I'm looking into a few local Monteros, and one that has caught my eye is a 1992 LWB, manual trans, locking center diff, no rust on the body, and the interior is in amazing shape. The motor has approx 30k miles on it, completely overhauled about 4 years ago, sat for a year or two, saw little use, and is now for sale because the owner jsut has no need for it. The truck as a whole has about 210k miles on it.
On the test drive I noticed that when shifting into 1st gear there was a noticeable clunk, as though the pressure plate is not fully disengaged? Not a huge issue, i suppose, but certainly one to tinker with a fix. The only other real issue with this particular truck is that when engaged into 4h, 4hCL, or 4LCL, I cannot feel the front binding. I do not believe that the front diff is engaging into 4WD. The two front wheels, passenger rear wheel, and Center-Lock Diff all flash on the 4WD indicator all the time. Clearly there is an issue there. It was obvious that the transfer case shifted fine into 4LCL, so I don't believe its an issue with the t-case; something between the t-case and front diff? Hubs? I have zero knowledge of these trucks as I come from a heavy Toyota background with some Nissan.
My main question is, how difficult/pricey is working on that front diff/4wd system? I really want this truck simply for the newer motor, no body rust, and the immaculate interior condition.
Let me know what your thoughts are, thanks!
Edited by SAMI188 (05/31/11 02:52 PM)