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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, explorerforum.com 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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What do the upper shackle mounting holes (in the frame) look like? It appears they are not parallel to the ground (hence, the rotated shackles.)

Good call Scott.

The drivers upper bushing mount is bent. There is a little BOX that the bushing goes into, and that itself is bent.
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Here is the box with just a bolt in it to show how it is bent.
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Here I loosely put the stock shackle on with upper bolt only. (I straightened the tow hook)
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My question now, is HOW DO I MAKE IT STRAIGHT AGAIN?
 



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good question. i have the same problem w/ my drivers side shackle. it leans outward. i never looked into it though, tcase effed up before i could get to it. subscribing for progress, good luck

edit- it kinda looks like the frame is slightly twisted also?? might be the camera angle though
 






i offered the suggestion of using a high lift in the rail to push it back, or use a comealong to a tree to pull it back out to Gregg, i think he is trying one or the other,
 






My question now, is HOW DO I MAKE IT STRAIGHT AGAIN?

That's easy - a torch!!!!

Just kidding...

Talk to a frame/body shop - they probably have some suggestions and/or could put your truck on their machine and straighten out the frame.

I wonder if welding in some re-enforcement would be a good idea - after you get it un-bent!
 






definitely some bracing seems in order after bending it back out, so it doesn't happen again,
 






i offered the suggestion of using a high lift in the rail to push it back, or use a comealong to a tree to pull it back out to Gregg, i think he is trying one or the other,

I would be very careful trying to straighten the frame in an un-controlled environment. If you go too far, and bend it back again, you really start weakening the frame.
 






yeah , Gregg will go easy , he is very careful that way,,
 
























Alright, I had to fight to get the stock shackles back on with the angles and junk. Once on I hooked the big come-along to the frame next to the box and tried to bend it. No good.
Then tried it on the main leaf next to the shackle. Worked just a little. Moved back 1/2" maybe. The pass side was now pushing outwards more, so I just stopped altogether.

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I did work safely, I used a tree saver (just came in the mail today) And watched after and during each pull of the winch.

I am going to have to take it in and have it done at a shop. I knew I should have had it boxed in after the ends of the frame were cut off for the stupid bumper brackets. My fault for not taking care of it when I should have. Live & learn I guess.
 






Could you find an old reciever hitch and make it into brace?
 






That's not a bad idea Dk.

It was suggested to me to weld a "X" brace under to tie in the frames, that way it will be tucked up high, where the spare tire used to be. I do want to box the C channel frame rails though.
 






All of that will help, it bent because of the openness of the rear frame area. If you get it straightened, and add to the frame around the mounts, it will take much more to bend it again.

Can you weld in a steel plate inside the frame from just behind the shackle mount, triangulated back to the rear? Make a triangle in the corner of the frame, as you look straight up at it behind the shackle. I'd start with those pieces first when you get it straight. Night,
 






I'm thinking of welding a 2"x2" sq tube between the rails right behind the shackle mount. Going to get the steel this weekend.

You guys think 3/16" should be thick enough?

Also, will the flexing of the frame break/weaken the welds? Should I bolt instead? I can have tabs welded on, for 2 bolts per side.
 






Did you get your frame straightened?

I'm not real crazy about using a come-a-long to straighten the frame. If you were actually able to bent it, I would be concerned about the strength of the frame.
 






Did you get your frame straightened?

I'm not real crazy about using a come-a-long to straighten the frame. If you were actually able to bent it, I would be concerned about the strength of the frame.


I will be taking it in to a shop to straighten it. After that I will get some plate welded to box the frame rails, and add a tube between the rails. I am going to bolt, the flex in the rear is too much for welds.

The come along didn't do anything really. it was just the rubber bushings being compressed is all.
 






I'd bet it is hard to work on the frame with the body there. The frame in the back isn't very strong for off roading, reinforcing it will be very good. It will help a bunch for the shackle mounts and the tow hook points, for pulling.
 






I think I would weld it. Wasn't the crossmember you removed welded?

That area of the frame will see a lot of flex/twist - bolts may loosen or wallow their holes over time.
 



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The cross member is still there. It is not welded either, it is held on with rivets. I think they did that because of the flex. I dont want it too stiff back there. It has to be able to move upwards to 1" up and down. Welds will either break, or they wont allow for any flex.


Is my thinking wrong here?
 






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