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Discussion in 'Offroad Projects' started by KurtECV, January 3, 2019.

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  1. KurtECV

    KurtECV Surrender The Booty Elite Explorer

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    I am thinking i might cut the top of the core support.

    Looks like a simple section of C-Channel or Angle iron would work nicely. Get rid of the hood latch (i need to replace my broken hood pins anyways) and run gas hood struts ( i think JD sells them for the RBVs)

    Thinking that being able to unbolt the upper core support would come in very handy at times.

    I didn't measure it last night like i should have, but is there a problem with the physical size of the 4.0 radiator fitting in the core support? Does the core support have to be moved up or down (depending on which one you cut)

    I can look when i get off work, but figured id ask if you knew a quick answer
     
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  3. 410Fortune

    410Fortune Firewood Season Staff Member Moderator

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    only place that gets cut is here at the red line
    basically on the inside of the body mount you leave 2-3" for a "shelf" and to clear the frame rail.



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    That is all we cut
    On my BII I also cut out the center support and about 2" from each side of the sheet metal, because I had a larger (wider) radiator in there at one point

    On Darth Ranger we welded the new bracket on, in my BII it is bolted so can be removed
    No other mods were made to the upper bar of the core support, you could of course remove the whole middle then you would not have to drop the radiator down much at all. We dropped our rad about 3" so the cap can easily fit under the core support. Now that I have a tig welder I could actually remove the filler neck and close the tank up.

    I use plastic bits to close up ALL GAPS so air is forced to flow through the whole cooling stack, trans cooler, ac cooler and finally radiator.
     
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    KurtECV Surrender The Booty Elite Explorer

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    Nice. That looks pretty easy.
     
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    Decided to pull the engine tonight.

    Thinking I am going to buy a new gearbox while everything is out.

    Time to start cleaning and degrease everything, and start cleaning up all the engine bay wiring.
     
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    15729195224324732076757869926646.jpg I'd say that made a little bit of difference.
    15729196202557072629759166771196.jpg this little guy in a 2.5 gal jug of straight brake parts cleaner. Basically a pressure washer with brake clean in it.

    Hoooolllly sh!t the fumes. Even with the doors all the way open, time to go sit down lol
     
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    gmanpaint It's Always Something! Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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    All that oil makes great rust preventer. Lol

    Ask Santa for a new respirator, your body will appreciate it 20 years from now.
     
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    Yeah I'm feeling it lol
     
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    I know i have a steering gear rebuild kit in the back of the rig. It has been there since i bought it several years ago, I have no idea if it is for the explorer but cross referencing steering gears shows that they used these boxes in everything from RBVs to full size trucks and vans.

    Thinking i am going to pull it apart and rebuild it, and drill/tap for hydro-assist while i am in there, and just plug the ports til the time comes to add a hydro-assist setup
     
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    Sounds like a plan, but if you find any slop in the ball bearing grooves, don't waste your time. It's not worth it.

    Look into RedHead Steering Gears - Manual & Power Steering Gear Box when you get a chance. They also offer tapping the ports for you for an extra charge. They weld the bearing grooves back to original specs, and make a true rebuilt unit.
     
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    Hard to tell right now with the steering setup.

    I did checkout redhead, they dont offer a setup for the explorer, BUT with the cross reference i did, they may have a setup for the explorers and just not know it
     
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    Plenty have used them on explorer's here. Like you mentioned, they used the same housing across many platforms for decades.
     
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    2757: 1980-97 Ford F-Series With 2 Bolt Top Cover

    Well between Advanced AutoParts fitment guide for the 1993 explorer, it also shows several vehicles from rangers to f450s using the same steering gear.

    Just need to check the top cover (haven't paid attention) but wondering what the difference between the 2 bolt cover and the 3 top cover
     
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    :eek:
     
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    Sure I do let me go get them
    its a 2 bolt

    They ship it with a big ol tampon

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    I pulled mine apart last night. Everything looks pretty good. I have a seal kit, no bearings so I might go pick them up.

    I marked the port locations for drilling but didnt get it it last night
     

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