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Olds67

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1999 4x4 highclassSOHC V6
😂 it's amazing what these v6s will snort up when you let them rip!
But seriously, this stuff happens. When i was in italy 20years ago, they had a serious (!) stray cat problem in the city i was staying. They were crawling in all over the parked cars. And when people would start their cars im the morning, you would sometimes hear bones cracking and exhausts spitting cat-salad. It was horrible, surreal and just ridiculous. I havent seen something like this again in my life. Just had to share that traumatic experience 😁
 




92exp4x4

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But seriously, this stuff happens. When i was in italy 20years ago, they had a serious (!) stray cat problem in the city i was staying. They were crawling in all over the parked cars. And when people would start their cars im the morning, you would sometimes hear bones cracking and exhausts spitting cat-salad. It was horrible, surreal and just ridiculous. I havent seen something like this again in my life. Just had to share that traumatic experience 😁
Wow, yeah that would suck. You hear about that every so often around here but nothing like that.
 




CreepingNet

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Sparks, NV
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93 Sport 5spd 2wd
That reminds me of being a kid when the X was in it's first 10 years of life. My mom's cats used to nap on the tires of that thing in the carport. Apparently these cats were actually smart enough to stay out of the engine compartment and know when to leave because the minute the doors opened you'd see cats jumping out of the wheel wells and running from under the Explorer. The X never took a single cat - except to the vet for shots.
 




kmack

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San Antonio, TX
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1993 Ford Explorer
I saw this listed for sale just North of San Antonio. I have no affiliation with the seller.
These don't pop up very often and at this price. If you're looking for a bumper grill...

Truck Grillfor sale - auto parts - by owner - vehicle automotive sale

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joney

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Eau Claire WI
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1998 Explorer XLT
I looked up my Explorer's value on Edmunds.com - all I can say is WOW. Considering it's a clean 98XLT 4x4 just bought in March, with 174K. Checked its value 10 days ago just curious. Well, that value has jumped (the lowest jump was trade in value, went from $1055 ten days ago, to $ 1372 today) Private party value went from $1503 to $2149 in that same ten days. No, I'm not trading mine in, but if you check yours out you might be surprised! Serious inflation going on, it's a seller's market for sure.
 




CDW6212R

Hauls the mail.
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That's socialism, the effects of all that has been going on in the last year along with the government restrictions. The lack of supply is from shutting down the economy in large part, and the growing demand from everything finally opening up some more. Everything is going up, but we should hope that it settles back down, if freedom is allowed to return.
 




CreepingNet

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Fixed the power windows, passed smog, since the computer recap my gas mileage is back at brand new Window sticker (18city, 23hwy, 21avg), and the only thing left that's actually broken at this point is my A/C. Going to check the wear indicator on the digits as well....a bit curious if there's a third since I know I'm at least at 310K, and could possibly be at 410K since I'm not sure but I might have forgotten an Odometer roll back there somewhere.

Crazy this thing is nearly 30 and still within spec like that.
 




92exp4x4

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Fixed the power windows, passed smog, since the computer recap my gas mileage is back at brand new Window sticker (18city, 23hwy, 21avg), and the only thing left that's actually broken at this point is my A/C. Going to check the wear indicator on the digits as well....a bit curious if there's a third since I know I'm at least at 310K, and could possibly be at 410K since I'm not sure but I might have forgotten an Odometer roll back there somewhere.

Crazy this thing is nearly 30 and still within spec like that.
I've now had several of these engines apart over the years. Some for various repairs and some for curiosity. Each and every one still had all the cross hatching in the cylinders. My machines range from 70k to 300k in mileage.

One of the trucks I bought for the JP project had a cracked head. That's why it was cheap. I bought that one and a 91 for $1000. We drove it and trailered the other from Louisville to Cincy pulling over about every 30 miles to put a gallon of water in it. I got it home and ordered a used head off ebay. When I put it together I was amazed to see no scoring or other damage in the effected cylinder. The used head brought compression to normal, the engine ran great after that. These engines are so tough. 180k and drinking water for who knows how long, doesn't make for a happy engine, but this one is in great shape.

As far as work on the explorers, no work directly, however I did spend some time getting ready to install the structural steel in my garage. I'm repairing the structure in order to finish a workshop space to finish these and other automotive projects. Tomorrow will be go time for building improvements.
 








A .SCOTT

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San Anselmo, CA
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1994 Explorer XLT.
I finally washed the dirt off mine from a month ago
I got mine dirty last weekend.
I Installed a bigger transmission cooler and a external filter today after getting back last weekend wheeling and camping.
The transmission got hotter than I liked when climbing.
It puked some fluid out as we were up at 6000+ elevation at 102° F.
The transmission didn't like that.
Here some pics of the upgrades.

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92exp4x4

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I got mine dirty last weekend.
I Installed a bigger transmission cooler and a external filter today after getting back last weekend wheeling and camping.
The transmission got hotter than I liked when climbing.
It puked some fluid out as we were up at 6000+ elevation at 102° F.
The transmission didn't like that.
Here some pics of the upgrades.

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I like that filter set up, it's compact and reminds me of the auxiliary trans filter on forklifts I've worked on. Where did you get that?
 




A .SCOTT

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92exp4x4

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A .SCOTT

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Over the last few days. I put a new Lsd clutch pack in.
When I was out wheeling a noticeable clunking from the rear was audible.
After checking the in and out play of the axles, I figure it was time to dig in the rear end and replace the clutches.
The only trouble I had was the pin bolt head rounded off while trying to take it out.
I sharpened the point on my air chisel and was able to loosen it and get it out.
2 of the clutch fiber discs was down to bare metal.
Fairly easy job. Just messy and the play is gone.

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donalds

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1999 ford explorer sohc
Over the last few days. I put a new Lsd clutch pack in.
When I was out wheeling a noticeable clunking from the rear was audible.
After checking the in and out play of the axles, I figure it was time to dig in the rear end and replace the clutches.
The only trouble I had was the pin bolt head rounded off while trying to take it out.
I sharpened the point on my air chisel and was able to loosen it and get it out.
2 of the clutch fiber discs was down to bare metal.
Fairly easy job. Just messy and the play is gone.

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Your lucky to get that lock pin out in one piece
 




joney

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I put a large plastic bag over the driver's side window before it rains (hopefully) tonight!...time to get a window up/down switch. Fuse and circuit good as the dome light flickers when I press it...as all the other window switches. Gotta do it quick before old Wonder Wagon turns from green to blushing red....
 




donalds

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kmack

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If anybody wants them, I found another set of these brass rings that I used for my budget boost front lift. These are 3/4" thick with 1.5" ID and 4" OD. They are two half-moons that are held together with socket cap bolts (use a hex wrench to tighten). I gained right at 1-3/4" of lift using them, but I also did new springs so some of the height may have come from that too.

$39 shipped to your door (lower 48 only)

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Link to my post about the suspension rebuild using these brass rings: Looking at a front suspension rebuild

Please note, these may require an alignment if used.
 


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joney

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I put a large plastic bag over the driver's side window before it rains (hopefully) tonight!...time to get a window up/down switch. Fuse and circuit good as the dome light flickers when I press it...as all the other window switches. Gotta do it quick before old Wonder Wagon turns from green to blushing red....
Update: DUH...already knew the switch getting power BUT no window motion, has to be the window motor? Cause all the others work although slowly. Any hints on lubricating the others so their motors don't fail? Or should I count on replacing all the window motors as they've been used since '98?
 




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