1997 Mitsubishi Montero SR

Sasquatch

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I just picked this up two days ago. I flew into Salt Lake, and drove it back home to Reno.

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It's a 1997 Mitsubishi Montero SR, 3.5L 6G74 engine, and the V4AW3 auto trans. The SR models come with a stock rear air locker in the back. The torsion bars are cranked up a little bit to allow for 33 inch tires stock. I bought it with 31s, but I'll swap a set of 33" duratracs on it this week. Overall it drove home great, doing 75 the whole way without any trouble. It doesn't need a whole lot, but I'll want to get it in sooner rather than later for a timing belt and water pump service, these are notorious for letting them go and taking the motor with them.
 
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I've been slowly working on getting this rig up to date with the little things.

Fixed the Heater Blower Motor.
Part #MB657229

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Juston helped me do the "Big Brake" upgrade on the fronts.

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The old rotors measure 10.86 inches, and the new ones 12.4

Summit Racing Rotor Part: #PWR-JBR778EVC (x2)
Backing Plate: #MB699714 (x1) #MB699715 (x1)
Calipers: #141656 (x1) #141657 (x1)

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Things were pretty rusty at the knuckle and I managed to break 6 of the 8 bolts holding the backing plate onto the knuckle. I'll probably swap knuckles down the road when I do the CV's and bushings later.
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Back together:
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My front differential lights kept flashing in the dash, and it's a known issue ("flashing front 4wd lights") in the Montero world to look at replacing the freewheel clutch control solenoids first.

Part #MB620532

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Located behind and underneath the airbox on the passenger side, it was an easy fix and solved my problem.
 
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CashMoney

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I never knew those came with a rear selectable locker from the factory. That's pretty cool. I bet most people that bought them never even used it.
 

Sasquatch

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I never knew those came with a rear selectable locker from the factory. That's pretty cool. I bet most people that bought them never even used it.
Yeah it helps that they did. I'm sure most people didn't use it either. The way it's wired from the factory, its only available in 4wd so you can't accidentally lock it on the highway.

As it sits right now.

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The front bumper is from a Jeep, I'm not sure what model.
 

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Looks like a JK bumper, with little wings added.

Always loved the look of these rigs. Getting pretty hard to find a decent one these days.
Like a lot of rigs these days it seems. Older Iron is at a premium. From Landcruisers to International Scouts, even to jeep XJs. All are going for $$.
 

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I got a few more things done before I left for a month long work / play schedule.

New front and rear Shocks. Also got the rear brakes done, the pads were almost gone.

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I also started on my headlight washers. The SR models Mitsubishi made had headlight washers in them with their own Reservoir. My Reservoir probably needs to be replaced, the caps tend to disappear, and I'm sure it's full of leaves and pine needles like the rest of the car. The previous owner of the rig drilled out the holes for the washers in the JK bumper. I still need to get one longer section of hose for the drivers side, but it's a start.

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I also just broke the rear door handle AGAIN, so it's definitely time to find a permanent fix for it.
 
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