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Betty's "I want to be a mule" progress log thread

The new turd mobile. 2000 Mountaineer v8 awd.



The bad:

Was living it's prior life on a dusty road. Must tear out interior and deep clean.
Driver window off track "or something" and will not roll down. It tries but the rear part wants to stay up.

3 out of 4 door handles have issues. I have 4 new outer handles on order.
Cracked passenger side tail light housing. ( Ebay for some cool tail lights)

Compass-Thermometer thingy lit up and went out--idunno bout that yet

Door locks seem sticky, probably has to do with the handles.
It has a funky purple color trim with red metallic ( you'll have that every now and then) :(

The good
Gas tank was full
109k miles
I am the 2nd owner!!
Is from the local area, which means no salt!
The undercarriage is fairly clean
No dents to underside panels
Good rubber
Camber shims already installed
Looks like good service records, all recalls were completed.
Clean carfax believe it or not.

The "maybe" bad

The original owner, told the dealership it had a bad "heater core" however I have run it for several cycles, over an hour each idling in the driveay and see no leaks.
However, there was evidence of a windshield leak or the like,I saw condensation on the inside of the windows this AM. The moisture smell is that of water only-no anti freeze smell. I am thinking it could also be a cowl drain which is clogged???? but she did say the passenger carpet got wet.

I tried to get heat, however it is an auto climate control. Being 90 degrees outside, I doubt it would have given me heat.The heater core hoses were hot, and the coolant bypass valve does operate. AC blows Ice cold.

Maybe she meant to say "heater door"???

Anyway--here are the pics.



My intent is to drive this and use it as a tow rig for a light weight off road toy. Mods will be minimal. Edit: This plan did not work out so on to plan "b"

Current visual status

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Progress pictures
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Now, let's clean it up a little


Herculine'rd rocker panels. Rock sliders installed

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BW 4406 True 4x4 Manual transfer case ( AKA Mouse entry point) installed 8-27-2012
Installed newer Tcase from a 2003 11-14-15

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Saw a rainbow in Colorado so yeah, time for a picture
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And here she is, on top of the highest pass road in North America. Careful tire placement a must!!!
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2-2-2013

Changed "color scheme" of the Dick Cepek DC1 wheels. New Falken Wildpeak AT 31x1050x15

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Then I decided Maroon washer on the wheels would look better

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Update 6-6-2013

New bumpers, winch and Pro LED light . Front Bumper from RLC, Skid plate from RCI, rear bumper from Kert307


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Rear anti sway disconnects

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Update 9-2-2014
A cracked radiator at 70mph led to engine failure. Replaced with a freshened up a bit 80k mile engine starting on page 23

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Found another rainbow in Kansas.

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Got the fancy made by @RockRanger support gussets in the kit formed and tack welded in place. mock -up pics for approval for weld in please
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Man I want a set of those!
 












Oh yeah, that looks good. What length bolts does it take for the shocks?

In order to have the correct shoulder length, I had to get 1/2 x 3.5" long bolts which will need to be shortened. the pic shows 4" bolts just for holding em in place.

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I gotcha, I wondered if you were going to cut them down.

I had to use ARP studs in a front set of hubs, to use cheap 18" wheels that were too thick(with 1/4" spacers). I had a machine shop change the studs, wow don't ever do that. It was hell for them to install them straight, they didn't have a big flat back side head to seat them true. They did a super job shortening and dressing the threads, but they were crooked and the spacers wouldn't go onto them. Those hubs are not made to easily service.
 






Man. Getting old sucks. I got one hole drilled into the lower control arm so far today. Can't find a Snickers bar so I made this post. 3 more to go. Crap now I wish I woulda just taken them off anf over to the drill press. whiny whiny whiny and I hate rainbows right now. Don't really know why but yreah
 






Man. Getting old sucks. I got one hole drilled into the lower control arm so far today. Can't find a Snickers bar so I made this post. 3 more to go. Crap now I wish I woulda just taken them off anf over to the drill press. whiny whiny whiny and I hate rainbows right now. Don't really know why but yreah

im waiting for the "yelled at kids to get off my lawn" post

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LoL I feel ya man. I HATE drilling into anything steel. Hard work and almost always has to be done lying on your back and to the side or at some weird angle.
 






I have all holes drilled. Now wrestling with self confidence--welding skilz for gussets. Been practice welding a bit , but nothing vertical yet. Horizontal beads are all wonk so I got some fresh wire ( old wire is at least 10 years old) an am trying again. Neighbor kid welds for a living and said he'd do them for 50 bux. Idunno.
 






"Put some heat into those welds" (That's what goes through my head each time I weld) It was the best advice I ever got for welding

Hold the heat in the puddle just a little longer then your instinct tells you too and each time the welds come out awesome because I listen to that little voice.. prep is everything, setting up the machine properly (heat and wire speed) is everything else, with those two things done it is easy to be the robot that just moves the puddle around

How do you eat an elephant?
 






"Put some heat into those welds" (That's what goes through my head each time I weld) It was the best advice I ever got for welding

Hold the heat in the puddle just a little longer then your instinct tells you too and each time the welds come out awesome because I listen to that little voice.. prep is everything, setting up the machine properly (heat and wire speed) is everything else, with those two things done it is easy to be the robot that just moves the puddle around

How do you eat an elephant?
A little at a time


Thanks for that post Jamie. Turns out I was using too high of heat setting on my welder. You don't always want to turn it up to 11 even if it does go that high.


I got em welded in about 3:00 am , going about an inch at a time on each bracket and taking 15 minute cool downs for both me and welder.
now I am going to clean the welds up, go over them again, then, and only then will I consider pictures.
 
























Did the upper control arm come that color or did you powder coat it? It sure is looking nice!
 






Did the upper control arm come that color or did you powder coat it? It sure is looking nice!
Thanks.
The color is TTX product line coating. They come that way
 






new TTX tie rods installed,

and, I made a broken coffee cup mess

Driver side tie rod length was a strong 8 3/16" from cut to center
passenger was 8 1/4"

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Jon,

What did you paint your frame with? I'm sure you said, but I missed it.

It looks good.
 






^^ Thanks!! I used por 15. I bought a quart, spilled a little and even then used way less than a pint. Brush on. It gets all the credit here. A light coat then a top coat within 2-6 hours.


I wire wheeled everything then wiped with brake cleaner as prep. Not the best but that's all I was gonna do.

Had to remove all coating from the inside upper control arm mounts though. it's tight in there already.
 



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