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Waxing washing, wheel cleaning and body work. This is the place to discuss those topics.
Body Work 101 How I addressed the Rust on the Ford LD50 1st gen Rusty rocker panel bodywork - rockerpanel replacement How To: Recover your Center Console (10 Steps) Rear Door Vent Window Replacment Getting those plastic trims back to OEM black with pics How to: 1st Gen Gas Tank Fuel Pump Access Panel How to: - Remove and replace door latch assembly Custom colored ford emblems List of Bodywork Resources on the Net How to: Apply bed liner to your floor What is the best Billet Grille? A guide to modding your front end! Wiper motor shaving write up with pics Bumper bracket / rail end how to Creating with Fiberglass a Step by Step Guide by Drew Wilson
To begin Bondo is a product name for body filler. I am not a fan of Bondo products. I use Evercoat Rage Gold and Evercoat Metal Glaze. It is a far superior body filler.
Does anyone know what these are and how to remove them? There are 6
What's yours? Favorite products? Methods? Etc. I like to give it a good soak to loosen everything up. Currently using Blue Coral wash and wax as it was a Christmas gift and it actually does a nice job. Usually like the meguiars gold class wash though. Always a microfiber mitt with a few passes on the car then spray it out to rid it of contaminants before dipping it back in the bucket and continuing to clean Every so often I use meguiars cleaner wax which really provides an extra step towards keeping the paint nice. I usually finish off with meguiars next generation tech wax 2.0 for a nice glossy finish. Interior is dusted with a swiffer cloth and microfiber towels are used to apply meguiars ultimate protectant to the dash and...
i was wondering if there might be a bolt in replacement for the rocker panels i was told there might be some for the 92 explorer, or if anyone has any ideas on how to fix the rust on the rockers would be great, i have so much rust there i may as well not have any rockers at all, lol, any help would be great thanks...
Wondering if anybody has ever figured out a way to hang a rear hatch on a 2nd gen without assistance. I'm considering hanging it via a pulley from the carport, using the winch running the line up to the carport and over the roof of the truck. Other suggestions or stories of what you have done?
I have seen some rear spoilers on various SUV's & I saw one on a Saleen Explorer on this forum. Anyone know where I might find one? Thnaks!
hey guys, i just got into an accident, and i bent my bumper a little. i dont feel like paying to get it fixed, so i want to pull it out straight so that my tires wont rub. i also need to know how hard it is to replace my 1/4 panel on the front driver side. any help would be great, thx.:redexp:
My 2021 Explorer Timberline came from the factory with black & chrome oval Ford emblems. Unfortunately my grill sustained some damage and the emblem is scratched. The problem is the auto repair shop ordered the part number listed for my vin and the only thing that comes up is the blue emblem. I have spoke with my local dealership, also the dealership I bought the vehicle from, Ford parts customer service, as well as Ford regular customer service and no one can figure out how to order the black emblems that are standard on the Timberline. Has anyone else had this problem and successfully been able to obtain the correct emblems for their Timberline?
Jon! (Turdle) I know you already know all of this but I found it interesting... and I thought you're powdercoating oven was big! LoL
2000 Explorer XLT 2WD 4.0L SOHC JOB1 Engine. I've searched all of the parts houses... and online... but I cannot find Door Striker Bushings for the front doors. Everyone has the "Part Number 38424" kit that contains 2 bushings that fit the rear hatch. Nobody has bushings that fit the front doors. The bushing are: 7/16” ID - 9/16” OD - 13/16” L Who sells the? Thanks for your help.
If your center console is ripped, falling apart, etc. it is really quite easy and inexpensive to just recover it yourself. Step One: Remove the three screws at the bottom of the lid. Step Two: Find a nice area to work on. Step Three: Flip the lid over and remove all the screws and remove the black pastic lid. Step Four: Remove all the staples currently holding the vinyl on. Step Five: Remove the vinyl from the armrest. Step Six: Spread old vinyl over your new vinyl and trace. Step Seven: Cut relief cuts near the front edges. Step Eight: Start on one side and staple the edge down. Then stretch over to the opposite side and staple again. Keep stretching to the opposite...
Hello, I have a 2004 XLT. I have noticed that while driving I just a consistent amount of noise, regardless of road conditions from the lift gate area. Like the door is slightly ajar. I believe I have read somewhere that this may be related to the cracked trim panel below the lift gate window (not sure how to check this). I was wondering if could be related in some way to tired hinges or similar? Any ideas? Thank you
Very happy with the 2018 Explorer but I thought the all white body was a bit much. So after getting quotes for both painting and wrapping the roof, I went ahead with the wrap alternative, using glossy black (Avery). It was much less expensive and it is reversible. I plan a proper photo shoot later, but here is an iPhone image from our garage: (lost photo) It was done by a local shop called "The Dip Doctor". Jacob
Just got a new 2018 Explorer, Base model V6. Want to replace the chrome front grill with a black one and after checking around on eBay, the black Police Interceptor Grill is about $350ish, while the black Grill for the Sport is about $500ish. Some of the "check compatibility" links using my VIN show it will work, while others say it will not. I called Fairway Ford in Ohio that sells parts on eBay and they said they sell quite a few of the Interceptor Grills and about 20% of them get returned as the customer said "it didn't fit", while 80% of people are keeping them. must be working somehow! lol I'm specifically looking at Part # FB5Z8200GB Any input? Thanks, John
Pretty quick video on how to install the front license plate mounting bracket and doing it WITHOUT any special tools, such as a plastic rivet gun:
Anyone have a detailed picture of what the rear doors look like so I know what to order to put it back as a personal vehicle? Not interested in speakers in the rear just want the door handle and locks to work for passengers in the back. What have people come up with that isn't so expensive for the center (horizontal) console with the arm rest? Ford wants over $1K for a new one.