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FrazerJames
Here she is! First 24 hours of ownership. It wasn’t without a fight (stalled 2 blocks away from the house), but she’s home. Now to begin the “sitting for 12 years in a garage” rebuild/update process. As you can see she’s in ridiculously nice condition already. Most of the my upgrades will be mechanical, but I do plan on changing the appearance slightly:



Steps to salvation:
1. Fix the fuel issue
2. New Tires
3. Upgrade Carb?
4. Replace window seals
5. Rewire headlights
6. Add rollbar (With rear shoulder seatbelt attachment) and softtop
7. Move to the 81 grill
8. Change front bumper to chrome
9. Clear turn lens
10. Upgrade rear bumper and add tire carrier
11. Repair driver seat split seams

And that’s just what I know about. I haven’t even dug into the brakes condition (although they feel pretty good so far). Pretty excited to get this thing going!
1983 Bronco 4.9 300 I6
Current Name: Whitney
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Gary Lewis
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That is a REALLY NICE Bronco!  You've done well.  Chosen wisely.  

If by "rewire the headlights" you mean you are adding a headlight relay harness, then I'm very much in agreement.  These trucks need that in the worst way as the wiring and switches were marginal when new, and they are far from new.

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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FrazerJames
Thanks Gary! Yep! The relay harness!

I thought I saw a kit somewhere for it that someone was selling but I can’t seem to find it anymore. I’ll probably just collect the pieces according to your documentation.
1983 Bronco 4.9 300 I6
Current Name: Whitney
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Gary Lewis
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Both LMC and JBG, as well as many others, sell a plug-in harness.  No need for cutting, soldering, etc.  That's the way I'd go.  There's a discussion about it here: http://forum.garysgaragemahal.com/Lighting-tp66231p66674.html
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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Dorsai
NICE!
Matthew
1980 F-150 Custom 2wd longbed, 300-6, C6, 2.75 rear axle
Atlanta GA
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Sac79
Very nice indeed, inside and outside!
Rob

Eddy Myrtle '84 F150 300 I-6, Offenhauser C series intake, Edelbrock 1404, EFI exhaust manifold, HEI, custom Painless harness, NP 435, NP 208, 1.5" leveling coils, 265/75/16 tires.
Toyopet (Daily driver) '86 Toyota Pickup
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Rembrant
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She looks to be in outstanding condition! Nice score.
1984 F150 4X2 Flareside. Mild 302 w/ M5R2 5spd swap.
1980 F150 4X4 Flareside  Disassembly and inspection stage...
1993 E350 Cutaway RV. 460EFI Covid-19 2020 project.

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Current Name: Whitney
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Gary Lewis
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That's a wonderful looking Merc!
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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ArdWrknTrk
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How much are you asking?

My preference would be blue or mustard, but it is, as you say, immaculate.  
 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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Machspeed
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Very nice! Can I ask what that sold for?
John

"Blackie" - 1986 F150 4x4 - Mildly warmed over 351W HO - Original owner
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FrazerJames
A bit over $10K.
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FrazerJames
First step - getting it from the street to the garage. The battery definitely needed charging. The starter is working much better with actual power. :)

Still took a while to get it running though. I still think it’s a fuel issue so I’m dropping the tank and replacing the sending unit (probably this weekend). I took some video of it running because I could hear some sort of rhythmic wheeze or “honking” coming from the engine bay while in idle. By the time I got the hood up and filming it was just going away, so this video probably won’t help identify it. Of note, though, is the clear fuel filter I’d like some insight on. In the mercedes there is usually some air in the prefilter. Not sure if it’s the same for the Ford... While in idle for a while it started dropping rpm and going back up. I assume that’s the carb doing its job, but, again, I’m new to carbs...

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Current Name: Whitney
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Gary Lewis
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I don't hear the "wheeze" in the video.  A bit of clatter though.

And the fuel filters I've installed do about what yours is doing.  Air in them is normal from what I've seen.  Apparently the relatively low pressure and flow don't push all of the air 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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FrazerJames
Yeah, it went away right as I started filming. Sounded like maybe a poor vacuum seal? Or maybe the vacuum pump struggling?

The clatter you’re referring to - fuel related? I’m not sure how they sound in good order.
1983 Bronco 4.9 300 I6
Current Name: Whitney
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1986F150Six
Beautiful Bronco!
1986 F150 4.9L manual O.D. 3.08 Duraspark MSD ignition w/ no EGR
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FrazerJames
Thanks for the compliment!

Gary - The clatter you’re referring to - fuel related? I’m not sure how they sound in good order.
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Current Name: Whitney
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FrazerJames
Ugly on the inside. Yikes. Just replacing the whole tank at this point.

I’m wondering how to check to see if the hard lines need to be replaced up to the pump.

Also, there’s a black plastic hose that when from the tank to the filler - I assume it’s an air release for easier pumping? Either way, I accidentally removed it and have no idea how to put it back.







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Current Name: Whitney
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IDIBronco
That is one nice looking bronco.  Very jealous of the condition yours is in.
1985 Bronco 6.9 IDI,C6 T19, hydroboost brakes, 8 Lug coil sprung D44ttb, 10.25 3:55, modified BRICKNOSE warn classic bumper, 8274 warn winch, Saginaw Conversion Currently looking to get Non Defrost rear window for a bronco Available to trade or sell Parting a 1991 F250 extended cab, 5.8, zf5 4x4 Parting a 1980 E150 4 speed manual van
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