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1st B2 Build

Posted: Fri Feb 17, 2017 10:50 am
by Mer925
Hey guys I'm just about to acquire an '84 4x4 and it will be my first B2 build and my first 4x4 build in a few years. My main question getting into this, is I see that the 4.0 is by far the easiest swap, and pretty close to a bolt in motor for this truck. My main concern is if there is a certain make/mdl of ford I should look for that will either require the least amount of custom fab, or if its worth the extra work, the most potential for the truck. Also I would love to switch this to a manual since ill be banging this thing around in the mountains. Any help or tips appreciated guys
Thanks!

Re: 1st B2 Build

Posted: Fri Feb 17, 2017 1:12 pm
by offroadohio
I'd find a manual 4.o explo6
Ror ranger from up till 95 and swap entire Driveline.

That will give you an 8.8 rear a Dana 35 front and everything you need to swap the engine.

But that's just my opinion I'm sure others will differ

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Re: 1st B2 Build

Posted: Fri Feb 17, 2017 5:45 pm
by Mer925
Would the year range of pre 95 go for the explorer as well? I would imagine so since it seems they switched the body style around 96

Re: 1st B2 Build

Posted: Sat Feb 18, 2017 5:02 am
by offroadohio
Yes they went with a traditional independent suspension up front after that, which will be useless for your bii.



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Re: 1st B2 Build

Posted: Tue Mar 21, 2017 11:04 pm
by Mer925
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Re: 1st B2 Build

Posted: Tue Mar 21, 2017 11:12 pm
by Mer925
There it is as it stands ha, needs a new motor, been thinking hard about it, and found a 94 manual 4.0 for $400 seems like its getting a swap

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Re: 1st B2 Build

Posted: Fri Mar 24, 2017 2:36 pm
by offroadohio
She looks rough, give the ole girl a scrub down, I wanna see what she really looks like

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Re: 1st B2 Build

Posted: Sat Apr 01, 2017 11:38 pm
by Mer925
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Re: 1st B2 Build

Posted: Sat Apr 01, 2017 11:39 pm
by Mer925
Now find out how to pop open the hood since the pull cable seems to ve broken and see what happened to the engine ha

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Re: 1st B2 Build

Posted: Mon Apr 03, 2017 1:24 am
by offroadohio
Looks real nice washed up

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Re: 1st B2 Build

Posted: Tue Apr 25, 2017 3:33 pm
by tekatlarge
That's a right nice looking rig? She cleaned up real good. :cool:

Re: 1st B2 Build

Posted: Tue Apr 25, 2017 4:15 pm
by Mer925
Thanks, I've pulled the plug and oiled the cylinders just picked up a new battery to see if the motor will spin and then it's on to dropping the tank to clean and replacing all the leading and return lines next...If the motor will spin ha

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Re: 1st B2 Build

Posted: Fri Apr 28, 2017 6:46 pm
by Mer925
So 2 issues, pretty simple. Seems the water pump is bad and leaking through weep hole, and the reason the original owner er couldn't start it is because the heavy gauge from the relay to the starter was ripped. Motor spins freely so now time to drop the tank and replace all the fuel lines and try to fire it up

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Re: 1st B2 Build

Posted: Wed May 03, 2017 7:11 pm
by tekatlarge
Hey sounds good your making progress. Keep us informed as to your progress.. :cool: