87' BRONCO, LIKE NEW

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87' BRONCO, LIKE NEW

Ray Cecil
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What a cream puff, just a couple scratches here and there. Normal wear for a 32 year old Bronco...

Someone asked why I was hiding this in a photo I took of something else. Well, here is the grand tour of this "Like New" bronco that was given to me by a friend. You'll understand in about three minutes why I am hiding it.

Ray Cecil
1982 Flareside 300 Six, Hedman Dual Header, NP208, SROD 4 Speed, 1 Wire HEI
1969 Impala Custom Coupe, 86,000 miles, 327, Powerglide (FOR SALE/TRADE)
1999 Silverado, 349,000 miles, 5.3 Automatic Z71 4WD
2008 Tahoe 2WD 5.3 with Cylinder Deactivation mode (wife's)

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Gary Lewis
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Yes, I see what you mean.  But, it does have the quad shock arrangement.  And probably some of the underhood things would be valuable.  Part it out!
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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Steve83
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 Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaigh!!!!!!
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Ray Cecil
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I thought about taking the body off and making a tubular rock crawler chassis on it.
Ray Cecil
1982 Flareside 300 Six, Hedman Dual Header, NP208, SROD 4 Speed, 1 Wire HEI
1969 Impala Custom Coupe, 86,000 miles, 327, Powerglide (FOR SALE/TRADE)
1999 Silverado, 349,000 miles, 5.3 Automatic Z71 4WD
2008 Tahoe 2WD 5.3 with Cylinder Deactivation mode (wife's)

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Steve83
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About 10 years ago, a guy built a micro-HEMTT body on a Bronco chassis, and was working on making it fully-amphibious.  Another guy swapped an E350 PSTD into a Bronco chassis, taught himself to weld, and then built a near-perfect HMMWV replica body on it.  He even got a few sponsors to pay for paint and a few finishing parts, and then took the truck on tour.

You're lucky that thing came with auto hub locks - the axles with factory manual locks are nightmares.
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Rembrant
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Ray, why are you hiding this thing out back? Why not put it in the front yard, huh? C'mon! lol.

If you're parting the thing out, make sure you remove...

Delay wiper switch and module (if equipped) to swap into your truck (if not equipped).
Steering shaft if it's in OK condition (what is the condition of the upper joint rubber on yours?)
Brake master cylinder and booster (Even if it's just for spare parts for later on your truck)
Front and rear swaybars if equipped, but I can't see any in the pictures.

I'm sure Steve83 can tell you more.
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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ArdWrknTrk
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Sometimes I wonder how I got subscribed there these threads...
The alert me box isn't even checked as I reply.

Looks like lawn art to me.
If it was a little bigger it would make a nice chicken coop.
 Jim,
Lil'Red is a '87 F250 HD, 4.10's, 1356 4x4, Zf-5, 3G, PMGR, Saginaw PS, desmogged with an Edelbrock 1826 and Performer intake.
Too much other stuff to mention.
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Ray Cecil
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Steve, I will have to google all that.

Cory, it does have sway bars, I already removed them. I just bought a brand new master cylinder and booster, so not going to need this other one for awhile. Me and Matt where thinking about the bronco yesterday....we might make a tube frame and wheel it.

Jim, im not sure either....but I just built a coop.

Ray Cecil
1982 Flareside 300 Six, Hedman Dual Header, NP208, SROD 4 Speed, 1 Wire HEI
1969 Impala Custom Coupe, 86,000 miles, 327, Powerglide (FOR SALE/TRADE)
1999 Silverado, 349,000 miles, 5.3 Automatic Z71 4WD
2008 Tahoe 2WD 5.3 with Cylinder Deactivation mode (wife's)

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Rembrant
Does your truck have delay wipers? Does the Bronco?
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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Ray Cecil
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Rembrant wrote
Does your truck have delay wipers? Does the Bronco?
The truck does not. Im not sure about the bronco. Ill check this weekend.
Ray Cecil
1982 Flareside 300 Six, Hedman Dual Header, NP208, SROD 4 Speed, 1 Wire HEI
1969 Impala Custom Coupe, 86,000 miles, 327, Powerglide (FOR SALE/TRADE)
1999 Silverado, 349,000 miles, 5.3 Automatic Z71 4WD
2008 Tahoe 2WD 5.3 with Cylinder Deactivation mode (wife's)

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Rembrant
Ray Cecil wrote
The truck does not. Im not sure about the bronco. Ill check this weekend.
It's worth grabbing if the Bronco has it. Only takes 5 mins to remove. I took one out of a 1991 F250 for my truck but haven't installed it yet. If it has delay, there's a little black module up in the dash just above in the wiper switch.

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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Gary Lewis
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And you can tell because the wiper switch will turn one notch ccw of off, which is the delay position.  At least that's the way I remember it.
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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Steve83
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It turns ~90° back from OFF, which is the delay adjustment (no detent).  You can tell when you try to remove the wiper switch because the harness connector is red (instead of black), and it will have an extra ground wire riveted to the case (which most people break off because they can't find the ground screw up in the dash, or get a tool on it; so that almost ruins the switch).



If you want more control over your HVAC system, and you don't mind pulling your dash, the '87-early '88 HVAC control & inside box are fairly easy to swap in.  But if you have 2 fuel tanks, you'd lose that switch, so you'd have to add one somewhere.  The '87 might plug in, and it would certainly do the job, but you'd have to find a location for it.

If the A/C is still charged, it can be lifted out as a unit, and dropped onto a similar (serpentine) engine.

The '87-91 taillights swap directly, and have a wraparound reverse window.

The t-case (whether it's the common BW1356 or the rarer BW1342) is a stronger upgrade to the NP208F, but the original shifter MIGHT not work with them, which would mean cutting a hole in the floor for the '87 shifter, and covering the original hole.  Either way, you'd have to convert the original rear driveshaft to fixed-yoke, or buy a replacement (the Bronco d'shaft won't fit an F).

The sun visors with hang-hooks are an upgrade, if the interior is the same color.  Same for the A-pillar trim.

The cruise control is identical, other than the location of the VSS (but the '87 VSS/speedo cable is compatible with the older t-case, if the '87 trans is physically longer or equal length to yours).

If the t/g is in decent condition, it's worth a few hundred.  The glass alone is worth ~$40; ~$60 with a good defrost grid.

The steering column or wheel will swap.  The doors or any of their parts will swap.  The pinhole wiper valance is a good swap.  The w/s trim & wiper arms are identical (but the '94-96/7 arms are slightly better, and I prefer the black trim).  All Broncos have 3" rear springs, so if your truck has 2.5", you could swap all that (requiring cutting rivets, bolting those brackets to your frame, and you SHOULD always use new U-bolts).