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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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been there, done that, got the t shirt!

just came home from 2012 all ford nationals. or as i want to call it, all mustang nationals, with some other stuff there. but what can you do, right?
was great to see everyone again, and meet a few people that i have only talked to on the net for ever how long.
explorersport77 once again was nice enough to let me camp out at her place for the most part of the trip. as well as spas and skunk let me crash up at there neck of the woods as well for a few days.
i need to say big thanks to explorersport77 (tara) and her boyfriend kyle for not only letting me stay at her place, but for also taking me to ocean city, md, as well as monster jam in philly, as well as i whole pill of stuff between.
and big thanks to spas (lindsy) for crashing at her place, as well as running me down to harry's where i lucked out finding one of the driveshafts for evil (lucked out, hell, it was still on the t case, that was on the ground laying beside the truck it was pulled from!), as well as being able to watch some pretty wild fireworks freeland put on for the long weekend from there back porch.

so once again, just a few pics i will post up

literally just arrived there, and tara was snapping pics

evil and her best friend hotness at blackrock fabrication.

posing with one of my favorite lifted 2nd gen sports, captain morgan

proving that i can once again lay my hand on hotness without having it chopped off at the wrist.

meeting the man, dr. svo himself! cool as hell guy as well

just driving

zippin down the road

aaaaaaaaaaaand the money shot! thanks for taking me there lindsy so i could get this pic.

oh, and then the drive by's
lindsy was driving, and i know she was having fun. even if she didnt say it, lol.

and the bad's (there wasnt to many of them either)

driving there, just outside of chicago, i was able to hear one of the headers leaking. well, by the time i got to tara's, it sounded like a farm truck. two bolts going from the header to the head on the same pipe backed off to being hand tight. also, it seemed to be down on power. svo told me to disconnect the batter, let it sit for about a hour, then reconnect it. was afraid to do it there, but now that i am home, i will do it. i also had i little (well not little, almost turned into wrestle mania) with a knob of a mechanic for lifting evil using the t bars, and not the lifting points that ford put in. this one i am going to purse further as well, because it became personal. the trans mount also is holding up well. anyone that is doing, or has done a 4406 swap with your v8, you really need to look into putting a polly mustang bushing in there.
as for mileage, this surprised me. i averaged, according to the message center, 18-19 mpg, with the a/c on, and doing 70-75 mph. i thought it would be worse. still, its no prius, but i also thank god for that one to!
everyone thought i was, or still am nuts for driving all the way there, but more so now after doing a complete drive train swap, and having less miles on it to prove its self, then i drove it for the trip. to me, that was the ultimate test drive!
thats it for now. since i have got home, i havent done anything with evil. just need to sit and relax for another day, and i am sure she will also like to rest for a bit.

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Excellent, that's a wonderful trip to hear about. Thanks for sharing the pics and videos too.

Welcome back Tim!

I just met Tim to pick up some rims he had for me for my new winter tires.
Tim took my truck for an 'after' ride (he drove it while it was still naturally aspirated).

I then had the honor of taking his baby for a ride. I think his truck is faster than mine, and he thinks I'd take him in the quarter. Tough to know. Definitely two separate approaches to more power though.

Tim's truck runs great. Great manners, and the body is nice and tight. He's done a great job.

Funny thing is, after I drove it, he had to take me for a 'real' drive.

Awesome job Tim!

I think his truck is faster than mine, and he thinks I'd take him in the quarter. Tough to know. Definitely two separate approaches to more power though.

Sounds like its time to hit the track, or maybe an open stretch of road.

Funny thing is, after I drove it, he had to take me for a 'real' drive.

and the end result :D


what you cant see is the 3 foot patch when it hit second. i need a posi, i know....

She sounds strong Tim! I can't wait to put another motor together for mine. I kinda regret not doing a little work to it when I did the swap but it now has about 180k miles on it so I want to do a fresh motor.

P.S. I finally tracked down the other parts for my 4406 swap so it should be done soon!

you should have came to AFN. hell, i went to ocean city while i was there, and i am even wearing one of the shirts i got from there as i type this, lol!

I am gonna try like hell to be there this year! I got a little rust in the rockers I need to take care of and hopefully I can keep her running good till then. She is my daily driver again so I have to plan the T case swap carefully! I am about half way between Carlisle and ocean city!

Tim's is definitely the better looking of the twins.

Pretty amazing. I guess its true, we all do have a twin out there.

forgot to add these.

i finally got around to making my frankenstein front drive shaft. the double cardan joint is from the one that i brought back with me when spas took me to harry's when i was down in PA earlier this summer, and the rest of the drive shaft is from one i found in a jeep cherokee that was at work.




sorry for the blurry pic. the first one had vibrations in it, so i got this one done. it to cost me, but when i was changing the d.c. joint, all the bearings feel out, and were impossible to get back in, and hold in place. that and the ball in there didnt rotate smoothly either, so i had them replace that. i used MountaineerGreen's link but had to get it shorten. i think in the end it was 31 inches from center to center on the u joint caps

also wanted to snap a pic on how the trans mount is holding up. i would say i have about 12,000 kms, (roughly 7500 miles) on it, with one hell of a shift kit in it, and it hasnt let up, and holding fine. anyone reading this, if you have done a 4406 swap, you really should do this upgrade for the trans mount.
i also have a d.c. rear shaft for it, but will get it cut down, and installed in time.

and in other news, around a month and a haft ago, my new neighbors had there house stuccoed. well, needless to say the guy doing it, really didnt care about anything that was around.

evil sitting in the driveway, minding her own business, any what happens? you got it, they got stucco all over the roof, hood, hatch (how they managed that is beyond me) and down the passengers side (thats what all the white dots are on the paint). but that was before they had the brain wave of a idea to throw a CANVAS tarp on it. nice move, you just put scratches all over it as well. needless to say, buddy polished MOST of it out of the hood but we will have to color sand it to get the rest of it out. i had to threaten the guy with court before he finally coughed up the cost to get it done.

Nice work on the parts.

AND are you kidding me on the stucco??? Un Believable!!! I sure hope you get those scratches out without affecting the flames!!!

Glad the dickheads paying for it mate :thumbsup:

First rule of painting outside is paint will find the most expensive thing around the job to stick to it.

Looks like stucco is the same!

So, the vibration??

So, the vibration??

havent taken it on a test flight as of yet. i dove it the other day, and could hear a faint clicking sound. so i have to find out if its a u joint, the little ball thingy, or the drive shaft itself. that or i forgot to grease something, and thats the end result of it.

My fingers are crossed. Those vibrations can be a b&%ch to find.

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so today i was bored (like i kinda am now) and figured i should go on a test flight to see if there would still be a vibration at speeds with the new drive shaft. 100 km (62mph) nothing. 110 kms (68mph) tiny bit. 120 kms (74mph) evils giving me a message. 130 kms (80 mph) i thought any and all teeth where going to rattle out. back to the drawing board.