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My 97 5.0 XLT

Ok short version of the story, I have a 95, wanted to drop the 302 in it, had some issues with motor/tranny with the 95, found this 97 with 302 in it with only 149k. Guy told me only needed hood/fender. I hauled ass 2 hours and found it needed more but after the test drive I was hooked. So basically im taking everything I need for body panels off the 95 to swap onto the 97.

Here it is when I got it

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yeah more than a fender and hood!

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dirty but she will shine up like a new penny im sure

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started dinging into it found out the header panel is spent

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all stripped down, bent the friggin bumper mount on the frame too, gonna grind the spot welds off that and use one from 95

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end of day 1 working on it

thats all for now, I will keep updating this so check back often.

Later

Josh
 



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Git-r-dun Josh- she'll be fine!

Check to make sure that radiator isn't leaking (passenger side front on the bottom of the air deflector)

There's a nice Ex hiding under all of that! :)
 






Git-r-dun Josh- she'll be fine!

Check to make sure that radiator isn't leaking (passenger side front on the bottom of the air deflector)

There's a nice Ex hiding under all of that! :)

Thanks I will look into it
 






good luck with the x be sure to post pics when she is all done
 






Day 2

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Drivers fender off and cleaned up and some new paint!!!

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Front end all cleaned up and painted

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Body panel kind straightened back out

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Pass fender off, getting ready to clean up

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all painted up


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The poor 95, getting kinda bare now

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drivers side fender on

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getting ready to hang door

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door on and aligned

Thats it for today, enjoy


Later

Josh
 






Day 3

well it was a crappy day to be outside in the weather so I decided to build myself an intake from left over parts from the 4.0.

This is what I came up with

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havent drivin it yet since but hope all goes well
 






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