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blueka

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well, finally got her back on the road and treated her to a brand new set of duratracs!! It's good to be back behind her wheel
 

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blueka

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Well, this old girl turned 20 years of age on Saturday, so I spent the day driving her around and redoing the wiring in the tail gate to get the plate lights to work.

She's looking good for a 20 year old truck, I've had her just over 11 years.

Si

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Just had a week in Vegas and brought back a little souvenir.
Little before and after

Si

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Decided to give the old girl a spruce up while I was away in Florida. The paint was a little tired in places and some rust had started to appear.
What started out as a touch up ended up being a full respray.

I'm really happy with the end results and hopefully in the new year I can get some bits and bobs sorted out to keep making her more unique.

Si
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toypaseo

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Looks a lot better all one color :thumbsup:

:snicker: nice parking... heh
 

blueka

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The weekend just gone saw us on show at Ford Fair, the biggest European Ford show, at Silverstone circuit in the UK.
We managed to get 4 explorers together to represent the forum (less than 1000 explorers left in the UK)

Here are some pics

Si
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Was on show at the Stars & Stripes show at the beginning of the month. Added a westin safari bar and gave her a polish & wax job. Also sprayed the grille insert silver

Si
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blueka

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Bad news!
For a few weeks prior to this video being taken, my oil pressure gauge has been doing a dance. I took it as there was dirt on the switch as it's due an oil change. Sadly, I was wrong. That's a spun bearing causing rod knock.

Good news!
I've found an inexpensive low mileage donor.
So after my upcoming trip to Orlando and Christmas, Big Sexy will be getting a transplant and a few upgrades too

Si
 

blueka

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Well, some of you may not know this, but UK Explorers were sold for 1 year only with a Bosch single button fob alarm/immobiliser combo. It's effective but it's a nightmare if you want to add/remove a fob.
So today I dropped Big Sexy off at my local stealership, because Ford UK reckon that they should be able to sort it out (it's been in 3 times before to no avail), so we shall see.

Si

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True to their word, Ford UK actually managed to get my immobiliser issues sorted out.

Today, I decided, seeing as everyone's on lockdown and the weather was nice, I'd have a go at installing the Aries nerf bars I brought back from Orlando last year.

Instructions were a little odd, I think they were badly translated from gibberish.
I finally managed to get one side on but when attempting the other side, one of the frame mounted retaining nuts decided to stop retaining and just start spinning. So I had to call it quits and get ready for work. Try again tomorrow.

Si
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blueka

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Well, finally got the bolt issue sorted out. Finished my step install then fitted my American style plates.
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