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ALL MAKES - ALL MODELS - Build Threads / Sedole's Gen 3
« on: February 12, 2019, 11:38:20 PM »
As you may have noticed, I decided to sell my Gen 1.  It was a great truck, but I wanted something a little more comfortable for long road trips and more power for driving up the mountains to go skiing.  Originally I had my sights set on a Gen 2.5, but the little voice in the back of my head just kept on bringing up the Gen 3.  The more and more I thought about it, the more the Gen 3 started to appeal to me..So now I have my sights set on a 2003+ limited, preferably in black.

Anyways, I ended up selling my Gen 1 for $4,000.  Immediately afterwards I got on my phone and got on craigslist.  Lo and behold, there's a 2003 Gen 3, black, 20th ae for sale just an hours drive away!  Asking $3,500.  Messaged the guy, got to talking, and things weren't looking too good.  The guy wouldn't be available to meet until the following day (when I would be busy), and he also had 2 more people coming the morning of said day.  Well, I couldn't just let this Montero slip through my fingers, so I messaged back and said "yo, I've got $3,500 cash in hand and I'll come buy it right now if you can meet tonight as long as what you've told me matches what I see in person."  Fast forward a couple hours and I'm now the owner of a Gen 3!  8)

So here's the deets:  Basically a 2 owner truck (guy I bought it from bought it from his neighbor January of this year and didn't do much).  167k miles, timing belt/water pump done at 100k.  New radiator, hoses, thermostat done late Jan.  Runs/drives great.
 Registered until Feb 2020 and already passed CA smog.  Problems: valve covers leak a little oil.  No actual records of service (other than oil change). Sunroof works but falls off its track.  Driver seat torn.  A couple switches don't work.  Vibrates on the freeway above 80mph.  Brakes work, but feel a little off.  Other than that, this is a solid truck!

Impressions:  The Gen 3 is huuuuugely different than my Gen 1, but it still retains the tank-like feel.  It's much more modern for sure, yet it still feels familiar.  In comparison to my Gen 1, the Gen 3 feels like a sports car.  Power is fantastic, I can fly around corners, suspension is more supple, and the interior is much much nicer. 

Plans:  This won't be some crazy build, just some subtle mods to enhance the looks and performance of the truck.  Lift, wheels and tires, steel bumper, skids, ditch the aftermarket A/V and replace with modern headunit, catch up all the maintenance, clean up/fix the minor interior bits, and enjoy!  Can't wait to get this off road!

The extra $500 in my pocket was just itching to be spent, so I went out and got some new (to me) wheels and tires!  Toyota 4runner SR5 wheels and Falken Wildpeak AT3W in 265/70/r17.  Going to paint the wheels black and get them mounted.  I don't trust the wheels currently on the truck.

I also decided to ditch the factory spare tire cover as it was cracked and the paint was peeling and just looked rough.

ALL MAKES - ALL MODELS - Build Threads / Big Blue - 1991 LWB
« 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.

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.

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!

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

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

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!

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!

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:

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.

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:

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!


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