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Ghosttrain2's 1994 Explorer Rebuild - First Gen SOHC +

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    1. ghosttrain2

      ghosttrain2 Elite Explorer

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      I have had some problems come now that I have been driving it for a while. Some are from it sitting, and some from other causes.(the pictures are out of focus) I had a drivers door latch that would not lock by the key,or lock rod. I removed the latch to clean and lube it, and could then get it to lock, but now wouldn't unlock. Further inspection revealed a broken spring lodged in the bear claws.
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      I removed it, and determined where it had been installed. It was attached to this arm.
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      I then drilled 2 holes, and attached a new spring externally to the arm. The internal spring held the arm at the end of it's travel. If it does not return to that position, it jambs the latch to either the locked ,or unlocked position. (determined at the time the old spring broke)
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      It has been working properly since this repair.The spring is something I had on hand, but have also seen the same one at the hardware store.
       
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    3. gmanpaint

      gmanpaint Torsion Bar Free Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      Amazing how over engineered a part can be. Think of all that went into making that part, makes my head spin. LOL!

      I had to do a similar fix on the rear hatch latch. A spring had broken off and disappeared. I had to figure it out blind with no spring laying around or hanging off one side. Ended up using a spring I had, it works so I guess thats all that matters :)
       
    4. Sams01XplrSprt

      Sams01XplrSprt Southern Cali Explorer

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      lookin good keep up good work
       
    5. jaschlum

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      wow, quite a build! great job, keep up the amazing work!
       
    6. Sbyrne97

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      double gas tanks must be amazing
       
    7. ghosttrain2

      ghosttrain2 Elite Explorer

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      They have come in handy here in Nevada, Giving a piece of mind offroading out here. In our two outings, never saw another vehicle.

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    8. jaschlum

      jaschlum Active Member

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      looks like your having fun!
       
    9. ghosttrain2

      ghosttrain2 Elite Explorer

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      Thought I would post a couple of pictures of my wheels.
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      I glass beaded the factory rims and caps, and had them powder coated gloss black. I have to redo another front cap as the plastic tabs broke off.( due to bake time in the oven,shrunk the plastic and made it brittle)
      I mounted 31-10.50/15 Big O - Big Foot A/T's on them. They are made by Cooper. I have been very happy with their performance in the sand and rocks here.
       
    10. Hitchhikingmike

      Hitchhikingmike Well-Known Member

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      Nice work, seeing what you have done makes my head spin!
       
    11. ghosttrain2

      ghosttrain2 Elite Explorer

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      Thanks.
      I still have other things I would like to do, they will have to wait until I am employed again tho.
       
    12. Glen4X4

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      Wow....that is some great intense rebuilding you've done to create your own truck. Looks good.
       
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      ghosttrain2 Elite Explorer

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      Thank You :)
       
    15. SuRrEaLNJ

      SuRrEaLNJ hail to the king, baby! Elite Explorer

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      I cant beleive i never saw this thread before :thumbsup:
       
    16. SVO42

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      x2! That was a lot of work! Nicely done. :thumbsup:
       
    17. ghosttrain2

      ghosttrain2 Elite Explorer

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      Thanks! Hoping to be able to get back to paint work in our new home here, as it has a garage!(been in a rental since last may with out a garage)
       
    18. NICE59FORDF100

      NICE59FORDF100 Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      great job man!!! Quick question though...

      Do you have any more photos and/or tips and tricks for the firewall and kickpanels? Im doing pretty much the same thing in my navajo and just trying to research, lol. Thanks bud!
       
    19. ghosttrain2

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      I don't have anymore photos other than what is posted on my photobucket site. I used spotweld drills (snap-on-cause he replaced the broken ones),and a spot weld cutter,which looks like a long scraper,but is hardened. I had to straighten and dolly my donor firewall as it was from a wrecked '97 Ex.With the firewall removed, the front inner fenders will be very floppy. I rewelded through the holes made from drilling out the spot welds. I did find that both firewalls had cracks starting where they meet the floor,at the tunnel. I also used weld through primer, and seam sealed the joints when I was done welding it.
       
    20. crazyflights

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      Awesome build!! Doing the firewall change would take along time, but defiantly made a clean conversion. Well done!!
       
    21. ghosttrain2

      ghosttrain2 Elite Explorer

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      Thanks, also makes installing a 5.0 later easier!
       
    22. ghosttrain2

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    23. mr cribb

      mr cribb US Army Retired Elite Explorer

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      Link is inop now.

      Nice rig btw... I'm wanting to use gen 2 flares on mine.... after seeing your headliner from a 98 that got me thinking... I could pull one from a gen 2 to fit my 1st gen? I've only seen maybe 1 or 2 decent looking 1st gen headliners in the junkyards out of the 100s of explorers I've looked at.

      I know most of the body parts are ALMOST a direct match... I know that everything isn't.
       
    24. ghosttrain2

      ghosttrain2 Elite Explorer

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      Updated the link.
       
    25. NICE59FORDF100

      NICE59FORDF100 Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      The headliners are completly interchangable
       
    26. mr cribb

      mr cribb US Army Retired Elite Explorer

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      Thank ya sir.
       

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