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I thought it was about time I put one up..

I've got a '97 4.0 SOHC UK spec Explorer..

I bought it in Dec 2005 and the next day all the timing slipped and wrecked one side of the engine!

It was off the road for 6 months while I saved up and found someone who knew how to fix it.

This is how it looked when I got it back:-

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After driving it for a while I decided that I didn't like all the chrome on it so got some '99 spec bumpers for it.

I also changed to a slightly newer grille with a darker centre, thought it looked better than the old one.

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I then decided I was bored of the rear end and did the '99 rear end swap.. although I managed to bend the rear hatch and it don't sit straight..

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I'd also managed to source some leather seats with seperate headrests so that I could install some screens in them for the passengers in the back seats.

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I then found an all black front grille and some tear drop alloys to replace the chrome 3 spokes..

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Si
 



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Well, after 19 1/2yrs all the things I've wanted to do, are pretty much done. Couldn't have got this last stage done without my nephew, who's been a massive help lately.

So here we are
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Si

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Nice
 
























Obviously, it's not finished, they never are, but these 2 pictures show where I started to where I currently am
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Si
 






Dangit I was hoping the delivery guy would drop those coolers at my house!

Well done she looks proper now I know I would break my neck if I saw that explorer drive past
 






Last year I found some NOS running boards, so last week, I dropped them off at buddy's paint shop and got them raptor lined.
Today, on a Saturday, I got up early and fitted them on.
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Had to do a little bit of trimming but it isn't noticeable.
Tomorrow I'm up at 5am for a car show.

Si
 












Gave her a wash and drove around 130 each way to the first show I'm doing this year.

First thing I noticed was she ran a little hot, and the OD light was flashing. When cruise control is active the revs are higher than when I'm driving which I find weird.
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I've also noticed a sound up front that sounds like my front diff is ratcheting, feels like something is possibly binding up. So I'm going to pull the front shaft n see if it makes a difference.
But, anyway, here's some pics

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Si
 






First thing I noticed was she ran a little hot, and the OD light was flashing. When cruise control is active the revs are higher than when I'm driving which I find weird.


I've also noticed a sound up front that sounds like my front diff is ratcheting, feels like something is possibly binding up. So I'm going to pull the front shaft n see if it makes a difference.

Si

i know what that is. $$$
 












I've got to order a new headlight switch this week too. I only have very dim headlights and nothing else

Si
i have a pile of those if you want.
 












Found my spare headlight switch so got that sorted out.
The sky was pretty so I took some pictures. I absolutely love this thing
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damn squatters
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Si
 












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