Project MULE - Expedition build on a 1991 1500 4x4 Suburban

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    Ford Windstar fan upgrade, Like a glove!

    My radiator is the 28-1/4" wide core. The aluminum angle is 3/4"x2" architectural. that is important is it need to be architectural so it has square edges for more defined room. The hardware was 10-24x2" for the flange mounting with 1.2" steel tubes for spacers and locknuts and washers. I used 10-24x1/4" screws and locknuts to mount the fan to the angle metal. The drill bit i used was a brand new Irwin 3/16" self centereing bit. The holes thru the angle were 1/4" from the inside corner out.

    People exaggerate these Windstar fans. I grabbed a DC clamp meter and did 10 startups and run averages on both fans. a regular 40 amp bosch style relay and a 25-30 amp mini fuse will work just fine. as long as you run like under 4 ft you can use 12ga wire for the power.

    The new dorman fan is only $100 new via amazon https://amzn.to/2rWp5jX

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    I originally got two thermal controlled relay kits from amazon. in short.... DON'T. both sensors have stopped working. For now I have the fans wired to come on with ignition. I am still trying to research a good thermal switch around the 200* temp that will fit and work. I had to go round and round with amazon for warranty/return. I had to explain to them that the wires are cut to length and the crimps have been used. Also I will loose about $20 out of pocket just in coolant when I pull the thermal switches. In end they refunded me the full amounts on both kits. I am not proud of this wiring on these fans. I did it kinda quick so I could get the truck up and going again. I do plan to rewire the entire accessory harness I have created over the years and hopeful improve on it and get it cleaned up some more.

    The awesome part of this is when the fans are running my live scan app shows the ECM reading right around 204* the whole time I'm running. Now we will see how this works come a mid Arizona Summer with the AC on and traffic. Results on power gains is actually noticeable. the engine will climb in RPMs quicker and gets up to highways speed easy. Because I am not int he throttle as much I gained a few inches in vacuum so it stays in lockup much easier which translates to mpg gains as well.

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    Ill have to check them out. Thanks!
     
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    change things up a bit. not going to be using the Mule for cross country much anymore so the swing outs are up for grabs


    Custom Dual swing outs. These came of my barn door 91. I used to sell custom bumper and stuff and have changed gears and no longer need these on my truck. they served us well with a few trips across the US back country. Together they weigh 98lbs. You can open the pass side to gain access with the single barn door if need be. Will clear tailgate design as well. Comes in powder coat wrinkle black.

    Designed to hold
    Spare tire with 6x5.5 pattern
    High lift
    axe
    pick axe
    short shovel
    10-20lb CO2 tank (depending in diameter of tank)
    5lb Propane tank (included)
    (2) genuine Nato Jerry cans (harbor freight ones should work)
    pop lock pins to hold the swing outs open.
    Spot to mount your license plate and light it up.
    greasable common bearings for the spindle
    Comes with brand new machined spindles and sleeves. NOT TRAILER SPINDLES.
    Also comes with larg lock to secure Hi-Lift

    Swing outs only NO BUMPER
    $600 for the set. Meeting somewhere in Arizona is possible IF you pay in full via Payal, MO or CC.
    Locate in Apache Junction, AZ

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    Is there a chance you have the plans for your swing outs available?
     
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    I have some dimensions for the bumper but jack squat for the swingouts. It was kind of a build them as I went to see what fit where.
     
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