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Carlovers Desert Beater Build

Discussion in 'Offroad Projects' started by carlover, May 19, 2008.

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  1. carlover

    carlover Well-Known Member

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    It saw some dirt for the first time in 2 years.

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  3. Elgatoprerunner

    Elgatoprerunner Active Member

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    Are you selling her?

    Congratulations on getting it running
     
  4. carlover

    carlover Well-Known Member

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    It's been on and off being for sale. I've never gotten any offers close to what id want to actually let it go. So it's still here and will be getting used.
     
  5. carlover

    carlover Well-Known Member

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    From the dead, putting back together and some finish work

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  6. Tbars4

    Tbars4 Moderator Emeritus Elite In Memoriam

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    ...I don't think I've seen it since you were cutting the tubs for the rear..and its got paint..

    Are you heading to Parker or the Mint400?
     
  7. carlover

    carlover Well-Known Member

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    Yeah I recently painted it. Got tired of it sitting around so its been getting some work.
     
  8. MidnightRebel07

    MidnightRebel07 Elite Explorer

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    Nice update man, looks good in red. What's up with the ST next to you rig? A lot of us ST guys have been patiently waiting on updates about that beast.
     
  9. carlover

    carlover Well-Known Member

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    Picked up this 98 5.0 for 1150 to do a complete engine/trans swap, along with power doors/windows, and any other interior stuff I can still use.

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  10. mounty71

    mounty71 It's green, not gray. Elite Explorer

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    Awesome, even though it doesn't seem to be the motor of choice for most prerunners, I don't think you'll be disappointed with the 5.0! I'm guessing 2WD? If it's AWD I'd trade transmissions with you.
     
  11. carlover

    carlover Well-Known Member

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    The LS based motor would be the engine of choice if I didn't care about street/smog legal. I'm over having to trailer it everywhere, it never gets used because of that. The 5.0 is 50hp and 60tq over the 4.0 OHV, plus a good tune im sure itll be more than enough. Plus I don't want to start breaking stuff with too much power. Yeah its 2wd, which was actually kinda hard to find, there's a ton of AWD around here but very few 2wd.
     
  12. james t

    james t Elite Explorer Moderator Emeritus

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    If shipping/drive doesn't kill the deal, start looking east. In most of the south the V8 2wd's are everywhere... the awd are very hard to find.
     
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    The v6 mysteriously vanished over the weekend...

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    I've been following this thread for years now haha. I just have a couple questions you might be able to answer. In the next couple months here I'll be starting to go back to work so that means I get to actually put some money into the ex! I have a buddy that has a set of btf uppers on his chevy 1500, and they kick ass. if I were to just get those uniball uppers would I have to crank my tbars or just leave it as is? Like you I'd like to build this thing, but as I'm in my last year of college funds aren't exactly flowing freely haha. I think what I'm trying to ask is how much difference would those a arms be than the moog ones I put on last year? Would the uniball upper even fit into the stock spindle? My explorer is by no means a race truck, but after I threw on some Monroe shocks on it last year I decided to jump it, and it did it beautifully. The rear with the Monroe coil over is just fine for me for now, but when I was down in ocotillo I felt like I tore my entire front end apart. I just want this thing to be solid, it's mainly a DD but I like to have fun every once in a while, just trying to figure out my best course to get this thing going.
     
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    He makes a pin for the uniball uppers so they will work with stock spindle. Get a set of lift spindles, uniball uppers, and put a good shock like a king, or fox in the front and it will work ok. I ran a setup like that for while and it did well.
     
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    Sounds good to me, I see that he has a kit for 1500 that comes with Spindles uppers and Dana 35 snouts which I know are usually the weak link, but it says it's a 6 inch lift, so that kinda confusing. Do you think that his are more solid than the fab tech ones? Pretty similar prices, but 6 inches is a big lift spindle vs the fab tech 3 inch
     
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    carlover Well-Known Member

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    6" includes a 2.5" torsion crank, im pretty sure the spindles are 3 to 3.5" lift.
     
  18. carlover

    carlover Well-Known Member

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    Well the end has come for now. Parting out the project and moving on. Picked up this to replace it.

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    Swordfish94x Member

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    Just saw all your stuff for sale on dezertrangers. Sad to see and even sadder I'm broke as shit haha
     
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    carlover Well-Known Member

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    It hasnt been an easy choice. But its just wayyy more than i need or want right now. A simple strong 4x4 is what i want which is why i picked up a bronco.
     
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    carlover Well-Known Member

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    off with it's new owner...

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