Ok, I have a replacement on its way for the exploder (To be revealed later), but since I have invested a grand in the explorer in the last few weeks, and it is paid for. Not to mention running and driving great for a change. I feel like keeping it. I want to turn it into a rig for dog trialing and hunting. Me and my hunting buddy have been brainstorming, but I want you input.
Firt off, I want bigger tires and new rims, I am thinking 32's and Black nascar type wheels (The fake plastic chrome covered 15" wheels are beyond ever looking good again).
Then I thinking about taking the plastic off the whole car and fixing any rust issues and painting it OD green, just for S&G (I pulled off the rocker moldings this weekend to check for rust and it is surprisingly clean)
After that, new front and rear bumpers, The Front will be a HD bumper with receiver weldment and a place to clean birds, the rear will be a 1997 mountaineer bumper with reverse facing lights mounted in the reflector holes for backing up in the dark. same bumper as this:
Then I am thinking of a ammo and hunting drawer mounted on grant slides on the floor of the rear cargo area (12" high maximum) then I can put two dog crates above this.
A roof mounted gun rack (Mounted inside of course)
A roof rack for a full size spare that is out of the way.
Mount the KC daylighters that I've had in my tool box for the last 6 years on the front bumper, not for anything more than the cool factor since I hunt in daylight. But hey my buddies a duck hunter maybe he'll borrow it sometime and need light for his decoys.
C.B. With Weather Radio, not necessarily for safety or necessity, but because I like that stuff an that seems right.
That is about all we've come up with so far. I am welcome to ideas.
Here is the truck in question:
Now it has 4.10's with open diffs and that is going to have to stay, as I just don't feel like digging deep into it. that is going to be the weak point, but I'll live.
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