The Exciting Life of a $350 Explorer


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well title is pretty basic , the progression of my $350 96 Explorer hahaha

here is when i first got it , $350 at the auction with the CEL on for P0401 and bald tires


so then i swapped over my tires from the Red 97 and put on a new DPFE , along with all Rear Brakes and Axle Seals


had the oil changed at school and decided i liked the height it is at in this picture


then added my blue light


unfortunately then i had a trans failure , but luckily i had a spare trans that had already been rebuilt , this is a shot of bringing it home to have the other trans installed


and here is where it came home after the tranny shop got done with it , as you can see the paint is peeling off the galvanized patch panel the PO installed


i then bough a Dash Mount LED Blue Light and a Light Bar for the roof


but i stopped that for now and bought a new door to replace the bad Driver Rear one and decided to paint it myself (used to be blue) , here it is after clear






I will keep updating this as i get more and more done on the thing , so far i have a total of $1400 with the purchase price invested in this rig , what do you guys think ?
 


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nice! and still less then you woulda paid for a stock one from a private seller.
 

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I'm liking this one! Looks exactly like my dad's 97 explorer
 

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nice work man
i would love to get a deal like that
 

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nice! and still less then you woulda paid for a stock one from a private seller.
thanks , and yea , that same night a 94 with twice the miles and all rotted out went for $500 haha

thanks

I'm liking this one! Looks exactly like my dad's 97 explorer
thanks dude , and that is pretty cool

nice work man
i would love to get a deal like that
thanks RSH , and it was one hell of a deal
 

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Sweet deal, some people would have just scrapped it at that price.
 

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Man, I need to hit up some auctions! Sweet score...... Can you send me your rear brake assembly? Ha ha. I'm having a hard time finding discs for my 8.8. The drums are all rotted out, and shitty.

Does it have a salvage title, or something? Repo?
 

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Sweet deal, some people would have just scrapped it at that price.
the original plan was just to use it for parts , but then i needeed a vehicle to drive so i fixed it and put it on the road

Man, I need to hit up some auctions! Sweet score...... Can you send me your rear brake assembly? Ha ha. I'm having a hard time finding discs for my 8.8. The drums are all rotted out, and shitty.

Does it have a salvage title, or something? Repo?
no , i think the guy got sick of putting money into it , it has a new EGR valve , new EGR tube , new vacuum lines , it looks like a shop followed the diagnostic procedure and the next step was replace the PCM (procedure for P0401 and P0402 never even touches on the DPFE)
 

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well i did some work to it today , getting ready for a 1200 mile round trip this week , so i did the tune up (one wire was arcing against the dipstick tube until i turned it enough to stop) , changed the air filter (5k since i bought it and never touched it) and installed the new door (sick of the shitty old one)

so here are some pics from the day

new accel coil


old air filter


belden edge and motorcraft finewire , only way to go


changing 1 , 2 and 3


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still needing sanding/buffing


new range target
 

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Looking great, just picked up a explorer dirt cheap gotta make a thread, btw were did you get that light bar?
 

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Looking great, just picked up a explorer dirt cheap gotta make a thread, btw were did you get that light bar?
i actually got it from a buddy of mine , it is for a full size chevy and i cut it down , unfortunately i cut too far the first time and i have to mount it further in than i wanted

and i just realized that i should have taken a pic with the door off , it looked goofy sittin there with no door and the whole harness just kinda hangin there hahaha
 
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looks sick! ive been itching to build an explorer of this year latly... finally saw a guy in our groups truck thats the same as this but leather seats,302, a/c and on 39s and a dana 44 lol scince then i want one
 

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well a little update on this , the transmission suffered a forward clutch failure so it is back in the shop , hopefully will have it back next week , then i will start upgrading it
 


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