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  • Montero Update: In a good place, but let’s make it even better

    Montero Update: In a good place, but let’s make it even better

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    It’s been sometime since I gave you an update on my 1991 Mitsubishi Montero. Let’s fix that, shall we? The truck has been running well for the last few months. I’ve had a few hiccups though, and I’m working on fixing them. My idle speed is mostly consistent. Occasionally, it will drop and run a bit…

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  • Out with the old: Bye-bye blue BenzSome thoughts on the old beast

    Out with the old: Bye-bye blue Benz
    Some thoughts on the old beast

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    Time, she is a flying. I bought my 1974 Mercedes-Benz 280 sedan back in the spring of 2017. The plan was to replace my 1965 Ford F100 with a machine that would accept a car seat. And still be old. Since Benz built tanks back in the day, the 280 sedan got the green light…

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  • Quick, cheap, easy mods are the best mods

    Quick, cheap, easy mods are the best mods

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    The base audio system in the current, fifth generation of the Toyota 4Runner is rather not great. I won’t call it bad because it’s not horrible but it’s not great. It’s just a basic set of speakers powered by a factory headunit. Some attention was paid to actual acoustics as speakers are located in each…

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  • Resurrecting Project Integra GS-R

    Resurrecting Project Integra GS-R

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    I’ve had this car for about five years now, maybe longer. I bought out of nostalgia – I had a red ’94 Integra GS-R in college. I loved that car and I missed it. Like many other Integras, it was stolen from me, right from my home. It was an open void in my automotive…

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  • Project “Conclusion”: 1991 Toyota MR2 “Someday Race Car”

    Project “Conclusion”: 1991 Toyota MR2 “Someday Race Car”

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    Not all projects get the end they deserve. Not all get the end you want them to. Not all even turn out to be projects. My ill-fated MR2 was all of the above. My friend Dan and I picked up the little second-gen Toyota MR2 a few years back. We had big plans for the…

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  • Project Update: 5th gen 4Runner TRD Off Road

    Project Update: 5th gen 4Runner TRD Off Road

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    Recently we established that this is no longer Hooniverse but rather 4Runnerverse. Now it’s time to check in on one of my very own Toyota 4x4s. Nine months ago I picked up a 5th gen 4Runner to serve as an all-purpose vehicle. Needing something that could do everything from daily duty to beach trips and everything…

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  • The Montero: Running around on a new set of shoes

    The Montero: Running around on a new set of shoes

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    My 1991 Mitsubishi Montero has become my daily driver. The 1974 Mercedes-Benz 280 still gets some driving attention, but it also wears a pair of For Sale signs in the front and rear glass. As I’ve been driving the Montero, I’ve also been fixing a few issues that have popped up. This “cheap” truck is…

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  • Fixing the wheel stud on my MItsubishi Montero

    Fixing the wheel stud on my MItsubishi Montero

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    My cheap Montero is, as you know, proving itself to be a bit of the opposite as of late. Things are dripping. Slaves are revolting. And recently, a wheel stud decided to break away from its group. While test fitting a new set of wheels and tires, one of the six lugs on my driver-side…

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  • Random Amazon LED headlight bulbs aren’t bad

    Random Amazon LED headlight bulbs aren’t bad

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    One thing that I never liked on my Toyota 4Runner are the headlights. The 2010 – 2013 SR5 and Limited models came with headlights that had silver bezels. I started looking around for used OEM headlights from a Trail model, which had black bezels instead of chrome. I didn’t want to go aftermarket because of…

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  • Captive rotors can go to hell

    Captive rotors can go to hell

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    That wheel above? It’s the left-front wheel on my Mitsubishi Montero. The hub is a six-bolt setup, but at the moment it’s been downgraded to five bolts. Why? Because well testing the fit on my new wheel and tire combo, a wheel stud snapped. That bit of rifled metal sheared right off and left me…

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