Loc: Brite-On, CO
Well the time has come. Ive taken on a new car project and now I need to fund it. Im selling my 1991 Mitsubishi Montero. I bought this guy at the beginning of 2007 from someone in the northern part of Colorado. The state of it was pretty sad, at least for the engine. The previous owner completely disassembled the engine but didnt have/find the time to put it back together. Which I guess for me was exciting since I needed a project to keep my sanity. I found out about it bought then towed it to my house where the fun in putting it together began. I immediately began sorting through the parts. I took the block, pistons with rods and heads down to local engine shop to have them look at the condition and to diagnose any problems. He clean, bored, honed, did a rain dance and ordered me an engine kit. I got the engine back and I started the rebuild. While I was rebuilding a friend offered to have parts chromed, nickel plated and zinc plated. 9 months later I ended up with the behemoth that is the Montero. I'm asking $3500 or best offer. Here is list of all the noteworthy things that have been done since Ive own it:
Block Bored & Honed
New Freeze Plugs
New Pistons with Teflon Coating
New Oil Pump
New Timing Belt & Tensioner
New Bearings, Gaskets, Rings & Seals
New Crankbolt & Washer
Valves & Seats Resurfaced
New Water Pump
New Head Bolts
New Timing Belt Cover Gaskets
New (2) Engine Mounts
New Transmission Mount
New Crank Key (Woodruff)
New Fuel Filter
New Air Filter
New Spark Plugs
Installed Center Gauge Cluster
New Fuel Pump
New Throttle Position Sensor
Repaired ECM with Lifetime Warranty
New Oxygen Sensor
New Fuel Pressure Regulator
New Torque Converter with Lockup
New Tires & Rims, (5) 15x7 black steelies, (5) Yokohoma Geolander HT-S
New Front Calipers with Pads
New Front Rotors
Installed Rear Limited-Slip Differential
Installed a Modified Third Row from Short-Wheel Based Montero
Installed Brush Guard with Off-Road Lamps
Installed Euro Front Indicators
New Rear Brake Shoes
New Air Filter
Installed Trailer Harness
I have also had a lot of parts plated with chrome, electroless nickel and zinc:
Crank Bolt & Washer
Fan Belt Pulley
Both Camshaft Gears
Both Exhaust Manifolds
Most Brackets, Bolts and Misc. Items
A lot of love has gone into this build. However, there are still some things that still need my attention. These are things that I plan on having resolved before purchase is finalized:
Needs new instrument cluster as of March 1, 2009
Need to clean the power window contacts on front passenger-side
4-wheel shifter wont move when below freezing outside, will shift after you drive around for a couple of minutes. No problems in warm weather.
Little things that I probably wont get around to doing or fixing:
The heads get the tappity-tap when the engine is cold or when first starting. Needs new lash adjusters. This was low on my priority list because, from what Ive researched, there are no long-term effects on the engines functionality or longevity. Cost for parts: (12) at approx. $10-15 ends up at $120-180 depending on where you get them. If you can manage to take the valve covers off youll find fixing these guys to be an easy fix.
Air-Conditioning isnt functional. I never saw the purpose in fixing this on the Montero since it hinders the vehicles performance. To get this functional youd need to convert the system to R134a and then get the system charged. Most mechanic shops will do this and you could probably get a good deal if you had someone competing for your business.
There is an aftermarket cruise control system that sits under the hood but isnt hooked up. I have all the required steering column accessories if you find that you want to install it.
The oil pressure gauge on the center gauge cluster gives a faulty reading. The oil pressure sender needs to be replaced to fix this. Cost to replace new is $30-40.
Cracked windshield. Rock chip on drivers-side at far bottom with crack spreading along base and up. Doesnt obstruct view. I don't have comprehensive coverage. I called and got a quote for $246.
Here is a list of all cosmetic Imperfections:
Clear coat has peeled off portion of driver-side of hood and driver-side fender.
Dent under driver door from mound of dirt when four-wheeling. Doesnt hinder opening of door.
Rear bumper is bent a little from four-wheeling.
Front passenger-seat bottom has about 3-inch opening where stitching came undone. This happened in the month of February 2009.
Center console lid catch is broken. This is very prone to breaking. Ive replace this at least three times from pieces Ive found at the junkyard. Its a cheaply made plastic part.
Cargo area has cuts in carpet where third-row seat hardware mounts.
There are some small indentations on the roof that align in a straight line. They were there when I bought it.
With all the times I went to the junkyard I found things that I thought about using and never got around to implementing. Or just picked up something I wanted more than one of. Heres a list of junkyard finds and extras:
Ive got the majority of an OEM cruise control system, including the steering column controls, main servo motor and wiring.
An extra center instrument cluster.
An extra windshield washer reservoir with motor.
An extra mass airflow sensor unit.
Ive driven it from Denver to Phoenix round-trip once and Denver to Salt Lake City twice with no problems. I dont use it as a daily-driver but do drive it at least once a week or when the roads have snow on them.
PM me or respond to my craigslist listing.
Here are some answers to questions I've been asked:
The tires are 31x10.5x15, which is bigger than factory but there is no rubbing anywhere. I put these tires on because I like the way they fill the void in the wheel wells.
There is no lift but the front torsion bars have been cranked. That brought the front end up about 1 1/2 inches. It also made it a stiffer ride.
I haven't done any thing to the suspension since I've had it. It's all factory.
The exhaust is factory and it's all intact.
The emissions report was done in November 2007 which it passed with flying colors. I wasn't required to get a test in 2008 but the Montero is still registered.
It'll hold 80 no problem. I've never tried to take it past 85.
It has a clean title.
'91 RS, '93 SR
Edited by pvdub (03/15/09 01:41 PM)