Author Topic: Mrgalantguys 1998 Montero build & adventure thread aka Groot  (Read 21542 times)

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Re: Mrgalantguys 1998 Montero build thready aka Groot
« Reply #15 on: May 29, 2017, 08:40:33 PM »
OEM seals....very good planning.

Looks like i will be replacing my wheel bearing...Timken Set 47 bearings with OEM Mitsu hub seals.
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Re: Mrgalantguys 1998 Montero build thready aka Groot
« Reply #16 on: May 30, 2017, 07:21:52 AM »
Got a good amount accomplished this past weekend on the Montero. As part of the negotiation to get it at a much lower price..there was a ATF leak that developed during the purchasing process which actually delayed the purchase a good 2weeks. I was going to remove the transmission anyways to do the rear main seal..so it wasn't a big deal on my part, but used it as a negotiation tool to get the price lower.

Most of the remaining maintenance parts arrived from Rockauto.
Groot by grimgs, on Flickr

Florida DMV couldn't go forward issuing the title to me because even though the dealer provided them with all the necessary paperwork..since it was out of state they needed it verified in Florida. Got local PD to come out and verify the VIN and fill out the form so I can provide that to the DMV. Took about 4 trys..because of O being inputed at 0 and 5 being inputed as S. :squint:
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Preparing to remove the transmission.
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20170527_125937 by grimgs, on Flickr
20170527_125927 by grimgs, on Flickr

Immediately when the torque converter was pulled off..the culprit was found. The front pump seal wasn't even seated, only thing that prevented it from coming out was the TC.
20170527_142149 by grimgs, on Flickr
20170527_142156 by grimgs, on Flickr
20170527_142204 by grimgs, on Flickr

Trans pulled out...going to replace all the input/output seals, clean it up, and replace the Tcase shifter for the White ball one.
20170527_143600 by grimgs, on Flickr

Ended the day on Saturday...went ahead and removed the mudflaps and side steps.
20170527_155929 by grimgs, on Flickr
« Last Edit: August 11, 2017, 10:47:31 AM by MrGalantguy »
-1998 Montero (Winter package & Adjustable suspension)
-2002 Montero Limited
-1991 Galant VR4 1948/2000
-1996 Galant 4G64t 5spd
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Re: Mrgalantguys 1998 Montero build thready aka Groot
« Reply #17 on: May 30, 2017, 12:14:12 PM »
Wow besides the leaks, that looks CRAZY clean underneath!  I thought MINE looked good!  :)
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Re: Mrgalantguys 1998 Montero build thready aka Groot
« Reply #18 on: June 01, 2017, 07:46:12 AM »
Yeah...its pretty clean and the only areas of surface rust are towards the rear undercarriage. Going to wire brush whatever surface rust I can remove and paint it over. Other than that...the rest of the undercarriage has no to very minimal rust issues.
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Re: Mrgalantguys 1998 Montero build thready aka Groot
« Reply #19 on: June 02, 2017, 10:38:48 AM »
Awesome.  :)

I have "POR15 the underside" planned for some point this summer.  Have tooooo many projects.
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2003 20th Anniversary Montero (Wife's)

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Re: Mrgalantguys 1998 Montero build thready aka Groot
« Reply #20 on: June 06, 2017, 08:09:16 AM »
This past weekend nothing major was done to the Montero as I am still waiting on a lot of Mitsu parts to move forward and plus I had a few things going on with family also. I did remove the center console though to clean 19 years of crud and other junk that has accumulated even though overall the Montero was well taken care of...I don't the previous owner went deep into really cleaning some areas.

I wanted to do this because well:
1. This contributes to a musty smell of the interior
2. Its disgusting
3. I like to have a clean vehicle interior.

So here is the center console pieces...fairly well taken care of but in the nooks and crannies show definite signs of buildup over the years of ownership of crud accumulation and liquid spills through the years. Either the owner was a non smoker or if he/she was, she never smoked in the Montero. No hint of smell that a smoker was in the vehicle and the astray shows no signs cigerettes were ever in there.

Groot by grimgs, on Flickr
Groot by grimgs, on Flickr
Groot by grimgs, on Flickr
Groot by grimgs, on Flickr

More crud
Groot by grimgs, on Flickr

Now to remove the super select shifter boot there are 4 small metal locking plates...carefully pry them off and DO NOT damage the plastic posts, which help lock the base plate to secure the base of the boot to the console.
Groot by grimgs, on Flickr
Groot by grimgs, on Flickr

For the switches and buttons I used baby wipes to remove the crap around the bezels and then after that wiped them down with Lysol disinfectant wipes and finished them off with a microfiber wipedown. I used toothpicks to get into the small tight parts in the switches/buttons.
Groot by grimgs, on Flickr
Groot by grimgs, on Flickr

Before and After
Groot by grimgs, on Flickr

I used a mixture of distilled vinegar with water (60/40 mix) and a old toothbrush to clean the center console as I didn't want to use any harsh chemicals and plus vinegar does a amazing job of breaking down all that grime almost instantaneously.
Groot by grimgs, on Flickr

For the shifter boot I just wiped it down with baby wipes and disinfectant wipes and it was good as new.
Groot by grimgs, on Flickr
« Last Edit: August 11, 2017, 10:48:08 AM by MrGalantguy »
-1998 Montero (Winter package & Adjustable suspension)
-2002 Montero Limited
-1991 Galant VR4 1948/2000
-1996 Galant 4G64t 5spd
Owner of: Nostalgic JDM
Facebook: Nostalgic JDM
Business Instagram: @nostalgic_jdm407
Personal Instagram: @itsaboutfam

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Re: Mrgalantguys 1998 Montero build thready aka Groot
« Reply #21 on: June 20, 2017, 06:48:37 AM »
No real progress the past couple weeks...still waiting on OEM parts on backorder which I expect to arrive this week and also being Fathers day this past weekend, I spent it with family.

The little time I had, I did some small little things along with cleaning up the license plate lens. After 19+ years exposed to the elements they lost their clarity, but with some $8 polishing compound and a microfiber towel...they look just as good as new.

Groot by grimgs, on Flickr
Groot by grimgs, on Flickr
Groot by grimgs, on Flickr
« Last Edit: August 11, 2017, 10:48:56 AM by MrGalantguy »
-1998 Montero (Winter package & Adjustable suspension)
-2002 Montero Limited
-1991 Galant VR4 1948/2000
-1996 Galant 4G64t 5spd
Owner of: Nostalgic JDM
Facebook: Nostalgic JDM
Business Instagram: @nostalgic_jdm407
Personal Instagram: @itsaboutfam

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Re: Mrgalantguys 1998 Montero build thready aka Groot
« Reply #22 on: June 26, 2017, 09:38:15 AM »
Finally all the rest of the OEM parts I ordered arrived last week so I can no make some forward progress. Main goal this weekend was the clean up the transmission and install the new seals and clean up all the dirt and grime that have built up for 19+ years on the transmission. Its not as hot as it is in the Southwest..but the heat and humidity really drained me this weekend as I had to clean the trans outside my boys shop.

Rest of the OEM stuff finally here.
Groot by grimgs, on Flickr

Amsoil for tcase and diffs
Groot by grimgs, on Flickr

Transmission/Tcase Before
Groot by grimgs, on Flickr
Groot by grimgs, on Flickr

After cleaning.
Groot by grimgs, on Flickr
Groot by grimgs, on Flickr

Somewhere under this nastiness is a transmission mount and bracket frame.
Groot by grimgs, on Flickr
Groot by grimgs, on Flickr

Oh...there it is.
Groot by grimgs, on Flickr
Groot by grimgs, on Flickr

If you kept up on this build thread the main issue why I got my Montero so cheap is because of a transmission leak. The seal on the left wasn't even seated in at all and didn't look like the correct seal from factory. On the Right is the correct OEM seal...obviously a difference.
Groot by grimgs, on Flickr

Next weekend the transmission should be back on the Montero and I can start doing the front motor service.
« Last Edit: August 11, 2017, 10:50:08 AM by MrGalantguy »
-1998 Montero (Winter package & Adjustable suspension)
-2002 Montero Limited
-1991 Galant VR4 1948/2000
-1996 Galant 4G64t 5spd
Owner of: Nostalgic JDM
Facebook: Nostalgic JDM
Business Instagram: @nostalgic_jdm407
Personal Instagram: @itsaboutfam

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Re: Mrgalantguys 1998 Montero build thready aka Groot
« Reply #23 on: June 26, 2017, 10:08:00 AM »
Cleaning things is cool,  been doing that a lot lately! 

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Re: Mrgalantguys 1998 Montero build thready aka Groot
« Reply #24 on: June 28, 2017, 07:00:08 PM »
looking great!

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Re: Mrgalantguys 1998 Montero build thready aka Groot
« Reply #25 on: June 29, 2017, 10:34:11 AM »
I find that "after" picture of the cleaned trans to be very satisfying.

Nice work
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Re: Mrgalantguys 1998 Montero build thready aka Groot
« Reply #26 on: June 30, 2017, 08:05:22 AM »
Wow..looks like Photobucket doesn't allow any image linking unless you pay $399 a year plan. :o

Time to find a different place to link my photos then.
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-2002 Montero Limited
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-1996 Galant 4G64t 5spd
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Re: Mrgalantguys 1998 Montero build thready aka Groot
« Reply #27 on: June 30, 2017, 08:49:44 AM »
imgur.com has been my jam for a while...

also i think there's a way to do it with google photos,  which offers unlimited storage at "reduced" resolution (which is totally fine for forum posts)  -  I haven't tried to do linking from google photos though so I don't know how that works.

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Re: Mrgalantguys 1998 Montero build thready aka Groot
« Reply #28 on: June 30, 2017, 08:38:27 PM »
 I never figured out google photo linking.

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Re: Mrgalantguys 1998 Montero build thready aka Groot
« Reply #29 on: July 12, 2017, 08:07:07 AM »
I never figured out google photo linking.

You can link your pics from Google photos, you just have to copy the whole image link address. Its not like photobucket where they provide you a "direct" link automatically. You have to go old school with google photos, but it works. I tested a link on the very 1st photo on this build thread and its showing perfect.

I just have to wait till I go home to upload all the pics I have taken so far through my wifi...over the air network is going to take too long and eat some of my data.
-1998 Montero (Winter package & Adjustable suspension)
-2002 Montero Limited
-1991 Galant VR4 1948/2000
-1996 Galant 4G64t 5spd
Owner of: Nostalgic JDM
Facebook: Nostalgic JDM
Business Instagram: @nostalgic_jdm407
Personal Instagram: @itsaboutfam