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Is my super secret decoder ring still valid?

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This won't be a build thread per se, but documentation of getting my rig back running again for anyone coming along in the future that might be in the same spot. Maybe this belongs in just the Mitsu section instead of a build thread, so Mods, please move accordingly.

Without boring people to death, myself and my truck have been sidelined for a number of years for various reasons, and it's time to get myself and my rig back into action.

There's a long thread back on the 'Wire detailing my issues with this truck from the beginning. I may go back and find the link at some point for posterity, but the fellas in the AZ Crew know the journey well.

To catch everyone up on the deal, I parked my truck around 2.5 years ago when I had a pretty significant loss of power. I bought a new vehicle to get my carcass to and from the Jay Oh Bee so I didn't have to depend on my truck as a daily driver, but now my son is almost of driving age and the solution to needing another vehicle has been sitting in my driveway up until yesterday, when the kids and I power washed a ton a of dirt, scum, and black widows off it's neglected undersides, and pushed it up the driveway and into the garage. 

I'm torn where to start first, as it's been a number of years since I've wrenched on one of these rigs, and with it sitting, not started for a long time. The valve stem seals had been leaking for a significant amount of time, so I'm hoping the damage is minor, and I can do the seals, gaskets, timing belt and water pump, replace the cat and start driving. Along with a multitude of other things that need to be done to it.

Things I might do first:

Compression test - Not sure with the engine being cold if this is going to be a valid test. All the things I've read state in order to get accurate readings the engine needs to be warm.

Leak-down test - This will tell me if there is any internal issues with the engine, (i.e. rings, valves, etc), and what percentage of air might be leaking out, but not if I'm getting good compression across all cylinders.

Do above maintenance - valve stem seals, new cat because of all of the burning oil, and all of the standard maintenance items including coils, wires, etc. and see what happens.

PA_JERO has once again offered his help to get going again, since we live close and he's a good dude. So I'm grateful for that as always.

Cheers, and looking forward to hitting the trails again soon.

J

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Don't forget the new washer with the new crank bolt.

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Gen 2 Montero / Re: Rough Running 95 SR (3.5 DOHC) When Hot/Under Load
« on: October 02, 2017, 02:25:44 PM »
That brings an entirely new meaning to "hot/under load"...

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Mitsubishi Related / Re: Gen 2 front brake rotor upgrade
« on: August 29, 2017, 01:32:09 PM »
Great info!

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Mitsubishi Related / Re: 1st timing belt and tensioner question
« on: July 20, 2017, 04:40:56 PM »
I've done two non-oem tensioners and both failed prior to the 60K change interval.

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Ah, forgot all about those. Life kind of took me out of my game for a while fellas, so I apologize for being absent for so long. This kind of motivates me to get back to the doctor and get fixed up once and for all so I can get back to living instead of just existing.

ADD planning on offering sliders at some point, or are we still using the Toyota ones?

Appreciate the offers for help fellas. I'm not quite as physically able as I was a couple of years ago, so I'd be in your debt. Nothing too serious, but I fatigue very easily.

I'd really like to get back involved with the group and do some exploring. Been too long. Cheers!

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I'm going to have to spend some time figuring out what the issues with my truck are. Could be anywhere from:

Badly leaking valve stem seals clogged the cat, causing the extreme loss of power and drivability.

To

After 60K the rebuild let loose.

Or anywhere in between I guess. Plus the front end is all loosey-goosey again, so some siberian bushings, upgraded idler, and shocks may be in order. I rebuilt the front end with all Moog parts probably 50K ago, and it seems their quality has degraded over the years. Truck wanders all over the place on pavement. Not sure of the condition of the trailing arm bushings, but at 175K on the OEM bushings they may need some attention as well. And after sitting for 1.5 years, I need to inspect the tires for dry rot and such.

Or figure out a way to do the V8 swap and associated wiring prior to October. Not sure I'm up to that right now, and I don't know if I want to take on a journey of that distance on a swap without proper testing, to have the confidence in the rig to get me where I want to go.

Lots of variables...

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Gen 2 Montero / Re: brake noises - rotors at service limit?
« on: July 19, 2017, 10:57:26 AM »
And the rear rotors are much less of a PITA to change than the fronts.

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Mitsubishi Related / Broken crank bolt
« on: June 10, 2017, 04:22:22 PM »
Hey y'all. My brother just called me and said his crank bolt snapped. For you guys that have dealt with this before, can you post up how you went about fixing the issue? He's going to sign up on the forum, and I'll direct him to this thread. Thanks in advance.

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