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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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      CDW6212R Hauls the mail. Elite Explorer

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      Excellent, and the SOHC condenser bracket I can use to mount the trans cooler also. I remember that it's a sturdy metal bracket that runs below and all along the bottom.
       
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    3. Dono

      Dono V8 Limited turbo and retired SC 4.0 OHV Elite Explorer

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      After pulling my motor so much, probably the best mod ever was Tim showing up with the radiator bracketry from a 4 litre.

      I swear, with every subsequent rad pull, I wanted to kiss Tim. lol.
      Those rad clips can be, ummmm frustrating. Other times, it went easy. Now, I just don't worry about it.

      Any 95-01 radiator will fit with that bracketry.
       
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      I have the same setup in my ranger but I had to bend the v6 condenser support forward to let the v8 radiator sit without rubbing it. Also when you bend the bracket forward there are 2 treaded portions of screws that need to be trimmed down so they dont hit the condenser when installed.
       
    5. Turdle

      Turdle I bake stuff Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      Thanks Mike. I know you are busy.

      I'd appreciate it. I will wager the numbers will be in line with Traveler's.
       
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      Had a chance to drive up and down I-10 this weekend. Once I was on the interstate I set the cruise at 75mph. The LOD wandered between 57 and 62 so we could call it 60. I held the speed for a couple of miles going both directions to make sure I wasn't measuring going up or down a grade.
       
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      Turdle I bake stuff Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      Thanks Mike. It helps to confirm my thoughts.
       
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      Well, Good news.
      I called autozone to explain the differences in radiators, and since the one I bought is not cooling well enough, they are going to swap out the 2000 rad for a 97 rad free of charge. In fact, I will get a refund because the better one is less money. Whoa!

      I am impressed. This is beyond good service IMO
       
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      Excellent, good service is appreciated.
       
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      Honestly, I can hardly wait to hear the results. this is the frost back to back rad test between the two styles with no other changes I know of.
       
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      Great... Now you're making me want to go out and check my radiator.. LoL
       
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      @traveler gave me this big ol trans cooler, If I recall correctly he told me it was off a v10 f250

      After trimming and stuff I found a good spot for it, low down right in front of the condensor. The mounting hole on the left is the existing core support hole, I used a self tapper on the right side mount.
      There is about half the space between the condensor and cooler now, so I think the belt driven fan will draw more air thru it.

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      If there is not enough air through it, I have room for one or 2 of these now easily.

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      traveler Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      LoL that's pretty much where I have mine. I have 2 fans on mine. I towed the camper yesterday in 100*+ heat abd the transmission never got over 180.
       
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      That's great news. Your Mighty EB performs real well, I must say. Thanks for the cooler and being the guinea pig!
       
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      Well, I stuck a fan on there , haven't wired it in though. I think I'll put the switch in the rear parking sensor switch location since the rear sensors are long gone anyway-and it's always lit up saying "off"

      Yeah, she's off all right.

      I got real lucky, after fitting the fan I decided to see if the skid plate would still fit. It's so close I could claim I did a lot of measuring and complicated maths
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      I think the fan is tucked away good enough^^ but if was to cut into the upper tab lip I could move it up a bit.
      I will mount it higher when I add another, sooner if I don't .
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      That's great, it looks like a perfect fit for the space.
       
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      It definitely runs cooler with the fans. But mine is sitting above the bumper vents and below the grill. So they help air flow.
       
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      I didn't like the fan mount at all so I trimmed the metal above it to allow a better fitment. There was some fan overhang on top, which I fixed by cutting all the way through on the ends, cut just the lower sheet metal lengthwise and folding the remainder upward. The flap blocks the 1/2" space. Here you can see the ledge that had to be trimmed, but you can't see the flap. Sorry.
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      It tucked in a lot better now

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      I got the wiring all run allowing for another fan. Wiring is done to the cab, I just need to wire in the switch, which is switching the ground to the relay coil, so no positive voltage is added thru the firewall. I went thru the hood release grommet.

      I need to wash her now I think.
       
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      Turdle I bake stuff Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      Well, take a good look.
      Today I driveway washed Betty, and since she saves our life every time I try to kill us, this accidentally came out of hiding

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      Lots of worn out paint but it all got waxed anyway
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      Looking good!

      That tool is a back breaker. Me no like it.

      Thanks for the reminder tho. I told myself when it cools off towards Fall, I was going to buff out all the scratches from the last 2 years of trails. Still not sure if I'm gonna get around to it or not. lol
       
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      Very nice, well done. I need to do mine also, and I finally found the cordless C3 buffer/polisher on eBay. I hate the cord when buffing, but you need that real type to really clean paint.
       
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      Thanks guys.
      When I was using the fan with misters it caused a large buildup of calcium. That combined with the Colorado minerals left quite some staining in the finish. I even had to wax my tow hooks!!! Vinegar alone would not cut it, CLR is not supposed to be used on painted surfaces but I put a little in to boost the vinegar, and citric acid "lemi shine" stuff in my wash bucket. Still some buildup!

      I was low on wax so I mixed leftover McGuiar's cleaner wax and Turtle wax. Both are just a cleaner type wax. I applied it "wax on" style rubbing it in good, then after an area was dry enough buffed it off with the dewalt. Not really a buff job. But it did hurt. I tried to take it easy and go slow. taking breaks and stretching out.
      The plan was to do the Avalon today, but yeah, plans change. Do I buy more wax, or beer? I'd suggest tequila but it's kinda early for that. I kinda feel like if the missus wants her car shiny then, hey--grab the yellow thing. Time to learn huh?



      I think the plan today should be to get real drunk, and hide that dang buffer again. Hopefully where I can't find it.

      Oh, I also got the electric trans cooler fan switch installed in the rear parking sensor switch slot. I found a switch that "sorta" fit into the stock escutcheon , with a little help from gorrilla tape it fits good.
       
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      Truck is looking good! I need to get busy on the Eddie Bauer myself but we have fancy car washes here that make it look pretty good.
      Besides we have to get the EB running right before anything else. If it ends up being serious enough I'm gonna call ya all to AZ for a "fix the Eddie Bauer" weekend. Hehe

      Sorry didnt mean to hijack.
       
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      Well, hmmm.
      How will this end? Maintenance on Betty, or will it be hair conditioner? ( I bet I will end up with red fluid all over the place)

      LG-204 reusable trans pan gasket
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      stay tuned.

      Once that trans pan is off, and I am cleaning it I will have to fight the internal battle of just bolting it back on or blasting and coating it which would add at least 3 hours to the dealio. Hmmmmmmphfff
       

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