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Old February 26th, 2013, 08:35 PM   #1
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1987 Mitsubishi Montero / Dodge Raider Ė Off Road Package
2.6 liter G54B engine (carbureted, factory spec, runs perfect)
5 speed 4x4 Ė KM145
Solid Axle rear, leaf sprung
IFS front, torsion bar
Sunroof

A month ago I flew out to L.A. to buy a 95 Montero for another cross country road trip (last year I drove a 73 galant wagon) when I showed up the vehicle was not as described and had issues. I didnít approve of the vehicle and chose to shop around for a day or two, figured if I didnít find a gem, Iíd fly back after a couple of days of soaking up California sun.
After browsing craigslist and looking at a handful of monteroís, all of which I passed on for one reason or another, I came across this little guy. Body is completely rust free, most bolts are still brass in color, vaccum lines are all in great shape, engine bay is clean enough to eat out of. The owner was very honest and up front with me about everything. The truck ran, idled and drove great. Itís so rare to find these things in top notch running shape, usually people have tweaked the carb or removed or lost some vaccum lines and the truck will lose what balls it has, wont idle or wont stay running when cold.
This is not one of those trucks. It was well cared for, maintained, not abused and daily driven in a warm, dry climate. The most important part is this truck showed all the signs of a reliable engine to me, oil looked great, spark plugs looked perfect, no smoke, no noises, no issues, no leaks. Even the air conditioning works perfect, the previous owner reconditioned the AC and made sure it was working top notch for the warm summers near LA. I asked the owner what he thought about it being driven from LA to Indiana and he said ĎI wouldnít hesitate to drive it anywhereí
He was right. After a week of driving, off roading in the Mojave, Red Rock Canyon, Lake Mead, Arizona, covering somewhere near 3,000 miles, I was welcomed back to Indiana with some snow. After a couple weeks of making some changes to the truck and trying to figure out what to do with a truck I never intended to buy, Iíve decided that itís better I sell it than keep it.
If I keep the truck it would get the TBI set up from a conquest, conquest turbo and an intercooler, then it would get 33ís and be another one of my unique and fun projects. Which I do not need right now, being that I already have 4 project cars.
Cliffnotes: bought the truck to get me home from California, has proven itself as reliable, I wont be able to leave well enough alone, I know and understand my turbo addiction, donít need the temptation sitting in my garage when I have two other monteros, two vintage Mitsubishis and two vintage motorcycles.

$4,300 OBO Ė not looking for trades.
Best way to contact is to call/text 269.357.4372

Upgrades:
15x10 aluminum wheels
31x12.5R15 all terrain pro comp tires, have lots of life left in them
Aisin manual locking hubs, helps the gas mileage quite a bit.
Hella 5 inch auxiliary lights
Composite headlight conversion with silverstar bulbs
K&N OEM replacement air filter
ACCEL high output ignition coild.
Roof rack with roof basket
AMG G55 spare tire chrome cover
Keyless entry and alarm
Other:
Fresh short block 1 year ago, have paperwork to support, installed professionally along with;
Rebuilt head, new timing components, OEM replacement clutch, new slave cylinder and throw out bearing
New fuel filter
New AC pump, AC lines, charged, functioning, no leaks
New catalytic converter, new muffler, fancy exhaust tip
Recent brakes front and rear, ebrake still works
Shocks replaced last year
Has passed Cali SMOG and is valid until 2014, not that it matters here. But is NOT a cali-emissions truck.
Extras:
Brand new mechanical fuel pump, picked one up before leaving cali, canít get them at auto parts stores around here, have to order them online and I didnít want to worry about the chance of the one on the vehicle having an issue somewhere on the road.
Pictures are in order from the trip and the newest pictures of the truck are at the very bottom.
































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Old February 26th, 2013, 10:17 PM   #2
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Dude that little thing is tits!!! Glws!
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Old February 26th, 2013, 10:27 PM   #3
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What kind of mileage did you get driving it back?
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Old February 27th, 2013, 07:11 AM   #4
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I probably should have kept track but I wasnt even thinking about it.

I know it was pretty good. I ran premium in it the entire trip to help with the mountain roads and elevation changes. didn't hurt my pocket book.
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Very cool rig, my buddy had a raider in high school and that thing was surprisingly capable offroad, and it put up with some serious abuse too. He had put 20k very hard miles when he got rid of it to get a more economical car. It had 220k miles and still ran well.

I may have missed it, how many miles does this one have?
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Old February 27th, 2013, 08:12 AM   #6
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chassis has 211,000 on it. You wouldn't know it though, runs and drives like it has low miles. transmission and 4x4 shift great, engine idles and drives smooth as silk.
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Old February 28th, 2013, 04:07 PM   #7
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Since i paid for all fuel with my debit card i was able to calculate my overall gas mileage from driving this across the country:

total average for the trip was 22 MPG

This includes all city driving I did, mountain driving and off roading, as well as normal high way driving, that's the overall average.

I would estimate highway at 23-25 and city around 18-20, the manual locking front hubs really help to pick up gas mileage.
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Old February 28th, 2013, 05:06 PM   #8
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Damn, that's better than what my Conquest got.
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Old March 1st, 2013, 11:43 AM   #9
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Featured on Mitsubishi's page today!

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Old March 5th, 2013, 01:51 PM   #10
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I hope you don't sell this just because I want to see it boosted.. haha but glws man
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build yourself one of these :D
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Price dropped to $3,800

This is a great all around vehicle, very quiet and runs great. I simply prefer my 6G74 quad cam montero on 35's, don't need to own 5 cars..

recently added a brand new diamond star emblem to the grill.
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Old March 24th, 2013, 04:32 PM   #14
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bumping it up. took it out yesterday and gave it a bath.
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Old March 26th, 2013, 09:31 PM   #15
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