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Whats In A Name?

It was hot humid august night. The winds have all but vanished. I was doing my best to keep the sweat out of my eyes. The A/C was dying in my 94 Explorer, lovingly named "Pugly", and there was no relief in sight. I decided it was time to stop throwing good money into bad. I was gonna do the unthinkable,.......I was going to commit the most heinous crime of them all! I was going to trade Pugly in for a newer model! Oh the heart break! The insanity of it all! I couldn't believe the thoughts were even going through my head.

I managed to get the old girl back home, to her resting place. She seemed at ease in her familiar surroundings. I had to come up with an explanation to let her know of my evil plan. So i just gave her that old wink and grin that she likes to see from me as we made it back home from another day of adventure in the treacherous Midwestern terrain. I did my best in hiding my cynical thoughts, as I walked around to her rear flank and gave her that little pat on her bumper, as I always have when we part for the night.

The next morning I gave her a real good bath, cleaned behind her mirrors, and brushed her grill. She still looked pretty good for her age. Oh sure she had the tell tale signs, gravity has got its firm grip on her, and I am not the best cosmetics guy in the world. she didn't seem to mind too much, she still kept her nose up and drove with pride.

After looking at many vehicles I just could not find anything that had the same feel as my old girl. Then it happened! Was I seeing a mirage? Was I so desperate to find another rig that I was blinded by insanity? I found my replacement! I quickly made a sale with the owner, and brought it home.

When I pulled in the driveway, my heart sunk as I looked into the yard to see my 94 looking at me in disbelief. She was sunning herself in the grass looking all shiny and then, she just looked away from me. My heart was tearing in two. I parked the new rig, and walked up to her and gave her a soft spoken "Hello". No reply. I tried to tickle her mirrors, no response. The tension was so great, you could have cut it with a 32 count fine tooth hacksaw. I had to explain to her that she gave me great satisfaction for many years, and we made a terrific team together, but the time has come for her to just relax and enjoy her final days. She finally revved up, and understood, her days as my work horse has ended (so we thought).

I introduced her to her daily driver replacement. The shiny new(er) next generation of her kind. The 95 Explorer XLT. She warmed right up to it. Before you know it they were swapping stories. Now I had to ask her for help. I needed a name for the new ride,
so I went to find her, and what did I see? Those two were grill to grill in the driveway. rubbing chrome! I had to get the water hose out and break them up! Sheesh, she was acting like a girl at the prom dance! I let the name thing drop for awhile.

The new(er) Ex needed to get its shots, and a physical. When I got the word on it's health, I about had a coronary. "What do you mean Doc"! I yelled. "Your kidding right"? I asked. The Doc just shook his head and gathered his tools. As he walked away, He said it had a 50/50 chance of survival. My stomach knotted up, my teeth ground, my heart raced, and I could feel the energy build up as I let it all out, "Why! Why! Why did this have to happen"! I screamed.

The prognostic exam from the doc was as such. It had a blown steering rack, the shocks were gone, the brakes were non existent, front sway bar was cracked in half, the 3rd brake light was out, none of the windows or the moon roof would work, the door locks were broke, the rear end LS clutch pack was burned up, the tires were all in need of replacement, the spare was a Firestone recall and flat, the engine had a nasty tick to it, the TPS was shot, the MAF was corroded, the battery had a dead cell in it, the hood shocks were not working, the rear hatch lock was jammed up and you couldn't open it with out a key in the lock, The carpet was stained to no repair, the rear window wiper didn't want to work, and we could not tell what year its engine swap came from. it was a mess, to say the least.

I went in the house to get my gun. I was gonna just put it out of its misery right there and then. I suddenly realized I was out of ammo, from shooting at the jeep that was in my field. I went to the computer to find a place to buy some cheap ammo, and I stumbled across this website, that said it could heal any ford Explorer no matter what the problems were! I jumped for joy, I could not believe the things I was reading! I wore out the search button, asked a bunch of questions. I quickly broke out my pen and paper, feverishly writing down things as I was learning! I had found a cure for everything that was wrong with my new transport. It was a Godsend, an angel from the SUV heavens!

I sprung into action. I worked day and night, Pugly was right by my side the entire time, helping me in any way she could. I never seen this side of her, and was really amazed at how well she handled the pressure. She gently squeegeed the sweat out off my fore head with her soft wiper blades as I worked away. After an entire weekend of work, I collapsed. I needed some rest, and so did the 95. The sun crested over the hills, and awoke me to a new day. I shuffled my feet to the window facing the driveway, peeled the drapes gently back, and peered out at the 95. WOW!
It had a its color back, and was looking great! Now as the time went on, (and most of my paychecks), and the selling of almost everything I own, for funds to get the 95 to its former glory.

After some time to reflect on this name thing, I strolled up and whispered into Pugly's passenger side mirror, and she giggled with delight.

I climbed up onto the front bumper in my pajamas and robe half opened, with a cup of coffee in one hand and the daily newspaper in the other, I raised my arms with out stretched hands and proclaimed the new name of the 95.

BEHOLD...........THE BLACK HOLE!!!!!!!! (Then the neighbor yelled at me to close my robe)

The End................(or is it just the beginning?)

Actually, only some of this really happened. :D

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I know newer models use plastic fuel supply lines instead of metal. I am unsure if they are returnless tho.

So what about using a stock plastic fuel line made for an Ex /Ranger from the fuel pump, and using that compression fitting, onto the hard line after cutting out the elbow?

Ok, did a little research. Return less starts in 99 with a 5/16 line.
98 down is return style with 5/16 inlet and 3/8 outlet on the sending unit. I found a 16' roll of stainless braided nylon fuel line for under $30, and can add fittings to it. I can get the Dorman nylon repair fittings to use at the sending unit, and should be able to use that brass compression fitting on the other end.

I know newer models use plastic fuel supply lines instead of metal. I am unsure if they are returnless tho.

So what about using a stock plastic fuel line made for an Ex /Ranger from the fuel pump, and using that compression fitting, onto the hard line after cutting out the elbow?

That might be the ticket, depending on how you can route the line.

Don't use compression fittings for high pressure fuel lines. Changing to SS lines with AN fittings is a fine idea, even the rubber kind of EFI fuel hose is good, with solid end connections(AN etc).

Are you sure it's the fuel line you need to move/alter? There are three metal lines along there, the largest is the aluminum emissions line going back to the gas tank and charcoal canister. They are all held in with just simple clamps, you might be able to loosen those and move the lines a bit front to back, or bend them a little, with them out some, to reach better.

Well, hmm..... It is the largest line that sticks out the furthest. I "Assumed" it was the return line. The return line shouldn't have any real pressure in it. Just back flow rate, which can't be much.

I traced the supply line from the filter, so I know it's not that one.

If it is just the evap crap line, then I will just cut it, use a rubber fuel hose, hose clamps and be done with it.

Thanks for saying that Don ( I feel like a dumbass now), I will look at those lines closer, and do my best to follow them. It's so damn tight right there at the fuel tank, it's hard to see what's what. Doesn't help all the lines vanish behind the tank, and also doesn't help I never dropped this tank, to see first hand whats what behind it, inside the frame rail.

Ya know what... Every time I attempt to do something I have yet to do on this rig, my head always overthinks things. I tend to prepare for the worse, so I am not taken back, when the worse actually happens. lol

That sounds about right. Usually the supply fuel line is 3/8 and the returns are 5/16. Didnt think about the evap line

unclip it and see if you can move it just a bit before cutting anything, should be quite a bit of wiggle room when removed from the plastic retainer clips
Zip ties are your friend

I have egg on my face. It is indeed just the metal evap tube in the way. Sorry folks, I made a mistake.

I un-clipped it, but it won't go back much at all, maybe 1/4". I need at least 1.5" more if I tried to raise the wide ass t-case. The elbow sticks out from the frame rail about 4-5".

I might just drop this entire notion of lifting the case, and just attempt to move it to the passenger side only. Just going to have to deal with it being 5" lower than the frame rail, and work on beefier skid protection. Like Jamie said, I can ziptie that evap tube tight to the frame, to get that little extra room. Just blows me away that the 5.0/4r70W sits that much lower than the 4.0/M5 setup does. Had a good 1.5" gap between the skid and Atlas, now I had to drop the skid an Inch with a tiny gap.

For the driveshaft and fuel tank clearence, I guess I can remove some of the bracket. Hopefully if I can move the trans a little, to help here. I know the 4406 swap people have to do this, so it can be done without worry. Atlas is 2" shorter (depth) than the previous set up, and I don't know where the shaft flange/ujoint ends up on the 4406 install. I imagine it's fairly close to the same as the Atlas. As is, any movement to the drivers side, and the ujoint will hit the fuel tank stuffs.

If there is room in that area where the line is in the way, unclip the line clamps nearby and see if you can get your hands around the line. It might be possible to bend it back out of the way, that one isn't critical to not deform etc, like the fuel lines which are steel. Just don't bend it too much in one spot, it's more likely to pinch or crack in a spot like that.

There really isn't any good working room Don. I have the slider brackets there next to the elbow. lol I couldn't even get a flare tool in there if I cut the line. It's tighter than a water skier's bung.

I plan on getting under it and seeing what I can do over the weekend. I got a 2nd skid plate, and going to weld two of them together along with a better frame spacer. Stack of washers just isn't going to cut it for me.

That's what I was wondering, if you had the frame/slider items close in there. That was the easier way I thought, rather than dropping the gas tank.

I had a bad main fuel line in my Mercury, it was twisted badly from prior owners. So I bought a used one from Kubiak(?) here, and he sent it bent in half in a box. I replaced it when I dropped the tank to change pumps, so those line clamps took a few minutes to get off to R&R the line.

Not many pics in this thread of late, so here is a little recap from over the years, with a few sample pictures from different meets with the forum. :)

Black Bear summit sign 09.JPG
CCR 09 Black bear summit.JPG
CCR 09 ski slopes.JPG
Black bear switchback BH.jpg
Moab 09 Hells revenge.JPG
CCR 09 Approaching bridal falls.JPG
95 in CO 09 profile.jpg
Moab Fins n things 09.JPG
95 at Bridal Falls CO.jpg
CO Red Mountain 09.JPG

And my favorite pictures. Group shots showing all the kick ass members from here I have met over the years.

Thanks for letting me join in on some of the fun, and giving me memories for a lifetime! Loved every single minute of it, and cherish these moments to my core.

CO 09 on break 14k up.JPG
Group rig pic 2017 CO trip.jpg
group at potato salad hill.jpg
moab 09.jpg
Moab group pic Potato salad hill 2016.jpg
BH dome trail 2.JPG
group lunch on Kane kreek.jpg
Moab Dome group.jpg
group stop at dome caves.jpg

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Its been the same height for 10 years now, but it has changed a lot in that time frame. Next batch of picture's will show the recent changes. Just need to get it back in action !!

Jon, if we can muster up the energy and do maybe half of these again, while we can still climb into these rigs, that would be a monumental achievement!

Hoping a weekend run this month is going to happen.