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93 Explorer Sport for Project???

I am new to this forum but not to wheeling and fab. I have a worked over a 90 Bronco, SAS, one ton running gear, exo etc etc etc.. I am thinking of a project with and for my son. He is only 10.5 but this could take at least three years to do it in our spare time and do it right.

My thoughts are to get a 1993 sport with a strait body, nice interior and frame. I want to swap-in a 302 EFI, ZF 5 spd., Borg warner 1356 T-case, 1330 drive shafts, Hi pinion fullwidth D44 front with ARB and a Ford 9" with ARB for the rear on 35" tires (basically, a fullsize 78-79 bronco running gear minus the heavy NP205). It would get an exo cage.

I choose the 93 cause it should be inexpensive, has a steering box, and a boxy exocage would be easy to match the lines on that body style.

Are there any good examples of a similar build? What do you see as the positives and negatives of using a 93 for this project?????