Mud in my Veins
Join Date: Oct 1999
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\"Baby Bronco or big Bronco?\" - Now I say baby!
1985 Bronco II 4x4
5 spd stick
BW1350 manual stick t-case w/2.48 low range
Dana 28 TTB front with factory manual dial hubs that mount on the wheel flange
7.5" FORD rear (both axles open with 3.45 gears)
awesome bald p235 tires on 15x6" wheels [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
My brother just bought this sucker for $500 and we drove it home [img]images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img] Truck is complete and everything works except the flywheel ring gear teeth are stripped so we have to pull start it for now, though the starter is brand new [img]images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img] It has A/C too but we're told it doesn't work and we don't care since this is a superbeater truck, but maybe it will work as an air compressor. The 5 spd shifts great and has a hydraulic clutch. The engine runs well, smokes a little on startup but that's about it, but damn it leaks like no tomorrow!! The whole undercarriage has a 1/4" thick layer of oilmud because of the leaks. I think we've decided to pull the motor to fix the flywheel rather than drop the tranny, so it will get new crank seals and oilpan seal during that time. It has some kind of noise that the PO thought was in the top end but it almost sounds like an exhaust leak or smog pump to me... another thing to check when the motor's out.
Here's where the weirdness comes in: yes it's a carb but under the passenger kick panel is a friggin EEC-IV computer! [img]images/graemlins/blush.gif[/img] It even has an EGR valve, charcoal canister, air injection to the exhaust, smog pump, TFI module, and all that annoying stuff. It's weird, some sort of hybrid between a carb and EFI. Oh well, it starts easy enough and ran fine on its maiden voyage up behind the house, which is a fairly nasty trail thanks to its daddy [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] There's a fairly steep hill on one section and it motored on up, no problem at all. Unfortunately I wanted to ride in the baby rather than my truck so the 4 of us hopped in our only vehicle. Bad idea.
It had no problem with anything even when getting a couple feet of air under the front tires... until we came to a bad washout where we had to creep across to avoid planting the front end. Unfortunately my bro killed it as we popped out of the wash, so we tried to push it up the next hill but just couldn't make it with the recent rain and no grip on our boots. Luckily, we were able to roll start it in reverse down the hill but of course unless you have 3 feet that makes it difficult to stop the truck and rev the engine to keep it going, but since this is a beater he just concentrated on revving it and left his backwards course to fate. I figured he'd hit a tree and that would stop it, but no he drifted over into the wash and BAM the rear flew over it and the front tires landed right in it.
Damn, at this point I knew we would have to walk the 1/2 mile though the woods to the house with no flashlight to get my truck, but first we had some fun and loaded 2 people in the cargo area on the passenger side, since the front driver side tire was way down into the abyss such that the front bumper was just even with the normal ground level. The front axle was definitely not going to clear the ground going forward, so we tried to back up. I'll be damned if the little Deuce didn't back straight out of there with a little spin of the bald 28" tall tires! [img]images/graemlins/40BEER.gif[/img] Impressive is an understatement, I immediately appreciated how easily these little trucks can be unstuck! It should be unstoppable when we put on the 31" muds, or maybe 35" if we can clear them with some hacking [img]images/graemlins/shocked.gif[/img]
Sorry for such a long story but if you'd been there you would've seen how heroic the little B2 seemed when it came through for us [img]images/graemlins/smirk.gif[/img] Here's a couple more pics, the first one is where we plan to cut the top and pop out the glass to make it topless, of course removing the liftgate altogether. It also shows how much fender we're going to cut so that we can eventually get 35's under there since I have an extra set. The other pic shows the flange style lockout covers that didn't appear to have a rubber seal on them when I pulled them off, maybe the lug nut pressure makes them seal to the hub? The final pic is of the interior and a real 4x4 stick, which is foreign to me [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
I'm sure it will end up with full width D44 and 9" axles with lower gears, and eventually a 302/C4 combo, but for now it seems like a pretty stout setup for 35's and open diffs [img]images/graemlins/givemebeer.gif[/img]
It's like the son my truck never had [img]images/graemlins/chairfall.gif[/img]