Ok, it’s not quite that bad. I expected to have to do a bit of work to get the truck into a fully reliable frame of mind. So apparently the Montero loved the long trip back. However, the oil cooler lines didn’t like being held at high pressure for 28 hours of driving after being in the truck for 20 years, and one of them crapped itself. It’s fine, just a regular old hot high pressure line, I should be able to get that repaired at a hydraulic shop, right? I mean, new parts are about $200, but the guys back west say they just get them repaired for about $50 and 20 minutes of labor. Well, after calling 7 hydraulic shops, I found one willing to fix the lines. I took them in, and was told it would cost $200 and an hour of time. Huh...

So now I’m just going to order OEM parts.  Hell, they lasted 20 years and 250k miles the first time.  Just going to take a bit of extra time, so the truck will be down for a week or more.  However, this gives me time to rip the interior out and clean it up real nice.  I’ll get some pictures of the before for you all soon.  There may be graphic content warnings....