Drawer system complete! Shoutout to @jacob_gerhardt for building it! He does great work and you guys should definitely hit him up for good quality vehicle storage!
Mercedes owner VS. Mitsubishi owner
Conservation VS. Neglect
Leisure VS. Utility
There are obviously owners on the extremes for both brands, but I must say it is much easier to find a Mercedes with all records and books than a Mitsubishi.
When you find those meticulous owners, don't take them for granted. Talk to them, learn their story!
When you're rebuilding a vehicle, and the TO-DO list is overwhelming - and on a 20+ year-old vehicle, that list is always overwhelming - I'm reminded how important it is to have little victories. MR388448. MR388447. MB623267. Those are the various part numbers for the windshield washer nozzle assembly for a Gen2 and Gen2.5 Montero. The part is the same. I called up and ordered two from the parts manager, Randy Perks, at Edd Kirby's Adventure Mitsubishi in Chattanooga, Tennessee (He introduced himself on the Monteros USA page back in December, before he got rid of his Facebook account). Installed the new nozzles today. Best $23.80 I've spent in a while.
BTW, I did the whole soaking-the-old-nozzles-in-vinegar, and also pulled used nozzles from a junkyard. They're old, plastic parts, with metal that gets bent and clogged. Save yourself the time and headache.
Guess the vehicle this interior belongs too.
31 4632 days ago
Our rides went back under the covers last night. A little effort goes a long way in the Boston winters! It only takes a couple minutes to get that snow off by shaking the covers around and keeps them nice and dry. No more shoveling at Classic Car Log!
1 322 days ago
This is Todd, he likes coffee and Fox shocks and today he is our #MonteroMonday featured owner!
Todd bought a Montero when we was looking for just a second project vehicle. He wanted something reliable, capable, and budget friendly. Monteros kept popping up on Todd’s radar and when he started to reach out to the different Montero communities online he was instantly sold. “The communities weren’t about whether you got this particular model, or that one. They were about - “you got one? That’s awesome!”” Todd says.
Todd likes how he can still find parts in junkyards though he has seen prices go up since last year, in cases where he can’t find anything Todd reaches out to the community where now he has met so many friends and acquaintances. Capability and uniqueness is another thing Todd likes, recently he has taken the Montero out to KOH and was approached by folks who’ve spent nearly double, triple, or More on their purpose built vehicles whose rigs still weren’t as capable.
I ask everyone who I Feature “what do you hate about the Montero?” The response I get is almost always the same. “I hate the lack of OEM parts or rebuildable parts” Todd agrees but he also provides a different view. The Montero community is stepping up to make custom one off parts or other ways to make things work. Which I think is awesome!
Went out to Johnson Valley with @funtero_4x4 To photograph the 2019 Nitto Tires King of the Hammers Powered by Optima Batteries (yes, that’s really the official name) race last week. It was a fun trip that allowed us to see what camping and working out of our Monteros would be like, and what we needed to address before going out further. Other than the low-20 morning temps that made it less than exciting to get out of my 0 degree sleeping bag for that late-night pee break, it was fantastic. Really looking forward to more adventuring in this thing.
9 1475 days ago
Before I bought my Montero, I used to only drive newer cars. They always came with alloy wheels, and I've never really swapped wheels out before. In fact, I usually prefer the OEM look.
These bent and rusty steelies that came with my truck definitely won't do though, and for once I might go aftermarket instead of replacing them with OEMs.
I love @andrew.ritter build on @stanceworks (last picture), very period appropriate. The @wheelvintiques 12 Series just fit the truck like a glove, so I'll be installing them as well. Thanks for the inspiration!
Photos coming soon
Okay, I can finally say something about this. AccuTune Off-Road, the fine folks in Carson who custom-valve shocks for a whole ton of off-road racing teams and general off-road enthusiasts, actually agreed to test out an idea that Leo Volk Matus had, to see if it were possible to custom-valve Fox 2.0 shocks specifically for Gen2/2.5 Monteros (that's from 1992-2000) - to be able to offer them to customers as a simple drop in and go.
They needed a guinea pig. I've been that guinea pig.
I swapped out my old and tired Montero stock shocks and rear springs for OME HD rear springs and Fox 2.0 shocks specifically re-valved for our Monteros.
I had my 1998 Montero out at King of The Hammers this past week, really putting them to the test, as I ran all over to photograph the races. And guess what? They are FREAKING AWESOME! Truly. From highway driving to racing across the sand and up rocky trails, to booking at 55mph down washboard trails to get to Remote Pit 1, they performed flawlessly. Truly blown away.
I can't think the guys enough - Leo for introducing the guys at AccuTune to me, and to Mike and Ryan at AccuTune for just giving it a shot.
And now... they're willing to offer them up to everyone else. Email or call Mike at AccuTune Off-Road. Let him know you have a Gen2 Montero and you want the shocks. Pay for the shocks. Receive the shocks and install them. That's it. I hope you enjoy them half as much as I have been these past few weeks.
A little snow never hurt nobody - especially riding inside this tank. She really plows through everything without hesitation.
She's not sitting on Snow tires, but the All Terrain tires it came with, and they seem to have no problem at all finding traction. I am very proud.
After the sun comes... Snow?
While everyone in Boston is probably livid about tonight's storm, I am so excited. I have been wanting to drive the Montero on more slippery surfaces since I got it. It sat out the last storm while I was fixing it up and waiting for parts, but now it's ready to go!
Took a stroll off the baten path on my drive home today, but I'm waiting for the snow to pile up some more and take it out again in the evening and see what she's made of....