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Rock Trac - 2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac 4x4

Postby TxPlates » Tue Dec 13, 2011 11:06 am

Well I didn't realize I hadn't put up the Trac in here, and apparently neither did John, so here goes.

In loving memory of my best friend John Johnstone:
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So I copied this from EF since it was already laid out, and changed what was needed...

Engine: Stock 5.0L from a 2000 Explorer Limited
Transmission: Stock Ford 5R55E 5 -Speed Automatic Overdrive
Transfer Case: Borg Warner 1354 electric shift - Gear Ratio ? Low ? 2.48:1
Steering: Stock Power, Ford - Rack and Pinion (Includes Steering Cooler) - Ratio 19.1:1 Static
Front Suspension: None
Rear Suspension: Spring over axle
Front Axle: Dana35 with a LockRight locker
Rear Axle: Ford 8.8 with a LockRight locker
Communications: Cobra 75 WX ST 40 Channel CB, Wilson 1000 antenna
Recovery Equipment: 60" Hi-Lift jack, 20' looped end tow strap.
Tires/Wheels: Goodyear MTR's on 15x10 American Racing AR-767 wheels
Exterior: Performance Accessories 3" body lift. Gloria Zimmerman Rocksliders.
Interior: Leather seats, power moonroof, power rear window.
Audio: Boss DVD/CD Player - Back up camera installed

This is the picture of her when she was first purchased by John Johnstone :
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This is how she was, when my good friends Kris and Randall went with me to pick her up and misc things we've done to her:
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How the Trac stood when we arrived to pick her up.

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Another...

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Getting her loaded up on my Tahoe...

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Randall trying to figure out where we can stuff more of the parts that go with her...

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Kris double checking Randall's tie down work to make sure it doesn't fly off while we're driving back home :)

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Late night entry into the garage after a very long haul to Houston and back home - Large thanks for Kris and Randall for all their help

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Current status in my garage

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As you can see, a little bit of rust, but we'll go ahead and go over that with some good old rustolem

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Header panel on the drivers side cracked and full of holes - hard to keep the headlamp/turn signal and fender back on it

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New header panel next

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New header panel in my make shift paint booth haha

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Needed a new fan clutch

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Had to cut the fan shroud off to get the fan clutch off - as John taught me the correct way to rebuild our plastic parts on our Trac's haha - Zip Ties!


Here is when Kris and I removed the damaged superlift...

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Just getting started....

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Coming off piece by piece

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Had to buy new rotors to fit the new spindles...


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Bam - front of the superlift out!


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Kris taking a breather :)


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Kris taking a look to see if we can grind off one of the brackets - no go too close to the oil pan


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Needs some work


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Coming back together with all it's new parts..


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Seth (my son) loves this truck just as much as I do - he was helping clean her off...

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Seth enjoying spraying it off :)

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Drivers side - done


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Some pictures of getting her back together and after the alignment was done after removing the superlift....

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headliner installed

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Parts of the interior installed

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More of the interior installed

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Some pictures of the radio installed, and taking her out for her first "trail" run with me ....

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Russell doing a great job helping fab a bracket to house the rear camera
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Robert also helping fab the bracket!
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Rock Trac getting borrowed shoes for the run
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And then just some odds and ends from the run....

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And the rear camera installed - I'll paint it eventually so it blends more with the Trac.
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Spruced up the rock sliders...

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More sanding...

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Preparing to start throwing some black rustolem on them...

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Couple coats...

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Added a couple top layers of glossy

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Looking like a great tape job hahaha

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Who doesn't love red???

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And we have two tone!

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And now for the final touch...grip tape....

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A new bed that will be painted to go on, hell of a deal we found at the local junk yard thanks to Kris!

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The Rock Trac helping out during Halloween....

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And last but not least for now....the motor swap...


The donor....
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Surprise it was raining the first day!!
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Getting ready, not sure why Randall has such a big grin...
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Mike and Dan working on putting new plugs and wires on the donor motor...
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Kris got tired and took a nap...
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Russell did not agree with a comment of mine...
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Hmmmm where do all these pieces go?
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Big debate on how the 4.0 should come out hahaha
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Thanks to Russell, no more crappy alarm !!!
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What rust?
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Hmmmm, 4.0 about to come on out
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Hope this holds...
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Why won't it just come out??
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Apparently Eric thinks he can just lift it out by himself
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Getting there...
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I think Russell was meditating at this point....
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Why won't it just let go!!!
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Russell spreading some positive cheer...
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Kris is actually happy in this photo, don't let the expression on his face fool you
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The Trac naked....
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Damnit, we've been robbed
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Not sure why Russell looks confused.
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Kris wanted to take a break but kept pressing on!
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Merry xmas 5.0!
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Almost in...
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Hmmm think we need a new fan clutch..
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Please don't drop it on Kris!
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Even dark can't stop us!
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Kris just making a few adjustments
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Making some finishing touches
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I think Kris was just hiding in this one...
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Russell at this point was giving a lecture on wiring...
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Almost there....
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Had to change the badges to match...
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A huge thanks to the Demon Crew for helping keep this awesome rig alive in our dear friend John's memory - I appreciate everything ya'll have done to help me and the Trac!
Last edited by TxPlates on Tue Dec 13, 2011 3:54 pm, edited 5 times in total.
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Re: Rock Trac - 2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac 4x4

Postby KF5ZXT » Tue Dec 13, 2011 11:15 am

As I said before, great to have kept this in the family! Also, good work so far in the restoration process.
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Re: Rock Trac - 2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac 4x4

Postby TxPlates » Tue Dec 13, 2011 3:59 pm

Curl of the Burl wrote:As I said before, great to have kept this in the family! Also, good work so far in the restoration process.



Indeed!
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Re: Rock Trac - 2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac 4x4

Postby Justin Klare » Tue Dec 13, 2011 7:37 pm

sorry i wasn't much help :( i felt like shit.
There's a darkness darker than black so far gone you can't make it back.

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Re: Rock Trac - 2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac 4x4

Postby TxPlates » Tue Dec 13, 2011 9:50 pm

Nah it's all good, you helped out Dan when it came down to it so Kris could keep working on the Trac, that was a huge help!
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Re: Rock Trac - 2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac 4x4

Postby Justin Klare » Tue Dec 13, 2011 9:51 pm

i was so burned out that red bull wasn't starting after all of that work.
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Re: Rock Trac - 2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac 4x4

Postby Kris Guilbeaux » Wed Dec 14, 2011 9:56 am

Wow, the sport trac has come a long way in a year.
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Randall's truck spends more time in the Garage than the Trails... :)
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Re: Rock Trac - 2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac 4x4

Postby KF5ZXT » Wed Dec 14, 2011 10:05 am

The Red Bull II didn't end up driving under it's own power?
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Re: Rock Trac - 2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac 4x4

Postby TxPlates » Wed Dec 14, 2011 10:28 am

Well look how far it's come in actually less than a year - I'd say great progress :)

Red bull did leave on his own - needed a new fuel pump.
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Re: Rock Trac - 2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac 4x4

Postby TxPlates » Thu Dec 15, 2011 10:07 am

Kris took this video yesterday - sounds awesome - wait till the muffler goes on!

http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=2576866293782
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Re: Rock Trac - 2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac 4x4

Postby nice59fordf100 » Mon Dec 19, 2011 10:24 am

As always, the trac looks and sounds amazing!!!
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Re: Rock Trac - 2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac 4x4

Postby TxPlates » Tue Jan 10, 2012 5:17 pm

Alrighty, well finally got off my ass and went to the muffler shop here in town, ordered a magnaflow, it'll be here Friday, so dropping the Trac off on Thursday night and will pick her up after work Friday. Also ordered a new clock spring to resolve the horn issues, inspection here we come!
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Re: Rock Trac - 2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac 4x4

Postby KF5ZXT » Tue Jan 10, 2012 5:24 pm

Congrats!
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Re: Rock Trac - 2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac 4x4

Postby TxPlates » Tue Jan 10, 2012 5:57 pm

The Ford dealer here in town also has the security module for the door locks, but said it needs to be programmed, so I'll see about picking that up too.
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Re: Rock Trac - 2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac 4x4

Postby Justin Klare » Thu Jan 12, 2012 10:23 pm

can't wait to hear it!
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Re: Rock Trac - 2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac 4x4

Postby TxPlates » Fri Jan 13, 2012 8:04 pm

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Re: Rock Trac - 2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac 4x4

Postby TxPlates » Sat Jan 21, 2012 8:09 pm

Well Eric came over last night, and we fiddled wit the horn wiring and figured out that OEM connector was bad, even though it was getting power and ground, so we spliced around it, and boom horn works.

Then we took it up to get inspected today, FAIL. Guy gave this list :
- Power steering fluid too low
- Gas cap not working
- Water in the left headlamp
- Tail lamps/license lamps not working

So we head back to my place, change out the headlamp (thankfully had the orig that is broken on the back side and we zip tied it back in), add some power steering fluid, bought a new gas cap. We go to check out why the tail lamp and license lamps don't work. No idea, break lights work, front park lights work, reverse lights work. Kris came over later on today, he joins in the search and we still can't figure it out. So to get things rolling, we spliced into the front park lamps and ran that to the rear - boom we've got tail lamp lights and license lamps. Take it back up to the inspection station and...

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Postby KF5ZXT » Sat Jan 21, 2012 11:04 pm

Congrats bud!

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Re: Rock Trac - 2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac 4x4

Postby MrQ » Sun Jan 22, 2012 9:37 pm

Great job Chris!
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Re: Rock Trac - 2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac 4x4

Postby Justin Klare » Mon Jan 23, 2012 1:53 am

since when is low power steering fluid a reason to be failed for inspection?
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Re: Rock Trac - 2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac 4x4

Postby KF5ZXT » Mon Jan 23, 2012 8:58 am

No kidding. I don't think mine's ever been better than low. It leaks too much by the time I get to the station.

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Re: Rock Trac - 2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac 4x4

Postby zavaral » Mon Jan 23, 2012 3:23 pm

That dude must have been a dick. I would fail cause of low steering fluid and I was an asshole when it came to inspections. Congrats to everyone to made the trac possible again.
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Re: Rock Trac - 2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac 4x4

Postby zavaral » Mon Jan 23, 2012 8:26 pm

*Wouldn't*
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Re: Rock Trac - 2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac 4x4

Postby TxPlates » Mon Jan 23, 2012 10:02 pm

:)
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Re: Rock Trac - 2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac 4x4

Postby Justin Klare » Mon Jan 23, 2012 11:07 pm

i never even looked at anyone's power steering fluid when i was an inspector.
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