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Re: Mrgalantguys 1998 Montero build thready aka Groot
« Reply #30 on: August 02, 2017, 05:11:01 AM »
Its been awhile since my last update, just been busy and somewhat lazy trying to find a new place to host pics. I decided to use Flickr so now I keep this thread updated now.

Pulled the original Tcase shifter and the red ball took a massive dump which I knew because it was hard trying to shift the Tcase prior.
Groot by grimgs, on Flickr

New white ball shifter and oem gasket.
Groot by grimgs, on Flickr

While the transmission is out its a great opportunity to replace the rear main seal, rear cam cover O-rings, and coolant crossover pipe gaskets.
Groot by grimgs, on Flickr
Groot by grimgs, on Flickr
Groot by grimgs, on Flickr

Transmission got new OEM front pump seal and both transfer case output shaft seals and now ready to go in.
Groot by grimgs, on Flickr
Groot by grimgs, on Flickr

Ended the day...good amount accomplished, transmission all bolted back up. I just need to replace the filter w/ gasket and will bolt the exhaust. Montero ended up on top of a totaled Corvette.
Groot by grimgs, on Flickr
Groot by grimgs, on Flickr
« Last Edit: August 11, 2017, 10:52:17 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 #31 on: August 02, 2017, 05:15:28 AM »
Time to start with the motor...this time take care of the top end stuff.

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

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

From my previous experience from my other cars when I did initial maintenance after taking ownership gaskets were a pain to remove because they were hard and brittle. I knew the previous owner took care of this Montero as when I did the Carfax there was a long maintenance history. It was confirmed as every seal and gasket was soft and easy to remove which was a delight to not to fight to remove them.
« Last Edit: August 11, 2017, 10:53:02 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 #32 on: August 02, 2017, 05:18:39 AM »
The intake runners and plenum had a nice layer of carbon buildup once I removed them. I clean the ports of the intake on the heads as much as I could but the plenum and intakes I decided to really clean them well.

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

I decided to use the over cleaner method to get rid of all that carbon buildup. I used about 3 cans of Oven cleaner , probably could get away with 2 cans..but I sprayed generously. You may need to wire brush to loosen to move stubborn parts of the buildup and reach deeper in the runners.

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

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

Before
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Groot by grimgs, on Flickr

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Groot by grimgs, on Flickr
« Last Edit: August 11, 2017, 10:54:13 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 #33 on: August 02, 2017, 05:26:24 AM »
So all the seals from Mitsu was going to be $80+ for the injectors...I wasn't too keen on spending that much. After some research I found that Beck Arnley was pretty reputable so only spend $15 for all the seals from Rock Auto.
Groot by grimgs, on Flickr

Looks like the last maintenance done whomever put in Autolite Platinum plugs. Motor has exactly 224k and looks like the plugs all look normal from wear. NGK Platinums are going in to replace these Autolites.
Groot by grimgs, on Flickr
Groot by grimgs, on Flickr

Can't tell if the thermostat on the left is aftermarket or oem but looks very close to the OEM thermostat on the right.
 Groot by grimgs, on Flickr
Groot by grimgs, on Flickr
« Last Edit: August 11, 2017, 10:55:00 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 #34 on: August 02, 2017, 05:28:41 AM »
Installed all the cleaned top end parts and new gaskets and seals along with new NGK platinum plugs and wire set and new coolant hoses.

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

Next to finally do front engine service with new Tbelt, pulleys, water pump and crank and cam seals and finish putting the exhaust and replace all the fluids.

Getting close to having this sucker road ready. :wings:
« Last Edit: August 11, 2017, 10:55:16 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
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Re: Mrgalantguys 1998 Montero build thready aka Groot
« Reply #35 on: August 02, 2017, 05:32:29 AM »
I was going to keep the stock wheels but the chrome is flaking off badly on 3 of them. My bro in law had a buddy doing a purge clean out in his storage unit and told me about some wheels that might fit my Montero. Sure enough they were 6x5.5 with a 108mm center bore and 15x10 with a 4" backspacing. They are not perfect but for $40 I can look past that.

Not sure if I am going to keep them chrome or paint them...either or, they are going on Groot.

Groot by grimgs, on Flickr


Going to repaint  a couple pieces and taking the opportunity to really clean nooks and crannies of dirt buildup over the years this coming weekend.
Groot by grimgs, on Flickr
« Last Edit: August 11, 2017, 10:55:52 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
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Business Instagram: @nostalgic_jdm407
Personal Instagram: @itsaboutfam

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Re: Mrgalantguys 1998 Montero build thready aka Groot
« Reply #36 on: August 02, 2017, 10:08:01 PM »
 Love how detailed this thread is.

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Re: Mrgalantguys 1998 Montero build thready aka Groot
« Reply #37 on: August 07, 2017, 06:33:40 AM »
This past weekend I make a lot of progress to getting Groot ready for daily driving. I pressure washed the motorbay which wasn't that bad. most of the stuff was just layered dirt over the years...just a few spots of old oil and dirt where the notorious valve cover gaskets would leak.

Groot by grimgs, on Flickr
Groot by grimgs, on Flickr
Groot by grimgs, on Flickr
« Last Edit: August 11, 2017, 10:56:21 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 #38 on: August 07, 2017, 06:50:49 AM »
I won't lie...I was a bit nervous doing the front case stuff after reading threads and posts of nightmare of some guys with broken crank bolts, seized crank pulleys, half moon keys or guide pins issues, etc etc. Either or..I had to do it but I had some confidence because of the previous owners diligent work to keep maintenance up to date and the work I did up to this point, I didn't have any issues replacing parts. As I removed parts do the the water pump and Tbelt stuff...it was smooth sailing, everything was easy to remove and remarkably a clean well maintained motor with 224k on it. My only issue was the cam seals...they put up a fight, but were able to be removed.

So here are some pics of the process:
Groot by grimgs, on Flickr
Groot by grimgs, on Flickr
Groot by grimgs, on Flickr
Groot by grimgs, on Flickr
Groot by grimgs, on Flickr

Old water pump removed and cleaned and prepped the surface for the new Aisin water pump.
Groot by grimgs, on Flickr

Removed old crank seal for the new oem one.
Groot by grimgs, on Flickr

New crank seal installed and water pump.
Groot by grimgs, on Flickr

Cam seals weren't OEM (Oem is brown) and didn't want to budge especially the drivers side. We had to drill a small guide hole and screw in a self tapper screw till it grabbed the seal and pulled the screw head with a longnose plier and it came right out.
Groot by grimgs, on Flickr

All the timing parts installed: Aisin water pump, OEM tensioner, Gates timing belt w/ idler and tensioner pulleys
Groot by grimgs, on Flickr
Groot by grimgs, on Flickr

New OEM harmonic balancer along with updated crank bolt and washer also installed.
Groot by grimgs, on Flickr

Putting everything back together
Groot by grimgs, on Flickr

New Gates accessory belts.
Groot by grimgs, on Flickr

Wasn't able to really finish up on Saturday, but Thursday Groot should be ready and running as I still have to fill up the trans and diffs/tcase with fluid.

« Last Edit: August 11, 2017, 10:56:50 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 #39 on: August 11, 2017, 08:04:21 AM »
Not much of a fan of chrome so making changes to de chrome stuff on the Montero. First are the wheels which I got for $40 which aren't perfect and I didn't want to spend too much to make them look perfect as I am not even sure I am going to keep them for the long haul. Ran into 2 products that "blackout" chrome which only requires surface prep and paint over. Rustoleum and Duplicolor make similar products but decided to try to duplicolor stuff. Not show quality stuff..but did the job, though I should of stopped at 3 layers instead of 5 layers.

I also got the new tires for Groot from a buddy of mine. Hooked me up with a set of RBP (Rolling Big Power) tires for a deal I couldn't pass up. They are 32x11.5x15 Repulser M/T...I have another one I still have to go back and install for a spare.

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

Groot by grimgs, on Flickr

Tires mounted on the wheels.
Groot by grimgs, on Flickr
« Last Edit: August 11, 2017, 10:57:15 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 #40 on: August 16, 2017, 10:36:19 AM »
Not a huge fan of chrome so thinking of ideas to dechrome the Montero. First is the center chrome pieces of the front bumper. I am going to wrap them in C/F wrap.

Groot by grimgs, on Flickr

Groot by grimgs, on Flickr
-1998 Montero (Winter package & Adjustable suspension)
-2002 Montero Limited
-1991 Galant VR4 1948/2000
-1996 Galant 4G64t 5spd
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Business Instagram: @nostalgic_jdm407
Personal Instagram: @itsaboutfam

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Re: Mrgalantguys 1998 Montero build thready aka Groot
« Reply #41 on: August 16, 2017, 01:19:19 PM »

Repulser M/T...

 ;D   They look the business!    But... that name!? 

I was hoping to get some Disappointer A/T's myself   :D

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Re: Mrgalantguys 1998 Montero build thready aka Groot
« Reply #42 on: August 21, 2017, 05:14:33 AM »
This was a good weekend...filled engine with fresh Vavoline Max Life HM synthetic oil 10w30, new coolant, all new AMSOIL gear oil and Tcase fluid and ATF. Test drove the truck for a bit and ran smooth and shifted like butter.

All that is left is install a couple more exterior parts from JDM land and put back the interior and its ready to drive.

Cleaned the trans pan real good before putting it back on
Groot by grimgs, on Flickr
Groot by grimgs, on Flickr

New Wix fuel filter installed
Groot by grimgs, on Flickr

The grill showed it age through the years...so I sprayed a few coats of Rustoleum trim paint. (Link to product http://www.rustoleum.com/product-catalog/consumer-brands/auto/specialty-paints/trim-and-bumper-paint/
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-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 #43 on: August 21, 2017, 06:03:21 AM »
Here is a teaser shot of the face
Groot by grimgs, on Flickr
-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 #44 on: August 21, 2017, 08:02:39 AM »
Looking good!  Apologies if i just missed it, but do you have a post on how you wired up the corners to work as they did in JDM-land? 

Also:  You import JDM things from JDM-land, right?  I'm after a steering wheel in appropriate size for the Monty.
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