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Explorer Disscussion.

BullnoseHunter02
Hey guys, so i figured id make a somewhat official thread disscussing the Explorer package, its pretty rare and i think it might be a helpful thread for those that have trucks with the Explorer package to learn about em and stuff, There are brochures in the Literature section that go into detail on what was offered on these trucks. I personally really like these trucks, its a cool touch to em, and they had a lot of unique things avabile on em that were just plain cool. So, if ya wanna pin it, go ahead, if not, its okay.

Thanks!
Hunting for a Bullnose, single cab, 8 foot bed, decent shape with little to no rust! and under 10k in near or around the STL Mo area, (Illinois is a valid option aswell!)
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Gsmblue
Great idea, mine is an explorer in XL trim but has factory AC and cruise, manual windows and locks.
1985 F150 XL Explorer 5.0 EFI 4AOD 4x4 standard cab.
Daily Driver. I call her Eunice.
To do:  Rear fuel tank pump, replace door hinges, Front and rear windows need replacing, blue top steering box, front dampers, Interior panels to be painted, new carpet, seats to be recovered, some exterior paint work

1982 Bronco XLT Lariat 351 C6 4x4
Code name Esperanza, or Espy to her friends. Please see my Project page for details.
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Gary Lewis
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As the signature says, Big Blue is an XLT Lariat Explorer.  And as the page below says, I think it is a Package B, but with a few things added, like the trailer package, aux battery, and a 460.

Gary, AKA "Gary fellow": Profile

Dad's: '81 F150 Ranger XLT 4x4: Down for restomod: Full-roller "stroked 351M" w/Trick Flow heads & intake, EEC-V SEFI/E4OD/3.50 gears w/Kevlar clutches
Blue: 2015 F150 Platinum 4x4 SuperCrew wearing Blue Jeans & sporting a 3.5L EB & Max Tow
Big Blue: 1985 F250HD 4x4: 460/ZF5/3.55's, D60 w/Ox locker in front & 10.25 Spicer/Trutrac in back, & EEC-V MAF/SEFI

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BullnoseHunter02
I didnt think ford offered the 460 for the 7th generation. I thought the last year for it was 1979. But, im probibly wrong. I also remember reading that each explorer package corrresponded with a trim. A-D i think. I also looked at the pricing chart, and i think you had to pay around 700ish bucks to add the Explorer package. Expensive stuff!
Hunting for a Bullnose, single cab, 8 foot bed, decent shape with little to no rust! and under 10k in near or around the STL Mo area, (Illinois is a valid option aswell!)
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Gary Lewis
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The 460 was reintroduced in 1983 in the F250's and heavier.
Gary, AKA "Gary fellow": Profile

Dad's: '81 F150 Ranger XLT 4x4: Down for restomod: Full-roller "stroked 351M" w/Trick Flow heads & intake, EEC-V SEFI/E4OD/3.50 gears w/Kevlar clutches
Blue: 2015 F150 Platinum 4x4 SuperCrew wearing Blue Jeans & sporting a 3.5L EB & Max Tow
Big Blue: 1985 F250HD 4x4: 460/ZF5/3.55's, D60 w/Ox locker in front & 10.25 Spicer/Trutrac in back, & EEC-V MAF/SEFI

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SCFlareside
Interesting thread!  My '85 Flareside ("Silver") came with explorer package C, and it matches of course with the list in the brochure.   If I'm correct, Flaresides didnt come in XLT trim?  Package C made it a nicely optioned truck though.

Does anyone know what if any EXPLORER badging would have come on the flareside?  It had a bright blue stripe package but dont see any explorer emblems or decals - decals may be long gone given the surface rust
1985 Flareside 4x4, Silver, 302, AOD, BFG Mud 33x12.50s.  California truck with 140k original miles :)  (and slowly going up)

1977 F250 4x4 Highboy, Dec '76 production.  NP435 4 Speed, NP205, 4:10s.    Military 36.5s
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Gary Lewis
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I seem to have a bust in the 1985 Literature section as the link to the 1985 Explorer Program brochure actually takes you to a Bronco brochure.  I'll see what I can figure out later.
Gary, AKA "Gary fellow": Profile

Dad's: '81 F150 Ranger XLT 4x4: Down for restomod: Full-roller "stroked 351M" w/Trick Flow heads & intake, EEC-V SEFI/E4OD/3.50 gears w/Kevlar clutches
Blue: 2015 F150 Platinum 4x4 SuperCrew wearing Blue Jeans & sporting a 3.5L EB & Max Tow
Big Blue: 1985 F250HD 4x4: 460/ZF5/3.55's, D60 w/Ox locker in front & 10.25 Spicer/Trutrac in back, & EEC-V MAF/SEFI

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SCFlareside
Thanks Gary!
1985 Flareside 4x4, Silver, 302, AOD, BFG Mud 33x12.50s.  California truck with 140k original miles :)  (and slowly going up)

1977 F250 4x4 Highboy, Dec '76 production.  NP435 4 Speed, NP205, 4:10s.    Military 36.5s
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Gsmblue
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My friend picked up a 1983 explorer from another friend. I am going to help him clean it up, he is going to sell it...
1985 F150 XL Explorer 5.0 EFI 4AOD 4x4 standard cab.
Daily Driver. I call her Eunice.
To do:  Rear fuel tank pump, replace door hinges, Front and rear windows need replacing, blue top steering box, front dampers, Interior panels to be painted, new carpet, seats to be recovered, some exterior paint work

1982 Bronco XLT Lariat 351 C6 4x4
Code name Esperanza, or Espy to her friends. Please see my Project page for details.
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Nothing Special
I no longer have it, but the '85 F-250HD I bought new in late '84 had the Explorer A package.  I don't recall exactly what was included other than 2-tone paint.  But I know that I wanted most of the things that came with the package, and it was cheaper getting them in the package than it was ala carte.

I've posted pictures of the truck and, I think, of some of the paperwork I had from the purchase on this site.  Is there a way to look through whatever pictures I've posted to stick them in another thread like this one?
Sorry, no '80 - '86 Ford trucks
1997 F-250HD crew cab short box, 460, E4OD, 4.10 gears
1971 Bronco, 302, NV3550 5 speed, Atlas 4.3:1 transfer case, 33" tires
2015 E-450-based 28' class C motorhome, 6.8L V-10
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Rembrant
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Gary Lewis wrote
The 460 was reintroduced in 1983 in the F250's and heavier.
Interesting.

And the 351M and 400 were just 1980-1981, right?

Does that mean that the 300/6 and small blocks were the only options for 1982?

Sorry for the Hijack.

I'm following along with interest. I quite like the Explorers as well.
1984 F150 4X2 Flareside. Mild 302 w/GT40 heads, BBK headers, Holley 4bbl, XE256H Comp Cam, M5R2 5spd swap, Magnaflow full duals. Fresh Medium Blue Metallic in August 2019.
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salans7
The 400 was still available for 82, but the 351M was ditched in favor of the 351W.
-Shaun
1980/86/90 Ford F350 4x4 ENG?/NP435/D60-Sterling
2003 Ford Ranger V6/M5OD/8.8
"I didn't choose the bullnose life, the bullnose life chose me."
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Gary Lewis
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salans7 wrote
The 400 was still available for 82, but the 351M was ditched in favor of the 351W.
Yes, and the 351W was introduced to replace the 351M.
Gary, AKA "Gary fellow": Profile

Dad's: '81 F150 Ranger XLT 4x4: Down for restomod: Full-roller "stroked 351M" w/Trick Flow heads & intake, EEC-V SEFI/E4OD/3.50 gears w/Kevlar clutches
Blue: 2015 F150 Platinum 4x4 SuperCrew wearing Blue Jeans & sporting a 3.5L EB & Max Tow
Big Blue: 1985 F250HD 4x4: 460/ZF5/3.55's, D60 w/Ox locker in front & 10.25 Spicer/Trutrac in back, & EEC-V MAF/SEFI

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Nothing Special
Gary Lewis wrote
Yes, and the 351W was introduced to replace the 351M.
"Introduced" to the F-series, but the 351W had been around longer than the M.  As I remember the story the M was created in about the '77 model year as a replacement for the 360 FE.  The reason they didn't use the 351W at that time was that the Windsor production line was too close to capacity with cars and E-series vans, but the Cleveland line was well below capacity.  So they made something more like a truck engine than the 351C that could be built on the Cleveland line.  But by '82 Ford wasn't putting the Ws in many cars anymore so they had capacity to use that line for the F-series.
Sorry, no '80 - '86 Ford trucks
1997 F-250HD crew cab short box, 460, E4OD, 4.10 gears
1971 Bronco, 302, NV3550 5 speed, Atlas 4.3:1 transfer case, 33" tires
2015 E-450-based 28' class C motorhome, 6.8L V-10
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Gary Lewis
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SCFlareside wrote
Interesting thread! My '85 Flareside ("Silver") came with explorer package C, and it matches of course with the list in the brochure. If I'm correct, Flaresides didnt come in XLT trim? Package C made it a nicely optioned truck though.

Does anyone know what if any EXPLORER badging would have come on the flareside? It had a bright blue stripe package but dont see any explorer emblems or decals - decals may be long gone given the surface rust
I don't have the 1985 Explorer Program brochure scanned in, and it is too big for my scanner. But, in looking through it I find no pictures whatsoever of a Flareside Explorer. No mention of a Flareside at all in the text, at least that I can find. Having said that, the Flareside is mentioned in the price sheet I've embedded below.

But, in the brochure it says:

An Explorer name badge is included on Packages "A", "B", and "C".

The Explorer tape stripe has been eliminated and replaced in 1985 by an Explorer Tu-Tone paint treatment.

Gary, AKA "Gary fellow": Profile

Dad's: '81 F150 Ranger XLT 4x4: Down for restomod: Full-roller "stroked 351M" w/Trick Flow heads & intake, EEC-V SEFI/E4OD/3.50 gears w/Kevlar clutches
Blue: 2015 F150 Platinum 4x4 SuperCrew wearing Blue Jeans & sporting a 3.5L EB & Max Tow
Big Blue: 1985 F250HD 4x4: 460/ZF5/3.55's, D60 w/Ox locker in front & 10.25 Spicer/Trutrac in back, & EEC-V MAF/SEFI

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SCFlareside
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Gary this is really helpful, a big thank you!

If you have a chance, would you mind taking a snapshot of the "color compatability reference chart" on page 5?
1985 Flareside 4x4, Silver, 302, AOD, BFG Mud 33x12.50s.  California truck with 140k original miles :)  (and slowly going up)

1977 F250 4x4 Highboy, Dec '76 production.  NP435 4 Speed, NP205, 4:10s.    Military 36.5s
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SCFlareside
Interesting stuff.  So the explorer package was indeed available on the flaresides but there is a little footnote that says the exterior badge isn't available on the flareside.

They went to a two tone explorer paint scheme but my truck is only one color - bright silver metallic with the blue interior.  It does look like deletion of the two tone was an option as well so that makes sense
1985 Flareside 4x4, Silver, 302, AOD, BFG Mud 33x12.50s.  California truck with 140k original miles :)  (and slowly going up)

1977 F250 4x4 Highboy, Dec '76 production.  NP435 4 Speed, NP205, 4:10s.    Military 36.5s
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Gary Lewis
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Is this what you are looking for? I don't have time right now to scan the whole book, or even just the Color And Trim, tab in but here's Page 5:

Gary, AKA "Gary fellow": Profile

Dad's: '81 F150 Ranger XLT 4x4: Down for restomod: Full-roller "stroked 351M" w/Trick Flow heads & intake, EEC-V SEFI/E4OD/3.50 gears w/Kevlar clutches
Blue: 2015 F150 Platinum 4x4 SuperCrew wearing Blue Jeans & sporting a 3.5L EB & Max Tow
Big Blue: 1985 F250HD 4x4: 460/ZF5/3.55's, D60 w/Ox locker in front & 10.25 Spicer/Trutrac in back, & EEC-V MAF/SEFI

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Gary Lewis
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The reason the exterior badge isn't available on the Flaresides is because it went on the side of the bed.  
Gary, AKA "Gary fellow": Profile

Dad's: '81 F150 Ranger XLT 4x4: Down for restomod: Full-roller "stroked 351M" w/Trick Flow heads & intake, EEC-V SEFI/E4OD/3.50 gears w/Kevlar clutches
Blue: 2015 F150 Platinum 4x4 SuperCrew wearing Blue Jeans & sporting a 3.5L EB & Max Tow
Big Blue: 1985 F250HD 4x4: 460/ZF5/3.55's, D60 w/Ox locker in front & 10.25 Spicer/Trutrac in back, & EEC-V MAF/SEFI

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TheScatch
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Gary Lewis wrote
As the signature says, Big Blue is an XLT Lariat Explorer.  And as the page below says, I think it is a Package B, but with a few things added, like the trailer package, aux battery, and a 460.

I didn't realize the brushed aluminum grill was available pre 1987. I thought that was a bricknose and OBS tailgate.
1986 F-150|Standard Cab|4x2|300Six|C6Transmission w/3.08 rear|Name:TBD
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