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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-13-2003, 03:36 AM Thread Starter
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1985 Bronco II 4x4
2.8L carb
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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]

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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]
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Check out The Ranger Station for tons of info on upgrades ect. to do on the lil sucker. This is the site that made me a believer in the lil trucks.
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Cool Swap in a 4.0 and you got a powerful wheeler. supercharge it and you got a tire burner1! I've had thought of putting one of them bodies on the full size frame. Face it, smaller is better for hard core wheeling. We have a local with BII 4.0 swap, 9 inch rear and solid D44 up front. It goes anywhere he wants it to.
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i seen a B2 one time that had a supercharged 3.8 from a SC t-bird with D44/9" combo from an EB. and he could smoke 35" boggers..
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Could that actually be EEC-III Muddy?
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Re: \"Baby Bronco or big Bronco?\" - Now I say baby!

Shilo, nope, I pulled the kick panel cover and it said EEC-IV right on the box [img]images/graemlins/smirk.gif[/img] Weird stuff, it even has the same test connector that our trucks have, though I don't think it has a check engine light so I'm not sure if it even stores codes or not. It does have an "emission" light though, could be the same thing.

For those that have pulled motors... our garage has 2x10" beams that are attached to monster beams at 90 using those little brackets that support the smaller beams from below and screw into the big beam with 4 or 6 little screws. Those things have always looked weak to me, but how strong are they really? Strong enough to yank a V6 out? Or should we put a piece of pipe between 2 adjacent beams to spread the load?
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Re: \"Baby Bronco or big Bronco?\" - Now I say baby!

I buoght a 84 F140 2wd for a parts truck once and found a computer under the dash. It was carbed. Prolly the same kinda setup that chevy tried to use on mid 80's Camaro's to make emissions standards but with a carb instead of injection. Feedback electronic carberation. Scary thought. Kinda like Robocop. 1/2 carb 1/2 injection.

Anyway. Beaters kick a$$ except when it's you're daily driver.
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muddy, i have hanged my whoel zuk from two rafters in my shop......
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You are going to have soooooo much fun with that little sucker, I will always have a BII strictly for beating and general atv work. I seen to have really good luck with that 2.8, doesn't seem to have the overheating issues that the 2.9's do plus the last time I flopped it on its side it kept running till I turned the key! [img]images/graemlins/shocked.gif[/img] Here is a pic of me squished into my $500 gem.
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Those little BII's are definitely fun to play with! A buddy of mine has one, but the last time we used it was during the first snow of the winter. Since then we have striped it down to the frame for a massive 'trailer-queen special' overhaul [img]images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img] [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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