Fezzik’s engine was on its last leg

Josh started tearing it down earlier this week and shared some pictures.

Despite my staying on top of oil changes and coolant needs, the tired 6G74 was a complete mess inside. Blocked coolant passages, carbon buildup in the combustion chamber—I was literally driving a ticking time bomb.

Just like the two years I drove the truck not knowing it was still on the original timing belt—about 15,000 miles before it was due to have its third timing belt installed. The previous owner was clearly a hack.

Not that I’m a professional, but there’s only so much you can do to a 199,000-mile engine that’s been neglected for the better part of 20 years by previous owners. What can I say? I’ve bought some real Shitsubishis in the last decade.

(Miss you, Daisy.)

In any case, we yanked this one out in time. Josh will be able to bring it back to life and it will deliver years of reliable service in whatever Montero it eventually calls home.

Tonight, my new engine is pushing Fezzik and I up the hill to campout before Overland Expo West.

I’ll be at OXW tomorrow. If you’ll be there, too, let’s get together!

You never go “Full Pajero.”

But that’s what we did this past weekend.

I left work Friday, drove straight to Josh’s place in Mesa, and had dinner. And then we began removing Fezzik’s tired, leaky, smokey engine.

As usual, Fezzik drug his feet. We broke the last of the bellhousing bolts loose a little after 3AM Saturday morning. After a quick strategy sesh, we called it a night.

By 10AM, we were caffeinated and back at it in the shop. The engine came out soon after.

We pressure washed this. We painted that.

Due to a slightly confused part supplier, the heads weren’t ready, so we had to make a run up to Keith’s shop of Mitsubishi wonders to finish and clean them up for final assembly.

I thought we’d have the new engine stabbed by sundown Saturday. It was mostly assembled on the stand by 3AM Sunday morning when we decided to hold another strategy sesh and get Sunday scheduled.

I’d planned on being done by Sunday morning, allowing for some much needed sleep, breakfast, maybe even a brief trail run before getting home to V&P sometime between noon and 3PM.

You know, because it was Mother’s Day (and V is a Badass Mother).

Josh and I got Fezzik running again around 11PM. After the test drive and cleanup, I hit the road for home. Only took about an hour.

I finally crawled into my own bed at 1:39AM Monday morning.

My alarm went off at 5, 6, 6:30.

We went “Full Pajero.”