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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 I bake stuff Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      alas, sad day. The flat black makes them look worse than when I started. And, it's like a chalk board. if anything touches it leaves a mark. poop.

      It's not peeling anymore though. Satin black would have been better.

      If they were made of metal I would powdercoat them for sure. It's plastic. all of it.
       
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      traveler Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      I've seen aerosol cans of paint that are supposed to match the satin black trim on most vehicles. I wonder if that would work very well.
       
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      CDW6212R Hauls the mail. Elite Explorer

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      The Explorer rack looked like aluminum when I was trying to straighten out the rear crossbar. I do recall that the Mountaineer main side rails are plastic. I forgot that until you posted plastic. Are the crossbars plastic too, that sucks?
       
    5. Turdle

      Turdle I bake stuff Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      Today, is hot. Hot hot hot, in toe peeeka!

      I know I need to mow, so ignore that. I got the back yard cut so my lil dog would go out there. If it gets too long she pees on the deck. At least that won't happen, but today, this will.

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      Very cool.
       
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      traveler Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      Awesome! did you just pick that up or was it used/borrowed?
       
    8. Turdle

      Turdle I bake stuff Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      well, to be honest another forum member, Gmanpaint, you know that guy, said I needed it so I said yeah i do so he said he'd buy it for us.
      He's a heck of a guy really.
      The extension is a factory warranty reject. Box was all smashed, but the finish is good. The inside basket pieces where the extension joins are off center, front to rear, by about 1/4" so it is a throw away. You have to really look for that to see it though. It's like there is a gap between the basket 1/2" on the rear, they touch on the front. where the baskets meet.
       
    9. Turdle

      Turdle I bake stuff Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      Lemme rephrase that.
      [​IMG]

      Aint happenning today! Fake news!


      I'm done. I sat down for a while and locked the f up. good times. Someone better vacuum the rug because I am going to spend the night down there.
       
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      Will you be mounting that to the Explorer rails on the Mercury? I'm wondering if that is a simple install, and if I might be able to seal it with a cover for rain(plus a bungee net hold down thing over the top). I've never planned to use the roof of my 99 truck at work, but parcels are killer from Amazon now.
       
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      Well if you can't get it to fit the Mounty I'd sure like to have it for the Explorer! :)
       
    12. Turdle

      Turdle I bake stuff Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      It's going to fit, some how some way. Just not today. Or tomorrow. If i work on this thing tomorrow it's going to be transmission cooler related. Where I can sit, and think, and be slow.
       
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      LoL yea, I just got my transmission cooler fans today, so thats on the list for tomorrow. I've been meaning to ask about that to, but we're getting off track of the roof rack! Time for a new thread after I do some searching.
       
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      What trans cooler are you planning Jon? I hope to begin with my 98 in a month or two, after I get my 99 running again. I still plan a Super Duty cooler, and I have two sizes. I might put the shorter one on my good 98 truck, and the tall one in the 99 later(cut the radiator support to make room for it).

      When I do the trans cooler I'll get that oil adapter with thermostat fixed with the marine T-stat(140*). Then I'll hook it up without the radiator, and see what the ATF temps run in various driving.
       
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      My friend plays with several fox mustangs and i made fun of him for wasting money on a B&M tranny cooler , it looked identicle to our stock ones , so on his latest one , a 347 trick flow heads intake procharger ect... backed by a manual valve body 4R70W guess whats keeping the tranny cool? explorer trans cooler with a parts store fan
       
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      I might need a fan also for my work truck. I don't know what my ATF runs at now, I should get something to monitor that soon. Slow speeds and constant throttle will heat the ATF.
       
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      I was easily able to bypass the transmission. No issue there.
      Betty is not getting an efan it seems. Not without removing my front bumper and doing a little trimming.

      So, this will have to be put off for later.For now I want to see what kind of results i get from removing the radiator out of the equation.

      anyone have any ideas for driving a tap in when there isn't room for the tap handle dealio? I tried my cordless drill, the keyless chuck can't quite cut it.
       
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      I didn't get a chance to finish the fans. I was forced to go out to eat and see a movie.. Hehe I would have much preferred to stay in the hot truck finishing up the wiring.. (If you believe that...)
      If I have time I'll get the radiator bypassed next week.
       
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      Yakima and/or Thule might/could have universal mounts that would work to mount the basket to the OEM bars.

      I have two, yes two, Yakima Loadwarrior baskets in my stockpile. Bought one used at a swap meet just because I wanted to mount one on my roof. Searched/waited on eBay for some mounts to attach to the OEM bars. Ran across another basket on Craigslist with the correct universal mounts needed, so I snagged that for cheap. Never mounted one yet. Both sitting in my garage, along with a Thule 581 roof rack unit I got, maybe from another swap meet.

      @traveler, I would be willing to sell you a basket, but I think shipping would kill it from being a good deal...
       
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      Turdle I bake stuff Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      I have the yakima with q posts but need si=ome support further back. I was not aware, nor did I even look for yakima mounts for the explorer track.
       
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      Poser shot, and a camping shot. Story to follow in another thread.. 086.JPG 016.JPG
       
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      LoL you took a pic of the few times when the hood was up on the Eddie Bauer.
       
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      The closed hood pics also included Sheri plucking her eyebrows in my side mirror. -I had to make a choice.
       
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      Hehe.... Good choice.
       
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