EEE's 1991 Ford Explorer

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Re: Thoughts on this radiator?

Postby KF5ZXT » Tue Nov 12, 2013 12:24 pm

Holy shit, I think I just read the nerdiest thread I've ever seen: How To: Install Electric Fan WITHOUT going aftermarket (Let the PCM do the cooling!)

Any updates, Russell? :lol
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Re: Thoughts on this radiator?

Postby Kris Guilbeaux » Wed Nov 13, 2013 2:41 pm

Randall go a head and replace the water pump they only run about $46 bucks from auto zone for a brand new one like this one.

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Re: Thoughts on this radiator?

Postby KF5ZXT » Wed Nov 13, 2013 2:47 pm

ok, so no upgrades out there?
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Re: Thoughts on this radiator?

Postby Kris Guilbeaux » Wed Nov 13, 2013 5:00 pm

I'm not aware of any hi performance water pumps out there
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Re: Thoughts on this radiator?

Postby TxPlates » Wed Nov 13, 2013 11:10 pm

That looks pretty high performance to me :)
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Re: Thoughts on this radiator?

Postby KF5ZXT » Thu Nov 14, 2013 12:40 am

Ok, I was re-looking at a Navistar upgrade for the Super Duty, so I thought I'd make sure. I came up empty on EF, so I thought I'd ask the expert.
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Re: EEE's 1991 Ford Explorer

Postby KF5ZXT » Thu Nov 14, 2013 10:01 am

As I mentioned in the light bar thread, the 50" was too wide, so we set aside the top rub rail/light bar mount hoop for a future date when I get the light bar swapped out. Bumper is all done though, here are some pics:

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Re: EEE's 1991 Ford Explorer

Postby KF5ZXT » Thu Nov 14, 2013 10:05 am

Some of those pics are pretty terrible... I'll take some better ones this weekend.
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Re: EEE's 1991 Ford Explorer

Postby TxPlates » Thu Nov 14, 2013 10:12 am

I like it, did you do some more testing of the brakes?
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Re: EEE's 1991 Ford Explorer

Postby KF5ZXT » Thu Nov 14, 2013 10:14 am

Drove it around a little bit before I loaded it up on the trailer, and the brakes weren't even warm afterwards, so, so far so good. It was pretty late when I got home from TAG last night, so as you can see, I didn't even bother to unload it. I just took the whole trailer to the storage place this morning with the truck on it, I'll retrieve it Saturday morning most likely.
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Re: Thoughts on this radiator?

Postby Kris Guilbeaux » Thu Nov 14, 2013 10:57 am

I don't think it would be worth the money to upgrade the water pump on these 4.0s they do a good job just the seals are where they fail
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Re: EEE's 1991 Ford Explorer

Postby Kris Guilbeaux » Thu Nov 14, 2013 11:00 am

Triple E wrote:Drove it around a little bit before I loaded it up on the trailer, and the brakes weren't even warm afterwards, so, so far so good. It was pretty late when I got home from TAG last night, so as you can see, I didn't even bother to unload it. I just took the whole trailer to the storage place this morning with the truck on it, I'll retrieve it Saturday morning most likely.


Looking good glad to hear the bugs are getting worked out
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Re: EEE's 1991 Ford Explorer

Postby KF5ZXT » Thu Nov 14, 2013 11:02 am

The rear tailgate concerns me a bit though. Last time it looked like that was because of a transmission leak. :shaking
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Re: Thoughts on this radiator?

Postby KF5ZXT » Thu Nov 14, 2013 1:20 pm

Any thoughts on hooking up this electric fan?
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Re: Thoughts on this radiator?

Postby nice59fordf100 » Thu Nov 14, 2013 2:28 pm

Well Randall, that thread is still in its 'theory' stage as of right now...but if you wanted your truck to be the test bed for it, i would happily let you have the parts for free if you bring it up and let me fiddle with it
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Re: Thoughts on this radiator?

Postby KF5ZXT » Thu Nov 14, 2013 2:35 pm

I'm scared. :ghost
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Re: Thoughts on this radiator?

Postby KF5ZXT » Thu Nov 14, 2013 2:40 pm

Kris Guilbeaux wrote:I don't think it would be worth the money to upgrade the water pump on these 4.0s they do a good job just the seals are where they fail


Water pumps don't seem to be all that pricey where cost would become a concern. Aside from that, cost is not a highly weighted variable in any of my decisions.
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Re: Thoughts on this radiator?

Postby KF5ZXT » Thu Nov 14, 2013 2:45 pm

nice59fordf100 wrote:Well Randall, that thread is still in its 'theory' stage as of right now...but if you wanted your truck to be the test bed for it, i would happily let you have the parts for free if you bring it up and let me fiddle with it


Hmm, maybe I'll drop it off there on the way home from Hidden Falls. I'll just throw in the mechanical fan for the time being. What parts would be involved?
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EEE's 1991 Ford Explorer

Postby KF5ZXT » Sat Nov 16, 2013 2:31 pm

I got the old radiator and water pump out, along with the old radiator hoses. Decided to take Kris's advice and move the power steering cooler in between the radiator and core support. So I had to fab up some mounts.



Also had to reroute some hoses and stuff to get the power steering hoses out of the route of the pulleys and whatnot. Still cleaning off the old water pump gasket, but now it's time to go to the Untapped festival!
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Re: EEE's 1991 Ford Explorer

Postby TxPlates » Sat Nov 16, 2013 9:24 pm

Nice job sir, can't wait to see her back on the trails :)
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Re: EEE's 1991 Ford Explorer

Postby KF5ZXT » Sun Nov 17, 2013 12:56 pm

All buttoned up, with no (apparent) leaks (yet)!

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Re: EEE's 1991 Ford Explorer

Postby TxPlates » Sun Nov 17, 2013 1:03 pm

Winning!
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Re: EEE's 1991 Ford Explorer

Postby Kris Guilbeaux » Sun Nov 17, 2013 11:39 pm

That radiator looks awesome!!! How do you feel about the quality since you seen it now in person
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Re: EEE's 1991 Ford Explorer

Postby KF5ZXT » Mon Nov 18, 2013 8:36 am

The welds all look good and it has a nice heft to it. Dropped right into place. The radiator cap is smaller than my old one, so the old one could not be reused. The inlet on the upper passenger side is slightly smaller than the stock radiator, so the high temp hose that I purchased was a little loose at that connection point, too loose for the regular spring clamp to hold it on. Used a regular screw-type hose clamp to get it tight enough. I purchased the radiator that comes with the electric fan, so the following may not apply to the regular version (though I think it will). The fan shroud doesn't quite fit in between the left and right tanks, so I had to squeeze it in there a little bit, and the holes did not quite line up for the shroud, particularly the absence of the two slots on the bottom that the stock shroud would normally drop into. No worries, a couple of zip ties and we're good to go. I guess I should have taken more pics of the radiator before I installed it, my bad.
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Re: EEE's 1991 Ford Explorer

Postby Kris Guilbeaux » Mon Nov 18, 2013 9:13 am

That's ok ill take some when I get mine.
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