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Betty's "I want to be a mule" progress log thread

Discussion in 'Explorer Registry' started by Turdle, September 19, 2011.

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    1. Turdle

      Turdle Moderator Masterbaker Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      The new turd mobile. 2000 Mountaineer v8 awd.



      The bad:

      Was living it's prior life on a dusty road. Must tear out interior and deep clean.
      Driver window off track "or something" and will not roll down. It tries but the rear part wants to stay up.

      3 out of 4 door handles have issues. I have 4 new outer handles on order.
      Cracked passenger side tail light housing. ( Ebay for some cool tail lights)

      Compass-Thermometer thingy lit up and went out--idunno bout that yet

      Door locks seem sticky, probably has to do with the handles.
      It has a funky purple color trim with red metallic ( you'll have that every now and then) :(

      The good
      Gas tank was full
      109k miles
      I am the 2nd owner!!
      Is from the local area, which means no salt!
      The undercarriage is fairly clean
      No dents to underside panels
      Good rubber
      Camber shims already installed
      Looks like good service records, all recalls were completed.
      Clean carfax believe it or not.

      The "maybe" bad

      The original owner, told the dealership it had a bad "heater core" however I have run it for several cycles, over an hour each idling in the driveay and see no leaks.
      However, there was evidence of a windshield leak or the like,I saw condensation on the inside of the windows this AM. The moisture smell is that of water only-no anti freeze smell. I am thinking it could also be a cowl drain which is clogged???? but she did say the passenger carpet got wet.

      I tried to get heat, however it is an auto climate control. Being 90 degrees outside, I doubt it would have given me heat.The heater core hoses were hot, and the coolant bypass valve does operate. AC blows Ice cold.

      Maybe she meant to say "heater door"???

      Anyway--here are the pics.



      My intent is to drive this and use it as a tow rig for a light weight off road toy. Mods will be minimal. Edit: This plan did not work out so on to plan "b"

      Current visual status

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      Now, let's clean it up a little


      Herculine'rd rocker panels. Rock sliders installed

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      BW 4406 True 4x4 Manual transfer case ( AKA Mouse entry point) installed 8-27-2012
      Installed newer Tcase from a 2003 11-14-15

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      Saw a rainbow in Colorado so yeah, time for a picture
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      And here she is, on top of the highest pass road in North America. Careful tire placement a must!!!
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      2-2-2013

      Changed "color scheme" of the Dick Cepek DC1 wheels. New Falken Wildpeak AT 31x1050x15

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      Then I decided Maroon washer on the wheels would look better

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      Update 6-6-2013

      New bumpers, winch and Pro LED light . Front Bumper from RLC, Skid plate from RCI, rear bumper from Kert307


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      Rear anti sway disconnects

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      Update 9-2-2014
      A cracked radiator at 70mph led to engine failure. Replaced with a freshened up a bit 80k mile engine starting on page 23

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      Found another rainbow in Kansas.

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    3. corkey

      corkey Moderator Emeritus Moderator Emeritus

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      it's a good start Jon,

      can't wait to see it in person,
       
    4. Glen4X4

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      Nice Jon, I like the red mounties. :)
       
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      "My intent is to drive this and use it as a tow rig for a light weight off road toy. Mods will be minimal"

      famous last words :D

      looks nice tho gonna have to drop by and see it soon
       
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      Good buy. Should clean up very nicely.
       
    7. Albino 94LTD

      Albino 94LTD Recovering from Moab 2016 Elite Explorer

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      I guess you don't need me to look at at Cream Puff in Kirkland then, huh? :rolleyes:
       
    8. gmanpaint

      gmanpaint Torsion Bar Free Elite Explorer

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      Cool! :D

      Those bumpers can be replaced with metal ones. (I happen to have a front now & rear available soon) ;)

      The water might be the moonroof drain tubes.

      Hire a school kid/midget/tiny chick, to replace those handles, smaller the hands the better. :D

      Is it just the picture, or is the crease in the pass door/fender bent? :scratch:
       
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      Looks like it will be perfect for your intentions, I miss the auto climate and steering wheel controls I had in my eddie bauer.

      The rear bumper is already metal just has the backup sensors in it.
       
    10. gmanpaint

      gmanpaint Torsion Bar Free Elite Explorer

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      Oh, well the chrome metal type than. :D
       
    11. Rick

      Rick Pumpkin Pilot Staff Member Admin Elite Explorer

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      Nice looking ride! Congrats:chug:
       
    12. Turdle

      Turdle Moderator Masterbaker Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      Still looking for another for my lovely bride. However, that is a long distance to travel for vehicle. Thanks for the heads up though, it is exactly what she is looking for and we will get. An all white limited. :thumbsup::thumbsup:
      No Moonroof in this one. Weird I know .
      There are no creases I am aware of, must be the reflection. It is far from perfect of course, but no major dings.

      I think I am going to paint the front bumper, and the side trims with some gray tinted herculiner. I'll powdercoat the rear bumper and try to get a gray pad for it. I'll throw those smoked chrome mounty wheels on it and call it good.

      I cleared the trip computer dealio, then let Sheri drive me around for a few miles. Average MPG is 18.5.
      Wow

      I removed a dirty K&N air filter, stuck a clean paper one back in. Threw some seafoam in the oil and gas tank, idled it for an hour then changed the oil and filter with some Quaker state. I will run this for a few days and change again with mobil 1 synthetic. I will change the spark plugs and Fuel filter tomorrow.

      Still no coolant smell or leaks-the cat converters are not getting any drips either.
      nor did it blow hot air. Me thinks blend door.

      crap. It could be worse though. This thing drives great!!!
       
    13. Tbars4

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      ..The voices in my head said to pass this little seed on to you Jon..:p:

      ...:scratch:..With just a little more power, you can make it to the trails a little quicker..:D

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      ..You might as well get started on your "before and after" thread now..:popcorn:
       
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      celly disturber of the peace Elite Explorer

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      Welcome back to the 2nd gen my friend. Looks like a cool project.
       

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      It does look nice and clean underneath- nice find! :thumbsup:
       
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      Good guess, if I do say so myself!
       
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    18. Dan Whitaker

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      So how long until it has TM's :D

      The person at Ford that came up with that color combo must have been color blind. I see several Mounties that color running around KC.
       
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      Looks good. Congrats Jon!
       
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      Cool project...

      I am slightly partial to the Torreador Red Mouty's myself!

      It's ALWAYS better to start with a DUSTY rig, than a RUSTY one....

      Pressure washer, and a few vacuums......it will be good as new!

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      Hrm.. With that much power in the new rig it could be called Puff Puff Pass...

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      Looks like a good starting point for you, and don't worry about the overhead console I have one that color laying around here somewhere.
       
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      Hey I got to drive her home!! It drives very nice:thumbsup: No rattles:thumbsup:

      Felt like I had drove it before,that nice!! Was sad to see the other rig go.At least it's close and can maybe wheel with it again someday. I under stand the whys. Just can't wait to see what he pulls out of his hat next!!:p:
       
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      Very nice! Can't wait to see her all detailed up.

      I say do the basic CAI, tune and exhaust, slightly lowered on some powder coated Cobra R's(like that last one). Put some good rotors and pads on and she'll make a fine towing rig.

      We need to have a get together at your place someday soon and line our rigs up for fun.........:D
       
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      Subscribing! The color combo has grown on me lately, cant wait to see what you do with Puff.
       

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