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410Fortune - 96 5.0L XLT refurbish (making 1 great Ex from 2)

Discussion in 'Offroad Projects' started by 410Fortune, September 13, 2005.

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  1. 410Fortune

    410Fortune Snow Season Staff Member Moderator

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    yes I am aware of the built in fender buldge thingy and personally I dont think it will be bad at all, especially if some sort of flare is used in the back. :) Also I am not convinced I cannot use the Gen II metal fenders with some slight trimming to mate with the ST bumper and lights :)
     
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  3. slravene

    slravene Well-Known Member

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    doesnt the bulge line up with the trim line of the 2ng gens? If i remember correctly, they do line up.
     
  4. 410Fortune

    410Fortune Snow Season Staff Member Moderator

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    yeah and the sport trac doesnt exactly have a buldge down the side, the doors look really similar, its just that the sport trac rear bed has a similar shaped and sized bludge, so it looks uniform. But it will not make any body lines that look out of place, especially to the un-trained eye.

    I think it will look awesome! I am hoping I can pull it off...
     
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    im with you on this...you're the guinea pig here, if it looks good on yours...im doing mine ;)
     
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    ditto!
     
  7. 410Fortune

    410Fortune Snow Season Staff Member Moderator

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    [​IMG]

    THis is Perry's Sport Trac conversion kit for 90-94 Explorer's

    DROOL DROOL

    You can see with the fiberglass fenders and hood they did away with the sport trac fender buldge for smooth body lines.

    This looks fantastic, however it will not fit a 95+ Ex as far as I know.

    HOWEVER they do make fiberglass fenders for the sport trac and Gen II explorer's, so it is possible to run sport trac fiberglass on my gen II if I decide to ditch the buldge.

    I am going to contact Perry's today and see if they have any options for me, it may very well be cheaper to go with all fiberglass instead of factory metal.
     
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    ive been eyeing that one for a long time now, the thing with me is that i dont think i want to be much wider up front since im still at stock track width...my 33s wont stick out THAT much. But i thought there was a thread around here where there was talk of making a ST glass front end for gen 2...maybe im crazy ;)
     
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    410Fortune Snow Season Staff Member Moderator

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    Or I could go this route! hahaha I just noticed the EE airdam is made to be used with the PIAA lights I already have!
    My 96 is the same blue color as the EE tester truck too apparently.
    Wouldn't mind going lowered either...

    we shall see...
     
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    eww...i dont really like the look of that, for some reason. Plus it doenst look as mean as the ST glass.
     
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    Not a hard decision at all. ;)
     
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    i think LIFTED with the EE air damn...i like the mixed look(as if no one knew that)
     
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    410Fortune Snow Season Staff Member Moderator

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    that is so weird, I did not QUOTE myself and the post where I posted that is gone?

    Time to change my password?
     
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    Rhett Let Them Eat Cake Elite Explorer

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    maybe you are getting senile?

    I must say I like the Perry's ST conversion. Of course, I like the ST/01-03 sport front end soooo much more than the nasty 2nd gen front-end.
     
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    FROADER Moderator Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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    That is weird. I posted that and just noticed that it was on your account, when i can't eb on your account.

    Edit: I know what happened. I probably hit "edit" on your post instead of "quote". I was wondering why it didn't have the
     
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    That exact same thing happened to me a while ago. There was a post using my account that *I* didn't write!
     
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    410Fortune Snow Season Staff Member Moderator

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    Here are some more detail pics I took before I pull the drivetrain, which is 95% ready to pull and will come out this weekend.

    Blank engine. GT-40 5.0L, (96 non p heads), 87K miles.
    [​IMG]

    After fighting the D side engine mount on my blue truck for a couple hours (access to bolts) I decided this time I would remove the steering shaft, dipstick, and D side exhaust manifold. This engine will be getting Torque Monster headers anyways :) This took all of 15 minutes and made it SO much easier
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    Just FYI, here you can see how the computer, power distribution, engine and trans harness plug into the body on a Gen II Explorer, 3 big plugs:
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    More details:
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    And yes those Rancho RSX shocks will be going on my other 96, hahaha

    I have now started to strip down the interior of the green truck, mostly so its easier for me to access the 4ea 02 sensor plugs from under the center console just before I pull the engine.

    Interesting things to note:
    PS cooler is mounted with 2 bolts. P side bolt is almost impossible to get to with the engine and steering rack in place. In order to avoid damaging the cooler when pulling the engine, I will lift the engine about 6" then unbolt it.

    The 5.0L exhaust downpipes, the ones that house the 02 sensors will not come out of the truck until the engine and trans are lifted up a few inches from their mounts, at least ot all as one unit :)
     
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    Nice work! This you got your work cut out for ya this weekend!
     
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    Did you ever contact Perry's? I'm interested in this kit as well, but its not on their site. I'd e-mail them myself, but I figure why if you already have. :thumbsup:
     
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    FROADER Moderator Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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    Looky what I found. Used to be a BII. There is the body mod you're looking for.. ;)

    [​IMG]
     
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    410Fortune Snow Season Staff Member Moderator

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    I am waiting for word back from Perry's, I assume they were busy with baja

    that BII has seen better days, however it did gain some wheelbase which is good news for a BII. Semi meets BII body? yuk!
    hahaha
     

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