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FireZapper's Purple Haze

Hey all, Firezapper here.
I'm retired from the Air Force after 20 years. Now I work for a company that assembles the chassis for mack trucks. I assemble the rear boogies.

I live in south central Pa. When I retired I was separated from my wife of 16 years. I'm now divorced and bought a home with my pop. My childhood home was in bad shape so we talked and got a better place. I have 2 girls (13 and 16) living with mom.
Me and my youngest
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Enough about me....

Purple Haze. 1993 Explorer Sport. Power everything, 5 speed.

Mods.
5.5 superlift
Superlift SOA in rear
Superlift shocks
513 gears
Welded rear
Detroit front
Warn hubs
34 10.50 15 Swamper LTB's
K&N drop in filter
3 Harbor freight 5" driving lights
Harbor freight reverse lights
Marine/auto fire extinguisher
Reese 2" receiver
Sony CDX-R30M Marine CD/MP3 Receiver
Pioneer TS-A6870R speakers
Custom BBP cage

Now for some pics.

What she looked like back in Apr 05. Bought her just too lift and play.
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After a couple weeks decided to put the 30 9.50's off the beater on.
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That was just too hold me over a couple weeks.

Until I ordered these.
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Installing the lift
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The final results.
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Oh and yes she will wheel.
Now my semi retired 150
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All 3 of my toys.
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Check out my gallery here or my photobucket Here to see more pictures of me and my toys.

Ed
 


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FireZapper

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Finally painted the cage.

Used rustolem hammertone spraypaint
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Used non-slip tape to protect the paint and stop sliding on the tube with muddy shoes.
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Had to have orange somewhere.
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Yes I know there are a few spots I missed with the color coat. But most all of it is primed.
 




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Your paintjob looks good Firezapper :thumbsup:
 




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You have built a nice vehicle... :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

So who did you coral for you "Build Crew"? Hey guys come on over for a BBQ and by the way bring some work clothes (I have a small project to do) :D

The cage looks great... How was the interior protected from weld spatter during construction (wool blankets)? How much time did it take to construct and a ball part est of what a similiar one would cost?
 




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I love your truck. Really clean and i dig the roll cage....looks sturdy as hell.
 




FireZapper

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DeRocha said:
You have built a nice vehicle... :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

So who did you coral for you "Build Crew"? Hey guys come on over for a BBQ and by the way bring some work clothes (I have a small project to do) :D

The cage looks great... How was the interior protected from weld spatter during construction (wool blankets)? How much time did it take to construct and a ball part est of what a similiar one would cost?


The "Build crew" was a bunch of friends from another site. We took all day sunday to put the front on 34's. Then 3 more evenings to do the rear, brake lines, bleed the brakes, mini spool and shocks. About 2 hours each night.



The Cage took 2 days. Massive buildathon by Pottsy and myself. He had a welding blanket to protect the windows but I wasn't worried about the headliner. Cost I will not go into but will say currently he has a hourly rate and materials. But Pottsy will have to give you the final price.
 




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Having a few mechanically inclined buddies that have done similar work before greatly speeds up the process. The rear is a cake walk compared to the front.. Both require a fair amount of curse words, but the front takes the lion share.

IMO a cage is a good investment.. It obviously protects you when off-road, but can help out alot when involved in an on-road collision with another vehicle..
 








yostyexplorer94

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I was glancing through the latest copy of Peterson's 4 wheel & off road, and saw your off road beast in the reader's rides section. Looking good man. Just wanted to congratulate you on having getting it in the magazine!!! :thumbsup:
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Someone beat me to it, but I was sitting there on the throne (where I always read 4W&OR) and I thought, 'Hey, there's an Explorer!'... then I thought, 'Ney... where do I know that name...' then I read, 'Ed and Courtney (father and daughter)".... and thought, 'HEY!!! I know those two clowns!!' Jeez, I remember when Courtney practically needed a booster seat in the F-150!! ;)

Congrats!! That rig's come a long way!!
 




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I like the Sponge Bob seat cover...
 




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Well guess I should update this because of the above post.

I put some 35 Truxus MT's on it for a while. Didn't like the way they performed. I broke more shafts in the 4 months they were on then I did the 18 months the 34's were on.
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November 2006 I bought myself a nice xmas present.
Stubbler #7
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So I knew a change was in order.

Add some of this.
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And some of these
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Delete some of this.
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Have the neighbors ask what the heck you doing.
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And this is the current state.
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Finally got my rear bumper built. BBP did it again. Spot on to what was in my head.

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Also fixed the front bumper. Seeing as I'm a little hard on stuff.
This is what it use to look like.
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After I bent up the wings. I cut them off.
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Pottsy said he will make it bubba... He did.
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Just a little update.
Added a $40. craigslist find. Mounted it to the stock power base until I can get tubing bent to mount it to the cage. Only running a lap belt to the stock base currently.
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Got a quick release steering wheel set-up. Make getting my fat butt over the side bolsters a bunch easier.
Welded the adapter on. No one makes one for an explorer with a tilt column.
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Still beating on it.
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Makes me miss my 92 Sport. :(
 




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got to meet both firezapper and rookieshooter at all ford nationals 2011. two really great guys.

heres rookieshooter mounting haze



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