Full circle - 97 V8 AWD restoration - Page 3 - Ford Truck Enthusiasts Forums

Notices
Explorer, Sport Trac, Mountaineer & Aviator 1991-1994, 1995-2001, 2002-2005, 2006-2010 Ford Explorer

Full circle - 97 V8 AWD restoration

Reply

 
 
 
  #31  
Old 04-07-2018, 02:45 AM
AlaskanEx's Avatar
AlaskanEx
AlaskanEx is offline
Bleed Ford Blue
Thread Starter
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Anchorage Alaska
Posts: 13,245
AlaskanEx has a superb reputationAlaskanEx has a superb reputationAlaskanEx has a superb reputationAlaskanEx has a superb reputationAlaskanEx has a superb reputationAlaskanEx has a superb reputationAlaskanEx has a superb reputationAlaskanEx has a superb reputationAlaskanEx has a superb reputationAlaskanEx has a superb reputationAlaskanEx has a superb reputation
Had the check engine light come on, code for the Cam Position Sensor came up. Ordered a new one from RockAuto on Monday and it showed up today. Pulled the old one out and found it was destroyed itself. Cleaned out all of the parts and put a little oil down the synchronizer to keep the bushings happy. Replaced the sensor and all is good! $37 & 30 min repair.


 
Reply With Quote
  #32  
Old 04-07-2018, 11:06 PM
AlaskanEx's Avatar
AlaskanEx
AlaskanEx is offline
Bleed Ford Blue
Thread Starter
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Anchorage Alaska
Posts: 13,245
AlaskanEx has a superb reputationAlaskanEx has a superb reputationAlaskanEx has a superb reputationAlaskanEx has a superb reputationAlaskanEx has a superb reputationAlaskanEx has a superb reputationAlaskanEx has a superb reputationAlaskanEx has a superb reputationAlaskanEx has a superb reputationAlaskanEx has a superb reputationAlaskanEx has a superb reputation
Today I picked up a set of factory teardrop wheels with tires for $150 that will get me through summer. Gave her a quick wash and swapped the turn signal relay for a LED friendly one and changed all front markers/turns to amber LEDs and amber LEDs in the rear turn signals.

Washed my dads 99 and put his summer wheels on, had to get a pic together.




 
Reply With Quote
  #33  
Old 04-10-2018, 04:46 PM
arto_wa's Avatar
arto_wa
arto_wa is offline
Senior User
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: S.W. Washington State
Posts: 199
arto_wa is starting off with a positive reputation.
That's a fair price for a set of those factory wheels in decent shape.
Two weeks ago I paid $35 for one of those without a tire at a salvage yard.
 
Reply With Quote
  #34  
Old 06-05-2018, 05:56 AM
AlaskanEx's Avatar
AlaskanEx
AlaskanEx is offline
Bleed Ford Blue
Thread Starter
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Anchorage Alaska
Posts: 13,245
AlaskanEx has a superb reputationAlaskanEx has a superb reputationAlaskanEx has a superb reputationAlaskanEx has a superb reputationAlaskanEx has a superb reputationAlaskanEx has a superb reputationAlaskanEx has a superb reputationAlaskanEx has a superb reputationAlaskanEx has a superb reputationAlaskanEx has a superb reputationAlaskanEx has a superb reputation
So in late April she developed a bad exhaust leak, I parked it figuring it was a manifold. It was actually the EGR tube, so I replaced that last Friday. Really need to recharge the A/C! But she's back in rotation for daily driving duties.

 
Reply With Quote
  #35  
Old 06-05-2018, 04:06 PM
Pgh Rebel's Avatar
Pgh Rebel
Pgh Rebel is offline
Posting Guru
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 1,405
Pgh Rebel has a good reputation on FTE.Pgh Rebel has a good reputation on FTE.
Lookin' good Russ!
 
Reply With Quote
  #36  
Old 06-11-2018, 12:20 AM
AlaskanEx's Avatar
AlaskanEx
AlaskanEx is offline
Bleed Ford Blue
Thread Starter
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Anchorage Alaska
Posts: 13,245
AlaskanEx has a superb reputationAlaskanEx has a superb reputationAlaskanEx has a superb reputationAlaskanEx has a superb reputationAlaskanEx has a superb reputationAlaskanEx has a superb reputationAlaskanEx has a superb reputationAlaskanEx has a superb reputationAlaskanEx has a superb reputationAlaskanEx has a superb reputationAlaskanEx has a superb reputation
Recharged the A/C today, blows ice cold now! In the 70s it was unbearable haha also washed it up along with a few more in the driveway. The Excursion sure makes it look small.


 
Reply With Quote
  #37  
Old 06-17-2018, 10:56 PM
AlaskanEx's Avatar
AlaskanEx
AlaskanEx is offline
Bleed Ford Blue
Thread Starter
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Anchorage Alaska
Posts: 13,245
AlaskanEx has a superb reputationAlaskanEx has a superb reputationAlaskanEx has a superb reputationAlaskanEx has a superb reputationAlaskanEx has a superb reputationAlaskanEx has a superb reputationAlaskanEx has a superb reputationAlaskanEx has a superb reputationAlaskanEx has a superb reputationAlaskanEx has a superb reputationAlaskanEx has a superb reputation
I took the Explorer out to Girdwood, AK this weekend. 75 miles round trip, first time I've taken it out 30 miles from home. Cruise control set and she just cruised perfectly. Met up with another couple, he drove his Porsche got a pic of them together at lunch.







 
Reply With Quote
  #38  
Old 06-21-2018, 04:22 PM
Pgh Rebel's Avatar
Pgh Rebel
Pgh Rebel is offline
Posting Guru
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 1,405
Pgh Rebel has a good reputation on FTE.Pgh Rebel has a good reputation on FTE.
Dumb question Russ, but when did you get that big Ranch Hand bumper on the front of the Excursion? Am I getting off-topic? Sorry!
 
Reply With Quote
  #39  
Old 06-21-2018, 04:25 PM
AlaskanEx's Avatar
AlaskanEx
AlaskanEx is offline
Bleed Ford Blue
Thread Starter
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Anchorage Alaska
Posts: 13,245
AlaskanEx has a superb reputationAlaskanEx has a superb reputationAlaskanEx has a superb reputationAlaskanEx has a superb reputationAlaskanEx has a superb reputationAlaskanEx has a superb reputationAlaskanEx has a superb reputationAlaskanEx has a superb reputationAlaskanEx has a superb reputationAlaskanEx has a superb reputationAlaskanEx has a superb reputation
Originally Posted by Pgh Rebel View Post
Dumb question Russ, but when did you get that big Ranch Hand bumper on the front of the Excursion? Am I getting off-topic? Sorry!
Haha, no problem! That was back in January after I took out a stop sign with the stock bumper. It's actually a Fab Fours bumper but same idea. I'm gonna paint it tan to match the bottom trim color eventually.
 
Reply With Quote
  #40  
Old 06-27-2018, 10:51 PM
AlaskanEx's Avatar
AlaskanEx
AlaskanEx is offline
Bleed Ford Blue
Thread Starter
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Anchorage Alaska
Posts: 13,245
AlaskanEx has a superb reputationAlaskanEx has a superb reputationAlaskanEx has a superb reputationAlaskanEx has a superb reputationAlaskanEx has a superb reputationAlaskanEx has a superb reputationAlaskanEx has a superb reputationAlaskanEx has a superb reputationAlaskanEx has a superb reputationAlaskanEx has a superb reputationAlaskanEx has a superb reputation
I've had a set of Maxxima yellow LED fog lights to install since March, I just got around to doing it today. They need a little adjustment still, but since I haven't had to use headlights in a month or so it can wait until the midnight sun goes away...which I'm not looking forward to.




 
Reply With Quote
  #41  
Old 09-09-2018, 11:09 PM
AlaskanEx's Avatar
AlaskanEx
AlaskanEx is offline
Bleed Ford Blue
Thread Starter
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Anchorage Alaska
Posts: 13,245
AlaskanEx has a superb reputationAlaskanEx has a superb reputationAlaskanEx has a superb reputationAlaskanEx has a superb reputationAlaskanEx has a superb reputationAlaskanEx has a superb reputationAlaskanEx has a superb reputationAlaskanEx has a superb reputationAlaskanEx has a superb reputationAlaskanEx has a superb reputationAlaskanEx has a superb reputation
A year ago today I saved this explorer from going to the junk yard, I don't know many people would have put the money into the rebuild of the transmission to put this truck back on the road.

I haven't driven it as much as I hoped I would, that will hopefully change as time goes on. I have so many plans for it but this summer has been a whirlwind. I plan to get the bodywork done in the next few months, not much else to do during the winter anyway lol

but since March it's been insured and I've driven it randomly. I can't wait to see it become what I have pictured in my head.





 
Reply With Quote
  #42  
Old 09-10-2018, 07:29 AM
arto_wa's Avatar
arto_wa
arto_wa is offline
Senior User
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: S.W. Washington State
Posts: 199
arto_wa is starting off with a positive reputation.
Originally Posted by AlaskanEx View Post
A year ago today I saved this explorer from going to the junk yard, I don't know many people would have put the money into the rebuild of the transmission to put this truck back on the road.

I haven't driven it as much as I hoped I would, that will hopefully change as time goes on. I have so many plans for it but this summer has been a whirlwind. I plan to get the bodywork done in the next few months, not much else to do during the winter anyway lol

but since March it's been insured and I've driven it randomly. I can't wait to see it become what I have pictured in my head.

Thanks for the nice photos!

I wish I had gotten the 5.0 version instead of 4.0 back in year 2000 when I got mine. The 4.0 is fine on flat land but it's missing the lower rpm torque when driving up steep mountain highways and you really need to step on the gas to maintain speed.
IE. It has plenty of power but it's at a high rpm.

The body looks fine in your 97 and I would just repair problems & maintain it, but hey that's just my opinion.

Cheers
 
Reply With Quote
  #43  
Old 09-10-2018, 01:51 PM
AlaskanEx's Avatar
AlaskanEx
AlaskanEx is offline
Bleed Ford Blue
Thread Starter
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Anchorage Alaska
Posts: 13,245
AlaskanEx has a superb reputationAlaskanEx has a superb reputationAlaskanEx has a superb reputationAlaskanEx has a superb reputationAlaskanEx has a superb reputationAlaskanEx has a superb reputationAlaskanEx has a superb reputationAlaskanEx has a superb reputationAlaskanEx has a superb reputationAlaskanEx has a superb reputationAlaskanEx has a superb reputation
I would never own another 4.0 Explorer. The 5.0 is my favorite drivetrain ever put in them.

I'm planning a full custom pain job but in the mean time there is damage to the passenger side quarter panel and rear door that I'd like to address, along with dents in the hood and light surface rust from body repair it had back in 2000.
 
Reply With Quote
  #44  
Old 09-10-2018, 05:50 PM
arto_wa's Avatar
arto_wa
arto_wa is offline
Senior User
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: S.W. Washington State
Posts: 199
arto_wa is starting off with a positive reputation.
Originally Posted by AlaskanEx View Post
I would never own another 4.0 Explorer. The 5.0 is my favorite drivetrain ever put in them...................


Sure, I agree for the reason I stated in my post above.
However we have now close to 240,000 trouble free miles on my 4.0 Explorer and the engine is still in very good shape!

The only engine repair work done was new water pump, passenger side exhaust manifold, oxygen sensor, air mass sensor and of course the camshaft chain adjuster recall when the truck was still new.

It's not a secret why the engine has lasted so well - change the engine oil & filter every 3,000 miles! Oil is cheap, new engines are not!
 
Reply With Quote
 
 
 
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Dobbinicus
1987 - 1996 F150 & Larger F-Series Trucks
4
02-07-2009 02:58 AM
lindenj
Manitoba / Saskatchewan Chapter
13
04-24-2008 05:39 PM
snubber
1987 - 1996 F150 & Larger F-Series Trucks
3
11-25-2007 10:17 AM
ChaseTruck754
1973 - 1979 F-100 & Larger F-Series Trucks
24
08-18-2007 01:54 PM


Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Quick Reply: Full circle - 97 V8 AWD restoration


Contact Us Archive Advertising Cookie Policy Privacy Statement Terms of Service

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.