Yellowknife, NT – Mercedes-Benz Montana

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MonsterTrac
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Yellowknife, NT – Mercedes-Benz Montana

Post by MonsterTrac » October 29th, 2019, 8:17 pm

Hello everyone...again!
Well it was only a matter of time before I decided to start the sequel.

I purchased her (1998 ML320 / 3.2L V6 SOHC / Brilliant Emerald) back on June 15th of this year from Thunder Bay, Ontario. She would only start for three seconds, beep four times, then shut off. So I had it trailered up to Yellowknife. I programmed and synchronized the key using my Mercedes-Benz Keymaker. And now the rest is history! Been driving her since July.

The engine is sound and strong. I'm very impressed with the transmission response (AWD and the low range) for a 194,000KM+ vehicle. She feels heavy but can still quickly accelerate with ease, that's Mercedes-Benz for you. The interior, for a 1998, is immaculate and fortunately all the electronics still operate as they should.

I will be focusing on the entire suspension first. The suspension, although functional, feels very old and needs a refresher - brakes, rotors, hubs, ball joints, tie rod ends, bushings (polyurethane), struts, shocks, torsion bars leveled out...the works!

I will be going with five LT265/75R16 BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM3. P#: 79327.
As much as I'd like to be film accurate, the Dunlop Radial Mud Rover was unfortunately discontinued in 2015. Therefore the BFGoodrich will be an amazing alternative and even a small nod to the original Jurassic Park BFGoodrich All-Terrains. I’ve also decided to go with the Montana version of the three (Fontana and Santana being the other two) Gatherer vehicles.

This 'Trek' will be a long one. I'm excited, nervous, but most of all happy with my decision!
Enjoy!
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She can definitely climb!
She can definitely climb!
Mommy won't be tossing this one over the cliff!
Mommy won't be tossing this one over the cliff!
At Frame Lake.
At Frame Lake.
Gray interior and some Kombucha.
Gray interior and some Kombucha.
Bose sound system and cassette tape player...
Bose sound system and cassette tape player...
...with the cassette tapes to go with it.
...with the cassette tapes to go with it.
Together at last!
Together at last!
My girls love it!
My girls love it!

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Re: Yellowknife, NT – Mercedes-Benz Montana

Post by NathansPROPS » October 29th, 2019, 9:27 pm

Sweet! We need more LOST WORLD MERCEDES ML320s In the JP motor pool fleet!

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Re: Yellowknife, NT – Mercedes-Benz Montana

Post by jp41 » October 30th, 2019, 8:10 pm

Love it! Looking forward to following!

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Re: Yellowknife, NT – Mercedes-Benz Montana

Post by MonsterTrac » January 10th, 2020, 10:32 am

So this is what a $5758 (without tax / shipping) suspension restore looks like :lol:
Time for some garage fun :D
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"You can’t shave three days off my deadline and expect everything to be ready! I'm not fully supplied, I haven’t field tested any of this stuff!"
"You can’t shave three days off my deadline and expect everything to be ready! I'm not fully supplied, I haven’t field tested any of this stuff!"

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Re: Yellowknife, NT – Mercedes-Benz Montana

Post by trevorpape » January 10th, 2020, 2:19 pm

Awesome brother! look forward to seeing the project... I was in germany at the Mercedes benz museum a few years back and have some pictures... not sure how much they'll help, but youre always welcome too them.

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Re: Yellowknife, NT – Mercedes-Benz Montana

Post by MonsterTrac » January 10th, 2020, 7:05 pm

Thank you for the offer TrevorPape.
Fortunately my Manager was in Stuttgart this past April 2019 and captured some high resolution photos all around, although, not much of the interior. Still planning on posting them to share with this forum group!

Regardless, please feel free to Private Message them to me if you'd like or post them as well under 'ML320 Construction > Reference Materials' ;)

All the assistance is appreciated :)

PS: hopefully frankyyy is still working at Mercedes in Stuttgart!

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Post by frankyyy » January 11th, 2020, 1:54 am

I do, what do you need ?

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Re: Yellowknife, NT – Mercedes-Benz Montana

Post by MonsterTrac » January 11th, 2020, 8:02 pm

Interior seat rears and Plexiglass roof would be great, thanks!
Please post under the 'ML320 Construction' section :)

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Re: Yellowknife, NT – Mercedes-Benz Montana

Post by MonsterTrac » January 29th, 2020, 1:07 pm

Her new boots arrived :lol:
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"I need half air on the, the tires here guys"
"I need half air on the, the tires here guys"
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