The Black Hole | Page 54 | Ford Explorer Forums - Serious Explorations

  • Register Today It's free!

Post number 3327 has been selected as best answered.

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




View attachment 324381
 



Join the Elite Explorers for $20 each year.
Elite Explorer members see no advertisements, no banner ads, no double underlined links,.
Add an avatar, upload photo attachments, and more!
.





Nice mate, help alot of people out with that research!!!!
 



Join the Elite Explorers for $20 each year.
Elite Explorer members see no advertisements, no banner ads, no double underlined links,.
Add an avatar, upload photo attachments, and more!
.





...Quick question..

...Will you also need to extend your ABS lines?..:scratch:
 






...Quick question..

...Will you also need to extend your ABS lines?..:scratch:

Nah, I simply re-route them on the frame, and made up for the extra travel. There is a lot of slack in them, so one can simply move them around to gain more drop. They are attached to the center of the knuckles, and the slack is needed from knuckle to frame in front of the knuckle.

Anyone with a drop bracket lift can do the same.

Remove the last frame clip, and slide the ABS wire backward a tad, instant extension. :D

These pics are at full droop, and since these pics, another clip to the frame has been added to take up some of that slack.

passmockup1.jpg

12inchlimitstrap1.jpg
 






...Cool, as I always wondered about the 95 IFS X abs line fitment during droop and not knowing how they are in configuration.. but I'll add a little bit of trivia info here too if I may..

..For my 95 Ranger, I used the 95 X front abs lines as they are about 6" longer than the stock 4wd ttb Ranger ones are...:D
 












...and for the X owners parting out stuff and thinking those lines are for the trash..A couple bucks can be made on those abs lines or to help other less fortunate Ranger guys out so don't just toss em..;)
 






In preparation for this weekends wheeling outing, I have been messing with the brakes. I have had a failing brake pedal intermediately on/off for some time now and has been a thorn in my side. I figured after the brake lines were installed I would take it in to have it bled by the pros. I was hoping that an air bubble had found it's way into the ABS system and that was the reason.

Took it in to the brake shop, and as they were using the big vac pump they use, it BROKE! They had no back up. :(

Was forced to go to Pep Boys next door to let them have a go at it (time constraints).
So the entire system was bled, and there was air bubbles in it. I watched them come out into the tube for the vac pump myself.

It was lot tested for a panic stop 3 times. Twice it bypassed. Peddle went to the floor. :( Time for another Master cylinder. I have to wait for the fundage to get a New Ford replacement. I am not going to keep getting the cheap ones from the auto part chains.
I am not so sure I can even find the proper one for it out of a JY.

How wheeling goes with the brakes like this is going to make for some severe pucker action, and maybe some screaming going on. Level 4's just are not in the cards until this is taken care of.
 






I agree that you should find an OEM MC, but they should be easy to find. Ford didn't change the MC much through the models. The boosters may have slight differences based on the engine, but I think the critical MC is the same for the ABS trucks like yours.
 






Hey Don! Good to hear from you again! :)

There are a bunch of choices when you go looking for a MC on the parts sites. They offer this and with that, that and this with/without, and so on. Kinda made me think there is a lot of different models out there. :scratch:
 






How wheeling goes with the brakes like this is going to make for some severe pucker action, and maybe some screaming going on. Level 4's just are not in the cards until this is taken care of.

and you wanted me to go on the 3rd with you :rolleyes:
and people say i'm crazy :p:
 






and you wanted me to go on the 3rd with you
and people say i'm crazy

An invite was extended to you if you wanted to join us, you never got back to us, we took it as you weren't interested. There is always the Halloween run if you think you can get your stuff back in action by then. ;)

Brakes, no brakes, no matter, a bad day of wheeling beats a good day at the office. :D
 






When I was researching how to upgrade my brakes, I didn't come across any other choices for the master cylinder. Please don't take my one opinion as 100% true, but I got the impression that the MC wasn't changed to fine tune the brakes for the different trucks, models etc.

For my custom brakes I would like to find a MC which reduces brake pressure very slightly, which would mean a larger bore size. From what I read while looking, the bore size for just about every similar model is the same. The vehicles with ABS don't have any need for a proportioning valve, so the MC is a basic solid part. Some older models may have began with ABS not standard, and those had more component changes to compensate for different vehicle weights, drum brakes etc. Along the 1995 range it's hard to find a non ABS Ford, so the parts swapping is easier after that in some ways.

I think I'd find the lowest mileage MC I could in a salvage yard, checking the later trucks first. If it looks like a match externally(95-01), it will probably work. How much is Ford MC, from the online sources?
 






Rockauto has four dif Motorcraft MC to choose from offered for the 95 Ex, cheapest being $137 to highest at $240.


MOTORCRAFT Part # BRMC41 = $137.79
w/Booster ID# F57A-2B559-GC; w/Booster ID# F67A-2B559-BA; w/Speed Control

MOTORCRAFT Part # BRMC156 = $209.79
w/ Speed Control; w/ Booster ID: F57A-2B559-GC; w/ Booster ID: F67A-2B559-BA

MOTORCRAFT Part # BRMC161 = $236.89
w/ Speed Control

MOTORCRAFT Part # BRMC168 = $239.79
w/o Speed Control; w/ Proportioning Valve

Pretty big range even for the OEM :rolleyes:
 






Wheeled the snot out of this last night!

Took on a bunch of level 3's, and a few level 4's at SMORR. Every skid plate, sliders, were used big time. No carnage, it made it back home under it's own power, with a few more scratches, and a couple of rear fender rubs from the tires, and a bunch of dirt all over it.

Brake bypassed a few times, but keeping a cool head and using the engine braking in 1st gear low range, while allowing the pedal to rise back on its own, allowed for no rollovers, tree/rock/rig in front smashing take place. :D

I do have one new issue to look at tho. I think I need a new steering shaft. Fighting to turn them 35's on them insane rock climbs might have caused slack in the coupling. There is more play in the wheel now.

97* all day, and never had a cooling issue. I am so thankful for that. :)

larryshill2.jpg

LarrysHill1.jpg


"After" it driving thru the rain to get back to town. Still a tad dirty :D

justabitdirty.jpg
 






I do have one new issue to look at tho. I think I need a new steering shaft. Fighting to turn them 35's on them insane rock climbs might have caused slack in the coupling. There is more play in the wheel now.


hmmm Think Hydro is in someones future :p:
 






Great pic's mate. Don't get caught growing that hydro, it's not worth it no matter what you need to do to your rig:D
 






Thanks Greg. :) Wrong type of hydro mate...lol

I can only dream of having hydro assist Dave. That would be awesome.

I picked up a doubler shaft, 1350 case already cut (with guts), and 1/2" steel plate, for a doubler build over the weekend.

I met & talked to the fabricator person I know that builds all kinds of doublers for many diff vehicle makes/models yesterday. I showed him the doubler parts and he seems to think that the shaft is weak and will break under pressure. He wants me to go Ford NP204 doubler, but that means replacing the fuel tank for either a sport or a BII tank relocation to the spare tire location. The added length of the extra case wont fit with the stock tank.

Decisions, decisions. :dunno:
 






you should be able to use a short bed ranger tank greg, they are about a foot shorter and 16 gallons. i have an old 1 here you can try :thumbsup:
 






you should be able to use a short bed ranger tank greg, they are about a foot shorter and 16 gallons. i have an old 1 here you can try :thumbsup:

Never ever would have thought of a ranger tank. Nice thinking. :thumbsup:

Which way are they shorter? Front to back, or back to front?
 



Join the Elite Explorers for $20 each year.
Elite Explorer members see no advertisements, no banner ads, no double underlined links,.
Add an avatar, upload photo attachments, and more!
.





duh, i forgot that the ranger fills from the front not the back. but i found you a post that take's care ot the tank clearance problems.
but they are shorter front to back we can check it out thou

http://www.rrorc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=39279
 






Back
Top