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Joe Dirt's 2000 Ex-El-Tee "Deuce"

Discussion in 'Elite Explorer Registry' started by Joe Dirt, January 28, 2011.

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    1. Joe Dirt

      Joe Dirt Explorer Addict

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      Welcome to the registry for Wedgie 2.0, who has been affectionately named "Deuce"

      From Shad's info to save keystrokes:

      Here is the run down:

      2000 Ford Explorer XLT 5.0L - AWD
      Deep Wedgewood Blue
      Gray Leather
      Yada, yada, yada...

      Highlights:

      • Transmission rebuilt at 160,000 miles, and filled with synthetic
      • Lifted 2" in front with torsion keys
      • Lifted 3" in back with Add-a-Leaf and Warrior Shackles
      • New Superlift shocks at 166,000 miles
      • 31" x 10.5" tires
      • As much rust as some southern trucks- she's clean...

      Interesting fact- it was an XLT fitted with air-ride shocks from the factory. System was disabled with the kit and shocks were put on to avoid costly repair.



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      Today 1/28/11 was the first car wash.

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      And yes, it needs to be cleaned... :D

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      Um... This is going to be my biggest challenge to date.

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      But it's going to be fine. It's an incredible place to start- the steering wheel isn't even gummy or rolled. I'm very pleased with the canvas... :thumbsup:

      Anyway, after the car wash, I snapped some pics for starting point reference.
      So, here are our obligatory before pictures...

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      Door seams always oiled

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      Hatch looks brand new as well!

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      Nothing on the rocker seams ...but a paint chip :D

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      Rockers nice. No rust even at the back- just grime and ice. I think the mudflaps really helped...

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    3. Keeper0311

      Keeper0311 Well-Known Member

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      Well looks like you're in paradise. A new ride to clean, and a window into the wheeling world!

      Sweet Ex man.
       
    4. Glen4X4

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      Love it Joe, you're luck you bought it! lol
       
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      Wait a minute here was looking the original for sale thread and and it states it was a AWD model but i don't see the Knob on the dash for the AWD ? :scratch:

      Quote from the original thread

       
    6. Joe Dirt

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      AWD V8- full time AWD = no switch...
       
    7. unclemeat

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      Joe your an explorerholic. You need some serious (explorations) help! Perhaps the 12-steps may help you.
       
    8. lynchy wa

      lynchy wa Down Under Beer Explorer Elite Explorer

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      Duece looks great mate. Talk about a comprehensive for sale ad, it would be nice if everyone was so honest. Have fun cleaning her, it's going to be a mission and a half. You got the follicley challenged 285's on? Have you thought about the replacement tyres yet? She's a bloody ripper, a top truck. :thumbsup:
       
    9. Joe Dirt

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      The 285's are on now, they're going on Wedgie to go to Kansas. :) I'm putting my BF's on Deuce for now, as they're new. They're pretty much the same height, as you can see in the side-by-side pic. The 285's look a little taller, but the truck is on some ice.
       
    10. BrianDye

      BrianDye I'll have another...

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      Nice ride Joe!

      You got any plans for her?

      *Cough 4406* :)
       
    11. Joe Dirt

      Joe Dirt Explorer Addict

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      Nah- not even interested in a manual swap. Could change one day, but for now, no. Too many other things to spend money on. Like food. :D
       
    12. BrianDye

      BrianDye I'll have another...

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      :D
      Yea I wanna do the swap too, but its a little out of my skill range; when you gonna start the cleansing of the beast?
       
    13. Sbyrne97

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      looks good dirt! You need to swap that bumper for a painted one though, didn't later model xlts come with somekinda painted bumper rather than just fiberglass?
       
    14. Joe Dirt

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      My major cleaning- not until spring. I can't tear out the carpet and have it cleaned/dried/reinstalled in cold temps fast enough to not need to drive the Camry, and it's out of the salt for winter. I'll cleanup inside a bit, but nothing major until it warms up.

      I won't have my backup Wedgewood Explorer :)D) past next week, so that's not an option either. Heading to Chicago to Shedd Aquarium and then Cabela's for the weekend with the better half and mini-me, so I can't do anything this weekend anyway.


      Mine is plastic capped/chrome on the rear, and plastic capped/plastic chrome in the front.

      The Limited's had painted bumpers on the rear and full painted plastic on the front, but ask Brian- the rears rust...

      The XLS had plastic capped on the front and plastic/painted on the rear that also like to rust.
       
    15. Sams01XplrSprt

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    16. vroomzoomboom

      vroomzoomboom Elite Canuck STOCK SUCKS! Elite Explorer

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      i want to see just how good you are at cleaning this one!
       
    17. BrianDye

      BrianDye I'll have another...

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      I knew you were gonna bring me up when he asked abou the bumpers...ass :p:

      How long does it take you to take the seats and console out to get the carpet out?
       
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      Subscribing as usual.

      Joe, nice ride. That is a truly dirty interior, gotta see this one come clean like all the others. Are the doors oiled like they do it in the Great White North? Drill holes in the doors, pour in oil, and then play Beer Hunter Eh?

      Rockers are clean!! Duece Pele lookin good, could use some new wheels though.
       
    19. Joe Dirt

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      The rims/wheels off Wedgie will be going on...

      For me, takes about 30 minutes to pull all 4 seats, the console, and the carpet out. :D
       
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      Wow! You've got one hell of a challenge ahead of you with that interior. Can't wait to see how well it turns out!

      I like the lift too!
       
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      Looks Good, will make a decent hunting truck, lots of room for that kind of stuff,,
       

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