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Old 10-11-2010, 09:55 PM
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I've missed my 1st gen quite a lot over this past year...

so......i got a little project...

i wanted something reliable, but rough around the edges and that had character.
and turn it into something that would make Mad Max and the Duke boys proud.

so about 2 months ago i started searching and about mid-september i found a winner.
a 1985 XLT 4x4 long bed....in black

a true barn find
An old farmer bought it to restore it but health issues put him back and he decided to sell....i made a few phone calls, and a few days later i was there with a trailer....







got her home and went to work...











As you can see....she sat for quite a few years
so the interior has to go
i can't fit in a 1st gen reg cab with the factory bench anyways...lol

OUT WITH IT!
and the vinyl floors









Sitting for long periods of time also does other nasty things....
so instead of draining the tank and rebuilding the carb....i kinda cheated :icon16:
i decided to go old school and Duraspark the beast while i had it apart.
along with replacing the gas tank...
a Duraspark conversion also consists of ripping out ALL of the computer sensors and EGR system.....suck it hippies
most of the parts were readily available (i work for O'reillys)
and my Grandad came through with a motorcraft 2150 carb FRESHLY rebuilt
he just had it "laying around"












Heres the whole computer harness...



gas tank removal








The Duraspark conversion was not very hard at all
especially if you've worked with the components before
i had her gutted and back to running condition within a few days
the timing was the hardest part....especially if you don't have a timing gun









EGR blocking plate...guaranteed to never leak...lol


and since i had the valve covers off.....i thought i'd brighten them up....a lot




With the motor finished and running like a champ...
i moved to the driveline...replacing u-joints is a lot easier with the bed off


next up was a good power washing of the frame....
it looks a lot better than it did....and now it has a nice rubberized undercoating from the front to the rear







the next step was....hard
i had to rob Stig 1.0 of its trademark roll bars....the problem was that i put them in to STAY....so the powertools had to come out











and this is pretty much how she sits now....



to give you a perspective on how hard i've worked and how fast....
i brought her home on Sept. 18th
since then i've:
gutted the interior
swapped fuel tanks
did a full duraspark conversion
ripped out all unnecessary wiring
cleaned here and there
front and rear drive shaft u-joints (haven't done the axle yet)
undercoated the frame
cut out and custom re-installed roll bars

there's a lot left to do and i want to have it done by the end of the month.
i will update as i go from here....
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Old 10-11-2010, 09:58 PM
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AWESOME WRTIE UP!!!! cant wait to see more
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Old 10-11-2010, 10:10 PM
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AWESOME WRTIE UP!!!! cant wait to see more
thanks much

been bustin my butt to git-r-done and i didn't even want to make a thread yet but i had some down time....
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Old 10-11-2010, 10:20 PM
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thanks much

been bustin my butt to git-r-done and i didn't even want to make a thread yet but i had some down time....
haha glad you did!! that is going to be one hell of a rig when your all done with it
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Old 10-11-2010, 10:37 PM
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sooo... SAS and 35's in the works or what
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Old 10-11-2010, 10:42 PM
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lol....not anytime soon but maybe

the plan right now is to make it a reliable, bad ass winter DD.

i'm looking for a decent set of 30" tires for now but the treads that are on it are fine

i may lincoln lock the rear diff but i wanna road test the motor to see how much power its really putting down first....i don't wanna toast an axle
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Old 10-11-2010, 10:46 PM
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with all the parts you just put on it, im sure you wouldnt have a problem finding an axle lol
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Old 10-12-2010, 09:17 AM
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lol....not anytime soon but maybe

the plan right now is to make it a reliable, bad ass winter DD.

i'm looking for a decent set of 30" tires for now but the treads that are on it are fine

i may lincoln lock the rear diff but i wanna road test the motor to see how much power its really putting down first....i don't wanna toast an axle
Winter DD and Welded rear dont mix well.
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Old 10-12-2010, 09:27 AM
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so this is all that "miss behavin" i keep seeing on facebook.lol
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Old 10-12-2010, 08:12 PM
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Winter DD and Welded rear dont mix well.
yeah....it was just an idea

probably wont do it since i'm trying to make it a reliable rig
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Old 10-12-2010, 08:15 PM
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todays update:

got the bars welded in place and cleaned out the hubs
the old grease was not letting them engage into 4x4
got them all clean and everything seems to work.....
i still need the front axle u-joints so i didnt engage it just yet cuz i don't want them to grenade on me

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2006 FX4 Off Road, DD, work in progress
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Old 10-13-2010, 04:27 AM
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lookin good, time to paint it tan like stig 1.0
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Old 10-13-2010, 05:30 AM
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Hell no

I hated that color......the only reason I didn't paint it was because it was in good shape.
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Old 10-13-2010, 05:41 AM
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lol i didnt like it wither, i was just saying...rofl
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Old 10-13-2010, 03:08 PM
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Cool project. How much did get the truck for?
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