Part II: Strength, Shock Hoops, and Stopping Power
What would you do if you had a severely wounded truck? Would you go to great lengths and expense to make it right? Would you drop-kick the metallic mess and look to a new horizon? Our '01 Ford Explorer Sport Trac had been good-looking on the outside, but was a mechanical mess on the inside.
In August, we talked in general terms about what was done to bring our 'Trac back from the mechanical brink of death. This time, we'll delve further into the details as we repair the frame, mount the shock hoops, and route a pair of custom brake lines.
To date, we have several thousand miles on this front end. If we had to do it again, would we choose "restore" instead of "recycle?" Absolutely. The truck now handles the bumps and curves in fine style. No more bumpsteer. We're not done though, because a big part of this truck's cool factor is the long-travel suspension combined with four-wheel drive. Right now, we don't have four-wheel drive because the front diff vanished somewhere in the truck's past. We miss it. We've been stuck a time or two, and it wasn't fun. Stay tuned. Our Sport Trac will soon be sporting the best of both worlds - long-travel four-wheel drive.