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Ever Seen a Mercury Mountaineer With V-8 Power, an Atlas T-Case, and Dual Winches?

Reader’s Ride: This Mountaineer is at home in the Alaska mountains.

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We love when you send us photos and info on your 4x4! Here's a look at Brad and Laura Swartz's 1997 Mercury Mountaineer and a Q&A with the owners.

Vehicle: 1997 Mercury Mountaineer
Owners: Brad & Lana Swartz, Delta Junction, Alaska

Tires/Wheels
17/47-17 Super Swamper LTB/17x10 Fuel

Suspension (f/r)
6-inch Pro Comp lift
King coilovers/Super Duty leaf springs
Sky's reverse shackles
Pro Comp shocks

Drivetrain
4R70W transmission
Advance Adapters Atlas 3.8 T-case with NorthWest FabWorks BlackBox underdrive
1997 F-350 Dana 60 front axle
35-spline chromoly 'shafts
Ford 10.25-inch rear axle
Zip locker
Barnes 4WD disc brakes
5.38 gears

Performance
5.0L V-8
Dual exhaust
Snorkel

Other Mods
Full hydraulic steering
Smittybilt 9.5 front winch
13,000-pound Boar rear winch
Custom bumpers
Exocage
Rock sliders
Folding boom on roof for lifting game

Interview

Four Wheeler: Does everything work the way you want?
Brad Swartz: Works great, 86,000 miles.

FW: Funniest wheeling incident?
BS: First off-road trip the steering locked up, turned out to be the clock spring.

FW: Anything to add?
BS: Steering-wheel air bag has been deleted, would like to update the factory front seats.

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