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Old March 26th, 2011, 10:53 AM   #801
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So I decided to ditch the Explorer dash cluster. I picked it up at a junkyard for $25, while it worked and all my gauges and lights worked it just didn't read right. It was showing my engine temp over 3/4 and the oil pressure barely off the bottom line. As well it was screwing with my Alternator. So I bought 3 Summit gauges for now, oil-temp-volts. Got those wired in last night. Temp stays around 180, oil pressure HOT is around 25-30 @ Idle, and after wiring in a 194 bulb and socket into the Alternator harness is right at 14 @ idle with loads.

I installed the hard top, I think my LR 1/4 must sag from back to front . The top fits good along the windshield and all along the pass side, but on the drivers it sits right at the rear corner but then progressively makes a larger gap up to the door pillar. Oh well nothing a few larger washers, bolts, and some thick seal can handle. Its not a street queen.

Installed the hood last night, reinstalled the front driveshaft and checked for binding. Guess I needed to run the slip at the axle side instead of the tcase. Driveshaft can operate at more of an angle without binding this way. Ears and shape of yoke make the difference.

Taking it out today to shake it down and have some fun. Figure out what more needs to be done prior to our trip to Attica in 1.5 weeks.
Cool John hope to see some pics from today. Get the bitch done so we can start on mine.
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Old March 26th, 2011, 05:32 PM   #802
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Fueling up, Alboy79 enjoying the view.



Alboy buckling up......yeah it was set up for my 120lb wife or 8 yr old to use


Yeah found I am gonna need a suck down winch. I am pretty sure I had both tires off the ground up front when I first attempted this climb. I have a limit strap in the center front to help with the unloading but I guess sometimes it needs to be a bit shorter.




Turned the reins over to Alboy, I think he might of had more seat time then I did today.


Found a slide, so I went for a ride.








Need to lower the RF bump stop a touch, drivers side is fine. Ended up popping the headlamp out.


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Old March 26th, 2011, 05:35 PM   #803
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Looks great John. I bet you are happy to be wheeling again .
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Old March 26th, 2011, 05:40 PM   #804
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Old March 26th, 2011, 05:50 PM   #805
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That thing is badass

Looking good John
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Old March 26th, 2011, 06:46 PM   #806
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And i CAME in my PANTS.. Love it.
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Old March 26th, 2011, 07:43 PM   #807
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The bronco looked good today. Did you have any problems first time out.
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Old March 26th, 2011, 08:00 PM   #808
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Just need to lower my RF bump stop an inch and install a suck down winch up front. Likes to unload on the hill climbs. Other then that I was very please with how well it worked and felt for the first time out.
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Old March 27th, 2011, 07:33 AM   #809
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1.5 weeks huh, I better get busy Looks good John
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Old March 27th, 2011, 09:29 AM   #810
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Purpose of yesterday was more or less run it around and make sure it didn't overheat, flex the susp. and check clearances and to get a general feel for the stability of the truck. Esc since I went from 118" wheel base to this 104" wheel base.
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Old March 27th, 2011, 09:41 AM   #811
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rig looks good!! good to see a positive shake down run.
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Old March 27th, 2011, 09:46 AM   #812
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Old March 27th, 2011, 10:06 AM   #813
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Old March 27th, 2011, 10:12 AM   #814
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looks great man. you buildem quick.
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Old March 27th, 2011, 12:09 PM   #815
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Nice, now let's go dent it.
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Old March 27th, 2011, 03:11 PM   #816
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I am running Mission Impossible in Attica in a 1.5 weeks, and I am not one to not attempt something. Pretty sure it it'll have dents before I'm done.
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Old March 30th, 2011, 06:51 PM   #817
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Installed the rear tow point, relocated my front limit strap....remeasured today and at ride height I had 4.5" separation and a 12" strap lol. Now at ride height its around 8"s maybe a touch more.

Installed a 12 volt accessory outlet so I can plug my phone charger or related into the dash. Also installed my cb, But I just hope my antenna or cable is bad as I do not get any static or any noise or anything from it. Also drilled a new hole in the dash for my fuel gauge. It should of been delivered to the shop today (i was off).
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Old March 30th, 2011, 07:09 PM   #818
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Nice video and pic's, Looks Good !
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Old March 30th, 2011, 11:08 PM   #819
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Old March 30th, 2011, 11:52 PM   #820
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looks good john. plan to stick with this one for a while?
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