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!

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