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Captain Morgan, '95 D44 Sas

Discussion in 'Solid Axle Swap Registry' started by Spas, July 28, 2007.

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  1. Spas

    Spas Explorer addict Elite Explorer

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    “Captain Morgan”
    1995 Explorer Sport


    Engine:
    4.0 OHV

    Transmission:
    M5oD manual transmission

    Cooling:
    Summit Racing aluminum 2.5” radiator, driver drop outlet
    Summit Racing aluminum power steering cooler
    Summit Racing flex hose & 90* elbow

    Drivetrain:
    Manual 1354 Borg Warner
    Steel Tube front driveshaft
    Extended, reinforced rear driveshaft

    Front Axle:
    ‘84 Jeep Grand Wagoneer Widetrac Dana 44 low pinion
    OX locker & Cover
    5.13 Yukon Ring & Pinion
    All Spicer U-joints, bearings & races
    Kevlar braided stainless 32” long brakelines
    Stock Waggy shafts (until I break one!)
    Warn manual locking hubs

    Rear Axle:
    Explorer 8.8 31 spline
    Dutchman hardened shafts, 6x5.5 pattern, screw-in studs
    Aussie Locker
    5.13 Yukon Ring & Pinion
    Currie 6x5.5 rotors
    All Ford bearings & races
    Trailmaster 2” tapered rear lift blocks
    Superlift spring-over perches
    RuffStuff 1/4" steel 8.8 metal cover

    Suspension:
    Explorer ProComp MX6 nitro front shocks
    Regular Monroe stock height (go figure!) rear shocks
    JC Whitney stock Waggy 7 leaf front packs
    Rear leaf packs out of XLT v8 w/ tow package

    Tires:
    35x13.5r16 Mickey Baja Claws
    37x12.5r15 Goodyear Wrangler Mtr's Couldn't flex. Gone
    36x12.5r15 Super Swamper TSL Bias Ply Best for mud! Gone
    315x70r17 Mickey Baja MTZ radials Original setup. Gone


    Rims:
    16x8 Black painted aluminum triangle holes
    15x10 Black round-holed aluminum something or anothers Gone
    17x10 Black steel Rock Crawler round holes Gone


    Body Mods:
    Originally Willow Green
    Premium Sport flares
    Euro Diamond headlights
    Euro Diamond corner lights
    Sylvania amber blue 3157 turn bulbs
    Sylvania Silverstar 9007 headlight bulbs
    Hella 500 Driving lights
    Maaco semi-gloss dark Charcoal paint. No wait, now he's grey.. oh man, now he looks silver... IS MY ROOF TURNING WHITE..?!
    Repeat Maaco paint job in 2009 with clearcoat this time!, black vinyl racing stripes (because somebody has to fill in for Jack)
    Black herculiner on lower doors and rock sliders

    Body Armor:
    DraperBuilt rock sliders
    Steel rear bumper w/ swing out carrier, from sn0border88's late Emily Rose Had to remove tire carrier section in 2011,
    the swing rod bent and the trailer bearings built into the bumper seized :(

    Sound System:
    Pioneer 7300 Premier head unit
    4 6x8 Kenwood 3 way 220w speakers
    10” Kicker VR Comp dual voice coil
    Kenwood 729S Amplifier
    Cobra 19 CB in center console, w/ external speaker (Just buy a damned handheld and save yourself the trouble!)
    Semi style short CB whip, hard mounted to rear bumper

    Miscellaneous modifications:
    Doofy looking Skull knob for T-case shifter (thanks Rook :rolleyes: )
    Fire Extinguisher & LED Maglite hard mounted to D-Pillars
    02-05 Explorer IRS breather tube neck for front axle breather tube
    Shaved 8.8 Center pin
    Shaved inside fin off of Dana 44 housing to clear OX shift fork
    Royal Purple full synthetic Mercon III trans fluid
    Modified, fully boxed & reinforced trans cross member to pass over front driveshaft
    Custom front sway bar
    2wd explorer radio bezel
    ‘95 F350 Front shock towers
    Removed stock air filter fender duct
    1.5" Steel front driverside leaf block (to make him sit level again)
    Totally rebuilt both front & rear double cardans (just shoot yourself in the foot. It'd be less painful)
    Blackjack's front leather power seats :cool:
    Interior light kill switch
    Many many many mini bungees and zipties :p:


    Started out looking like this:
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    Did a little bit of this:
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    And a little bit of that:
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    To get this:
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    Had some fun breaking him in:
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    And then realized a little too late that I have a serious center of gravity issue:
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    But clean it all up and throw some paint on and things will look a lot better :)
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    ...And then when your nice matte finish dark charcoal grey paint fades to powdered donut finish,
    (Yes that's me, posing with my truck)
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    ......have your truck painted again! And put stripes on it, for Pete's sake ;)
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    Full write up can be found here: How to waste a ton of $$. Much thanks to Rookie, Wolf, Micah, 95Exploderboy and IZwack for the design/build, and Skunk for the inspiration ;)


    EDIT: Morgan wouldn't be the beast that he is today were it not for the two horribly abused first gens who came before him and taught me what it means to have a wheelable Explorer (lots of patience, time and money!). Here's to Shelby and Tank :chug: May they rest in pieces wherever they are!
     
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  3. FROADER

    FROADER Moderator Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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  4. Spas

    Spas Explorer addict Elite Explorer

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    Har har har, it's 2:10 am and I've had more than a little Captain of the liquid variety so bite me :D

    Thanks for deleting the messed up first attempt at a thread :)
     
  5. FlyBoyCoe

    FlyBoyCoe Active Member

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    Looks to me like Morgan could use some racing stripes!! But wait, you're trying to make him slower, huh? Guess that's out of the question.
     
  6. Spas

    Spas Explorer addict Elite Explorer

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    Not at all! I just can't decide if I want black or silver... otherwise he'd have his stripe-age already ;) I just don't want people thinking that I'm ripping off Skunky if I do light colored stripes :eek:
     
  7. FlyBoyCoe

    FlyBoyCoe Active Member

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    But stripes would make him like 1000 miles per hour faster...haha.
     
  8. Mud Bug 94

    Mud Bug 94 Well-Known Member

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    what about sidways racing stripes?
     
  9. JDraper

    JDraper Somewhat Functional Moderator Emeritus

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    I think it needs airbags...on the outside to protect the truck from the driver...:p:
     
  10. Turdle

    Turdle Moderator Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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    Hmm not a bad idea actually--:D
     
  11. Spas

    Spas Explorer addict Elite Explorer

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    You guys are evil. :p:
     
  12. Lefy

    Lefy Active Member

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    freakin sweet truck
    I love it
     
  13. slammer67

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    cool truck.
    what front springs are you using?
    and lets see a pic of the aluminum radiator-
     
  14. 95exploderboy

    95exploderboy Locked and Loaded

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  15. Spas

    Spas Explorer addict Elite Explorer

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    Haha, WOOPS. I did mention that I was tired and tipsy when I created this thread, didn't I? :D Thanks Jake.

    Lefy: Damn dude, long time no see! Where have you been hiding yourself?

    Slammer, Those are just JC Whitney stock Wagoneer springs. They're soft, but since they're new they don't arch quite as negatively as the 20 year old ones I had on there previously. Except for a small leak caused by overheating the aluminum (had to weld on brackets to hold it in place and it's super difficult to weld aluminum), the aluminum radiator has been priceless so far. Even after hard wheeling on a hot day the temperature gauge never reaches half way, and after 6,000 miles the coolant is still florescent green despite the fact that the radiator itself is considerably shorter than factory :) Jake and Rook had the great idea to use a first gen fan shroud, and Wolf took care of the fab work involved to get it to sit in there properly.

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    This is what the second gen shroud looks like over it
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  16. DB_1

    DB_1 Elite Ranger Elite Explorer

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    Nice rig Spas, hope to see it at Moab next year:D
     
  17. IZwack

    IZwack Moderator Emeritus

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    [hijack]
    Funny, Spas mentioned that at the M&G tonight.

    I'm actually considering it too -- given school/work cooperates. Google maps says its a 30 hr drive!
     
  18. 95exploderboy

    95exploderboy Locked and Loaded

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    To follow IZ's comment, I am strongly considering it too. I will have the F250 and a trailer, so lets GO!
     
  19. FAT CAT

    FAT CAT meaty beaty big & bouncy

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    Very cool truck! You did a lot of good work:salute:
     
  20. Spas

    Spas Explorer addict Elite Explorer

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    Thanks CG :)

    I thought I had a line on a beater diesel at work but apparently the guy wants to keep it now. Oh well. If I can get Morgan back into safely driveable shape (and there's no reason I shouldn't be able to) and get a new engine in him, I'd really like to try driving him out for next year's Moab. Jake, IZ, I say we make a trip out of it! You guys won't regret it, trust me :D
     
  21. sn0border88

    sn0border88 Master Apprentice Elite Explorer

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    if you guys want to throw some money together I have a good friend with a semi and a flatbed. I bet we can get 3/4 rigs on it.
     

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