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My First Explorer, 2000 EB

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    1. traveler

      traveler Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      Ohh what a week. My wife's Tbird wouldn't start at work (A 35 mile drive from home). I drove out there and found a broken rod in the steering column. So we towed it home and I began the process of replacing the steering column. She drove the explorer to work Wednesday and I walked. She pulled out of the garage to pick me up from work and clipped the mirror on the garage door so now I get to fix that as well. I got the steering column out yesterday and the new one in place when a circuit breaker in the garage blew, and it can't be reset... not sure its even blown.. but no power to the garage lights or outlets so I can't work on finishing up the car. Yea... great week so far! LoL ok.. rant over. :)

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      I hate those kinda days.

      Mike, you might try unplugging everything in your garage, and unscrew alll light bulbs. remove all load from the circuit, then re try the breaker.

      Breakers do go bad, hopefully that is the issue. Do you have a locke supply nearby?
       
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      traveler Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      That's what I'm thinking is bad breaker. We have an Ace Hardware that may have a replacement. But I'd have to pull the old one to have for comparison. Hadn't thought of taking all the load off first, might give it a shot. Thanks for the tip.

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      traveler Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      LoL I'm embarrassed to say what the problem was. It was the GFI outlet that was thrown. I just pressed the reset button. In my defense, I'd never heard of a GFI outlet shutting down an entire circuit, just the outlet itself. Once I had power, finishing up the car repair was easy and quick.

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      traveler Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      Got new lights for the truck. Pretty bright for cheapies from Ebay (a lot brighter than the factory high beams). Now I have to clean up the factory lights. And for some reason my fogs chose now to stop working... If its not one thing its another. lol

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      Nice looking EB. I'm kind of on the lookout for one myself.
       
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      Thanks a bunch...
       
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      The Explorer loaded with 1800 lbs of sand and paving stones... New sidewalk on the way.

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      Definitely need the sidewalk.. LoL

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      The Explorer unloaded. I know i heard her sigh with relief.. LoL


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      OK. I have all i need to do the 4x4 Tcase swap. Just got a shift boot from a 98 F250 on eBay. Now all i need is time... LoL and good friends. :)
       
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      Sweet, i miss my 99 awd actually. I traded it for my 93 limited. I miss the 5.0 power, but i didnt want to do the swap and all that. 93 has twin sticks and was ready to hit the trails as soon as i got it. You will love that 5.0 alot more with that tcase swap trust me!
       
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      We'll have to get a date set for this. I will help where I can, but I think we'll need more hands on.
       
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      I have coworkers who are gear heads... Even better they are young, strong gear heads. LoL. I've been working on a date, but it'll be a while. We're off to see my folks starting Mem. Day. And a week after returning from that we're headed for a church camp. Now that i have the parts I'll work on getting a definite weekend set aside. Of course any members who would like to come help are welcome. :)
       
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      Looks like June 13-14 I'll be going from AWD to 4WD :)
       
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      While in Florida, I came across a company that manufactures VERY small campers. As I looked at them two thoughts crossed my mind. With a little extra ground clearance (I.E. swapping the axle so its under the springs instead of over them, and larger tires) these would make pretty nice trail campers. The other thought was how easy it would be to make one on my own. :)

      The name of the company is "Runaway Campers". They are currently retooling to make the campers slightly larger (6x8 on the inside I believe) to make room for a larger mattress or two smaller ones. they do have a website.

      www.runawaycampers.com

      I don't have anything to do with the company and I'm posting this just to let anyone out there who is looking for a small camper of another option.
       

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      traveler Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      LoL that is precisely the complaint that my wife has... Cant stand up to get dressed.
       
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      traveler Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      Well my explorer now has a 4x4 transfer case. Good news! Many thanks to turdle for supplying the brains and know how and to my friend and co-worker Josh for taking time to provide the muscle needed.
      Now the bad news. We got everything installed only to discover that the rear driveshaft did not come with a flange to attach to the differential. I'm going to have to wait till Monday to get that remedied.
       
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      Molly is such a good dog!

      Glad I could come and help where I could. Hope you get this wrapped up without any further issues.

      I think I found another skid plate to weld to your present one as a double up. :thumbsup:

      Also, I believe the driver side of the skid plate will need about 1/4" spacing between it and the frame to allow for the transfer case. Let me know if you have this issue.
       
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      traveler Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      So glad you mentioned the Skid Plate.. My heads been so wrapped up with the driveshaft flange issue I had forgotten to put it on! I'll get that done right now. I'm currently in the garage seeing about getting the interior back together. fighting the shifter boot. I just couldn't get the ford one to fit to my satisfaction, so I'm using a good ol' fashioned Mr. Gasket 4-speed boot.

      As for Molly. LOL I have no idea how she came to be such a good dog. It isn't due to my infinite wisdom or skills as a trainer that's for sure!
       
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      Yep, the skid plate wont clear by about half inch. I have spacers, but need longer bolts. I'll get those tomorrow.
       
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      Ohh It just gets better and better. Picked up a rear driveshaft flange because the shaft I bought didn't come with one. But the new one didn't fit. When the salvage yard insisted it should fit (and they are trustworthy) I began looking further into things. the driveshaft I have is several inches too long, and won't fit into the transfer case. Now I need to find the correct driveshaft and somehow fit it into the budget along with new u-joints. Anyone need a driveshaft of unknown origin? I think it fits a 2-wheel drive expedition.
       
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      For those of you who missed it on the other thread, my Explorer is now officially a 4x4. :) the driveshaft I picked up from the salvage yard today fit great, and has u-joints that will suffice till I can afford to install new Spicer units. The truck runs great, steering is lighter, and we have yet to see how the mileage is affected. I'd love to get a set of locking hubs next. ;)
       
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