Mitsubishi sold the first-generation Pajero in North America with Montero badges, for the 1985 through 1991 model years; meanwhile, Dodge shoppers could buy the identical-twin Raider from 1987 through 1989. These trucks have something of a cult following and tend to be kept on the road, but I do find them once in a while during my junkyard explorations. Here’s a 255k-mile ’90 that has many stories to tell about its long life in Colorado.
Most North American first-generation Monteros came with the 2.6-liter Astron four-cylinder engine, but the later trucks could be bought with an optional 3.0-liter 6G72 V6. That’s what’s in this truck.
Real four-wheel-drive and a manual transmission. There’s a lot to like about this truck.
Fully-depreciated vehicles in Colorado often get plastered with stickers from businesses in the legal-recreational-cannabis line, and that’s what we see in this truck. You won’t see too many brand-new Outlanders with a big COLORADO INDOE sticker slapped on the driver’s door panel.
The idea of this big, tippy truck and its no-doubt-loose front suspension weaving up I-25 at 49 mph while its munchies-crazed driver claws in the glovebox for an errant malted milk ball seemed scary enough, but then I saw this Field Expedient driver’s-seat rig. This appears to be the factory Montero seat tracks with a piece of plywood perched on top, beneath a bucket seat out of a random car held in place— sort of— by a couple of ratchet straps. Sure, it’s tough to find a good Montero seat for cheap these days, but don’t try this at home!
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