Not So Modest 2000 (Gen 2.5) Montero Build

Shovel

Explorer
I really like the positioning close to the hinge for minimum stress on those hinges, ease of opening/closing door. Keeping the assembly & some cargo out of the wind is excellent for efficiency and anything which reduces the number of bugs smashed on your stuff is good too. I have a bit of projected anxiety about the proximity to the glass.. the amount that "rigid" objects can move when speed and terrain get involved has caught me and many other people by surprise. Hopefully the distance you have there is sufficient but just when you think it's plenty tight and rigid, double that ;)
 

zerodrift

Adventurer
I really like the positioning close to the hinge for minimum stress on those hinges, ease of opening/closing door. Keeping the assembly & some cargo out of the wind is excellent for efficiency and anything which reduces the number of bugs smashed on your stuff is good too. I have a bit of projected anxiety about the proximity to the glass.. the amount that "rigid" objects can move when speed and terrain get involved has caught me and many other people by surprise. Hopefully the distance you have there is sufficient but just when you think it's plenty tight and rigid, double that ;)
The gap is large-ish though I have the same anxiety. I'm considering adding a few threaded nutserts to better fix that corner to the frame, but that may be folley given the proximity to glass. Perhaps a rubber bumper for the first outing to make sure the glass stays intact.

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Salonika

Monterror Pilot
I really like this. Last big cross country trip I did I used a bike rack that I made for my spare tire carrier to lash gear to. Yours is far better. ADD should crank a few of these out since it looks like a quick bolt-on solution.
 

Saint Nick

Active member
I too think that the gap to the window is too close for comfort. How about a removable brace from the top carrier to the receiver hitch in the middle of the spare wheel?

Nick
 

zerodrift

Adventurer
The rear tire cargo system is nearly ready for paint. Been doing some lightening by means of holes in some areas that aren't super critical for strength. Going to test the unit with a full capacity tank over the next few days.

I've started up a modular diesel heater project recently and made some progress today. Needs more bracketry work, but the argon for my tig welder ran out today and I'll have to get more tomorrow to finish things up. That said- I'm really happy with the progress.



 

coffeegoat

Adventurer
That is a really slick idea, I like it.

I have a similar (yet totally different) approach with our salt water hot tub - a propane fired on demand water heater mounted with a pump on a dolly. Roll it out into the yard and prep the tank, roll it back in the garage when not in use.
 

Canyonero

New member
If you don't mind, where did you get your seats reupholstered? I'm in Denver as well and my '95 SR is in need of new leather. Your build looks amazing BTW!
 

zerodrift

Adventurer
If you don't mind, where did you get your seats reupholstered? I'm in Denver as well and my '95 SR is in need of new leather. Your build looks amazing BTW!
Thanks for the compliment! The seats are aftermarket replacement seats and replace the entire factory unit. I'm actually planning to sell my seats here sometime soon as I have my eyes on a different set of aftermarket seats with armrests.

There was an upholstery company called Katskinz that made new replacement covers- I bet they are still around. That could be a good option as anyone local would likely charge a fair bit. There is also an upholstery shop just east of I25 and Colorado Blvd that has done some work for me. Owner is Arthur if I recall- and the shop is an old white brick building next to Sherman Williams paints. I've used them for a few random tasks such as my sun visors. They stand behind their work-though you want to check on the end product carefully as they do make an occasional mistake.

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zerodrift

Adventurer
Is that a 2 » receiver mount in the center of the spare?
Yes- I'm planning on making a bike rack that fits there or a bracket to hold other light accessories. Here is a pic with a basket attached. Something that won't ever be used as it's too much weight when loaded and much too far away from the mount. I'd wager that this basket likely would break things if used.


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zerodrift

Adventurer
Just finished up with a camping trip the other week. The rig did admirably but certainly needs a few more tweaks. Namely mud flaps and an air assist bag for a little more pay load capacity. I think the next major project will also be a roof rack and awning. Perhaps later this year...

This was the first real test of the drawer slide kitchen and the wife and I were really pleased with the project. Worked great and proved extremely helpful and convenient. Only issue was the corian countertop was likely a poor choice as you can't set anything hot on it. I'll likely swap that out for a stainless steel skinned plywood sheet in the near future. The sleeping platform and deisel heating system worked great, though proved a little cumbersome given our setup. Certainly ok if packing light- but we had to rely on the tent for storage space.

Anyways- onto a few pictures!


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zerodrift

Adventurer
Few more pictures. Also- I'll be making a few tweaks to the jerry can mount in the near future as well. It worked well- though we never filled it for this trip as we were close to town (Sedona).


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