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  • Got me a new toy!

    Here's my new aquisition...



    It's a 200,000 mile 1996 Ford Explorer Sport 4x4 with a 4.0 V-6 and a 5-speed. She needs a new water pump (new one in the back, still in the box), thermostat (in the back, still in the box), and battery...but will be ready for the road after that. Future plans call for replacing the radio (someone tried stealing the old one), the clutch (the throw-out bearing chatters occasionally), shocks, and hitting the junkyard for a few interior pieces and a radio antenna. The body is in good shape with no rust and a few small dents. The best part? I got it for $450. Hell, the thing would be worth that with a blown engine. If the engine goes in it...well, I guess it will be time to drop in a V-8.

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    CONGRATS , I just missed out on a black one from Texas for the same money. Of course I would have sbc'ed it so its just as well. Got another bird so it worked out O.K again congrats and it looks good.

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      Thanks! I found it on Craigslist. I love it when I can come across something like this. The guy I bought it from didn't know anything about cars. He originally wanted $650 for it, but I talked him down to $450. Hel I would've given him his full asking price, but I knew he had to move soon so I figured I'd try to barter and see where it led me. I'll end up putting the $200 savings into it somewhere! ;D

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        It never hurts to get a bargain, and have money left for upgrades.

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        • #5

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          Well, I put the water pump, thermostat, and new serpentine belt on today. Afte putting in 5 gallons of fresh gas, I took her out for a spin. After blowing the carbon and old gas out of it, I couldn't believe how well it ran. This little S.O.B. will run like a raped ape. It will need a new clutch soon, and I'll need to replace an oddball tire (one was one size smaller than the other three), but should get me through the rest of the winter. Again, can't beat it for $450!

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            it is still a EXPLODER LOL just kidding sounds like a great deal

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            • #7

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              it is still a EXPLODER LOL just kidding sounds like a great deal
              .. it is still an EXPLODER
              ;D

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                An Exploder? Do you two know something I don't? I know the older ones with the POS 2.9L V-6 had issues, and the Mazda 5 Speed is kinda weak, but I wasn't aware of any other problem areas.

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                  Ball joints, front hub & bearing assemblies (with false ABS activation), and brake wear are usually the bugaboos we see here at the dealership on the 2nd gen Explorers. Some of those 4.0L OHV engines had oil and coolant leak issues, but most of them got straightened out back in the day. Overall not a bad vehicle.


                  cheers
                  Ed N.

                  Ed Nicholson - Caledon Ontario - a bit NW of Toronto
                  66 Thunderbird Town Hardtop - the comfy cruiser
                  89 Mustang GT - "old school" street / track car project, click here!

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                    I'll keep an eye out for those issues you pointed out. Sorry everyone if I seem so stoked about an Explorer. I had to sell the T-Bird I had because it blew a transmission right before I deployed a couple of years ago, and Virginia Beach has an ordinance against broken down cars. They would've dragged my ass to court over the thing sitting for any long period of time, so I had to unload it. I've spent the past two years wrenching on my friends rides when I wasn't out to sea (which was alot). This thing may be just an "Exploder" and you guys may find my enthusiasm silly, but it's mine and it gives me something to wrench on besides my friends stuff. That, and she'll also be my means to drive back and forth to work (it's nice having two cars again). I'm still looking for something more "musclecarish" but for right now, my Exploder will have to do.

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                    • #11

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                      They also flip over fairly easily. Give it a shot.

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                      • #12

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                        I don't think there's anything silly about getting excited over an exploder. It's what you got. Now do something cool with it!

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                          I'd have the following handpainted

                          "Old-School Nascar Style"

                          on the top of the driver's door:


                          Driver: Al Cowlings

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                            My advise - lower it if you can. It's about the only thing you can do to it to make it more stable and not look weird - gotta be either lower or wider. Suspension helps too, of course, but I have no clue as to what's available for these, and I suspect it will be pricer than lowering.

                            In any case, have fun and enjoy. Anything can be fun if you play with it.

                            Later
                            Dan

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                            • #15

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                              I'll keep an eye out for those issues you pointed out. Sorry everyone if I seem so stoked about an Explorer. I had to sell the T-Bird I had because it blew a transmission right before I deployed a couple of years ago, and Virginia Beach has an ordinance against broken down cars. They would've dragged my ass to court over the thing sitting for any long period of time, so I had to unload it. I've spent the past two years wrenching on my friends rides when I wasn't out to sea (which was alot). This thing may be just an "Exploder" and you guys may find my enthusiasm silly, but it's mine and it gives me something to wrench on besides my friends stuff. That, and she'll also be my means to drive back and forth to work (it's nice having two cars again). I'm still looking for something more "musclecarish" but for right now, my Exploder will have to do.
                              As long as you never lose sight of the fact it's an Exploder, have fun with it ;D
                              Escaped on a technicality.

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                                My advise - lower it if you can. It's about the only thing you can do to it to make it more stable and not look weird - gotta be either lower or wider. Suspension helps too, of course, but I have no clue as to what's available for these, and I suspect it will be pricer than lowering.

                                In any case, have fun and enjoy. Anything can be fun if you play with it.

                                Later
                                Dan
                                I hadn't considered lowering it. I did notice that it has a tendency to flounder, but I know part of that is the worn out shocks and the oddball tire. Lowering it an inch or two will probably help it's asthetics and it's handling. I'll need to look at the wheel wells to see how much room there is to pla with once I get back from this underway period.

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                                  I haven't messed with lowering a 4x4, but I'm guessing it's doable. Heck, ANYTHING'S doable! Getting 4 tars (NC for tires - I'm learning the language) that know each other has GOT to help, as well as shocks that still have all (oil) in them. Shock oil is the equivalent of electronic smoke - they don't work if you let it out.

                                  Have fun and come back safe
                                  Dan

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                                  • #18

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                                    I hadn't considered lowering it. I did notice that it has a tendency to flounder, but I know part of that is the worn out shocks and the oddball tire. Lowering it an inch or two will probably help it's asthetics and it's handling. I'll need to look at the wheel wells to see how much room there is to pla with once I get back from this underway period.
                                    Hey fellow sailor,
                                    Just messin' with you. It is a Ford, I just thought Exploder was funny.
                                    I think Dan's advise to lower it is an excellent idea and sound.
                                    The "floundering" symptom you mentioned is not all from worn out shocks and an oddball tire.
                                    It's the design.

                                    As everyone says, come back safe and then have fun and enjoy !!!

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                                      Navy,


                                      Due to mil-pay & duty stations, yours truly had ZERO

                                      for a POV during my entire six-year hitch. :o


                                      Corcorans, low-quarters & Nikes were my "daily-drivers".


                                      Lots of wishes, intentions and plans are necessarily deferred

                                      (aka sacrificed) while serving your nation, but think of it as

                                      "Duty Now, For The Future". It doesn't matter what you drive,

                                      so long as it keeps you on the road to your dreams.


                                      Your skill-sets, commitment, desire-to-learn and discipline

                                      are the investments you're making in yourself that will pay

                                      dividends in all your endeavors, for the rest of your life.


                                      Your day's coming, bro'!! -- 8)

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                                        Did a little research on lowering an Explorer. Turns out there's a company that has a kit for it (called the X-SPEC kit). It includes a new sway bar, Edelbrock shocks, camber plates, and all the other stuff needed to do the job. And...it seems all I have to do to lower the rear of it (since it's an Explorer Sport) is relocate the spacers to the top of the leaf spring from the bottom and bolt everything back up. The kit and spacer swap will lower it 1 3/8 inches. It's supposed to help the floundering problem. They say it's almost like driving and riding in a car. I've always had reservations about lowering cars and trucks, especially the 4WD variety, but the last thing I want to do is flip ass-over-tea kettle down the interstate in an SUV. I've done that once and don't care to do it again.

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