1996 Eddie Bauer 5.8L/E4OD
I’ve got a lower mile clean 1996 Eddie Bauer in Royal Blue and it’s totally stock. Too clean to mod has been my mantra for over a year, and I daily this. The ABS sensor turned on, I bought all new ones and the fronts are seized in the hub. I also have auto hubs. I have rusty Gabriel shocks. The frame/suspension is flaking the factory coating, belly is super clean. The front suspension/steering isn’t as tight as I’d like for a daily driver. This was how I began my, “while I’m at it” slippery slope to what I’ve accumulated and have on back order.
I’m lazy, and if there’s something worth doing…..I would rather do it all at the same time. If I’m pulling apart the front wheel bearings, I’m digging pretty deep to do just ABS sensors. Fresh bearings/seals, upgraded rotors, new powder coated calipers, braided lines, upgrade ball joints and tie rod ends, replace all the radius/ttb pivot bushings and sway bar bushings with urethane. If I’m going to that extent, I was going to do a 2.5” lift with extended radius arms at first, but that evolved to a JBG 5.5” lift with extended radius arms and with Deaver coil and leaf springs. Generally speaking, I’m also using some Eastwood products to prep and paint the frame and any suspension parts that are getting reused and not replaced. The belly will get prepped and coated in Raptor liner. Upping from 31x10.50’s to some 33x12.50’s for now due to open diffs and 3.55’s. 35 later once the diffs get rebuilt/regeared to 4.56’s and limited slip diff/air locker is added.
This stage is strictly suspension/steering upgrades and transmission upgrades (deeper pan and a big external trans cooler. As close to a pan drop and filter change as I can make it.)
Waiting on backordered parts, then the fun will begin This phase will transition into body and paint. Respraying Royal Blue with something more (maybe a pearl) and change the pin striping a bit and possibly do the mocha in raptor liner. I’m going to make a jig with the aid of a HF tube bender and rebuild the Lund fiberglass step side brackets…..F*** paying $500 for repops.
Debating on going with Trickflow heads/mystery cam, Holley LS style intake/tb/fuel injection and MSD coil on plug ignition system, or GT40 3bar heads/intake manifold/mystery cam and deal with OBD2/MAF tuning….maybe just Edelbrock heads/intake & BBK TB and K.I.S.S style….not sure. A nice mandrel bent with v-clamps true dual through the factory run is happening either way and a nice set of headers.