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delexploder's "Vader" 97 v8 sport

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    1. delexploder

      delexploder Elite Explorer

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      Thought id go ahead and finally get this going now that my rig is functional, I started out with my 97 4.0 sohc sport. I bought it in 05 from its original owner with I think around 183,000 miles, I drove it and did small upgrades like autodimming rear view, new pioneer speakers, Monroe coil overs, 99 front bumper and fear hatch, I also did the usual maintainance like upper and lower balljoints ( motorcraft) swaybar links and bushings ( energy suspension) rebuilt rear, tranny rebuild, ect...then I finally started getting the death rattle from the sohc timing parts around 240,000 miles so i started gathering parts for my v8 swap, do not do what I did if you want to do this swap! Get a whole donner vehical, so it was at this point that I came here and that's when i learned (with the help of alot of members) about PATS, anyway that made me rethink and redo most of my work and replace alot of parts , I just finally got it on the road after swapping out the tranny, so now I feel like I can post my elite registry ,I still have a long way to go to get it where I want but i now think im at a good starting point;)
       
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    3. delexploder

      delexploder Elite Explorer

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      delexploder Elite Explorer

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      Future maint, / upgrades in no specific order
      Paint and body, manual hubs, 4406 t-case manual if I cant get the electric one to work, headliner recover I have grey ultra suede, tint , power rear windows, super charger if i can make the paxton fit, sound proofing, stroker motor,remove and scrub interior, headers, now that's all the little at a time but i have most of it so its doable, the only dream item I have is a 6 spd auto from TCI, at 7,000+ the wife would probably take my truck in the divorce and burn it, I can get away with alot if its spread out over time but that much at once ain't gonna fly
       
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      Ha ha spoke too soon, I have a few issues to deal with like a burnt plug wire, its number four, it came out of the clip and sat on the egr tube, also have a miss fire on number five and a dpft code, good times
       
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      Took it to the shop the other night and while I did a blend door motor on his 02 explorer my friend finished my tailpipes tig wielding my hangers and tips
       

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      The bad news is I think im gonna have to swap the upper and lower intake because the 97 computer is not happy about the 99 external egr setup, everything plugged in but i guess the dpft is the issue, so unless anyone has a better idea I'll have to tear into it.
       
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      Ok here are my options, swap the intakes an im not sure that will work with the p heads, and i would prefer not changing heads at this point, or swap the computer for a late 97 p head external egr computer, also I think the missfire in cyl 5 is related to the issue
       
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      Ok I am currently baby sitting my little brothers 97 xlt that just so happens to be a p head 5.0 with external egr, so I tried his computer ( XDT2) and all seems well so i texted Boominxplorer and he has a few so I think I got it licked, till the next issue pops up lol, again if you are gonna try a v8 swap get the whole vehical and get the same year as your own!
       
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      Thanks Jon, its got parts from you in there too
       
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      Big thanks to Boominxplorer, he actually delivered the pcm last night! Lol he just happened to be going north and we met up at a gass station, so i put my little brothers pcm back and all is well, I still have a code but now its transmission range sensor circuit A low , grrr , anyway ... oh im kinda surprised no one that has read this has asked about " power rear windows " in my to do list
       
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      OK, I'll bite.
      What about them power rear windows?
      Electric motors out of a Mecury villager or something?
      The rear windows as they are, are pretty much useless since you cant reach them from the front seat.
      ?????
       
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      Ha ha how'd you guess, I got them out of a windstar, not sure what way im gonna go with the wiring yet but the amount they extend out is good and a mounting bracket will be easy enough, just gotta come up with some sort of cover for the actuator , I like the idea of the driver side door window switches from a four door,
       
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      I spent a lot of time running around in junkyards. I got a window for my neighbor and saw the mounting looked like the little rear window in the 2 door explorers. I saw manual and power windows in different Nissan quests and Mercury villagers. You have to post pictures when you get around to doing it so I can copy it. lol.
       
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      Vader is going on the lift soon! But my ( my wife's) 99 mounty is goin first, I got my tax return so the wife turned me loose, and i ordered two sets of AVM manual hubs, two sets of halfshafts for a 99 ranger , and two sets of unibearings for 99 ranger w/ABS, still plan on using the 4406 e-shift in Vader but the mounty will get a manual shift, also putting new shoes on the mounty, my usual 31x10.5 BFG ats , I'll post pics of the parts porn when it all gets here,
       
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      Look what came in the mail today! Parts porn
       

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      Christmas time again!
      What size lifts going on both trucks?
       
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      No lift, they are going on the lift lol, I dont really do any offroading, just farm roads and I play a little when it snows, I like more of a muscle truck, I guess that's the route im going with them both for now,
       
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      Different view, nice OE quality , I wouldn't go rock crawling with them but for what I do they are perfect
       

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      Ohhhh, on the lift to be worked on. I get it now.
      Let us know if you have an increase in fuel mileage.
       
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      Yea that would be nice especially in the mounty, I mainly like the prospect of driving either in true 2wd on the streets
       
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      Ups just dropped off all four unibearings today! And after having no luck finding the knuckle seats and sirclips local I ended up getting the seats national part number 710519 from rock auto around $24 each then I found the sirclips Ford F872-3B457-AA on ebay from Tasca Ford for $23 each, now I just gotta get the u joints for the front driveshaft and I can start
       
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      nice explorer u got there
       
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      Thanks, got the new shoes on the mounty yesterday , my usual 31x10.5 BFG ATs
       

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