the field right now. I'll post more when I get home.

Justice R
06-06-2009, 04:09 AM
edit

Ryan Hall
06-11-2009, 03:50 PM
Justice, Please update these pics. They dont show up at all.

Justice R
06-14-2009, 02:43 PM
Pics sould be working now..

Justice R
06-14-2009, 02:52 PM
test

Ryan Hall
06-14-2009, 05:43 PM
Still not working...bummer.

Justice R
06-15-2009, 03:02 PM
It must have something to do with this forum..Pics worked fine this weekend and the same links work fine at 4x4wire now. I give up. Look at the wire for the full build thread.http://www.4x4wire.com/forums/showflat.php?Cat=&Number=983689&page=&view=&sb=5&o=&fpart=1&vc=1

Justice R
06-22-2009, 05:32 PM
Trying to get my pictures fixed..Test post

Ok looks like its working..Code error on my part.

Heres the snorkle installed.

http://gallery.me.com/zone1wst/100010/snorkle3/web.jpg

tdesanto
06-22-2009, 05:45 PM
:sombrero:

Justice R
06-22-2009, 06:15 PM
Lets se if I can get this right. Here's some pics of the front bumper build. It started simple and I have added stuff to it steadily over the past few months

http://homepage.mac.com/zone1wst/.Pictures/wheelin/frntbumper1.jpg

Taking Shape..

http://homepage.mac.com/zone1wst/.Pictures/wheelin/frnbmper2.jpg

http://homepage.mac.com/zone1wst/.Pictures/wheelin/frntbmper4.jpg

http://homepage.mac.com/zone1wst/.Pictures/wheelin/frntbmper3.jpg

http://homepage.mac.com/zone1wst/.Pictures/wheelin/frntbumper5.jpg

http://homepage.mac.com/zone1wst/.Pictures/wheelin/bumperprogress1.jpg

The goal was to keep aproach angle, and keep it fairly light. The plan was to eventually mount a wnch to the frame, so the bumper would only serve as place to mount the fairlead.

Justice R
06-24-2009, 11:02 PM
Ground sanded and painted..

http://homepage.mac.com/zone1wst/.Pictures/wheelin/frontbumperdone3.jpg

Justice R
07-03-2009, 04:08 PM
Added some shackle tabs:

http://homepage.mac.com/zone1wst/.Pictures/wheelin/tabs2.jpg

http://homepage.mac.com/zone1wst/.Pictures/wheelin/tabs3.jpg

Van_Homan
07-06-2009, 01:49 AM
The bumper came out great.

Justice R
07-07-2009, 04:47 AM
Decided to add a hoop...
http://gallery.me.com/zone1wst/100010/bumperhoop1/web.jpg

http://gallery.me.com/zone1wst/100018/101_1969/web.jpg

Used a Harbor Freight Pipe kinker to make the hoop..

Justice R
07-07-2009, 05:02 AM
Put in a winch.

I used a piece of 3/8 plate between the frame rails to mount the winch. Added some gussets just for insurance..

http://gallery.me.com/zone1wst/100010/winch4/web.jpg

http://gallery.me.com/zone1wst/100010/winch8/web.jpg

Test fit, as you can see ($hittybuilt XRC8000) I'm keeping this build on a budget..used my military discount and pick this 8K winch up for 298 out the door..Should work for my needs.

http://gallery.me.com/zone1wst/100010/winch5/web.jpg

Had to mod the bumper for the fairlead..

http://gallery.me.com/zone1wst/100010/winch6/web.jpg

Had a piece of angle iron lying around that I used as the fairlead mount.

http://gallery.me.com/zone1wst/100010/winch7/web.jpg

Used the grinder to smooth it all out and a coat of Krylon..

http://gallery.me.com/zone1wst/100010/winch9/web.jpg

I like how its tucked in nice and tight...I plan to use the approach angle

http://gallery.me.com/zone1wst/100010/winch10/web.jpg

I'll be putting some syth line on the winch soon with an aluminum haus fairlead and get some of that approach back.

DH2002
07-07-2009, 05:31 AM
very nice!!!

bearingman
07-23-2009, 08:21 PM
:sombrero: :victory:

I love it. I'm SO GLAD I found this thread. I have the same Monty and am in need of some mods. AT last I have seen at least a Vendor name to get a part from!!!!!'


Keep us updated......

Bearingman

off-roader
07-23-2009, 09:24 PM
:sombrero: :victory:

I love it. I'm SO GLAD I found this thread. I have the same Monty and am in need of some mods. AT last I have seen at least a Vendor name to get a part from!!!!!'


Keep us updated......

Bearingman

Well what are you looking for in terms of upgrades?

Lots of parts available. Some are mitsu only (most 'hard' parts), some are from full blown 3rd party business, others are from fabricators.:victory:

bearingman
07-24-2009, 08:29 PM
Well, I'm glad to see your note about the 96 axles/air locker and 9.5" ring. I really like the look of your bumpers and sliders as well. Since I bent one of my steps and my rear bumper/gas tank skid plate at Uwharrie they both appeal to me. I need to shed some of the weight I'm dragging and getting rid of the stock rear bumper and the pentil hitch that's on it will help. I need a little lift, also the other tc gears. I'd like the t/c to do the offroad work and the rear end to do the gas mileage.:smiley_drive:
Gonna have to switch to the full synthetic all around as well. Gotta get my K&N hooked back up and my extra lighting. Also looking to see what I can do to get a little UMPH out of the 3.0.:coffee:

Gonna pick up a set of GDYR Dura-Trac 33's when my ship comes in. Overall my Monty is in pretty good shape to be 20 years old. It has a rebuild title and has the Montero Sport badges on the rear door as well as both front fenders, however the parts guy at the "Stealership" says that by the VIN it is not a Sport. Who cares, really. It's paid for.. :) 3.0, 5 spd, a/c pw, pl, 4x4--everything works except the headlight washers, but, c'mon, they all dry rotted years ago :bike_rider:

Not much Monty support over here in N.C.

mangus7175
07-28-2009, 06:36 PM
:lurk: :coffee:

Sweet build...can't wait to see more progression and hopefully a trip report of some sort :smiley_drive:

GWolfe
08-05-2009, 01:21 AM
Your Monty is looking sweet. Makes me miss my old 91, what a great wheeler that thing was.

Justice R
03-14-2010, 06:27 AM
here's some shots:

http://gallery.me.com/zone1wst/100152/101_1904/web.jpg

http://gallery.me.com/zone1wst/100152/101_2373/web.jpg

http://gallery.me.com/zone1wst/100152/101_2429/web.jpg

spencerswahoos
03-14-2010, 01:30 PM
Nice build-up. I've always been a fan of the 1st Gen Monty's.

OzX
03-14-2010, 01:46 PM
http://homepage.mac.com/zone1wst/.Pictures/wheelin/monteronew.jpg
http://gallery.me.com/zone1wst/100152/101_2373/web.jpg



Great buildup; I'm also happy to see that you brought dignity back to this vehicle! Well done

mangus7175
03-15-2010, 04:02 PM
You made that squeeze look easy on the first shot on post #44

Cleand
03-16-2010, 01:40 AM
That is a sweet rig. My first 4x4 was a Montero Sport, and I sure do miss it.
Where was the top picture taken when you are making that tight sqeeze?

OzX
03-16-2010, 02:23 AM
That is a sweet rig. My first 4x4 was a Montero Sport, and I sure do miss it.
Where was the top picture taken when you are making that tight sqeeze?

"The Squeeze" Pinyon Mountain Trail, Anza Borrego, CA
http://i299.photobucket.com/albums/mm281/jejallo1/12-21-08%20Pinyon%20Canyon/IMG_4227.jpg

Viggen
04-13-2010, 12:44 AM
This is one sweet rig. Whatre your future plans?

Justice R
04-13-2010, 04:09 PM
Thanks. Right now I'm working on my 91 LWB. Maybe I need to start a thread on that. Its a pretty mild build, but I wanted a rig with more room and I'm retiring the 95.

As far as the SWB, I'm going to put an ARB front locker in it soon. That will be my next Major project with it. I Have a set of Gen2 upper control arms, and a larger steering box from a 95 that I'm going to swap in as well along with the beefier gen 2 idler arm. I'll probably do that all at the same time. I still want to add a trans fluid temp gauge and mount a small pusher fan in front of the tranny cooler. There are always things I can do on this rig. I also Have a new carpet kit sitting in the garage. I think I'll wait until I install the front locker before I start that project.

The last thing I did to it was install a set of hella conversion headlights. These are a great improvement over the oldschool halogens.

http://gallery.me.com/zone1wst/100190/100_2824/web.jpg

Oh yea, forgot to add that my wife had duratracs intalled on it when I was in Afghanistan. The MTR's were worn pretty good and one of them got a sidewall puncture somehow.

Justice R
04-13-2010, 04:21 PM
http://homepage.mac.com/zone1wst/.Pictures/wheelin/bb099.jpg

nfpgasmask
04-13-2010, 11:34 PM
Just checked out this thread. Awesome Monty! I love the SWB Mitsus. I'm an Isuzu guy on the hunt for an 89 Trooper RS to complement my 91.

Keep up the good work. :Wow1:

Bart

Justice R
08-11-2010, 05:28 AM
Havent updated this thread in a while..

I installed an ARB front locker and took it on the Dusy Ershim Trail last week..Good time and the Montero performed well.

http://gallery.me.com/zone1wst/100449/100_3186/web.jpg

Full report here:
http://www.4x4wire.com/forums/showflat.php?Cat=0&Number=1219731&an=0&page=0#Post1219731

Jean-Seb
08-13-2010, 03:34 AM
Nicely built Montero sir ! Keep it up !

JOnesbilt24
08-14-2010, 04:15 AM
Here is a link to some motivational Okinawan 4 wheeling Videos. I own a 95 SWB Pajero. We also owned a 91 Pajero LWB. Great truck except the timing belt broke when I was in the sand box. Any way enjoy the Vid.

S/F Evan.
YouTube- 066.MPG

JOnesbilt24
08-14-2010, 04:21 AM
Here is a link to some motivational Okinawan 4 wheeling Videos. I own a 95 SWB Pajero. We also owned a 91 Pajero LWB. Great truck except the timing belt broke when I was in the sand box. Any way enjoy the Vid.

S/F Evan.

http://i2.ytimg.com/vi/9viThmifsK4/default.jpg

Justice R
11-21-2010, 03:50 AM
added a synthetic rope and aluminum fairlead...

http://gallery.me.com/zone1wst/100403/000_0081/web.jpg

Gen 1 bumpers and armor available at the link below