Big turbo aka Moose Knuckle | Ford Explorer - Ford Ranger Forums - Serious Explorations
  • Register Today It's free!

Big turbo aka Moose Knuckle

I call my mustang the moose so I guess this 1998 ford explorer eddie bauer 5.0 awd thing is going to be called the moose knuckle. I'm bored as hell at work so figured why the hell not make a build page. Built by Cole's Custom Fab in Annville, Pennsylvania. EDIT: I posted this in the performance spot but I feel like I should've posted it here instead LOL

Engine: 5.0/302
331 stroker 4.030 kit from vigilante
7675 precision turbo
185cc AFR heads
EFI Compatible Hydraulic Roller Cam - Ford 351W & 302 H.O. 292/276
Skorpion 1.6 race series rockers
Ford performance rollers
Edelbrock intake upper/lower
flowkooler high flow water pump
melling high volume oil pump
350amp apex alternator
Canton racing oil pan

Fuel
60# injectors
340lph fuel pump
-8 braided nylon feed lines
-6 braided nylon return line
aeromotive fuel rails
aeromotive fuel pressure regulator

Transmission: 4R70W
I dropped it off with a wizard he cast a spell gave it back idk but it was expensive
FTI custom stall triple disc billet torque converter with lifetime warranty

Suspension:
lowering keys
lowering blocks
camber bolts

Interior:
ILXW-650 headunit

Audio:
Skar TX series door speakers
Skar ZVX-12v2
smart 3
big 3 upgrade

300779750_630363511782181_4955456436710078946_n.jpg 412130-0c9b7527920128521ca0e8255057f030.jpg 289074334_3083368708579991_6915768163268729212_n.jpg 287690301_1034889847155322_4260382751448831996_n.jpg 290511515_352644960277355_7640806184221615566_n.jpg 289763764_352655423696909_6662263805117701375_n.jpg 289047374_427197799278923_4051884076004335209_n.jpg
 



Join the Elite Explorers for $20 each year.
Elite Explorer members see no advertisements, no banner ads, no double underlined links,.
Add an avatar, upload photo attachments, and more!
.











Whacka

Member
Joined
November 9, 2020
Messages
45
Reaction score
47
City, State
Brighton
Year, Model & Trim Level
1998 ford explorer EB
How much boost? How long do you think the block will last before it decides to divorce itself?
7psi it will last a long while, at least a few years of abuse until I finish a 4 link with coils. After that I will decide 351 or dart 302
 






CDW6212R

Hauls the mail.
Elite Explorer
Joined
June 17, 2004
Messages
23,631
Reaction score
4,146
City, State
Knoxville, TN
Year, Model & Trim Level
98 Limited AWD
The stock 302 block is weak but most cracked blocks vary wildly at different power levels. People with turbochargers have run higher power levels without breaking the block. High rpm and poor PCM tuning is usually what kills the stock block at lower levels such as below 500hp. Keep the rpm reasonable, and be sure the tune is always safe, the stock block can last a long time.
 






Josh P

Shaggin Wagon
Elite Explorer
Joined
February 18, 2015
Messages
3,174
Reaction score
2,073
City, State
Phoenix Az
Year, Model & Trim Level
1991 aerostar
The stock 302 block is weak but most cracked blocks vary wildly at different power levels. People with turbochargers have run higher power levels without breaking the block. High rpm and poor PCM tuning is usually what kills the stock block at lower levels such as below 500hp. Keep the rpm reasonable, and be sure the tune is always safe, the stock block can last a long time.
The stock block will handle a decent amount of boost and be reliable for many years, increasing the displacement and boost cuts the life expectancy down a bit. I'd have as much fun as I could with it and when it leaves me walking, it would get an aftermarket block so the boost could be turned up.
 






Whacka

Member
Joined
November 9, 2020
Messages
45
Reaction score
47
City, State
Brighton
Year, Model & Trim Level
1998 ford explorer EB
The stock 302 block is weak but most cracked blocks vary wildly at different power levels. People with turbochargers have run higher power levels without breaking the block. High rpm and poor PCM tuning is usually what kills the stock block at lower levels such as below 500hp. Keep the rpm reasonable, and be sure the tune is always safe, the stock block can last a long time.
I have Marty Ochs tuning it and he knows what he is doing, the engine will stay together for a long while because I won't be spinning higher than 6k either.
The stock block will handle a decent amount of boost and be reliable for many years, increasing the displacement and boost cuts the life expectancy down a bit. I'd have as much fun as I could with it and when it leaves me walking, it would get an aftermarket block so the boost could be turned up.
That's why I kept it a 331 and not a 347, I don't want to push the stock block too far. Eventually I will decide to get a block and or move up to a 351 base (aftermarket block either way).
 












Whacka

Member
Joined
November 9, 2020
Messages
45
Reaction score
47
City, State
Brighton
Year, Model & Trim Level
1998 ford explorer EB
I'm curious how you routed the exhaust.
I'll post pictures and when I pick it up I'll post a video after we get the tuning done. Plan on starting a youtube channel.
 






Rick

Pumpkin Pilot
Staff member
Admin
Elite Explorer
Joined
February 8, 1999
Messages
34,637
Reaction score
2,887
City, State
Wayoutin, Aridzona
Year, Model & Trim Level
'93 XL Pumpkin Edition
Callsign
AB7FH
Any updates?
 






beepinX

Well-Known Member
Joined
March 23, 2015
Messages
200
Reaction score
15
City, State
GA
Year, Model & Trim Level
2003
That's one interesting project! Hope you can still be able to update here.
 












Whacka

Member
Joined
November 9, 2020
Messages
45
Reaction score
47
City, State
Brighton
Year, Model & Trim Level
1998 ford explorer EB
That's one interesting project! Hope you can still be able to update here.
I will definitely share updates as it goes, my builder is having issues with the machinist so it's been a pain. Everything is waiting on the engine so that he can fab the rest of the piping. We have all the parts except the engine..... it's not dead in the water just taking more time than planned due to the machinist being a pos. I promise it will get done!
 






beepinX

Well-Known Member
Joined
March 23, 2015
Messages
200
Reaction score
15
City, State
GA
Year, Model & Trim Level
2003
Hope things will turn out smoothly.
 






Whacka

Member
Joined
November 9, 2020
Messages
45
Reaction score
47
City, State
Brighton
Year, Model & Trim Level
1998 ford explorer EB
Hope things will turn out smoothly.
Appreciate it, no matter what I'll get the vehicle done. Don't know of any other turbo explorer currently as well as keeping ps and ac.
 






Top