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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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I'm acctually running 2 PCV valves on mine, one in the valve cover and one in the back of the stock intake. I noticed just last night that mine was out, but wasn't sure if it was like that or from me taking the fuel rails off. Even before all the talk of poping out PVC valves I was like, wow that thing sure is loose in there. But I can hardly believe that my crank is getting pressurized with has much ventilation as I'm giving it.

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not a lot new lately. afn is a tad over a month away, and i am freaking out cause i am running out of time to get evil ready for both the drive, and show, and mother nature is not cooperating in the least bit.
i noticed i small amount of detonation running down the highway. when at cruising speed, if i snapped it to WOT it would detonate. james sent me another file to try. was talking to don the other day, and for whatever reason he had said his wasnt so bad now that it started to warm up here. well, low and behold, evil is doing the same. a tiny amount, but not as bad as it was, so i am going to leave the file i had in it and see what happens
speaking of motors, evils heart has now been transplanted. when i had to swap all the parts from the old motor over to evils, i couldn't believe how clean it was.

when i finished putting her motor into the truck it was going in, and started it, i forgot how well it ran before i pulled it. i had thought i heard some timing chain rattle in it before i pulled the motor out, but i must have been hearing things, cause it has none now.
and here is what evils heart is in now

as well as, its official. evil IS a v8 truck

i forgot to change the registration on it. wanted to do that in case a smart ass'd vehicle inspector got hold of me.
also bumped into my old neighbor tonight. i bliped the throttle because he didnt know i had a blower now. his face dropped. i then took him for a ride.....hope i get the smell of poop out if it, lol

i need posi in the worst way....

lol. Nice job Tim. Now you can focus on Evil again!


There is a detroit locker for sale here for $400. :burnout:

pssst.......theres a SPARTAN LOCKER Part # SLF8831 for sale on rockauto for $250 ;)

so what happens when you want to go for coffee 3 hours away from where you live? you run into another forum member who also wants to go for coffee that lives 8 hours away from his place!

thats right folks, evil met pickle (built and owned by simon, aka blueka), and also the person that helped out a lot when i was doing the v8 swap

was good to see him again. we met up at a coffee shop near where he si....what are you doing......

oh crap! did i leave the keys in the......

yea, i did.

all joking, as i said, he helped me when i did the swap. i have a little rule. who ever helps me out, lots, gets free rain of evil.
next thing you know, they both start posing like they are supermodels!

was a great day. got to take evil for a test drive before leaving for AFN next month, got to see pickle for the first time, not to mention the only other known 2nd gen v8 sport in canada (those that have been living under a rock for the last 3 years, here's the thread and got to hang out with simon for the day. was a blast seeing you again after all these years, we will need to do this sooner. also thanks for the parts si, my butt be happy again!
also, you did one hell of a job with pickle. you would think it came like that from factory (or it should have IMO). i think you did a better swap then i did, thats no lie either! great job bud!

Excellent, that was a great coffee you had. Cool pictures too,

Sounds like you have fun. I need to meet some explorer people around here.

I here ya on that wish you guys were all closer especially all the v8 sport guys!

so last week i deciede to start getting evil ready for her what now seems like yearly trip to PA, for all ford nationals. 5 hours of my life i will never get back, but she looks like this now

those rafters are around 12 feet above my head btw.

another thing i wanted to do was get the drive shafts redone. i sold the sport trac on the weekend, so i had a little cash to spare

a f150 short box 4x4 drive shaft i bought last year while i was in philly. here, 300, there, 50 SCORE! got it cut and balanced. as well as i took the front one it for them to check out because i always had a wicked vibration in it. turns out when they shorten it, the put it back together out of phase, and fixed it under warranty. put them both back in. i still have a slight vibration in it, but nowhere near what it was. and that vibration is around 120 kms btw (around 75mph which we cant do up here anyway........well legally that is >:] ). but it has the somewhat normal "roaring" noise that some guys have that have the 4406 case.
so with that said, other then a fast vacuuming, she is basically ready for the trip down to carlisle........i hope.....

... she looks like this now


those rafters are around 12 feet above my head btw

Wow Tim, that is gorgeous.

I would love to have that kind of shine, I'll try to save this picture and show my painter friend of friend. He would appreciate it I'm sure.

Wow Tim, that is gorgeous.

I would love to have that kind of shine, I'll try to save this picture and show my painter friend of friend. He would appreciate it I'm sure.

show him this one as well.


then tell him i dont own a garage. this sits outside all the time, and i even drive it in the winter

that's a lot of effort right there.. I need a paint job before I can get them results haha!! good work dude.. and that shaft looks like it maybe on my shopping list!!


show him this one as well.


then tell him i dont own a garage. this sits outside all the time, and i even drive it in the winter

That's awesome too! I used to detail cars, so I know what it takes to clean one up and buff etc. You do have to have a great paint job first, after great body work.

I'm going to have my Lincoln painted first, but I need to mix(make up) a custom paint color first. It's time to do it, nice weather and it's time to do it.:(

well, the blue for the flames is PPG vibrant blue. thats it. if i am not wrong the vibrant line is ppg's answer to house of kolors, which if you have ever had to buy that paint, its big dinero, where the ppg is way less, and it also has "pop" to it.

Nice work Tim- Evil looks bangin' :thumbsup:

Nice work Tim- Evil looks bangin' :thumbsup:

thanks joe! getting a complement like that from you, is like having the detailing gods giving me the thumbs up! lol. yes, i looks way better now. that and when i think back to what that idiot contractor did to it (getting stucco all over it, then laying a nice canvas tarp on it :mad:) i never thought it would look again without either wet sanding it, or repaint. neither which i wanted to do.

I bet you could to a pretty wicked Dukes of Hazard slide across that super shine...

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I bet you could to a pretty wicked Dukes of Hazard slide across that super shine...

dan, i bet you bad we wont ever find out. however, there will be a met. blue explorer sport at the show you could practice on :D