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    Re: In-Progress Project - 1998 Ford Explorer Limited

    Nice!! I am the same way when it comes to acquiring vehicles, I can't help myself but to start restoring/reconditioning!
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    I'm back from my trip out to Texas! (Where I at the BEST bbq brisket I've ever experienced in my life! It was a religious experience!) Since I'm only home for a couple of days before we head back out again, I didn't want to get too deep on anything with the Explorer so today I just grabbed a bottle of ScratchX to assess what I am going to have to tackle with the paint.

    So here is a test spot where I knocked off the pin-stripe decal. You can see that the sun has baked the stripe into the paint AND I screwed up with the rubber wheel stripping that pin-stripe and dug into the paint a little. I think I'm going to have to hit these areas with nicks with touch-up paint and wet sand them before attempting the paint correction.


    Here's a part of the hood. I think someone attempted to scrub the grime off of it with a broom or something and scratched it up pretty good. Towards the left is where I applied the ScratchX and it made a decent difference but it'll need more work to really clean it up.


    And then there is this; towards the leading edge of the hood there is basically a line of messed up paint. This was caused by the sun/wind deflector that was on the front of the hood and filled with dirt and debris for, at the least, the past four years. I'm thinking of sanding this back to clean it up, hitting it with spray touch-up paint, and wet sanding it to blend into the hood better. I know it wont be perfect, but if it looks horrible I'll just put the sun/wind deflector back on the hood!
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    Today's small progress:




    Had to get out the dremel...






    I also shot a quick clip of it idling. It runs pretty smooth for a neglected vehicle!
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    Sounds like it does run pretty good. And the fun thing with a old car like that you can practice doing some things you may not have not otherwise tried on your other vehicles. If you mess a spot up on this one you won't feel too bad lol Keep up the good work!
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    Big day! I finally got the title for this thing yesterday and got it registered today. I also had an oil change and radiator flush knocked out. I can't wait to get started on the exterior!
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    Re: In-Progress Project - 1998 Ford Explorer Limited

    Minor progress today...

    A piece of the interior sunroof trim had broken off just over the driver side of the truck and it was annoying me because bright light would stream in and it was distracting. I super-glued that back into place.

    And slightly more exciting (only slightly more) is that I fixed another annoying issue. I had to drive this thing home from where it was parked for 2 or 3 years with only a passenger side mirror. Then I spliced in an Explorer Sport mirror on the driver side. Well today I installed the rear-view mirror on the windshield! Luckily it came brand new in a box with some rear-view mirror adhesive. Now, the adhesive is is somewhere between 2 to 4 years old so I had to fudge the mixing of it but I got it work.

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    Re: In-Progress Project - 1998 Ford Explorer Limited

    I really need to find the time to do a exterior detail on this thing! It wont ever be perfect but it'll look damn good. I'll do a wash, claybar, wash again, and then out with the DA for compound polish, and wax. But since I'm going to be taking it to a car show tomorrow (I'm not showing my Mustang, I'll be working it), I had it washed today.

    When I got it:


    Today:
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