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    1. MrQ

      MrQ Take the Bull by the Horns Moderator Emeritus

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      So, I am now the 3rd owner of Stripe since he has come to the BC family. I am so happy Kris and Russell managed to part with him.


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      93 Limited
      4.0 OHV
      M5OD
      1354M
      Manual Hubs
      Sun Roof
      3.73's

      Tires:
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      Sound:
      Kenwood KMM-BT322U digital media receiver with Sat Radio and Bluetooth
      Pioneer TS-A682F 4-Way coaxial speakers

      Lights:
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      Clear headlights with 35W 6000k LED's

      Interior:
      LED conversion

      Lift:
      2" Skyjacker lift
       
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      I want to see this build. :popcorn:
       
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      reapereviltwin Keep on wheelin John Rock Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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    5. MrQ

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      While the engine is at BC getting work done, Russell found something interesting on piston 6. Either it's just tired or I have a bent rod.:rant:


      The guess is that the engine was hydrolocked at one time. Interested to see what happened to the bore when it is at the machine shop.:wtf:
       
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      Not a lot of movement on this project as Red developed some new issues of its own. :wtf:
       
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      Following - are there pictures of this truck?
       
    8. MrQ

      MrQ Take the Bull by the Horns Moderator Emeritus

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      This is the previous owners registry
      my 93 limited 4x4 5speed

      It has more pictures, but most of them are out of date. Next time I am up in Austin I'll grab some. :D
       
    9. MrQ

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      So, I am headed back up to Bandit Customs this weekend to get the engine replaced in Stripe.
      Scrapped the idea of the other engine. Had too much bad juju :dead:.

      The "new" engine is from a famous rig and a good friend of mine who is getting a V8 swap in place of it.

      I will post pics of the process when I get back.
       
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      After two days of intensive motor swapping between two vehicles, Stripe now runs properly again!

      Incredibly, in spite of near freezing wet weather, @Kris Guilbeaux , @NICE59FORDF100 , @96AWD5.LOL and myself, pulled an OHV valve train from the donor in 2 hours (including removing the tranny, t-case, and driveshafts), pulled Stripe's engine and transmission in 3, and put the donor's engine in Stripe by the time it got dark Saturday.

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      Sunday was not as quick due to some issues with getting Stripe to run. He would start for a second, then die, and after that he wouldn't do anything but crank.

      Fuel pressure looked bad, so I pulled my signature move and dropped the tank to replace the fuel pump. That didn't help.

      Found fuel in the vac lines and sure enough the FPR was bad, but again that didn't fix the problem.

      After sitting there going over and over the issue, Russell remembered that the donor was a '92 and we were dropping it in a '93! The '92-93 years were crossovers with subtle changes to engine harnesses and...wait for it...injectors!

      Yup, you can't use 92 injectors with a 93 pcm; the pulse width modulation is different. So, I tore apart the upper intake and fuel rail and swapped in Stripe's original injectors.

      Boom! He cranked over and purred like a kitten.

      The guys at BC were also kind enough to do a full LED conversion on the interior lights and replace my steering shaft with a rare 91 u-joint version 'cause the rag joint on Stripe's was down to the nylon. :wtf:

      As a side note, Russell and Kris confirmed that the old engine did have a bent crank, thank you previous-previous owner hydrolock. :rolleyes:

      In any case I am now doing this in Stripe! :burnout::bounce:
       
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      Good to hear it worked out, Dan! The folks at Bandit Customs sure know how to work miracles!
       
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      Gratuitous photo shot of Stripe. Pardon the dirt...


      Decided to fix some interior stuff on Stripe. The overhead console wasn't working so I tore it apart to do the standard 510 resistor re-solder, but I don't think that will work here...

      IMG_20181119_165353[1].jpg

      I also took apart the cruise control amplifier that was not working and re-soldered all the joints. Hopefully that gets it back up and running as I could really use it on my upcoming trip.
       
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      Good to hear.
       
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      Glad to see this truck in good hands dan!
       
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      So I took Stripe out for a little test run in 4x4 and got in a little too deep.

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      I wasn't expecting this much mud and while trying to ride the middle of these massive ruts, Stripe slid off into one and high centered on the pumpkin. My brother and I tried everything to break him out, but he was stuck good and the clutch was getting a little smokey:fart:.

      Wound up hitting up the local offroad recovery group here in Houston and got somebody out there to yank me out.

      All in all it was a bunch of fun and up till that point Stripe was really handling everything well, but I found his limits. If I had 33's and a locker I might have made it out, but not with 31's. And on the upside nothing broke (so far, lol). Forgot how "tanky" these 1st gens are.
       
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      I was having an issue with the engine dying during idle. I narrowed it down to when the A/C compressor was working (don't ask why I was using A/C in November, its Houston, :rolleyes: ). Wound up replacing the IAC, problem fixed!

      Also I had a really bad rattle from the muffler. The heat shield had broken, so anytime I was changing gears the thing sounded like I was dragging tin cans around. I finally cut the shield off and now its soooo quiet.:sawzall:

      I threw in a new head unit with bluetooth and sat radio capability, I'm gonna need it on these longer trips. And thanks to Kris and Russell I also found a way to bypass the main speaker amp and tie directly into the sub amp to get the bass working. Plus I am also replacing all the door speakers next week (The OEM speakers have no range at all, blegh). So basically Stripe is getting a new sound system. :thumbsup:
       
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      I am having similar issues with my 97 4.0 OHV sport. Have to have foot on gas peddle a little when I first start her. But once she is warm she does ok.
       
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      Stripe still had a little trouble keeping up with the compressor, so I tweaked the idle up by about 250rpm. This seems to have fixed it.

      I finally switched out the steering gearbox as well. What a difference! Cruise control is also finally fixed. The dump valve was missing on the brake pedal so I just capped off the vacuum hose on the servo and I am golden.

      Next up some new Pioneer 4-way door speakers!
       
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      So I finally got the speakers in and just...wow. Coupled with the new head unit, I'm not sure I even need the sub. :eek:

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      At the same time I also replaced the bushings in the rear windows and now I have working windows again!

      And I am still cleaning mud out of the undercarriage after my last foray. This stuff was jammed between the passenger rear shock and the leaf spring, took $2 dollars in quarters and 5 minutes of constant blasting to get it out! One thing you can say about Houston mud...it's clingy. :laugh:

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      That's a lot of mud coming out of Stripe. I am glad you are enjoying the truck. Funny part is I realized I had not drove stripe in over two years. It sure is a fun truck. Its a shame what happened to that motor. After work last night I tore down his original block and it was super clean inside. too bad the crank was trashed due to the hyrdrolock.
       
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      What speakers and head unit did you use?
       
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      So Head unit does not have a CD player? With what you are saying about your sound is what I am looking for in my sound system. I like the Bass but not so loud that the car next to me is going def. :) But I like to hear my music over everything else. Drown out the outside noises. :)
       
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      Yup no cd player. Haven't used one in years. My CD collection is buried in a box somewhere in my house, lol.

      The sound is really good. Sooo many sound options on that head unit, so I am still futzing around trying to get it just right.

      Right now, mine is drowning out my missed shifts and sunroof wind noise. :laugh:
       
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      Stripe decided to die on me right before my trip. Crank no start. Wasn't getting a tach signal so I thought it was the CPS, but after swapping it out it still wouldn't start. Took out and tested the resistance on a new and the current coolant temp sensor and they both tested fine. I finally believe it's the ignition control module. It receives the tach signal first and then sends it the ECU and the instrument panel. Since I still was not getting an rpm signal while turning the engine over, this seemed the next logical step. I was also getting power at the coil, but no spark, another lead to the ICS as it controls the firing of the coil pack.

      Have to wait for a clear day to grab one from the JY and swap it in to check if I'm right.

      Before all this happened, I did get the front end aligned (by a shop that knows how to do TTB's) and got the tires balance and rotated. The ride is a hell of a lot better.
       
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      After spending hours last Saturday with a multimeter and a wiring guide (and after replacing the ICM) I finally found the reason for the no-start. I wasn't getting 5v from the PCM to the TPS, CTS, and IATS. I was scratching my head to trying to figure out how I could lose voltage to all three at the same time. :dunno:

      I traced the wire from the PCM to the bulkhead connector and found nothing wrong there. In the end I found the connector on the passenger side engine harness that carries the voltage and the sensor data to the PCM wasn't fully seated. Pushed it back together, zip tied it, and Stripe started right up. Big "doh!" moment. :banghead:(In my defense though the connector did not fully come apart so it looked good visually.)

      In any case, I learned a lot about the wiring and diagnosing of first gens, so I am calling it a win. :thumbsup:
       

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