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nobodyspecial 01-09-2010 06:18 PM

Mountaineer Expedition Build
My DD has turned into a project vehicle. I am building it up to be a capable overland/expedition rig for long range trips to include camping and all around adventuring. We have a few trips tentatively planned already. I just need to get this thing going as we have much that we want to see.
I will be making a roof rack to carry a few items, but most will be carried in a trailer, so to keep from putting too much weight up top. Also, it will be nice to have the roof top tent set up on top of the trailer, so I can unhook and leave the "base camp" in place and go wheeling.

Here is what I have so far:

2000 Mercury Mountaineer 5.0
BW4406 (not installed yet)
Black Rock 997 16x8 steel wheels (in the mail)
255/85/16 BFG KM2s load range E (In the mail)
D30 (non disconnect) from a mid 90s Jeep XJ

Still needed:
Front bumper
Rear bumper, spare tire/fuel carrier
Roof rack
Trailer (have plans made up, but have other priorities)
and a lot more stuff...

Well, thats it. Stay tuned for updates.

Remember, its not just the destination, its the Journey...

TexasNomad 01-09-2010 06:25 PM

Hell yeah........

dragogt 01-09-2010 07:26 PM


countryboytn 01-09-2010 07:29 PM

Very nice... I assume we will get a build thread? smilieFordlogo

nobodyspecial 01-09-2010 07:43 PM

Yep, I am still gathering parts now, and trying to figure out what to do for the rear crossmember since I think the arms will end right at the factory crossmember. I may just replace the whole crossmember.

I am also open to any suggestions and idears.

surewhynot 01-09-2010 10:21 PM

I would replace the whole cross member with a fabricated one.

nobodyspecial 01-10-2010 12:23 AM

I may have to do that, it would be cleaner that way.

nobodyspecial 02-26-2010 06:51 PM

I just picked up a manual Borg Warner 4406 on ebay... No more AWD! :D

On an unrelated note, does anyone know if a 4406 will bolt up to a ZF5?

nobodyspecial 02-28-2010 04:13 PM

5 of these on the way. I think I will like them better than Cragers or other similar semi gloss wheels, these are flat black. 16x8s.

nobodyspecial 02-28-2010 07:09 PM

Change of plans:

IronMan raised the price on their arms, and for almost the same price I can get the Rough Country arms with a cross member that I will be able to adapt to my frame, which would simplify mounting the arms in the back.

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