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1991 explorer build

Discussion in 'Elite Explorer Registry' started by mj1989gt, October 25, 2011.

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      Just get a whole tranny from the 2.9 its a direct bolt up.the lower first gear works great.many people on here use it.i was going to but think ill be doing a 5r and obd2 piggy back instead.
       
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      I forgot about the 2.9 m5od! Thanks
       
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      My front shocks came in so i got those mounted. Ended up using fox 10 inch emulsions. I also got the pitman arm replaced with a fa400. Used the reamer to ream out the pitman arm and steering knuckles for the chevy TRE's. The reamer was a real challange but i think i got the holes about right. Next up i need to figure out the steering linkage. I'm going to be trying to build a stone crusher type steering. We'll have to see how it turns out.
       

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      I am still waiting for my offset TRE's to arrive for the steering so I've started on the bumpers. I picked up a sheet of 3/16 steel and am kinda building it as i go based off alot of bumper ideas i got off this site. I have the rear started. Its just tacked up for now and i may still make a few changes.
       

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      really liking your rear bumper! project is looking great!!
       
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      I got a little more work done on the bumper side supports
       

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      Looks great dude, nice fab skills.
       
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      Got the clevis mounts and hitch reviever cut into the bumper
       

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      Looks Great.
       
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      Got the bumper welded up and ready to clean and paint. Steering is done. Only thing that i am waiting for to drive this thing is my driveshafts
       

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      Finally got the steering finished as well. Took a lot of time and rethinking to get it right but it works great. I need to put some more miles on it to make sure its good to go but as of right now I'm happy.
       

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      Took the explorer out for the first camping trip this weekend. It worked great the whole tiome and did not give me any problems. I still have a long way to go with this thing but at least its on the road. These are a few pics from anza-borrego state park
       

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      Nice build. Similar to mine. I love the deaver springs. They flex well and ride smooth. Any more pics on the steering setup? Maybe some close ups or different angles? Oh. If you dont have one, throw a locker in the front. I have gone places with my explorer that people told me I should not have been and its because of the locker.
       
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      I have seen your truck also and stole some ideas from it -so thanks! I wasn't sure about the deaver springs but I am glad i went with them. I have a steering write up in the modified 91-94 section with more pics. http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=346315

      I will get a locker in the front eventually. I have a large list of things that need to be done befor the locker.
       
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      I was supposed to do Lower Coyote Canyon last weekend, but something came up.

      The rig looks good! I like the color and that rear bumper is perfect. Looking forward to seeing the front done.
       
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      I started the front bumper this weekend. It is similar to the rear bumper design. All 3/16 plate except 1/4 for frame bracket and winch mount plate.
       

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      I like it!
       
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      I have had the truck down at my work for almost 2 weeks now. I did the manual trans and manual t-case swap. That was easy. Everything bolts right up and no fab work required. While it was in the shop i got alot of the maintainance stuff done. I ended up going alot further than i needed and wanted too but i guess its worth it for peace of mind when on long trips. This thing runs like a new truck now and I love the manual trans. I replaced the A/C system and converted it to r134 and put a cd player in it so its comfortable to ride around in. Still working on the front bumper. All that I need to do is grind it and paint it so that should be on soon.
      Anyone have ideas for a boot for the t-case shifter. I was thinking of going to the junkyard and looking around to see what i can find.
       

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      Got the front bumper mounted. I am going to leave it like this until i get a winch then maybe add a stinger bar onto it.
       

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      I really like that bumper. Looks great. You are going to have to invest in some rocker guards/sliders to keep the body looking nice.
       
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      Your Ex looks amazing. Great job!
       
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      Built a rubber bushing for my manual t case shifter. It works real good and has cut the noise way down. I also started on a rear tire carrier using heims as the hinge point. I may not be pretty but it will function just fine. I was going to use a spindle style hinge but I couldn't shake this idea from my head so i figured I would give it a try. I still have a ways to go on this to finish but I will post pics of what I have so far
       

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      I rebuilt/valved the rear fox shocks this week. When i bought them they were valved for a fullsize truck. I also did some more work to the tire swinger. The latch and stop on the passenger side turned out very nice and holds the swinger solid with no movment at all. I am now in hurry up mode for this thing. I leave for a Moab trip in 5 days. I need to just get it working for now so i can make the trip.
       

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      Finished the tire carrier for now. I will mount a fuel can, shovel, and highlift when i get back from Moab. I spent all day on the tire swinger and finishing a lot of loose ends with the truck. Of course when i tried to start it to move it would not start. The ground cable on the battery is not connecting well. I'll need to fix that Monday night
       

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      Nice work, you should sell a few.
       

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