Discussion in 'Elite Explorer Registry' started by mounty71, February 10, 2008.
I'm trying to make a Pismo trip June 2-4, you should try to come and we can make that happen.
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That's pretty soon. Are you gonna be ready by then?
Hopefully! There may be a few loose ends but I'm so anxious to get out there.
It's too soon for me. My car is ready for light wheeling, but not high speed. And I prolly can't get the days off.
Ya so June 2nd is only 2 weeks away. Not looking good!
Anyway, tore down the whole thing yesterday and painted the frame. So glad that's done, and that means all the major fab work is done! I'm bringing everything that bolts onto the truck to work this week to powdercoat, except for the beams which are just too dirty and greasy right now. Unfortunately we don't have a sand blaster so I need to clean them up myself.
Weee, fresh powder coat!
Looks great! Love fresh parts. Seems new even if old parts are recoated!
Got a lot of little things buttoned up this weekend. The major things were getting the battery mounted, making a bracket to rotate the steering fluid reservoir away from the shock hoop, and building the transfer case crossmember. I have a small polyurethane bump stop that goes above that centered tab that the t-case sits on. Not pictured are tabs I made for a skidplate to go under the transfer case to the transmission crossmember. The driver's side exhaust isn't even close to fitting. The down pipe hits the new oil pan and the rear cat doesn't have room for my trans crossmember, so that entire section I cut out and will need to be redone. Also realized that the transmission auxiliary filter won't fit where I mounted it so that will either need to move or I just won't use it.
that's a cool looking crossmember.
What about going to the bullet style CARB cats? would they fit?
Thanks, been thinking about the design and I'm hoping it's strong enough in case the center is dragged over a rock and that it won't bend up. As for the cats I guess I'll wait and see what an exhaust shop says about just moving the stock ones to a new location.
if you are expecting it may be drug across a rock, I would add some more beef on the front of the case and definitely a skid plate.
It's been a few weeks of slow progress. First, I couldn't powder coat my beams at work because we don't have a sand blaster that big and they're too heavy to hang on our racks, so I took them to get done somewhere. The place took a week longer than they promised, plus they didn't mask off the uniball cups so they took even longer to fix that.
I've been doing FINAL assembly on everything up front which also takes longer than just mock up because I'm doing my best to correctly shank as many bolts as possible. I would have had it on the ground this weekend but I realized that one of my junkyard spindles is damaged, so now I'm going to replace both and keep the other good used one as a spare. I did finally swap the rear axle studs back to the stock 5x5.5" bolt pattern. Hopefully it will be on the ground this coming weekend.
I also spent a couple of weekends building this roof rack for a friend, which I'd been putting off for about a year but finally had to just get it done. We used 3 of these plastic flooring panels meant for chicken coops. It was a lot more work than expected and I wouldn't do it again, but it did come out pretty cool.
Axle shafts are in, front diff is in, front and rear driveshafts are in, shocks are in, wheels and tires are on the ground! Rear driveshaft needs to be shortened, brake lines need to be made, driver's side exhaust down pipe needs to be made, and I need to finish some plumbing.
getting close man!
Well I guess this thread is now useless from this point back to the beginning. Thanks Photobucket for single-handedly ruining decades worth of public forums.
Anyway, I'm so close to having this drivable! Very few things left on my to-do list. I had to get the rear driveshaft shortened so I should be getting that back this week. Not sure why since its the same rear expedition shaft everyone else uses with their BW4406.
My friend is finishing up the brake lines hopefully this week. I need a couple of fittings and the steering and transmission plumbing is complete and I can fill up all the fluids and start it. Here's where I put the trans filter, above one of my rock slider tubes on the passenger side.
Another Rubicon trail trip is coming up in a month and a half, so that plus a little test trip before that is the goal now.
Rubicon in a month and a half?
Ya, you should join! Does your friend Justin still have a Toyota? We're going for the Marlin Crawler Roundup.
No he doesn't. I don't know if I would make it through the Rubicon, and I don't know if my car would make it to the Rubicon. I'll have to see if i can find a tow vehicle and bring the Navajo
We are going to go the back way/short way from south shore to Rubicon Springs.
I'm dreading the day my premium account is up. I'm hoping they lower their prices once all the ebay vendors switch to another provider. If not, I'll do like everyone else and update all the pics to a different provider or figure out a way to make my website work as hosting.
This is the only picture I took this weekend, of the windshield washer fluid reservoir in its new home, separated from the radiator overflow and rotated 90* from where it used to be. The electrical still needs to be extended to it.
I made a lot of other good progress too. All trans, steering, and brake lines are done and ready for fluids. Trans fluid temp gauge is wired in. Shortened rear driveshaft is in. Hubs are installed. I flipped the transmission cooler over so that the ports are at the top now. Also got a gas tank skidplate off of eBay for $40 shipped, and got that installed too. Totally worth not having to go get one at a junkyard myself.
I think I can get it running next weekend, then take it to get the exhaust redone the week after.
what air intake are you using?
MAC performance, but the MAC filter broke after about 10 years so now I have an AEM dry filter and sock.
In other news, I drove this thing today! About a mile to the exhaust shop. I have a few leaks to deal with and may need to replace the steering box, and I think the rear axle studs are hitting something in the parking brake, but otherwise it seemed okay.
congrats on the drive! I'll look into the mac kit. Is it CARB certified?
Last time I smogged it, the guy gave me a little grief because the CARB system says that it's legal for Explorers but didn't see Mountaineer listed. He let it go anyway, but every other time I've smogged it no one said anything about it.