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    Re: In-Progress Project - 1998 Ford Explorer Limited

    Some more good progress today!
    My goal is to at least do one thing a day to get this truck back into shape. I have a car-club officer's meeting this evening so I wasn't planning on getting much done. But I got out of work a little earlier than usual and made good progress!

    I installed new headlights and a new brake light. I'm happy to report the head lights work now; I was concerned there was a deeper problem with them.

    Then I decided to at least start cleaning the driver seat so I can at least drive the truck if I need to.

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    Re: In-Progress Project - 1998 Ford Explorer Limited

    Very cool challenge. How many miles are on this thing? I had a 97 back in the day. Didn't look anything like that though, lol. Can't wait to see the outside.
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    Re: In-Progress Project - 1998 Ford Explorer Limited

    Quote Originally Posted by exploreco View Post
    Very cool challenge. How many miles are on this thing? I had a 97 back in the day. Didn't look anything like that though, lol. Can't wait to see the outside.
    It has 156,100 miles and the 5.0 motor. I can't wait to get started on the outside. I'm going to delete the pin strip down the side and the faux chrome wheel arches (they are literally stick on!).
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    I found that 409 Lemon works better than the whatever brand leather cleaner I bought awhile back. I also figured out that you have to get aggressive with the leather to get it clean. I'm sure happy with today's progress!













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    Wow I just had to double check that this thread was located in our "Extreme Makeover" Section and it sure is! Looking good you are making quick progress.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick Winn View Post
    Wow I just had to double check that this thread was located in our "Extreme Makeover" Section and it sure is! Looking good you are making quick progress.
    I can't wait to get on the outside of this thing with my Meguiar's Products.
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    Not much progress today, even though I didn't really intend on doing much. In keeping with my push to do at least one thing a day, no matter how small, I decided to install the new fog light bulbs I ordered from RockAuto. Well, they are the wrong bulbs. So instead I vacuumed out the cargo area and wiped down the plastic panels. I also had to cut a chunk of dried caulk off the back of one of the rear seats that looked like it's been there for ages.

    I'll shampoo the back carpets later. My goal is to make it clean enough to sleep back there during the BBQ competitions I participate in. Typically they start Friday afternoons and run until Saturday evening. You have to sleep close to your smokers, and I don't want to sleep in a lawn chair!

    Oh yeah! I was also excited to see that the truck came with a big rubber cargo mat. I learned today I shouldn't be excited. It turns out that it's not a rubber cargo mat but a carpeted cargo mat that was turned upside down because it's disgusting! LOL

    This is a before:


    The disgusting cargo mat. I think I'll shampoo it so it doesn't have any funky smells and use it upside down.


    Caulk on the back of the seat!


    I carefully cut it out.


    All vacummed and wiped down! I hope this responds well to the carpet shampoo machine.
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    Re: In-Progress Project - 1998 Ford Explorer Limited

    Big progress today but only a little progress on the detailing front.

    I'm really, really, proud of this. I saw big progress today, and it really can't be seen! I rebuilt the door which included riveting on a new exterior door handle, installing a new lock actuator, new latch assembly, new interior door handle, and re-attaching all of the door linkages. It was a PITA and took way longer than I expected but I'm proud that I figured it out and made it work! Once I had everything hooked up, and working, I cleaned the interior door panel before reinstalling it.

    For some reason I feel the same excitement about this old-*** Ford Explorer as I did for my first car when I was 17 and just getting my driver's license.




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    Re: In-Progress Project - 1998 Ford Explorer Limited

    Today's progress report:

    It's not huge progress but it signals the change of focus from the interior to the exterior! And while it's not a lot of progress, it was still hot and hard work! LOL Today I removed the degrading pin-stripe from the sides of "The Turd" as well as the stick on "chrome" wheel arch accents and the residue left from a long ago lost tailgate spoiler. I used a rubber vinyl decal eraser wheel chucked into a drill to accomplish all of this. I got lucky with the chrome wheel arch trim. It was actually a rubber strip covered in a very degraded chrome foil with a heavy duty double-sided adhesive. I pealed off the wheel arch trim and attacked it with the rubber wheel.

    Unfortunately progress will be slowing down on this in a couple days time as I do some family stuff. But when I start back up on it, it will be to polish "The Turd"!

    Here are some pics!

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    Taking it to the extreme.

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