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The Mule

CubeDweller

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1990 XLT, 4.0, A4LD, auto hubs.
My father-in-law's, but he's giving it to me.
My mother-in-law gave it the name, as he uses it to pull stumps and such, he really needs a tractor. Pretty sure it has a cracked head or two, and it spews ATF when dragging stumps, but I would too.
So probably a transmission rebuild. Wheel bearings are expected to be shot, as per my father-in-law.
I'll flush/replace all fluids first, and go from there.
I needed another project, as the potable rainwater system is about to be finished.
 


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Looks to have a nice well used look to it (y)
 

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RonD, it's been in the family since new, so just one owner. And better, I have the full history, as long as everyone's memory holds. The owner's manual is still in the car.
My wife and I got married in 1990, so it's going to be a keeper.
 

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I don't think the two of us have been in the truck at the same time, never mind the minister. But I have stories about him. He used to introduce his wife to people as "This is my first wife".
 

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Did I mention the pollen is fierce?
 

MXGerry

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Welcome! Lots of useful discussions around
 

CubeDweller

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MXGerry,
Thank you! Yes, I have been lurking for a few weeks. This group is very supportive and friendly. Lots of great knowledge and wisdom, too.
 

bobbywalter

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Nice hand me down..... Trans is a turd...but many options for stockish power levels to address that.

Or ..

5 speed swap. They sneakily slowly drop fluid from the radiator leaking and air bubble the heads gaskets off of them...

Make sure you check them....they do crack.
 

CubeDweller

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4WD
Thanks, yes, I've been looking at 5-speeds at the local-ish junk yards. Or a later automatic. The only off-roading I plan on doing is picking up a Christmas tree every December. Our Honda Element handled it well, but it'll be a lot more fun in the Mule. That said, there are a lot of fun looking roads in western NC, so who knows?
 

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