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Title: B.N.Z.MTNS -Elevation 5,807’
Post by: B.N.Z.MTNS on November 24, 2017, 01:28:35 AM
Hi y’all,

I figured after a year on Expedition Portal and now as a new member on here, I might as well introduce myself and my rig.

My name is Brian and I live in Montrose, CO - elevation 5,807.  We are surrounded by 13’000’ -14,000’ mountains to the south and east, the Grand Mesa to our north and the Utah state line is 58.5 miles to our west... Moab is a couple hours away.

My personalized plates on every rig I have ever built match my handle which simply means:
Be iN Z MounTaiNS.

I come from an extensive background with full size Chevys, straight axle and IFS, but have recently taken an interest in Monteros, because of their straight forward, purpose built, overly engineered design.  My wife and small children got tired of bouncing around in my clunky straight axle K5 and so that prompted me to get something a bit more family friendly.

About a year ago I found a clean specimen.  A minty 95’ LS.  It was apparently owned since new by an older couple.  They were religious about maintenance and had all services performed at Mitsu dealers.  I have every service record from the day it was new, including oil changes, and tire rotations.
After the husband died, the former service manager at the Mitsu dealership found out the wife was selling it and purchased it, since he knew every detail about it and it’s care.  He drove it for about a year and decided to cut down on the amount of vehicles in his herd, so it popped up on Craigslist about 3 hours from me... and here I come with some cash and home with a super clean Montero.

It is all stock aside from manual hubs and 31’s.  But my plans involve the usual... SR axles, maybe re-gear, some lift, 33’s (maybe 35’s), possibly a 3.5 swap and some other overlandish mods or family camping trips.

I have already appreciated gleaning useful information from this site and other Montero friendly sites.  I look forward to sharing my progress with you and the helpful advice that  will come along the way.


My last Chevy Build (3 years from stock to this)



My LS the night I brought it home


He even included a set of factory service manuals


After a nice bath





I have not has the time or funds to do much with it over the last year, but it gets me where I like to go anyway.


Till next time
Title: Re: B.N.Z.MTNS -Elevation 5,807’
Post by: ThePug on November 24, 2017, 03:38:19 AM
Beauty nice and clean :) And that K5 Wow I love those especially with the top off. Right on, welcome.
Title: Re: B.N.Z.MTNS -Elevation 5,807’
Post by: DONT_TREAD on November 24, 2017, 07:32:28 AM
I miss my big red pig  :'( the 650r is one hell of a bike. great lookin truck man  8)
Title: Re: B.N.Z.MTNS -Elevation 5,807’
Post by: B.N.Z.MTNS on November 24, 2017, 08:06:16 AM
I miss my big red pig  :'( the 650r is one hell of a bike. great lookin truck man  8)

I love the BRP too, but I am considering selling it...
Sadly, it may be the only way for me to come up with the spare cash I need to keep working in the Montero.  It will be a last resort, but my efforts will be more focused on the Montero than the bike from here on out.
Title: Re: B.N.Z.MTNS -Elevation 5,807’
Post by: DONT_TREAD on November 24, 2017, 09:13:13 AM
I love the BRP too, but I am considering selling it...
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I sold mine to buy a Montero, literally bought it a week after. The pig just wasn't practical, it was my first motorcycle and it was a bit much to say the least. The p/o had stage 2 hotcams and full race exhaust. not the easiest thing to commute southern California highways on haha. I love my Montero so much more, good off road performance and it isn't terrifying to drive.
Title: Re: B.N.Z.MTNS -Elevation 5,807’
Post by: B.N.Z.MTNS on November 26, 2017, 07:04:11 PM
Not much in the way of a build.  But I forgot to add my plates picture to the original introduction.
No mistakes on whose vehicle this is if you see it on the road somewhere.

Title: Re: B.N.Z.MTNS -Elevation 5,807’
Post by: Crumb on November 27, 2017, 04:43:37 PM
 That thing looks great dude, seeing it on my computer really shows it's been cared for.
Title: Re: B.N.Z.MTNS -Elevation 5,807’
Post by: B.N.Z.MTNS on November 27, 2017, 05:23:25 PM
That thing looks great dude, seeing it on my computer really shows it's been cared for.

So you still think I should keep it and swap SR drivetrain components in, rather than buy that Other SR I showed ya?
I’ll be leaning on y’all for help and advice either way.
Title: Re: B.N.Z.MTNS -Elevation 5,807’
Post by: Crumb on November 28, 2017, 04:38:21 PM
 I mean I would LOVE a low mileage SR but that one looks pretty rough. Have you done a carfax on it?
Title: Re: B.N.Z.MTNS -Elevation 5,807’
Post by: B.N.Z.MTNS on November 28, 2017, 04:56:41 PM
I mean I would LOVE a low mileage SR but that one looks pretty rough. Have you done a carfax on it?

He just sent me a picture of the title this morning and I pulled history on it today.  Everything looks good, no negatives on the report and the reported mileage from registration in AZ and CO all match up with what he reports to be on it now.

Im gonna try to take the drive to see it in person this weekend.  I’ll bring a trailer with, just in case I end up coming home with it.
Title: Re: B.N.Z.MTNS -Elevation 5,807’
Post by: haolepinoy on November 29, 2017, 10:42:56 AM
The license plate is a great touch! And it's cool to know there's history behind it.