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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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Could you add a 3" 30 degree pipe (With another silicone joiner), then put the reducer after that?
I know it wouldn't look as clean as you'd like, and you might not have enough room.

Yea, it's hot. I'm impressed (absolutely amazed) your slugging it out. I haven't done much outside.

im literally holding on the phone with jegs to see if they might have one that i couldnt find on their page. its going to suck to if they have one because i already have parts coming from them

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Yup, Shipping.... :-(
And, @4pointslow, can you comment on water/meth with an intercooler just after the supercharger?
Your spraying before the intercooler, correct?

the good, found a 30 degree

the bad, it looks like summit has it back ordered.

the good, when i go o the manufactures page, they dont say its backordered.

the bad, called them, they are closed today......

Flex-A-Lite digital controller. the funny story (and i will try to keep it short) was i had this fan kit when i had my capri. bought it used, called them looking for a wire harness for the old controller, and needed a mount kit. by the time i got off the phone with them, i had a new digital controller, wire harness for it, and 2 different mount kits on their way free of charge. they even paid for the shipping! from that day forward i have always told people to buy their stuff because of that customer service.

ive always tried to keep my engine bays tidy with are the wires tied up and loomed, and not hanging out everyplace and things looking like it was tossed together.

i agree. that one has taken a beating. i think i have had it for 8 years now, have collapsed it more then one time when i have forgotten to take the bag off it and starting it after pressure washing under the hood. it is also a amsoil filter, just cant remember which one. dono ordered it for me years ago
I use a flex a lite 180 black magic extreme 3300 cfm with their variable speed controller
Works flawlessly

I spray water methanol and nitrous together and before the supercharger. Helps cool the supercharger down too.
And no the water methanol doesn't freeze. LOL
I don't recommend spraying after the supercharger unless you go with direct port so it is even for all cylinders.

Tim, that lower intake on yet? Maybe its time to tap each intake port for a small nozzle. :-)

ive had it on and off so many times i have lost count. i have however ran the boost reference vacuum lines, i have also mounted the adapter that i had to cut, angel and reweld, the throttle body is going to have to go on upside down because either the bracket for the cables, or iac hit the brake master cylinder, the maf, intake tube and air filter have also been fitted and clear everything (even with the 4 inch tube it just makes it past the power steering reservoir and abs lines after a little bending). was starting to make a tube to connect the egr to the blower but i couldnt take the heat any longer. i also shoved my fat finger into the hole thats already in the valve cover to see how much room is between the poly locks and the top of the valve cover. i should be able to squeak a thin peace of alum in there for a baffle. just have to pull the valve cover off and take it to someone that welds alum. tomorrow my oil separator should be here so it can to open a new can of worms for me to deal with.
i also took about a 1/4 off the studs that will hold down both valley pan and mount. just like i was hoping i can put both the mount and blower on in one shot. i would have taken picture of everything but the camera melted.

at a bit of a stand still right now. after looking at everything, i figured out if i ever have to take this apart (god forbid) at some point down the line, or if i ever have to pull the valve cover on the passengers side, i will have a hard time doing it because of the innercooler line. i had to order a -12AN 45 degree coupler.....that one fitting alone is 45 bucks!!!!! i also was looking at the coil bracket and i dont think it will stand up and crack over time so i am trying to make a beefier one. ive also started to "bodywork" the throttle body adapter i made using jb weld. yes, jb weld. there are two reasons for this, first i will be getting it painted and didnt want all the welds to look like crap, and second if there are any pin holes in the welds, the jb weld will seal them up. i also had to kiss my egr system good by. i wanted it in there, but the pipe i was trying to make would have such a sharp bend in it, i wouldnt be able to get the bolts out. the good news the block is now heli coiled, and thats all back together now.
i thought this might only take a couple of weekends, but i think i may have under estimated that time.....whoops.

throttle body adapter is primed, sanded and ready to be painted along with the intake tube. would have taken a pic of the tube, but its boring looking so will have to wait till its done. once again, the adapter was bodyworked with jb weld which is not easy to spread around let alone sand. its not perfect but will look great when the hood is closed



also remade the coil bracket as well




not so big and bulky now either. you would be amazed what you can make from a old bed frame. that and its way thicker then the first one. i will get it powder coated locally. i would get john to do it, but with everything the way it is now who knows how long it would take to get to him, and get back to me. otherwise it would be headed down to humboldt kansas

you would be amazed what you can make from a old bed frame
Yesterday we patched some rusty spots on a 1968 Ford F250...........guess where the metal came from??......good guess but no no not an old bed frame but some old shelving units.
good job with the JB weld! I love that stuff, mold able metal

been a busy week. was able to buy back a v8 limited i owned 3 1/2 years ago from the lady that bought it from me. long story short, she was only able to drive it for 6 months, and only put 5000kms on it (3100 miles) then her licenses was pulled then she stored it at a friends a bush......for 3 years......with the sunroof cracked open a 1/4 inch.....basicly i made 900 for driving it 30 min to home (it ran like a top to!) and vacuuming out a mouse nest from the air filter box, and oh, it was only for sale for 2 days. not my record for selling something, but the 3rd fastest.

now back to your regularly scheduled programming.

battery relocation is done now as well

i bought a battery tray from summit for something like 30 bucks to start with. figured it would be easier to start with one that fit (right) a explorer battery then start from scratch.


also the way i was going to mount it i couldnt use the hold downs it cam with, so once again using the old bed frame cut a chunk off it, welded a nut onto it. now i can use the factory bolt and hold down.


then came the chopping


and after moving a wire harness under the hood as well as now i will have to find a new place for my HID ballast as well as fan controller and fuse, its in. and tight to!




i also pulled the drivers side valve cover off to see how much room there will be for a baffle. its not too bad. maybe a 1/4 or less inch to play with, so thats going to get dropped off to a welder tomorrow, as well as the battery tray, coil bracket and eaton intake elbow will be going to someone locally to get powder coated (why do i feel so guilty not sending them down to Jon????)
one of my old neighbours that i still keep in touch with is really good at air brushing, so he picked up the throttle body adapter on friday and will be painting those for me as well.

so now that leaves me with mounting the innercooler pump someplace, however i think that will have to wait for a bit as well. after laying under the truck the rad that dono gave me years ago that he was going to use when he was going to innercool hes old truck is too big to fit up front without doing some major cutting. and i really dont want to hack up evil either. so i ordered a new one as well as a remote rad cap from frozenboost and is on its way here. i also still have to buy some more -12AN fittings and braided line but i wont do that until i have everything in place and can sorta map it out, cause that crap is $$$$

why not put the battery in the cab? cargo area?

Nice to flip the same truck twice! I have been lucky enough to do that a time or two

why not put the battery in the cab? cargo area?

everyone has told me that. trust me, i want to however, in winter time i have to back it right up to my shed so i can get past it with my snowblower and i dont drive it much in the winter, but i do take it for a run to get everything moving and aired out. if the battery goes dead (and it does) i would have no way to boost it. that and also with my subs and amps in the back once again it leave me little room for much in the back. add a battery in there, and no room for anything else

was able to get a baffle welded into the valve cover


its not that big, like 2 inch by two inch, and probably clears the poly locks by.....well, hairs, as well i had to cut a 1/8 off the grommet and added it to the pcv valve to bring it up a little higher. im hoping that will work.

i also just got my parts back from coating


i am also going to take a step backwards as well. i am once again going to be cutting up the throttle body adapter i made. i started thinking that i would have to fudge the silicon that joins the throttle body to the intake tube that it would not only look funny, but also has a chance of falling off because of the angle they would be at, it would be better to just cut and rework the adapter instead. it may also give me room not to have to bolt the throttle body on upside down, but time will tell with that. im trying to get as much done as i can because time right now is scarce, between working the shift i do, bought yet another truck to flip, and the heat we have been having lately there are very small windows to get r done

everyone has told me that. trust me, i want to however, in winter time i have to back it right up to my shed so i can get past it with my snowblower and i dont drive it much in the winter, but i do take it for a run to get everything moving and aired out. if the battery goes dead (and it does) i would have no way to boost it. that and also with my subs and amps in the back once again it leave me little room for much in the back. add a battery in there, and no room for anything else

Move the battery, but leave one of these in front for a jumper point:

well its the long weekend. was wanting to get all the mock up done, and finally start putting everything together for the final time. i would have been able to as well if it wasnt for canada post sending parts that i have been waiting on to a town a hour away from me.....
with that said, the a battery box is in now, i relocated my fan controller over to the drives fender apron, and i have now moved all the wires i have to for the battery over to the passengers side. still trying to find a good spot for the innercooler pump. not easy because it has some good size to it, so i can hide it in between the fender and fender apron like i did with the meth pump. i did get the throttlebody adapter and tube back from my old neighbour last night, and just put it on to see how it looks, and if everything is still happy about being where it will be



That is so awesome looking! Congratulations on the progress!

I love the artwork on the adapter and piping!

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Very cool man. Keep up the awesome work! :thumbsup: