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hi everyone, my name is tim . i live in selkirk, manitoba, canada and as if this date that i am posting this, i am 36 years old.

i bought my sport in jan 05 from a local ford dealer. it had 111,000KM's on it. this is the second sport i have owned. it was sitting on the lot for about 8 months before i came along. i am the third owner (i was able to track down the person that traded it in, and they got it from a friend, who bought it new in 98).

i started to do a few things to it after i first got it, then i found this site, and all hell broke lose! i've never been satisfied with something the everyone else has, so i started to tinker with it even more.














mods include


installed factory tilt, cruise, overhead console, auto dimming mirror, full length console, with a message center (it didn't have these from factory).

white face with blue flames indigo gauge covers (they light up blue)
blue l.e.d. everything
white l.e.d. interior lights
Kenwood DDX392 Touch Screen Head Unit
alpine 4 channel amp (all four speakers)
boston acoustic front and rear speakers
alpine mono amp (for sub)
2 12 inch jl audio subs
rockford fosgate cap
passenger side one touch window down mod.
custom transfer case shifter
tripple a pillar gauge pod, housing autometer boost, Innovate LC-1 wideband, and oil pressure gauge
12v power inverter with 120v plug in a 2 usb plugs built into the center console


BMW E46 projectors, mounted into stock housings using clear lens
6000K HID head lights
angel eye "driving" lights, with 8000k h.i.d.'s
clear parking/corner lights
billet grill (powder coated by Turdle)
blacked out ford emblems
custom front steel 95-98 bumper, with 4 inch round tubes welded in for driving lights
shaved radio antenna
shaved roof rack
black euro tall lights
l.e.d. license plate lights
smoked out 3rd break light
lund rear tailgate spoiler/wing (formally from the truck "blackjack" owned by EF member Spas)
hand made roll pan (made from 3 1/2 rear bumpers, with 1/4 inch diamond plate on the top, and it is removable)
aluminum T/A differential griddle/cover (powder coated by Turdle)
Motegi Mr107 20' rims
goodyear wrangler hp p245/50 r20
1 1/4 wheel spacer in the rear, 3/8 in front
and most noticeable, black with blue pearl paint, and blue true fire (ground effects are black with blue pearl as well)


2 inch lowering blocks in the rear, reverse TT in the front (2 inch as well)
Explorer Express rear sway bar
4 door leaf springs
rancho rs9000 adjustable rear shocks
03-05 sport trac spindles with drilled and slotted rotors


5L swap
347 stroker
TFS twisted wedge alum heads
comp gold 1.6 rockers
comp cams CCA-35-556-8 nitro cam
heavily modified edelbrock victor jr air gap intake (which serves as a valley pan now)
eaton m122 supercharger (metco 2.70 pulley, and ASP 8 rib 7 1/4 crank pulley) with custom made mount with bell intercooler core
8 rib serpentine belt conversion using pulleys from a 7.3 powerstroke
custom made 3 1/2 inch throttle body elbow
accufab 75mm throttle body
4 inch intake pipe
PMASS MH90 90mm Universal 3000 KG/HR MAF
amsoil cone filter
F.A.S.T. 60lb injectors
edelbrock fuel rails, trick flow specialties fuel pressure regulator with summit racing fuel pressure gauge
walbro 255lph fuel pump
1/2 inch steel braided fuel pressure line from tank to rail using 8AN fittings
torque monster headers
2 1/2 duel pipes with flowpro duel in and out 2 1/2 single muffler
accel extreme 9000 ceramic 45 degree plug wires with boot protectors
4R70W w/2600 stall with J mod
tuff stuff 200a alternator
tuning made possible with sct pro-racer package, and tuned with major help from member [MENTION=102869]Dono[/MENTION] and [MENTION=81804]4pointslow[/MENTION]
flex a lite duel 12 inch electric fans
big 3 upgrade (4 gauge wires)
meziere innercooler water pump
2 froozenboost innercooler rads

Transfer case

4406 manual shift from a 97 F150
modified stock trans cross member to accept 93 mustang 5L polyurethane tans mount
double cardan rear drive shaft

because of all the "fun" i had doing the bodywork, and some other things to my truck, i have nick named it "evil dora" or if you like, just plane "evil"!
and now the thank yous

my buddy gord leiss, who let this thing sit in his garage for 3 months while i did the body work to it. he also gave me a hand with some of the prep work, and painted it for me

kevin willson for doing the true fire

Joe Bukoski for letting me do the 5L/4406 swap in his garage

now people from this site, weather they knew it or not, they helped

BIG THANKS to tara a.k.a. explorersport77 for pictures of her truck. wouldn't been able to build the roll pan with out them!

ExplorerSport77's X "Hotness"

jon a.k.a. Turdle for selling me some real swanky rear shackles, as well as powder coating the diff cover and sending them up to canada. as well as much needed info on v8, and 4406 swaps as well as doing the grill and showing me how its done.

don aka dono for the help with the tuning, and wideband, as well as the supercharger

andy aka ahodges for some parts, and any help i needed for all the go faster goodies

5.0 swap - w/ 4406

jad2411 for finding me a link for my hidden antenna

ryan a.k.a. MustangP51 for doing his write up on making l.e.d.'s for interior lights, and how to make projectors

P51's HID Headlight (Projector) and Fog Conversion (PICS)

and N3ELZ cardomain page for L.E.D. switch and cruise pod mods

bob a.k.a. rwenzing for showing me speedhut's sit for the gauges

Gauges, Custom Gauges, Tachometers, Speedometers, Shift Light, Pod

Buzz4x4 for his write up on blacking out ford emblems

How to Make Your Own Custom Ford Emblems

the late aldive for his write up on one touch down passengers window mod

BIG COUNTRY, for his write up on how to install a auto dimming mirror

BIG COUNTRY, 98formulaLS1, and Ryon40 for there write ups on how to install a message center

MountaineerGreen for his 4406 swap write up and "Custom" Driveshaft for a 4406 and 4" Superlift on the Cheap " (even tho its lowered

Simon, aka blueka for his "pickle" thread, and help anytime i picked the phone up the phone on the 5L swap

Jon, aka 4pointslow for any MAJOR technical advice i have needed

i wish i could find who did the write up on the overhead console install, but here is the link

Russ aka NICE59FORDF100 for his help on the wiring, and what to watch out for electronically.

hopefully one day, i will be able to help people on here just as much as the people that i have mentioned above!


plus you know you have done something right when.....

your truck (as well as corkey) wins truck of the month

is the feature truck on the fun hump day radio show (starts roughly around the 30 min mark)

and you drive 26 hours ONE WAY to the carlisle all ford nationals in june 2010 and 2011, and grab second place in the s.u.v. all category!


then in 2014 you go back to the same show you have been to 5 years in a row (nothing by most, but its one hell of a long drive) and take first!


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It's going to take a bit of modifying to get that unit to fit. If I remember correctly, the center hood latch support doesn't need to be cut up.

i had to buy a brand new sawsall in the fall :D

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its warming up! YAY......with the exception of the BLIZZARD that went on this morning. yes. all the snow was pretty much gone then that happens. evil and my supercharger literally was shoved into the corner for the last couple of weeks due to a 04 sport trac finding its way into the driveway/yard. the good, it only has 101,000kms on it, or for you muricans, 62,000 miles on it. yes, that little of mileage. the bad, death rattle. the good, found a 09 mustang 4L with only 30,000kms on it or 18,600 miles for $400. the bad, i found out the hard way a mustang flex plate is different then a explorer flex plate. the good, my son and i lined up the motor, had 2 bolts on the mounts, and bellhousing and all the converter bolts in on friday night. spent a hour doing that. went out saturday and started at about 1pm. by 8 i turned the key. i think that may have been the fastest i have ever put a motor in by myself. dono and i once managed to pull his motor out, strip it to the long block, and have it back in and running in 2 days.
anyway enough about my rambling, this showed up today.......sorta......




the inntercooler core showed up. and wow. what a journey that was. ordered the first one. it was a day or two away when i realized i ordered the wrong one. had to send it back at a highway robbery shipping cost, and restocking fee. then they were just about to send the next one, when i realized THEY were going to ship the wrong one. caught that one by the skin of my teeth. i problbaly made don and myself look like idiots to bell inntercoolers as well. why do i say it sorta showed up? don has it sitting on his desk at work. he sent me these pics (he asked me if he could open it to see what it looked like, and i also wanted to know lol) so technically he has it and could do as he pleases lol. so i may have to wait till i sell the trac to get the tanks made and put in the mount. the core ended up being way more then i thought with shipping x2, exchange, and other bs us canucks have to go through when ordering things from the states.
thanks again for you help don.....and a shoulder to cry on after seeing the final bill

It looks small, but big at the same time, because of the depth to it.

I think my wife said that to me once. I don't think it was a compliment. lol

edit: I'm just thinking how I can make this high end core work in my truck. If I'm going to do something with it, I better move fast.

I think my wife said that to me once. I don't think it was a compliment. lol

edit: I'm just thinking how I can make this high end core work in my truck. If I'm going to do something with it, I better move fast.

Yank that TFS upper intake off, and super fast weld a box right there to house that IC.

Where is that going to reside? It looks small, but big at the same time, because of the depth to it.

I can tell you it’s going in a very uncomfortable place, and it is small but big.
Under the supercharger :D
That’s why I have that big space between the supercharger and the bottom of the mount. This time I wanted to be able to put a cooler in it, as well as I wanted to spend more money........said no one ever.
Don, I changed my mine, I’m going to be at your office in 5 mins :D

I was thinking that is where it would go, but that size had me thinking otherwise. Yeah, I know jack about this stuff, and it shows. lol

The last few posts really had me laughing good. I needed that today, as work on a Monday has been crappy. :)

That's a nice looking core!
How come you didn't have them make/attach the end pieces?

Better hurry Tim, it looks like a fit.

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Funny. Well not that funny, but funny :D

That's a nice looking core!
How come you didn't have them make/attach the end pieces?

I am having someone local making the tanks that I will need for it. He is going to set it a little lower then the top of the mount because he can make it ramp down a bit and not block off the outlet of the supercharger which I think might be one of the reasons why I can’t get more boost then I have with the m112. That and location of the inlets will matter also because I have to dance around my fuel lines as well. I didn’t want to ship the mount down to them because the cost of shipping, labor and the exchange would have made me faint.

its been a killer week for me. i somehow manged to sell that sport trac i was talking about in 2 DAYS and made out like a bandit on it as well. so now that i am not captain cashless, i can move forward with the cooler which i manged to get out of dons hands today (it looked like he was trying to fit it in his truck when i got there, but i have no solid prof of it).
i am also guessing it will fit something like this



it kinda looks tiny in there, but thats what the guy who will be building everything told me to get, so it is what it is. i might try and get hold of him tomorrow and see if he wants to start on it, but not holding my breath being easter weekend and all but it seems like drag racers and builders never take holidays

This is going to be so awesome, keep up the good work!

This weekend was get most of the crap that both of my trucks have annoyed me with all fall and into the winter. First up evil. Towards the end of fall I could hear a exhaust tick on the drivers side. Pulled everything apart but couldn’t get the header out. I’ve been able to do this before on the drivers side without taking everything apart including taking the header apart. This time no dice. However when I pulled the header back the gasket looked ok. Fingers crossed new gasket went in (old and new are remflex, start it up......tick tick tick tick..... when I stuck my head into the wheel well I happen to see a strand of fiber on the shifter cable floating around. Put a flash light in and saw a very small crack on the header. Dono to the rescue. He happen to have a drivers side header and let me use it


. However after pulling the header out (unbolting the front dress and some carefull and forceful manoeuvring this time thanks again Dono) I cant see it now. That’s frustrating.... I have now however found a new way of getting blend door actuators out of Rangers. It does involve a saws all but that’s a different story for a different day

update, but not really a update. once......again..... this has been pushed to the side. not one but 2 (yes, two) rangers followed me home within 5 days of each other. one is a (and the first ever i have bought) 03 2wd edge. it hasnt ran since 2011, or so the guy i bought it from told me. fuel pump wouldnt turn on, and found it was dead. after pulling it out, and seeing the nice coffee colored gas that was in the tank i am glad it didnt work. new pump, gas, and some other odds and ends, and it runs great. also now have it for sale. the other is a 05 level 2 that was plastered with the most gaudy of "bolt on's" and even some "stick on's" *shakes head* that i am starting to work on now. i did call the guy doing the cooler for me earlier this week. he has the metal bent for the tanks, but thats about it. i told him i was just seeing how it is coming, and not pushing for it because lets face it, i need 2 of me lately. that and i still have a little work left to do to the valley pan that needs to be done before it can all bolt together. i was thinking maybe mid summer it will be on. still might be once again, but i know a few people that would have a heart attack if there was two of me walking this earth, so we will have to see.

last couple of days have been pretty bumpy here for me to the point of wanting to jump into my ranger and drive to all ford nationals because i need a mind clearing drive and i havent been to AFN for years. sold (more like gave it away by accident because i didnt know what 2wd rangers went for) the ranger edge i had mentioned in a record breaking 16 hours after putting it up for sale.called the guy thats making everything for the cooler. he said he had the tanks bent up but that was about it. im not really rushing him with it either. i asked if he could shoot some pics as he went along and send them to me. he didnt have a problem with it. also bought another part for the puzzle off kijiji (the canadain version of Craigs list).


scored a meziere inline single in, dual out 20 gmp pump. used, but also haft the price i would have paid for a new one.

That looks like a cool design with two outlets. I use the same pump with a single outlet and it has been working great.
Use them on both my Supercharged Explorers.
I run mine all the time too so it has been put through its paces and is still going.

the guy doing the cooler for me sent these to me this morning




hes hoping to have it done this weekend. i told him if he can, he can. if he cant he cant.

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Can't wait to see the results of this!