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Title: Big Blue - 1991 LWB
Post by: Sedole on October 30, 2017, 11:36:26 AM
Hey all!

I'm new to the Montero community and 4wd vehicles in general, but have been wanting to get into something 4wd for some time now.  I wanted a truck for light wheeling with friends, winter trips to ski resorts, and transporting my dog, Axe.  I ended up with a Montero because 1) price was right (I'm in dental school and have taken on way more loans that I care to think about), 2) I love having something you just don't see everyday, 3) LR discovery seemed like too much of a headache, and 4) I love the retro looks of the gen1 Montero and the stoutness of the drivetrain. 

Here's a brief synopsis to bring y'all up to where I currently am with the truck:

Fast forward to April 2017, and I found my truck.  1991 LWB LS so headlight washers, sunroof, bouncy driver seat, and rear LSD  8).  4.63 gears.  2 owner vehicle, with the 2nd owner having purchased it from the OG owner in 1994.  The truck ran but had been sitting for 8 years as the PO couldn't get it to pass smog after an engine swap.  172,000 miles on the clock (unknown on swap) and the owner couldn't recall ever even using the 4wd.  The truck was in great condition with the exceptions being the rusted out moonroof track and the stench/filth/cigarette/wet dog that had perpetrated the inside.  Since the truck ran so great, I got a trip permit, changed oil and coolant, and drove her 200 miles home without any issues.

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Immediately I fell in love with the truck.  Coming from a background of lowered cars, I now totally understand why people love trucks so much!  The only thing bothering me was all the blue!  Seriously, everything in this thing is blue.  The paint, the seats, the carpet, the dash...even the windows have crappy blue tint.

First order of business was to de-filth the truck and replace the rusted moonroof track and get rid of some blue:

First I scrubbed down the dash as best I could, then yanked the carpet and seats for several rounds with the rug doctor...  The filth just kept on coming and coming.  Finally when the water came out clean, I decided to begin dyeing the carpet with colorbond carpet dye.

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Since I had to pull the headliner in preparation to install the new moonroof track I pulled from a 97 at the pick and pull yard, I also cleaned that as well.  For those wondering, a moon roof track from the gen 2 will drop right into the gen 1 with only two welded on bolts needing to be cut off the track.  Cheap and easy fix if you moonroof rains rust flakes on you like mine!

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Cleaning and dyeing the carpet and headliner immediately made a huge difference on the look and smell of the interior:

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At this point I picked up a couple goodies while at the junkyard and got right into installing them:

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Install was easy enough since the gen 1 seats provide a nice flat platform to work with:  simple as trim down the brackets of the LR disco 2 brackets flat and prep, weld, and paint!

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These seats totally change the look and comfort of the interior.  Armrests make a huge difference!!

At this point I started getting the truck ready to pass smog.  After a preliminary smog test to see where the truck was at, I ended up replacing/redoing timing, spark plugs & wires, distributor cap/rotor, O2 sensor, and cat to get a good smog.  Getting this truck road legal was a great feeling!

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Since I could now drive around in the truck, I got rid of the crap tint (still working on the rear door...), painted the grill and skid plates, and installed some lights:

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Also got some new tires to replace the crap all seasons the PO had put on the truck.  Went with 31x10.5r15 goodyear wrangler authority...already wish I had gone with 33s lol.

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Now that the truck is on the road, I've slowed progress on it to work on my (surprise surprise, it's broken..) Mazdaspeed6.  So, the truck currently sees DD duty on my 3 mile commute and trips to the dog park with my boy, Axe:

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Long term plans for the truck include redoing the entire interior in a tan/black scheme, roof rack, mild lift, rock sliders, bumpers front and rear, and repainting the exterior to a satin grey color, etc...maybe a 1UZ or LS swap? Who knows...we'll see where it ends up!  I'm basically drawing a lot of inspiration from the builds done by Mohenic garages.  I'm hoping to end up with a sweet-looking and very capable (off road) truck!

I've already received a lot of help from many of you and am glad to be part of such a great community!

Cheers!
Title: Re: Sedole's 1991 LWB
Post by: IncorpoRatedX on October 31, 2017, 06:54:00 PM
Wow, this is coming along nicely. Thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: Sedole's 1991 LWB
Post by: PajEvo on November 01, 2017, 06:20:55 AM
Great first post! Epic actually. I had the same truck back in the day, except it was an 89 LS. Those seats really make a difference in there. I look forward to seeing this one continue.
Title: Re: Sedole's 1991 LWB
Post by: Crumb on November 01, 2017, 08:56:41 AM
Nice interior transformation!
Title: Re: Sedole's 1991 LWB
Post by: Sedole on January 17, 2018, 11:47:55 AM
It's been a busy couple months with the holidays, school, and my Mazdaspeed6 breaking down but I have some updates on the truck. 

Ever since I got it, the brakes, both front and rear, have squealed like a freight train so I decided to was time to overhaul them.  Pads still had life, but I could not stand the noise.  So, in goes new wagner pads/shoes front and rear and a rebuild kit to go along with the drums.  No more squealing!  Something I learned: don't forget to compress the bladder on the underside of the brake fluid reservoir cap--you'll get a brake light on your dash that won't go away.

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Also decided to try out colors for the interior dash/plastics using colorbond LVP:

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Turned out pretty good IMO, so I'll be color switching more pieces in my free time.

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Fixed the horn with some extra foam from an old pelican case:

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Drove to CO to visit family for the holidays and played in some snow!  I wish I had taken the montero out there to have some fun, but the girlfriend didn't want to.. Oh well, hooning around in my mazda3 daily was fun too.

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Came back home and went wheeling with some friends on new years day. (more like 3 wheeling haha)

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We found an abandoned jet ski so of course we had to hook it up to the back of my friend's tacoma and hop on:

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Fun day, but also broke my driverside auto hub, so ordered some japanese aisin manual hubs and am slapped them on as soon as I could...can't wait to try them out off road!

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And unfortunately my mazdaspeed6 blew its rings soooo there goes a lot of money that I was planning to put into trail armor/lift/audio for the truck.

Womp womp.

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I think once I find some time I'll spray the roof satin black and get those window trims painted too... paint is cheap.
Title: Re: Sedole's 1991 LWB
Post by: kalieracer on January 19, 2018, 08:15:50 PM
Bummer about the mazda.. Spray the roof white so the truck stays cooler!
Title: Re: Sedole's 1991 LWB
Post by: chuckchuckZ on February 20, 2018, 08:28:25 PM
Wow, what a thread!!  Lots of very useful information. Love how you saved the truck from the wrecking yard!!

Curious about the moonroof.. . Is the moonroof glass on gen 2 exactly same size as gen 1? Mines is quickly losing its battle to rust around the glass and would love to make the same swap!

Also about the disco seats.. Did you wire up the power seats and heaters? I dreamed of the swap at pick and pull a few times, glad to see it actually done!!
Title: Re: Sedole's 1991 LWB
Post by: Sedole on February 20, 2018, 09:59:50 PM
Yeah the glass is the exact same size!  I haven't had any troubles with leaks since (although it has been a pretty dry winter here in SoCal...).

I intend to wire them up at some point, but I've just been too lazy to do so.  For now I just jump the seat motors from my LED light's switch with tester leads when I need to adjust them haha
Title: Re: Sedole's 1991 LWB
Post by: Sir_Monty on February 21, 2018, 08:12:09 AM
Man those seats are awesome. They would look great in a gen 2 or 2.5. Also that sucks about the Mazda.
Title: Re: Sedole's 1991 LWB
Post by: reversecaoboy on February 21, 2018, 09:42:46 AM
Awesome!

I really need to get around to cleaning the carpet on my Montero as well. I just threw an entire axle from a junkyard back there, and I'm about to pick up a 13BT for my (also broken mazda) RX7 and toss it in the back as well.
Title: Re: Sedole's 1991 LWB
Post by: Crumb on February 21, 2018, 04:39:39 PM
 I just kind of sort of got a Gen 1 LWB, hope to pump out some resto parts.
Title: Re: Sedole's 1991 LWB
Post by: Sedole on May 11, 2018, 03:30:01 PM
Looking forward to those parts, TOASTY!


Not much going on with the Montero.  For a while everything worked, but it was, of course, short lived..
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My RR door harness is likely messed up.  I took the switch out and it's good so must be something down stream.  It used to come on and off when I hit bumps and now it just stays on.  I've been lazy to fix it.  CEL...who knows.  Also been lazy haha. 

Threw in a refurbed JVC unit.  Still need to replace the trashed factory speakers though.  Also have a DIN pocket that I need to adapt to fit.  As well as make up a face plate.

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And lastly, welded up an exhaust.  Magnaflow muffler and 1/4 inch larger diameter pipe.  I did the project over two weekends and drove during that week with the exhaust partly finised.  Don't do that.  You might melt some wire harnesses like I did.... *facepalm.  Fortunately my local LQK yard had not one, but TWO gen1 LWBs in stock!!  Was able to scavenge a harness and splice it in. 

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Don't leave your exhaust unfinished at this spot...

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Me of course being as observant as I am, did not see it until I had finished the job.  I thought the very strange electrical problems were attributed to me letting my friends (more-so just one in particular) help take out my dash unsupervised.

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I dig the sound, especially the pops and burbles on decel.  It's a great noise level:  just loud enough but not obnoxiously so.
Title: Re: Sedole's 1991 LWB
Post by: Sedole on May 14, 2018, 09:28:02 AM
Speakers are in!

6.5" rears were cake.  All they needed was some spacers on the factory grill to clear the new speaker.
5.25" fronts were easy except for running the speaker wires into the door.  Huge PITA.  I ended up taking off the fenders to get more room to work with.  Rears sound fantastic.  Fronts are okay...much better than factory but still leaves a little to be desired.  I'll probably upgrade them to 6.5" components sometime down the road.

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Title: Re: Sedole's 1991 LWB
Post by: Crumb on May 14, 2018, 04:14:01 PM
 About to put speakers in my '91, I don't want to cut my door cards so I was thinking about just replacing the dash units. How does it sound?
Title: Re: Sedole's 1991 LWB
Post by: Sedole on May 14, 2018, 09:12:21 PM
About to put speakers in my '91, I don't want to cut my door cards so I was thinking about just replacing the dash units. How does it sound?

Honestly, for the amount of work I put in, I think I would have rather just put 4" speakers into the dash--especially if you plan to add in a subwoofer as well.  The work to sound quality ratio left me desiring for more than 5.25s.  Like I spent maybe 3-4 hours? getting them in and when I turned it on for a listen, my immediate reaction was:  "this is it?!?"...  I honestly had to just close my eyes and really listen for the subtle differences to notice them. 

I think if you do door speakers, put 6.5" components otherwise it's not really worth it, imho.  Or a nice deck with more amps and nicer speakers would probably make a bigger difference too--mine was all low-mid range stuff haha.

I did some listening with one side factory and the other with 5.25.  The dash speaker side had much better highs (location helps here), whereas the door side had better mids and lows.  However, unless I really blasted the sound, the difference was not that pronounced.

I certainly don't claim to be an audiophile or expert by any means, but I did pay for my first year of college on a trumpet scholarship so I figure I know a thing or two about sound?
Title: Re: Sedole's 1991 LWB
Post by: Sedole on June 17, 2018, 11:21:27 PM
Scored some yakima 1a racks on offerup for $25!  Already putting them to use:

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Peep the ADD sticker for that extra hp ya feel  8)
Title: Re: Sedole's 1991 LWB
Post by: poormansporsche on August 17, 2018, 12:16:52 PM
Very cool build man and I dig the direction you're going. I know what you mean about pulling speaker wiring. I found it easier to pull the fenders off and run it through the door. Otherwise it was just a complete nightmare. 6.5" speakers meant chopping up the door skeleton. Wasn't a fan of doing, but I was less a fan of the speakers in the lower dash.

I'm considering getting my seats recovered in Landy Sorrel Brown, which appears to be a similar tan color that you used. Is that the paint code?

cheers

poorman
Title: Re: Sedole's 1991 LWB
Post by: Sedole on August 17, 2018, 03:46:23 PM

I'm considering getting my seats recovered in Landy Sorrel Brown, which appears to be a similar tan color that you used. Is that the paint code?


Thanks man, I still have a lot of plans (and a lot of parts sitting in bins in my garage) for the truck, but school has gotten super busy so it's hard to find the time..

They are land rover's bahama beige.  The seats are actually quite a bit lighter than the picture portrays.  It's a great color though, and looks super cool imo with the black piping!  I'll probably be trashing these current seats for some manual adjusting gen2 seats though.  LR leather just has not stood up to the test of time and the CA sun..
Title: Re: Sedole's 1991 LWB
Post by: Sedole on September 20, 2018, 08:54:12 AM
Well I don't have a ton of pics to show for it, but I've been busy with the Montero these past couple weeks!  The didactic portion of dental school has died down so I finally have more free time to do things other than study and cry myself to sleep after school each night! ;D

The biggest thing I've done is give the 'tero a slight suspension lift:  gen2 springs in the rear, cranked torsion bars up front to match, and bilstein 4600s all around:

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Impressions of the lift:  loving it!  ;D  Gen2 rear springs have so much more comfort (in addition to the added height).  The 4600s are superb too.  From the facebook group posts I was expecting these to be a bit softer, but they really are a perfect blend of street-ability and off road ability.  On the street the truck is much more comfortable on my back yet only slightly more lean in the corners.  Off road is a huge difference.  I let her stretch her legs on the dirt path next to the railroad tracks near my house and it's night and day!  Where I previously had to go 15-20 mph to not rattle my teeth off, I now fly by at 40-45.  Comfortably!

I was also going to align the truck myself, but after seeing how much a pain it would be to get the fronts done, I decided I will take it to a shop in the next week or so.

I neglected to take after pictures of the truck, so I'll have to get those later.



I was also stranded by my truck for the first time ever.  Driving into school and I noticed my electrical accessories acting weird and A/C not blowing as cold.  After a few minutes I realized my alternator was likely not charging, but there was no parking at all so I was still circling with the traffic in the garage trying to find a spot.  Fortunately the truck finally died on a downhill slope into the covered section of the garage so I didn't have to scorch in the SoCal sun waiting for AAA to pick me up.

Naturally the AAA truck couldn't fit into the garage, so me and Carlos (my AAA driver) had a fun time pushing it around and out 3 stories of the garage by ourselves..

It indeed was the alternator.  I ended up having it rebuilt by M&M alternators in San Bernardino, CA for $60.  It seems like they did a good job, but time will tell.  They gave a 24mo warranty, so that's good.

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This (above) pic was after I had done just the rear springs and shocks.  Look at the difference!  That rear wheel gap used to be about even with the fronts. 

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Clean and shiny  8)



Also picked up a curt hitch from a Gen2 and plan to shorten it at some point to improve departure angle.

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Other things I've done:

I'm chasing some CELs.  Currently getting an intermittent 11 and a constant 24.  Haven't had time to pull the cluster and replace the reed switch (my guess for 24).  And 11 I'm not sure.  I put in a brand new O2 sensor during the process of getting the truck to pass smog so I'm assuming that hasn't gone bad and it's likely injector or air intake related.

For some reason I'm having constant power to the license plate lights and the rear hatch door sensor is slightly tripped so it sends (a dim) door ajar light on the dash.  I've unplugged the harness to the rear door for now and just don't drive the 'tero at night.

Fixed some broken exhaust hangars.

Added a little dash cubby pocket below the stereo.

Got a new hazard switch to replace my grenaded one.

Chased an oil leak to maybe the rear main seal?  It's pretty small leak (not even a noticeable amount on the dipstick after 500 miles, so I'm not too concerned about it right now.

Chased a coolant leak to I think the throttle body.  The hoses had enough slack to cut about 1/2 inch off the ends of each one, so I just cleaned off the corrosion on the nipples and reattached.  So far so good.

Deleted the nonfunctioning headlight washer.  I've never ever used them in other cars either so I just capped off the plug and hose in case I ever change my mind.  Now it's got me thinking about what to do with all the new real estate up there.  ::)

Also an update the to speaker install.  Previously I was not that happy, and it's still true:  listening to FM radio leaves a lot to be desired.  But I have since tried hooking my iphone up to it via usb and boy what a difference!  It actually sounds pretty dang good!  Subwoofer plans to come!

Lastly I've slowly been adding in noico sound deadening material.  I've only done the hatch floor area so far, but man, what a huge difference in road noise and exhaust drone already! 


That's it for now, but there's still lots more to do!
Title: Re: Sedole's 1991 LWB
Post by: Shovel on September 20, 2018, 09:05:26 AM
Man!!   Team Bilstein and Team Noico at the same time?!     

Moving up in this world, nice looking Montero!
Title: Re: Sedole's 1991 LWB
Post by: Crumb on September 20, 2018, 06:56:08 PM
 Yeah dude, bad ass!
Title: Re: Sedole's 1991 LWB
Post by: Sedole on September 20, 2018, 09:02:30 PM
Thanks dudes! 

Team Bilstein and team Noico all the way!!  Some of my fav mods so far!


Well today I started fiddling with a factory gen2 transfer case skid that I picked up a long time ago.  I'm happy with how I modified the rearmost part of the plate to bolt up to the truck, but not so much with the front.  It's weak and I know it.  I think I will pick up some 1/8" steel tomorrow to double up the front and add some bends and a carefully placed gusset here or there.  I did very minimal prep and painted it as I had planned to just run the plate for a little while, but it's really bugging me how weak the front is.  The plate is also just slightly too short for the gen1 mounting points, so this will give me the chance to make proper mounting holes.  I can also then do away with the giant spacer/washers I added to the front bolts to gain some of the clearance I needed.

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Started working on a new radio bezel today as well and hope to finish that tomorrow.

Also forgot to mention before that I ended up picking up 2 more yakima 1a racks cause more racks are better racks  8)

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Title: Re: Sedole's 1991 LWB
Post by: Sedole on September 24, 2018, 07:53:49 PM
Went wheelin Saturday at my local spot in San Timoteo canyon.  My friend wanted to test out his new-to-him Raptor, and who am I to turn down a wheeling trip.  ;D  It was also a great chance to test out my new Bilsteins!

They did not disappoint!  I of course could not compete with the Raptor, but I could easily keep up with my other friend in his 2nd gen Tacoma.  Last time we went out there I had to air down and stick to 20-25 mph to keep from rattling my teeth out on the straight flat out section, but this time I held 60+ in all but the most rutted sections...with comfort!  8)  They of course handled the slower crawling great as well!

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This was the most difficult obstacle I attempted. I really need to trust the tippyness of the ‘tero but my gosh I about poo’d my pants lol I really thought it was going over this time. With some spotting and my friends pushing up on the low side to get through the deepest portion, I then stacked a few rocks and a tire that someone had left in the ditch before me to finish getting out. At the point of the picture facing the rear of the truck, I was teetering on my two passenger wheels and at one point the body was resting on the side of the ravine.  Hence the pushing from my friends.

If I had aired down I think I would’ve gotten through a little better. A front LSD or locker would’ve gone a long way for me as well--and, I'm willing to admit, more experience too.

Rest of the trip was pretty uneventful.  I did go through more obstacles than the other two trucks solely because of the dimensions of my own truck and the tightness of the trails.  I did need a tug out once though.  Steep hill climb, inclinometer was well past 30 once I got stuck.  Montero was chugging up like a tank until I hit a soft patch of dirt midway through.  LSD kicked in and slid the back end to the right causing me to get hung up on my rear diff.  Not enough power to get myself out forward or backward so I had to radio in for help.  Also it was really steep and I was puckering the whole time hah.

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Sunday I ran to the LKQ pick your part to grab some stuff from a gen 1 and ran into fellow SoCal montero owner, Christopher Leon.  Great guy and had a fun time chatting with him as we both pulled our parts.

Today I finally got back to work.  After beaching my rig Saturday I decided the skid plate should really get finished.  Decided to extend my front mounting point with some 1/8 steel sheet.  Bent the leading edge up to match it, and bent in the corners for extra strengths.

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Corners bent in (previously rounded the internal corners--I think that's a strength thing?)

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At this point I was ready to drill some holes and throw it on, but the little man on my shoulder convinced me to reinforce the plate now and not have to do it later.  I went with 3/16 flat bar stock.  I had 1/4 laying around as well, but figured the 3/16 plus the 1/8 would be good enough.

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After getting the reinforcement on I realized I should have done the reinforcement before modifying the front of the plate so I could have extended it further forwards, but whatever, if it breaks I'll fix it later!

Rounded off the front and bent the edges inwards a little to prevent snagging, drilled some mounting holes, and threw a couple coats of rustoleum satin black on and called it good to go!

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Fitment is pretty good, especially considering it wasn't even originally meant for this year of Montero.  It sits a tad lower than I think I'd like, but I'm sure it will receive a more "custom" fit as it gets used on the trail haha.

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I've also been working on a new radio bezel these last few days.  It's pretty much done, but I'm probably going to nitpick at it a little more with my dremel to make the cutouts a little straighter.  It will eventually get 4 bolts, 1 in each corner, to hold it on, but I bought the wrong ones for the little fastener nut thingymajigs I have, so that will come later.  It fits pretty good and stays in place without it, so here it sits for now.  Used 1/8" ABS sheet.

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Lastly, I tried to mimic previous photos of the truck to show a comparison, but it's too hard to get the angles right.  Sooo, here's a pic of my truck as she sits!  It ended up about an inch taller than it was.

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Title: Re: Sedole's 1991 LWB
Post by: Crumb on September 26, 2018, 08:47:38 AM
 Truck looks tough dude! makes me want that blue one at JBFP's even more!
Title: Re: Sedole's 1991 LWB
Post by: Sedole on September 27, 2018, 12:03:03 PM
Thanks dude! Maybe she'll get onto your level some day haha


Finished up the radio bezel.  Decided to attach the little trim piece that came with the stereo for a more finished look. I wanted black hex screws but couldn't find any locally in an appropriate size and thread pattern.

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Snagged a new reed switch and swapped mine out.  Mine did not look broken, but there were burn marks on the glass (similar to when a lightbulb or fuse blows) so I put this one in.  I also realized that when I first brought my truck home, I didn't have any CELs, and since my #11 code is intermittent and my investigations on the truck have been fruitless, I decided to put my old O2 sensor back in.  My #24 code is also intermittent.  So far neither one has come back yet, so fingers crossed..

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Finished up the Noico on the back cargo floor area.  Planning to also do main cabin floor area, doors, roof just behind windshield, firewall, and inside the rear quarter panels.  Already noticing a huge difference!

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Title: Re: Sedole's 1991 LWB
Post by: MrGalantguy on September 27, 2018, 03:27:44 PM
Great work on your Gen 1 man!

I have been itching to get a Gen 1 lately. :P
Title: Re: Sedole's 1991 LWB
Post by: Crumb on September 27, 2018, 06:56:14 PM
Get one! I need to Noico mine, i want to go way overboard on my little build but i also don't like black cars.
Title: Re: Sedole's 1991 LWB
Post by: Sedole on September 29, 2018, 09:13:10 PM
I really recommend the Noico!  It does add some weight of course, but IMO it's worth it.  I am in the dental field though, so take that with a grain of salt.  I'm listening to hand pieces and suctions all day in the background, so my ears readily welcome a reduction in driving noise!


Warning:  If spacers ain't your thing, look away now!!

Installed some 1" spacers today.  Got the affordable ones recommended by ADD from amazon.  They're only lug-centric, but my Montero is only lug-centric to begin with so they should do just fine.  Spacers seem great quality out of the box, so hopefully they hold up well!

I got them for the looks of course, but as an added benefit it should fix my rubbing of the sway bar up front.

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Quick wire brush of the hub and studs, blue thread locker, and torqued properly.

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And, before and after:

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I'm super happy with how she sits now, it looks so much more tough!  I wasn't going for a poke sort of look, just flush in line with the fenders, and the 1" turned out just about perfect for that.

I'll have to grab some better pics tomorrow in the daylight.

Planning to take her for a little drive tomorrow and then recheck all the nuts to be safe.
Title: Re: Sedole's 1991 LWB
Post by: Shovel on September 29, 2018, 11:34:34 PM
I like this build, set up for the long run with clean quality work.   

Quote
They're only lug-centric

With the front axle locking hubs it's not really possible to fit a bore-centric spacer there.  It would be possible in the rear (as long as the spacer is more than about 14mm) but then  you'd be buying two separate pairs of spacers.     I think with six conical lubs there's not much opportunity for run-out to exist. 
Title: Re: Sedole's 1991 LWB
Post by: Sedole on October 06, 2018, 09:51:20 PM
I think with six conical lubs there's not much opportunity for run-out to exist.


Thanks, makes me feel more confident about them!

Updates!

Drove out to Victorville to snag some decent looking cloth seats from a 97 LS at the LKQ.  I wanted to get the trailing arms as well while I was there, but by the time I finally got the first one off it was 5:50 and the yard was closing at 6:00, so I'll have to grab another one at some point.

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They are in good condition but are pretty dirty and have some questionable stains, so they'll be getting blasted by my carpet shampooer before they go anywhere near my truck haha


Truck started smoking a ton from under the hood on the way to school one day--right at the light to the parking garage.  Pulled into the parking garage and shut her down and got out to take a look.  Turned out one of the coolant hoses by the firewall popped right off causing the truck to puke most its coolant.

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The hose (and all the others on the truck) was still nice and supple and not cracked, but the clamp was very loosely attached so it was probably bound to happen at some point.  I'm just glad it happened 2.5 miles away from home instead of off road somewhere in the mountains!  Home is mostly downhill from school so I was able to limp her home just fine without getting her hot at all.

Anyways, cleaned off the corrosion and got a new hose just in case.  Went through the rest of the coolant hoses all around the truck and double checked all the connections and made sure they were all tight.  Drained the residual coolant and filled it back up with a 50/50 mix.  Was planning to do a coolant drain and fill at some point anyways so at least that's one good thing about all this!


One thing that has always left me wanting more is the headlights on this truck.  The stock sealed beams are just grossly inadequate.  So, in comes some Rampage H4 halogens and a universal ceramic relay harness from all star truck parts on amazon.  I chose the rampage lights because they had good reviews and I like the look of the clear lenses, especially since I plan to add halo rings at some point.  The harness was just chosen cause it had the best reviews as well, and it turned out to be an absolutely perfect fit for the G1 montero!

Before:

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Low beams:

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High beams:

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Layout of how I ran the harness.  Literally a perfect fit!

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Tucked the wire right in front of the radiator underneath the radiator support next to the harness already running through there to get to the other side.

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Take off the grill and headlight surrounds, pop off the chrome rings, and pop the new headlights in!  Plug and play, no modification required!

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Bam!  Love the more modern look these give off!  Unfortunately one of the bulbs was cracked from shipping and I didn't notice until I installed it and the driver headlight started filling up with gas.  Got some new 55/60W H4 bulbs from hella.  Will have to clean it off when I open them up for the halo install.

These give off SO MUCH more light, I can actually drive the truck and SEE at night now!  These crappy iphone pictures don't do it justice, but it's like I'm driving a vehicle with modern headlights instead of 99cent store flashlights hooked up front as headlights.  With the low beams I now have light one lane over each side and with the high beams its about 2+ lanes over on each side.  Of course the distance and light output is vastly improved too!

Low beams after:

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Highs:

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Lows:

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Highs:

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Highs and spots.  Spots throw a ton of light, especially up front, so the iphone has trouble shooting it, but here's the pic anyway:

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Loving them!  So bright!

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Title: Re: Sedole's 1991 LWB
Post by: Sedole on October 08, 2018, 08:16:07 PM
Drove my friends today in my truck today on the way to the LKQ yard and one commented, "Sean, did you put your exhaust back to stock or something?  It's like kinda quiet now!"  I never told him about the Noico sound deadening, so I guess it must really be working and I'm not just imagining it! 

They also commented that the truck rode a ton smoother with the new shocks on.  The friend that owns a raptor kept going on and on about how surprised he was at how smooth it handled the gravel road!

Glad to get some feedback and see that I'm not tooooo biased!  8)

Title: Re: Sedole's 1991 LWB
Post by: Crumb on October 09, 2018, 04:00:52 PM
 I like that, that would make me feel all good inside too.
Title: Re: Sedole's 1991 LWB
Post by: Sedole on October 14, 2018, 08:04:18 PM
I had a pretty productive weekend!  Started off Friday night some some more maintenance items.  Engine oil and drain/fill two L of transmission fluid.

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Not a bad idea to write the date/mileage on your filter.  Bonus points if you get it tight and can still see the numbers!

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Made a better comparison picture of the headlights.  The pictures don't capture the distance the light travels well, so you'll just have to trust me the H4s are much better.  If you're on the fence, just do it!  Ditch those sealed beams!

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Aaaand, bumper time!

Scrolling ebay in class and I come across a full width JK bumper for $150 shipped to my doorstep!  It claimed 5/32" material and a .120 bar.  No other dimensions were listed but it claimed to be a full width so I took a chance!  I had actually seen one on a JK the other day and thought it looked pretty good so what the hell why not.

Bumper got in and I immediately mocked it up.  First off, I guess full width is 65".  5/32" was used on the front face and top, and 1/8" everywhere else.  Bumper brackets were 3/16" and the shackle mounts are 1" and welded front and back.  I debated sending it back at this point cause I really don't like the massive diving board look with the bumper sticking a foot off the front.  Buuut the little man on my shoulder said screw it, break out the angle grinder!  So that's what I did!

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Chopping about 2.5" off the back, and later on in this post, 2" off each end and the winch fairlead mount, plus some of the supports on the back netted a loss of about 12-15 lbs!  Also enabled the bumper to sit a good bit closer to the body.

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Next up mounts.  I used 3/16" steel to adapt the bumper so it mounts the same way as factory.  Later on I'm going to make another tab to utilize the preexisting nuts on the other side of the frame horns.  So it will be like a C.  I'm also going to weld more of the frame horn seams, but that's a project for a later day.  My little ryobi really struggled to get the job done, so I'm going to track down a friend with a drill press and make these.  Also, drill first, then cut, then weld.  Don't do it like this lol.

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That width really needs to be taken down...  Chop chop with angle grinder!

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Boxed in with 1/8" steel:

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Cut off most the winch fairlead mounts (left enough to mount my plate on), flap disc'd the ends smooth, cleaned it all up, and threw on a little satin black rustoleum then mounted her up!

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All in all, I'm pretty dang happy!  For $150 I don't think I could have come up with something better just welding from scratch.  Weight wise it's not too bad.  Stock bumper is in the ballpark of 25-30 lbs.  This is 55-60lbs.  I could probably cut out another 5-10 lbs of unnecessary material too.  Was able to get it close enough to the body so approach angle (comparing to a stock bumper with the little black bumper pad things still on) is about the same.  I could probably get it sitting 1" closer to the body, but that would involve cutting the frame horns which I don't want to do at this time.

I was worried about the whole blah blah Chinese made junk argument, but really it's not so bad.  Sure the coating is crap and sometime I'll wire wheel it all off and repaint with rustoleum satin black, but it's cheap, sturdy, and the welds are pretty decent.  I did some destructive testing of my own welds and the bumper's welds on the pieces that I cut off and was pretty satisfied.  I don't know that I'd trust the shackle mounts for a snatch ever, especially without reinforcing with the C mount that I was talking about, but simple tug outs where I'm not too stuck should be fine.  Anything more and I'll use Mitsubishi's factory front tow point.
Title: Re: Sedole's 1991 LWB
Post by: Sedole on October 14, 2018, 08:57:28 PM
Got some gas, took more pics.  Gotta love that gas station lighting!

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Title: Re: Sedole's 1991 LWB
Post by: Crumb on October 15, 2018, 10:36:35 AM
Bad ass dude!
Title: Re: Big Blue - 1991 LWB
Post by: PajEvo on October 15, 2018, 08:36:16 PM
Dude I am so loving this build. Often times if there's no "like" button like some other places (cough cough) we do still like it, read it, then move on. So I'm going to go on record as saying I love it! (insert red heart here). :)

Makes me miss my last gen1 - an 89 in the same color.

Keep up the good work. Bumper is a nice find, and an even better adaptation!

Phil
Title: Re: Big Blue - 1991 LWB
Post by: ChargerX3 on October 17, 2018, 03:22:00 AM
Nice work and adaptation! She fits well! What bumper did you go with? I’ve been looking at a replace for my 89 as well.
Title: Re: Big Blue - 1991 LWB
Post by: Sedole on October 17, 2018, 09:14:45 PM
Thanks for the love dudes!  Appreciate it!

The bumper is called "Rock Crawler Front Bumper w/Fog Light Housing for Jeep Wrangler JK 2007-2018" I got it from an ebay  seller called "hk-directsale" but many others have the same exact product. 

Often times if there's no "like" button like some other places (cough cough) we do still like it, read it, then move on.

No worries, I do the same thing.  I do of course appreciate getting comments and feedback, but I also keep this thread going along for myself to look back on, so even if nobody replies I'll keep on posting!
Title: Re: Big Blue - 1991 LWB
Post by: Sedole on October 20, 2018, 08:41:22 PM
Trip log!  Took a day trip to run some trails near Lake Arrowhead.

127.6 miles, 13.2 mpg.  About 15 miles off road.

Was hoping I'd get a little better mpg, but I did keep my right foot pretty into it all the way up the mountain so not much surprise there lol  ::)  On the plus side, temps stayed perfect!

Here she is looking puny next to my buddy's raptor:

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Found some rocks to play on:

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And some mud left from last weekends rain!

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Made it home unscathed except for a couple scratches where I hit my frame on the rocks...

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...and this:

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I looked down and thought, how did a damn twig get stuck in my cluster?!?!  Then I looked closer...  :o

Time to break out the superglue!

Also modification ideas/wants after this trip... big brake upgrade. 
Title: Re: Big Blue - 1991 LWB
Post by: johneric on October 26, 2018, 11:51:00 AM
ha! did you peg it??
Title: Re: Big Blue - 1991 LWB
Post by: Sedole on December 11, 2018, 10:21:15 PM
Finally fixed the speedo!  Cleaned off the decades of filth on the plastic covers while I was at it too.

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Applied some festivity:

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And started off the season right by getting rear ended!  Slow speed hit directly to the hitch, so this was all the damage I sustained, but even at that slow speed, the little fiat that hit me got munched!  Bumper, intercooler, and hood smushed in!  I should have taken a picture, but forgot...

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Installed a very important mod, worth at least 50 free horses to the wheel!  Peep my doggo and unenthusiastic S.O.

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Finally got around to installing the gen 2 boneyard seats I picked up a month or so ago.  Passenger was an easy swap, but driver I had to swap the skins onto a manual control seat...not fun!  Driver bottom turned out a little wrinkly, but not too bad.  I can deal.  I'm just glad to have adjusting seats again!!  (could never get the LR auto controls working..)  As a bonus, these lowered my seating position about 4 inches (back to normal) from the LR seats...and I shaved about 80lbs total by ditching the LR ones!

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Aaaand I've started to paint my wheels black.  Started with the spare cause that's the easiest to remove haha.  No plastidip here!

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Title: Re: Big Blue - 1991 LWB
Post by: GrantCee on December 15, 2018, 03:03:19 PM
I once had a '73 International Travelall 1210 4x4. Beautiful vehicle. Got rear ended in a parking lot by a 16-year-old girl who'd just gotten her driver's license and was tearing around the lanes frantically looking for a parking space. How she managed to miss seeing a vehicle the size of a school bus I'll never know, but she hit me hard.

Her Honda Accord didn't fare so well: took out the entire front end, part of the left front corner, radiator, did some engine and transaxle damage. She had to be towed because it couldn't even be started.

And she scratched my bumper.  ;D

Title: Re: Big Blue - 1991 LWB
Post by: Sedole on December 18, 2018, 09:49:54 PM
Little bit of decrustifying today!  Been meaning to do this for the past year and finally got around to it.

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Title: Re: Big Blue - 1991 LWB
Post by: Sedole on December 20, 2018, 05:41:05 PM
Continuing on with the blackness:

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Title: Re: Big Blue - 1991 LWB
Post by: Sedole on January 10, 2019, 10:47:46 PM
Minor mods and updates:

Finally got around to putting Noico in the passenger area of the truck.

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Installed a rear view mirror back up camera system.  Very straightforward to install, only being made difficult by the very brittle interior plastics.

The mirror/monitor came with a windshield adapter, which of course does not work with the stock montero configuration because the mirror is mounted to the roof, not windshield.  Fortunately for me, the ball of the factory mirror ball joint looked to be about the same size as the ball of the new mirror.  Took a chance (only way to take it apart was by destroying my factory mirror) that it would fit and ripped it apart.  Dice!  Perfect match!  Couple zips with the dremel and zaps with the sparky gun and we now have an adapted mounting system!

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Looks subtle in black.  I like.  And this new mirror has much better clarity than the beat up factory one and is a little wider field of view as well.  Bonus!

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Camera placement and monitor on (activated by reverse lights):

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One day of use verdict:  Excellent concept, not the best in reality.  If there is any sunlight coming from the rear, the glare makes the monitor unseeable due to it being behind a mirrored screen.  The camera included in the cheap kit I bought has a very inadequate 120 degree field of view.  I will be upgrading to a more sleek lower profile camera with 170 degree view.  Other than that, this thing is great!  The monitor auto-dimming function works great, and the mirror as a mirror is very clear to look through.  The mirror itself is also very well made, like mid-late 2000s oem mirror feel.  A little plasticy but sturdy and fine to look at.  There is no glare dimming lever, but I have not found it to be necessary as this mirror is almost an in between of the day and night levels of a so equipped mirror...if that makes any sense.  Goldilocks.


And of course, some winter wheeling!  Just some easy fire/maintenance roads in Angelus Oaks, CA.

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While the trails were easy, we did have to manage some deep ruts and slick mud and ice.  As usual, the truck did not let me down!  And boy did I have fun hooning those muddy and snowy turns!  The factory LSD is very satisfying!  8)


Lastly, I took the old girl for her required smog for registration, and she passed without a hitch! 


Which brings me to my next bit of news.  The gen 1 chapter of my Montero journey seems to be slowly coming to a close.  While I really really love this truck, there are certain areas that I just feel are lacking for my needs.  So, I've decided to list her for sale and pursue the gen 2.5 life!  I don't anticipate a quick sale, and I'm in no rush to sell either.  I'll likely list at what some would call a crazy price ($5,000) which leaves me negotiation room, but also partly because I don't really want to see her gone.  I'd love to keep her, but I'm not at the point in life where I can justify owning so many vehicles.  I currently own 3, and adding the 2.5 would make 4.

Regardless, I will continue to tinker and go wheeling while she is in my possession.  I can't help it!  I've got a few parts in bins to install, white paint to slap on the roof, and might even build a simple wood platform for the rear.  And who knows, I just might change my mind once I get done with it all!
Title: Re: Big Blue - 1991 LWB
Post by: johneric on January 12, 2019, 09:11:22 AM
that's not a crazy price at all. thanks for sharing the pics and mods - been fun to watch the progress.
Title: Re: Big Blue - 1991 LWB
Post by: Sedole on January 24, 2019, 11:22:31 PM
Gotten a few solid interests in the Montero so far, but none have finalized yet.

Anyways, this is the first time I've ever really properly washed and then polished/waxed the truck, so here's a pic dump!

She ain't so crusty after all!  Well...except the hood and the roof haha

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Honestly my heart is so torn...A gen 2.5 will fit my lifestyle and wants so much better, but I will really really miss this truck.  I keep seeing pictures of all these sick old school 4x4s that the gen 1 just fits the vibe of.  And my S.O. is finally on board with the 4x4 life.  After our most recent trip to the mountains for skiing (of which we had to drive through a big snow storm, with snow accumulation on the road), she kept noticing all the other cars stopping to put chains on or cars that had gone off the road and plowed into the snow banks, meanwhile our Montero just kept on going as surefooted as a billy goat.  And she actually expressed concern that we might be without a Montero for some time once this one sold.

Decisions decisions..
Title: Re: Big Blue - 1991 LWB
Post by: Sedole on January 29, 2019, 08:15:20 PM
Gen 2 trailing arms finally went in last night and this morning!  Mine were still in great shape, but nice to have peace of mind.

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And nabbed this shiny little tip from that one aisle at autozone while picking up a new starter for my girlfriend's car.  Spot welded on.

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