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post #1 of (permalink) Old 05-17-2003, 08:12 PM
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im thinkin about buyin this bronco down the street its a '90 with a rebuilt 351 and 36in MT belted tires. Theres a few problems with it # 1 is the 4 wheel drive doesn't work, the guy said something about the gears in the back are too high for the front or something like that. # 2 is the manifold is leaking and # 3 its got one bad ball joint. all i need to know is how much about will it cost and can it be done easily.
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Sounds like he did a gear ratio change in the rear (taller gears) but didnt have the cash to do the front, so your talking at least 5 bills there up to a grand to match the axle ratio`s but then you dont even know if the transfer case works [img]images/graemlins/smirk.gif[/img]

Labor on ball-joint r&r varies depending on where you take it, somewhere between $50-100 each not including the ball-joints themselves and of course theres 4, so if ones gone south , you might as well do them all, then a realignment will be in order. You could do this yourself and save a ton of money, auto parts stores will rent you a ball joint press and big bronco site has an excellent riteup on replacing them yourself.

How much is he asking?

Id be a little wary buying it if you cant even try it in 4WD first though, cuz their could be a LOT more problems than just mismatched gears...
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thanks, hes asking 5 grand, he said its got a new transfer case
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Has he done any other mods to the truck? Im assuming its lifted to fit those 36" tires, but how much? Is there a big block under the rear springs, or does it have an addaleaf in the pack? What kind of shape is the body and interior in?
Oh, and what ratios are in each axle? It would cost alot of cash if you had to regear both axles to adequately spin those 36s [img]images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img]
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[img]images/graemlins/goodpost.gif[/img] These are all good questions. What are you going to use the vehicle for? 5k is alot of pizza for a trail rig. You could buy one for alot cheaper than that and build it up yourself for cheaper. It sounds like he started something that he doesn't want to finish, look at it carfully before purchase.
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MTpiney871- i bought my first bronco 1980 xlt it had 7" of total lift 36" mudders nice bronco i thought paid 5000.00
few years later i find that the frame was cracked right behind the drivers rad. arm drop bracket now i took her on some crazy ass rides but i didn't do the damage as it had been welded. my advice to you would be to buy a bronco in stock form and build from there it will cost alot less then you think i bought my second bronco 93 eddie bauer newer motor with 40,000 rest of drivetrain had 200,000 all stock paid 1800.00 since then i bought new battery $75.00,warn premium manual hubs $120.,starter $99.,front brake calipers and pads $80.(1 locked up so i replaced both)got a great deal on 4 new 31" bfg tires for $150.00
i replaced all above item within the first 9 month's of owning it which i think would be normal for what i paid for it and it did sit for 1 year before i purchased it.
last month i bought 4" rancho lift $860.00 and 6 rs9000 shock with the in cab control $550. installed myself with some help from my brother and neice's boyfriend.
so total with the bronco i have invested roughly $3700.00 granted it's only $1300.00 less then the 90 bronco your looking at but i know what i have. just my 2 cents
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