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Well, it is about time I do this
This is our 1998 Mountaineer.
We acquired it in late 2000, with 29 k on the odometer. Previously it prowled the Oklahoma turnpike as an unmarked police cruiser.

I would say it was about June-2001, when the initial madness set in, and I became obsessed with changing the looks.
I found Explorer Express, Where I scored the x-spec suspension.
After talking with John V., I learned of the Apten group buy here, and the rest is as they say, history.
In June of 2002, I acquired an exhaust leak. Being the expert I thought I was, I bought a header gasket set, went to fix it.
Well, in my thinking I didn't have the front bolt tight enough, I snapped it off into the head---ooops.
After pouting about this for awhile, I decided to really get into this site for answers.
The result--



347 cubic inch, stroked and bored engine


FMS sportsman block-bored .030 over and machined for stroke
Billet crankshaft with chev rod journals
H-beam ultra light rods
Probe PRS forged pistons -9cc dish ( slightly over 10:1 compression)
Melling stock volume oil pump
Edelbrock performer efi heads 2.02 intake, 1.60 ex valve 58cc chambers
Crane's roller lifters--billet aluminum lifter guides
Crane's roller rockers
comp cams pushrods
Cloyes true billet double timing set.
FMS X-303 camshaft, advanced 4 degrees
Professional products Typhoon intake and EGR elbow, with 1" phenolic spacer
FMS 42 lb injectors
Aeromotive fuel rails, boost reference regulator ( currently set to 43 psi.)
Walbro 255LPH fuel pump--return style 3402
Lightning MAF
Torquemonster headers--stock exhaust with rear cats removed--magnaflow dula in single out-Hooker Aerochamber stacked right behind, 3" mandrel bent MAC tailpipe.
Art Carr 3000 RPM flash lockup converter ( 10 " billet housing)
Art Carr built valvebody kit
Amsoil fluids in all otherwise stock components. ( since I change my oil early and often, I use the least expensive synthetic oil. Usually Amsoil, but sometimes I will use Mobil 1)

AWD IS OUT!! 4406 4X4 IS IN!
http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=166726

http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=185203&highlight=turdle

UPDATE
As of 2-17-08
I mentioned the truck being a poilice cruiser in it's first life-
well, this caused a little "glitch"
While the PCM says it is a NRT1 box code, somewhere along the line a police code was flashed into the PCM.
My original paperwork shows a dealer service call for a PCM reflash right before the title was signed over. I am assuming the police tune was recovered, and a stock tune re loaded.
However,
they didn't mention they loaded it with a MC2O box code.
After 2 trials with the initial run tune, I actually read the box code with the XCAL2 and James deteremined This error.

Once this was figured out-the tuning was ON!!!

Baseline tuning is complete and all is well. I'm waiting on a new Innovate LM-1 wideband for WOT tuning.
Somehow mine took a dump,
I spent a whole day trying to figure it out. If it had been operating though it would have been a breeze.

James ( jah81592) is about the best help a guy could ask for in this area.

www.hensonperformance.com

UPDATE 2
Tuning complete-after a few WOT pulls to 6000 rpm's
James has not only achieved a great tune in my truck, but totally eliminated the surging issues I was experiencing.

UPDATE 3

Truck now lifted for trip to Colorado Gold mine trails--page8

Update 4
colorado trip completed-Imogene pass and Black bear pass have been driven in this truck
woo hoo!!
picture of black bear pass-

update 5
On Sept 19, 2008 Went to KCIR and ran a 14.8 @ 90mph---2.002 60 ft time
I was snoozing and did everything wrong. It has more in it.

Update 6

After drooling over Mountaineergreen's extensive suspension mod list for years-

With a feeling of guilt, for not doing the actual work myself, I have acquired his

4" superlift suspension lift,
410 gears
aussie locker in rear
disconnect front diff--- http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=188359
double cardan front drive shaft ---http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=185232

285-75-16" cooper discovery sst (33") tires

UPDATE 7

Exhaust Dumps installed 4-15-2009
These allow the exhaust to be opened right after the cats.









new pics as of 3-16 2009

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update 8

Added another stock trans cooler beside original, installed hard lines and twin 10" cooling fans

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They seemed to work just fine

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Update 9

Sliders installed!!!

http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=245321&highlight=sliders


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I used Smoked chrome powder coat on front and rear bumpers, sliders, and wheels make for a factory look match
Bumper pictures are before slider install-

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Next up--Get rid of torsion bar drop brackets, and, the bars themselves.

I also have some mild white neon tube rock lights, some very bright 55w rock lights, and, 6 rock llight of death tubes ( to be shown later)

stay tuned!!

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How about that gray trim, just under the tail lamps and on the sides - what's under there? Do you need them?

Personally, I think it would look better without the trim...all black on the bottom.

I like the looks of it though!! Looks nice!
 



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There-title changed-:D

But, I might be Bi truxual, and decide to lower it again--:p:

I think that there might be the funniest thing I have ever read on this board, and I'm so stealing it for my signature!!! :D


Turdle looks sexy no matter what you do with her!! ;)
 






Under the trim is holes-
so the two tone stays--:D


I've looked at that too. Mine is the same color. I'd like to eventually get everything blacked out. I think it would look nice. Nice Mounty by the way. :thumbsup:
 






Yeah just dont forget to account for the aerodynamic drag from the body dents you'll limp home with :)


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Guess what-
I have those-and then some-
7 kids 5 dogs and a few wild cats --plus me swapping motors has taken it's toll.
 












To you it is just a couple of white decals-
to me-it is the most important mod to my truck so far--very hard to do-
Yes-a rock trail all the way upto 13,000 feet--
 

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To you it is just a couple of white decals-
to me-it is the most important mod to my truck so far--very hard to do-
Yes-a rock trail all the way upto 13,000 feet--




Hey John when did you take your Mounty on those trails? Sounds like fun.
 






Very nice, I expect that you are having a blast. Keep doing that, ignore us. Regards,
 






Hey John when did you take your Mounty on those trails? Sounds like fun.

We are there right now, conquered Black bear and Imogene in one day-Friday
today is the silverton poute--

Very nice, I expect that you are having a blast. Keep doing that, ignore us. Regards,

I can't, you guys put me here--lol

It is a blast Don, I recommend everyone try this-:thumbsup:

so far the only broken parts are 2 uppper front swaybar bushings-

nssj 2 had the same issue-on his mounty. That's what made me look at mine-

The truck drives straight as an arrow still :D
 






You broke the bushings, or links? I still need to have my big bar brackets remade.
 


















We are there right now, conquered Black bear and Imogene in one day-Friday
today is the silverton poute--



I can't, you guys put me here--lol

It is a blast Don, I recommend everyone try this-:thumbsup:





I am glad you are having a good time Jon. So how hard is it to post on here while wheeling? You know us men can't multitask... :D
 






ooooh i like the black bear pass sticker. i should have acquired one of those!! more.. "i urinated my pants while wheeling black bear"
 
























Very nice, way up in the clouds.
 



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looks like u had fun
 






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