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  1. #1
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    Jun 2018
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    Default Who the hell would build a 93 Explorer?!?

    Evening folks, long time creeper on here so I finally decided to join and start a build thread. This will be a long build(3-5yrs) as I have more time than money and the time is gonna be shortened greatly with my first kid on the way.

    Ok, so long story slightly shorter on my purple beast. I had a 93 ranger that I loved but it died of salt induced cancer. I bought my 93 explorer non running for 250 for parts before my ranger died with the intent to strip it of parts.

    I spent three days fixing it on a side street to get it home. While working on it I noticed how nice a Texas truck is in Wisconsin that hasn't seen road salt. Its rust free and still has undercoating. So since I was an appartment dweller at the time I had to put it in a storage unit and work on it in there. No power, no room to work, and the occasional crack head trying to start ****.

    Well life got in the way so 5 years and $6500 in storage fees and the truck went untouched. Its home now and back on track. The plan is to lower it, 4 link in the rear with coilovers on all 4 corners, fuel cell and battery in the rear, big tires and brakes and some goofy interior swap.

    Truck coming home.




    Motor and tranny pulled the day it came home.



    Tried my hand at body work trying to fix the crushed panel because three separate orders for a new one were cancelled. Not the best and the one found at the pick and pull is rotted at the bottom. In going to splice them together eventually.


    Ranger drop beams installed. Had to modify the engine crewmember and the mounting bracket. I still have to do a little more surgery to the crossmember to get it just right.




    Some interior pulled from a 2014 focus. Someone left crap on the seats and the leather stretched from it, but I can live with it.


    Today I started the prep for the step notch.



    The last thing for today was removing this overly built exhaust shield. 12ga steel, hot riveted in. I get that these trucks were built to withstand a T Rex attack.


    Ordering the step notch this weekend and refilling my argon take on Friday so I can get some of the welding done in the next few days.

  2. #2
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    My first project car died a similar death...in that it spent 2 years @ 100/mo in storage after I moved, and I couldn't work on it. I finally sold everything in my storage for crackhead prices.

    Nice thing about that platform, is they offered them with V8's from the factory, so it shouldn't be hard to find parts.

    I'll be following.

    Jay

  3. #3
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    Quote Originally Posted by JayinMI View Post
    My first project car died a similar death...in that it spent 2 years @ 100/mo in storage after I moved, and I couldn't work on it. I finally sold everything in my storage for crackhead prices.

    Nice thing about that platform, is they offered them with V8's from the factory, so it shouldn't be hard to find parts.

    I'll be following.

    Jay
    I'm really stubborn and refused to let this project die.

    The first gen explorer were built off of the ranger/bronco ok platform, no v8 and I beam suspension. Its more of pain but I like the body style. Plus id like to do a 2.3 ecoboost, something different.

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    Cool project.

  5. #5
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    I'm amazed at how similar it looks to the 1st gen Blazer/Jimmy with the grille and headlights out.
    This ticks strange boxes for me... truck build, oddball, 4-door. Will definitely be following along.

  6. #6
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    Quote Originally Posted by SonomaZ View Post
    This ticks strange boxes for me... truck build, oddball, 4-door. Will definitely be following along.
    That's my reasoning, its unique. If my vision comes to fruition this build is gonna be fun.

  7. #7
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    Had to go the pick and pull, well I didnt have to, but I was bored.

    https://youtu.be/S50Tp4wvvDM



    https://youtu.be/BFTke7uiyJ0




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