Here's my registry. It's not going to really serve as much of a build log or anything, just to help keep track of the (minor) things I do to it along the way. (Edit: yeah, that all turned out to not be true...... Keep reading to see what I mean) This is my 1997 XLT. I bought it on 10/13/2010 with 117,500 miles for $2000. It has the SOHC V6, 3.55 rear end and the "Controltrac 4 wheel drive". This is basically as it was when I brought it home: Interior shots: Features: side-step boards 6,000 lb receiver Ford mudflaps (removed) hood wind/bug deflector This Explorer wasn't abused- just a little neglected. The interior is in good shape. The paint isn't in horrible shape- some dings and scratches here and there. All-in-all, good shape for a 13 year old vehicle. Issues: cracked and pitted windshield (fixed via post 61) inoperable 3rd brake light (fixed via post 68) inoperable fog lights (DS housing is smashed on backside and button on dash does not illuminate) (removed) poor heater output (fixed via post 3) coolant temp gauge not moving much (fixed via post 3) pulsing front brakes (fixed via post 2) slightly sagging rear end (fixed via post 7) weak hood lift struts (fixed via post 5) weak glass lift struts weak tailgate lift struts broken driver's seat recline handle (fixed via post 8) leaking rear transfer case output seal (fixed via post 23) worn shocks (fixed via post 7) alignment out-of-whack (fixed via post 12) lack of engine power (fixed via post 3) So basically from here on out, this registry will be dedicated to how I have breathed some life back into this thing and some adventures along the way. I've already addressed some of the issues mentioned above. I'll try to post as many pictures as I can, but I know I've already failed on some.