Discussion in 'Offroad Projects' started by BKennedy, June 4, 2013.
Yuck, I can smell it from here So glad it wasn't catastrophic.
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Its fairly catastrophic...
Tore the dash out today. I thought I was missing a bolt but it turns out the dash was just melted to the wiring, and the whole mess was melted to the aluminum steering column mount. Everywhere I dug into, I found more melted wiring. Needs a replacement steering column, as well.
No more wires or whatever else used to be under there;
Mess of melted junk. You can see in the pile the melted park brake lever;
Found melted wiring going to the center console along the melted shift cable;
I think this is going to take months of slow, painstaking work. The main harness plug through the firewall looks okay on the engine side. Its a little black around the edges, but all the wiring appears intact. That should help as I need to worry about the wires from the firewall, in. Another upside, is it appears the fire was contained to the driver side of the dash, so all of the heating ducting is intact.
I'm with Mark right now. He has a parts truck here in AZ '94 with 4 wheel abs 2wd. I know you are looking locally, but just passing on the info.
For most people it would be headed for the bone yard, but you aren't most people
That dash was the only thing not modified. Does Mark's parts truck have a tan interior and good wiring harness?
He said it has a good wiring harness, gauges etc. I don't recall if he mentioned the interior color. He used the truck for it's TTB arms.
yuck.. Glad you were able to keep it. If you get a complete 1st gen donor, I'd be interested in the driver side doors if you wanted to part with them. Hopefully make a little more money back.
I am having a hard time getting people who list their 93-94 Explorers for sale locally to respond to information requests. I requested several times for one about 85 miles from here to send me pictures of the interior he says is "well cared for".
I had that problem as well when I was looking for the whole car.
Have you tried this one?
Or thug nasty here
This one in TJ still looks like a pretty solid deal. Probably need to speak spanish though
That stinks man, I hope the rebuild goes smooth. Will any year 91 to 94 work. My friends near Bako have two explorers for sale for about $300.00. P.m. me and I can give you their info.
Need a 93-94. Otherwise, wiring harness might not be a direct connect. PCM is also different between 93 and 94, but I am hoping its still good because it had no power to it when the FD put the fire out with lots and lots of water.
Josh, the second one is the one who isn't really excited about selling. I have contacted him multiple times because. I figured I could sell the wheels and get half my money back. Or, put them on the horse trailer...
That gets really annoying when people don't respond after they posted the damn thing. and those wheels would look great on your explorer lol
Not sure on the interior color. Unfortunately I am not in town to go take a look at it if it would work for you.
Listed as part out only but has the right color interior.
Sorry about the late reply (Work has been interesting for the last few weeks)... The Explorer at the neighbors is 2wd, 2 door with gray dash. He was home today and I asked him about it and he said if I needed anything, just grab it... So, the Dash/wiring etc would be free. Interior wiring hasn't been molested.. I think the wires to the MAF have been cut but I didn't look hard at the wiring under the hood.
I found one today. Green 94 XLT, 105,000 miles, like new cloth seats and completely unmolested dash/wiring/interior panels. Body is rusted, its from Ohio (rockers, body mounts, leaf springs, the usual rust belt issues). Doors, glass, fenders and hood are in great shape. Transfer case works, transmission shifts very smooth and engine runs terrific. I got it up to 85 right before my freeway exit just because I haven't driven a stock Explorer in many, many years. Has a leaking valve cover and oil pan, as far as I could tell. ABS light is on, and left turn signal dash light is out. Rotten tires but made it to its next to final resting place. Has new brakes, heavy duty shocks and radius arm bushings. Even has a complete owner's manual. Talked owner down from $900 to $500. He was given the car from his grandfather to get him to San Diego. Its been parked for 2 years but started right up. After I looked under the dash, I knew I had to get it; pristine.
Only picture I took today (notice the factory stereo and unbroken center console arm rest).
I think I will be keeping the rear seat, but recovering my 7-way adjustable front seats so these might be up for grabs.
Josh already has dibs on the driver side doors (driver window is skipping a little). I plan on keeping the hood, fenders, rear hatch and side glass, most of the interior panels, all outer and interior lights, etc..
Took some more pictures;
Completely unmolested under dash wiring
Roached rocker panel
Good score sir.
look at those pretty doors and mirrors... and it still has the bitchin roof rack! that is a good score for sure
I have another roof rack just like it in the junk pile out back.
I was just starting to rip into the parts Explorer when I realized it would be hard to get mine out once repairs were made when parts Ex is between it and the gate. So, I put the driver seat back in mine, pulled the parts Ex out, rolled mine out into the street, got my neighbor to help push it so it was facing into the drive, then backed parts Ex in, put the battery back in mine, winched it into position and removed the batteries on both Explorers.
Then, I was starting to feel a little guilty for killing a running, driving Explorer. Crawled underneath and looked at the body rot, felt better. Its already dead.
I think I might keep the engine since it runs great, just has some oil leaks. Its a low mileage engine (105,000). Then if mine ever goes, I will have a replacement.
You have to have a spare engine lol. I have one with 140k on it.
I was just going ask about the engine for the same reason. The steering box probably wouldn't be a bad item to save as well. That was a great buy. I might be interested in the transfercase. What gears are in the axles?
Transfercase works, but might leak. I don't know what gears are in axles, need to check that.
Steering box has very little play and pump is quiet. Both are going in my Explorer as I have gone through several Autozone rebuilts.
The transmission shifts very well and I did not notice any slippage.
If anyone wants parts, send me a PM with dibs. If I don't keep what you are looking for, we will work something out.
Forgot to mention that the driver side hub/wheel bearing was humming me a tune on the way home with every left turn.
I got the Explorer almost completely torn down today. I need to pull the rest of the interior so I can get to the entire interior wiring harness. I keep finding burnt wires, so I feel it would best to replace the entire harness. Brake pedals and booster, and throttle pedal were all cooked, so I am replacing them all.
Anybody know of a good cleaner to get black stuff off metal?
While you have it all torn apart you might want to change the hood release cable as well. Hate to see it break on you later from some hidden damage.
The one thing that looked fine. Dang, now I have to pull that too