So instead of having various threads here and there, decided to colab all my posts to a single thread here it is:
Build Thread of my 1998 Montero 2.5Gen
The car was purchased as an insurance write off for literally having a minor bumper/fender bender. Because the OEM parts were a bit expensive it was easier for the insurance co to just write it off and sell it at an auto auction. The frame was in ok shape.
Here are some insurance co's pics when I bought the car.
After, I got the car home, I installed a set of Hankook Dynopro MT 295/75/16 on a 16x8 rim. The rims were new, tires were used with about 80% tread. Wheels fit nice, Im thinking of doing a body lift so I can get some extra clearance all around.
What I needed was left fender, front grill, front bumper, and a headlight with a turn signal. Parts were a pain in the *** to find. All the junk yards didnt have what I needed, some parts were available for the older monteros that didnt have the metal widebody. I got lucky and found a fender with some minor damage, got for a good $50. As far as bumper, I settled for the older bumper from a 95 montero SR. It will do for now. (Currently planning to build a custom metal bumper). Also temporary using a headlight from a 95 SR.
As soon as I got the car running, I took it for a drive, near a field next to my office. It rained few days before so I had some fun
That was fun,
A week or so ago, took the car to Indian Valley for some off-roading, shootin. Had a blast. Im absolutely hooked on the getting this car dialed in for some good reliable drivin' outback.
Scored a genuine ARB bumper from a buddy of mine. It came off a 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser. The bumper is a little beat up, has a bunch of scratches and a minor ding in the front by the winch hole, but heck, whatever..for the price I got it for, its def a worthy piece...
The bumper is a bit heavy, planning to remove the ginormous mounts and brackets that are FJ frame specific. Also will have to do some cuttin` around the corners to be flush with the fenders.
Here are some pics of the bumper near the monty.