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#1 Dadinator

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Posted 08 January 2011 - 06:18 PM

A little history.
1990 Pioneer Long Bed, Metric Ton, 4.0, AW4. It used to be a charcoal gray color.
My father-in-law bought it new.
He drove it until 2004. Hit a deer with it. Fixed it.
I bought it off of him for my son for $1K.
He thought it needed a transmission, but it ended up being a TPS.
I cleaned it up, fixed the TPS, welded the header, and put a few odds and ends on it to get it back up to snuff.
He drove it about 2 years and then wrecked it. Hit a tree.
Fixed it. Bought a Cherokee with mechanical problems and took the body pieces off it to fix then sold the rest.
Back on the road.
2 months later, wrecked it again. (Snow) Totaled the bed.
Bought a bed from a member and a tailgate from a local yard and installed. back on the road. He drove it until the last few months. He let it run down. I tried to sell it on here, but couldn't get a bite.
So I took it off his hands.

Now the fun begins. It needs a windshield and steering column and most likely a steering box. It also leaks oil and tranny fluid. I don't care about the tranny though, because...

I just scored a 1990 cherokee 2 door with a 4.0 and 5sp from a local yard for $400.
It has good dash, windshield, guages, etc. I'm gonna convert it, and fix what's wrong with the truck with it.
I'll put a new clutch, etc. in and check everything else out while it's apart.

So, here are some pics that I already have of it.

I'll update as I go.

Oh, and it's not for sale anymore. :thumbsup:
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Mine: 90 MJ 4.0 4X4 5sp LB Pioneer Big Ton.
Truck contains parts from 3 MJs, 3 XJs, 1 Dakota, 1 TJ and a dishwasher.
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#2 Dadinator

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Posted 08 January 2011 - 06:21 PM

Excellent!
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I pulled the bench seat, carpet, and headliner (if you can call it that) out today.

Floorboards are GREAT! Just a bit of surface rust in a couple of spots. Will clean and coat.

Somebody should have bought this when they had a chance. :brows:

Mine: 90 MJ 4.0 4X4 5sp LB Pioneer Big Ton.
Truck contains parts from 3 MJs, 3 XJs, 1 Dakota, 1 TJ and a dishwasher.
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2010 Focus SES 2dr

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#3 treklight

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Posted 08 January 2011 - 09:37 PM

Great Buy and metric ton! I believe it should have the D44. {SMILIES_PATH}/jamminz.gif Good luck on all the upgrades.

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Posted 08 January 2011 - 10:13 PM

I'm rly glad you got this and can't believe you almost sold it. So what are the fixin plans? :popcorn:

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#5 Dadinator

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Posted 08 January 2011 - 10:33 PM

Fixin' plans...
Swap the tranny and all the related components.
Fix the steering components that are a problem. Stop the bleeding.
Replace the windshield. Flush and replace all fluids.
Put in the console and gauges from the donor.
Bucket seats. Though the donors seats are not usable.
Few other trinkets from the donor.
I might be able to salvage the carpet, but if not then new carpet. New headliner.

Once nice and drivable, then I'll do the chevy drop shackles and pucks for about 2 inches of lift.
Some 15X8's and 31's.
Some minor body clean up.
Will need to find a roll bar and some lights.
There are some other small ideas I have, but I'm getting ahead of myself.
Gotta get it back on the road first.

Mine: 90 MJ 4.0 4X4 5sp LB Pioneer Big Ton.
Truck contains parts from 3 MJs, 3 XJs, 1 Dakota, 1 TJ and a dishwasher.
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2010 Focus SES 2dr

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#6 Dadinator

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Posted 12 January 2011 - 11:20 AM

WooHoo!
The donor was delivered today.
I'll post pics of it and the stripped inside of the cab tonight.
:clapping:

Mine: 90 MJ 4.0 4X4 5sp LB Pioneer Big Ton.
Truck contains parts from 3 MJs, 3 XJs, 1 Dakota, 1 TJ and a dishwasher.
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photo1_zps0f0496d1.jpg 2008 Vulcan 2000 Classic LT Vulcan2000.jpg

2010 Focus SES 2dr

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#7 Dadinator

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Posted 12 January 2011 - 09:56 PM

Promised pics...

The donor:
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The floor of the MJ:
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Top without the headliner:
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Mine: 90 MJ 4.0 4X4 5sp LB Pioneer Big Ton.
Truck contains parts from 3 MJs, 3 XJs, 1 Dakota, 1 TJ and a dishwasher.
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2010 Focus SES 2dr

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Posted 14 January 2011 - 05:36 PM

Those floors are a thing of beauty! :yes:

#9 Dadinator

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Posted 15 January 2011 - 11:10 PM

Good News...
I got the key lock moved over to the donor steering column and hooked up a battery.
It started, sounded good. I moved through the gears and tested the transfer case.
Seems OK mechanically. Stoked that the donor started and sounded good. Now I have a spare motor. :thumbsup:

Then I started on removing the tranny from the MJ. That thing has leaked oil for so long that the entire underside is coated. Fun. :nuts:

Got the drive shafts off, the xfer case skid and the cross member and starter removed.
Removed some bolts from the tranny.

Don't know if I can work on it tomorrow or not (have plans).

But the next time I work on it, the tranny should be out. Then I can start removing the donor stuff.

Mine: 90 MJ 4.0 4X4 5sp LB Pioneer Big Ton.
Truck contains parts from 3 MJs, 3 XJs, 1 Dakota, 1 TJ and a dishwasher.
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viewtopic.php?f=7&t=27756
photo1_zps0f0496d1.jpg 2008 Vulcan 2000 Classic LT Vulcan2000.jpg

2010 Focus SES 2dr

Wifes:
97 TJ 2.5 4X4 5sp 31's stock. . . Slow but reliable.


#10 Herc

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Posted 17 January 2011 - 03:38 PM

Looking good, will be a really nice truck when you're done with it

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#11 Dadinator

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Posted 18 January 2011 - 07:52 AM

Got the tranny unhooked last night. :mad: :wall:
What a pain.

Didn't see that 1 bolt. (front passenger side) :doh:
Once I finally saw (Felt) that one, it came out.

Now will replace the rear main, and the oil pan gasket and see where else it's bleeding from... :dunno:

Mine: 90 MJ 4.0 4X4 5sp LB Pioneer Big Ton.
Truck contains parts from 3 MJs, 3 XJs, 1 Dakota, 1 TJ and a dishwasher.
See "The Family Truck"=>>
viewtopic.php?f=7&t=27756
photo1_zps0f0496d1.jpg 2008 Vulcan 2000 Classic LT Vulcan2000.jpg

2010 Focus SES 2dr

Wifes:
97 TJ 2.5 4X4 5sp 31's stock. . . Slow but reliable.


#12 Mike Stone

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Posted 18 January 2011 - 11:54 AM

if you need a column I have one cheap! grey,tilt, with key and steering wheel 50.00 obo
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#13 Dadinator

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Posted 22 January 2011 - 06:35 PM

Column has to go...

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That wasn't so bad...

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Tranny out... That was a job. Stupid hidden bolt!

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Mine: 90 MJ 4.0 4X4 5sp LB Pioneer Big Ton.
Truck contains parts from 3 MJs, 3 XJs, 1 Dakota, 1 TJ and a dishwasher.
See "The Family Truck"=>>
viewtopic.php?f=7&t=27756
photo1_zps0f0496d1.jpg 2008 Vulcan 2000 Classic LT Vulcan2000.jpg

2010 Focus SES 2dr

Wifes:
97 TJ 2.5 4X4 5sp 31's stock. . . Slow but reliable.


#14 Dadinator

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Posted 26 January 2011 - 08:21 AM

Well, since the change deleted all of Sunday's posts, I'll redo... :fs1:
Removed the torque converter and flywheel...

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Removed the front skid plate and the oil pan...

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That's it for now. :clapping:

Mine: 90 MJ 4.0 4X4 5sp LB Pioneer Big Ton.
Truck contains parts from 3 MJs, 3 XJs, 1 Dakota, 1 TJ and a dishwasher.
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viewtopic.php?f=7&t=27756
photo1_zps0f0496d1.jpg 2008 Vulcan 2000 Classic LT Vulcan2000.jpg

2010 Focus SES 2dr

Wifes:
97 TJ 2.5 4X4 5sp 31's stock. . . Slow but reliable.


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Posted 30 January 2011 - 05:39 PM

Well, this weekend, I did...
Nothing.
:doh:

Good intentions, fiddled with the bike, then other things came up.
Oh well. I'll Have to work on it this week. :dunno:

Mine: 90 MJ 4.0 4X4 5sp LB Pioneer Big Ton.
Truck contains parts from 3 MJs, 3 XJs, 1 Dakota, 1 TJ and a dishwasher.
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viewtopic.php?f=7&t=27756
photo1_zps0f0496d1.jpg 2008 Vulcan 2000 Classic LT Vulcan2000.jpg

2010 Focus SES 2dr

Wifes:
97 TJ 2.5 4X4 5sp 31's stock. . . Slow but reliable.


#16 Dadinator

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Posted 05 February 2011 - 05:27 PM

Well, didn't do much this week either.
But started on some stuff this weekend.

Got the donor moved into the garage and started disassembling.
Had to jury rig the MJ's battery into the XJ as the XJ had been butchered as far as battery cables...

Got it in and the MJ's battery was dead. :fs1:
So got the focus out and jumped the XJ with the dead MJ battery & wiring rig. Started.

Moved it slowly into the garage.
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Then I took out the console, glove compartment cover, clock, loosened the heater controls and gauge cluster.

Tomorrow I start on the tranny or the steering column, or both. :shake:
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Mine: 90 MJ 4.0 4X4 5sp LB Pioneer Big Ton.
Truck contains parts from 3 MJs, 3 XJs, 1 Dakota, 1 TJ and a dishwasher.
See "The Family Truck"=>>
viewtopic.php?f=7&t=27756
photo1_zps0f0496d1.jpg 2008 Vulcan 2000 Classic LT Vulcan2000.jpg

2010 Focus SES 2dr

Wifes:
97 TJ 2.5 4X4 5sp 31's stock. . . Slow but reliable.


#17 Dadinator

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Posted 06 February 2011 - 06:32 PM

OK so steering column was first.
I got in the donor and now that its in the garage, it has thawed out. It stinks!
Obviously mice have taken refuse as I cleaned out a nest under the console when I removed.

Nasty truck. :ack:

Today I removed the steering column and pedal assembly from both vehicles.
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What the? :dunno: At least we know where it originated.
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Now I have to take this from the donor:
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And put it in this spot on the truck:

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Slowly but surely. :wrench:
Didn't do as much this weekend as I had hoped, but I had domestic issues.
(Had to babysit the granddaughter) :shake:

Mine: 90 MJ 4.0 4X4 5sp LB Pioneer Big Ton.
Truck contains parts from 3 MJs, 3 XJs, 1 Dakota, 1 TJ and a dishwasher.
See "The Family Truck"=>>
viewtopic.php?f=7&t=27756
photo1_zps0f0496d1.jpg 2008 Vulcan 2000 Classic LT Vulcan2000.jpg

2010 Focus SES 2dr

Wifes:
97 TJ 2.5 4X4 5sp 31's stock. . . Slow but reliable.


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Posted 07 February 2011 - 03:18 PM

Lookin good, these things take a bit of time. Just keep going at it and it'll be finished eventually. :wrench:

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94 YJ 5" BDS lift 35" MTR Kevlars on Steelies D44 and a bunch of other goodies - Building Playtoy


#19 Dadinator

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Posted 13 February 2011 - 06:30 PM

Well, I got the clutch master cylinder mounted and the pedals moved over and connected.
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Mine: 90 MJ 4.0 4X4 5sp LB Pioneer Big Ton.
Truck contains parts from 3 MJs, 3 XJs, 1 Dakota, 1 TJ and a dishwasher.
See "The Family Truck"=>>
viewtopic.php?f=7&t=27756
photo1_zps0f0496d1.jpg 2008 Vulcan 2000 Classic LT Vulcan2000.jpg

2010 Focus SES 2dr

Wifes:
97 TJ 2.5 4X4 5sp 31's stock. . . Slow but reliable.


#20 Dadinator

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Posted 20 February 2011 - 09:29 PM

Well, got the transmission out of the donor.
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And looky here, the donor had a flowmaster.
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Donor also has a lift kit of some sort and some aluminum lower control arms.
Might have to move those over too. Not sure how much lift. Doesn't seem like much.

I'll try to get the flywheel and clutch out of the donor this week.
Then I've got to start buying some stuff. (New Clutch, slave cylinder, etc.)

Mine: 90 MJ 4.0 4X4 5sp LB Pioneer Big Ton.
Truck contains parts from 3 MJs, 3 XJs, 1 Dakota, 1 TJ and a dishwasher.
See "The Family Truck"=>>
viewtopic.php?f=7&t=27756
photo1_zps0f0496d1.jpg 2008 Vulcan 2000 Classic LT Vulcan2000.jpg

2010 Focus SES 2dr

Wifes:
97 TJ 2.5 4X4 5sp 31's stock. . . Slow but reliable.