No, the Pajero is still in Virgina and hasn’t actually been loaded on a truck to the borderland yet, but some parts I bought for it have.
I’ve already bought two things from another country for a truck I don’t actually have in my possession of yet (although I do legally own it, as money has been sent and paperwork signed and emailed). Through the magic of the interwebs, I’ve already downloaded the Mitsubishi factory service manuals for the truck (along with the factory engine and transmission overhaul manuals for every Mitsubishi engine and transmission from 1990-2002), but being bought as an adventure mobile I want a paper manual to stash in the truck.
Via the magic of Amazon, I’ve got a Haynes (I know, crappy, but potentially useful on the side of the trail) Pajero manual originally written for the UK/Aussie market on the way to me from Manchester arriving on Wednesday via DHL. I’ve never actually received a package from DHL, so I’m sure their delivery guy will enjoy the threat from the head of household security when he makes the mistake of ringing the doorbell. I got a chuckle out of the charming emails in the proper version of my mother tongue telling me my package has been dispatched. It turns out that logging to Amazon’s UK site using my US account was half the price to buy the same book from the same seller as buying it from Amazon’s US site using the same account. Go figure.
The truck is missing the ashtray (and cover) from the center console, so I’ve also got one of those coming from the UK. I don’t care about the ashtray, but the hole in the console would bother me. I only found one possible part that might fit online in the US, and it was brown. Ebay turned up a suitable replacement on the otherside of the pond for about $10 (and $20 in shipping). I’ll be curious if it shows up before or after the truck.
As for the truck, money has been sent and paperwork signed and emailed. On Saturday, a Japanese Classics employee called me and spent about an hour on the phone doing a walk around of the truck inside and out noting everything he saw as I followed along via pictures. They sent a couple of dozen pictures of every imperfection on the truck, too. There were no surprises, and it confirmed things I already saw or suspected both good and bad. They seem almost radically committed to transparency and making sure folks are comfortable buying a 25 year old weird car sight unseen. They say about 40% of their sales are to folks that have the car shipped to them long-distance. Compared to the truck and old boat I’ve bought sight unseen and long-distance, I’ve got way more information about this truck than either of those transactions.
The last step is loading the Pajero on a truck to Southern NM. It can’t come soon enough.