Tony Montero: A few quick fixes help brighten up the looks!

It’s amazing what some quick fixes can do to a project vehicle. With my 1991 Mitsubishi Montero, I slapped on some fresh exterior parts and the truck looks so much better for it. For this quick update, I put on the bumper over-riders, change out the turn signal plastic, and put a fresh Mitsubishi decal on the rear.

All quick easy fixes. But it all adds up to a great improvement visually.

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10 responses to “Tony Montero: A few quick fixes help brighten up the looks!”

  1. OA5599 Avatar

    Ha! I was watching the video and thought you picked an odd time to get a haircut, then you mentioned it. Glad it was intentional and not a result of leaning too close to machinery.

    What’s the ratchet you used?

    1. Jeff Glucker Avatar
      Jeff Glucker

      Yeah, I started shooting – had to go to my haircut, then realized as I shot the rest… oops, haha.

      I have a Wera 3/8 socket set. It was a buy once, cry once moment.

      1. OA5599 Avatar

        Hopefully buy only once, cry only once. Sometimes the 10mm and 9/16″ go to hang out with the other half of the pair of socks you put into the dryer. It happens more frequently in a household inhabited by teens.

        1. Slow Joe Crow Avatar
          Slow Joe Crow

          Somebody should make a lost socket kit with 2 each of the most frequently used/lost sizes. Something like 2x 10mm standard, 2x 10mm deep and some 12mm 13mm and 14mm (depending on whether your stuff is mostly Japanese or Euro). Some 5mm and 6mm hex keys too, or is that just bicycles?

          1. mdharrell Avatar

            It’s been attempted, but is surprisingly difficult to maintain.

  2. Zentropy Avatar

    It’s always nice to freshen up some of the tired bits on old cars. Sometimes the little things make a big difference. Unfortunately some of the parts of my older cars are very hard to come by these days.

  3. David Sanborn Avatar

    Even seemingly minor restoration work can yield surprising dividends. I decided that my dull Nissan Pao tail lamps could use a little razzle-dazzle so I disassembled them, sanded them with 400 grit, put them in my bench vice, chucked a buffing pad to the drill and hit them with rubbing compound. My Pao went from having butt-cataracts to a new shiny butt-face all for the heft cost of zilch.

    1. Sjalabais Avatar

      That looks fantastic! Did you apply some kind of top coat to protect them from going dull again?

      1. David Sanborn Avatar

        I considered doing that but then decided as it’s parked in our garage and out of the sun & weather that it’s not worth the effort. If it was parked outside however I’d absolutely clear coat them.

    2. Zentropy Avatar

      Definitely time well spent!

      Every vehicle should have such elegantly simple tail lamps.

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