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!
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.
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...
That is one nice looking bronco. Very jealous of the condition yours is in.
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
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Non Defrost rear window for a bronco
Available to trade or sell
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