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post #1 of (permalink) Old 06-06-2004, 06:07 PM
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Newbe to 4x4\'in With a 81 Bronco need help!

I just bought an 81 Bronco with a 351W bone stock with 11.5x32 tires. I know that the tires are to big by a hair but I will turn to sharp. Checking to see if tranny is still good but I do not know anything about Ford's or 4wheel drives. I have about 1k to send on it. Does anyone have any suggestions for me. I plan to gut the inside and rhino line, home kit, the inside and install waterproof stereo system and having the top & doors off. It will be runnig on the shores of the Outer Banks of NC. [img]images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img]
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 06-07-2004, 09:02 AM
 
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Re: Newbe to 4x4\'in With a 81 Bronco need help!

Swap out all the fluids...engine oil, antifreez, gear oil, transmission, t-case, etc. Always a good start.
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Re: Newbe to 4x4\'in With a 81 Bronco need help!

Thanks, I've got the oils and fluids taken care of. I'm looking for engine mods like electric fan and getting rid of the vaccum hoses. IS there a good carb., intake manifold, headers and exhaust or anything like that.
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Maybe you could talk to 86convert and get his leftover EFI parts and swap from carb tp EFI.
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The Autolite 2100 is a good carb and relatively easy to find. Keep in mind that this is a wheeling carb not street performer. You would probably be better with a 4V carb for the street. autolite 2100
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I'll second GT rider's suggestion. You sure you have all the maintenance covered? Diff's, tcase, tranny, engine oil, not to mention a good thorough radiator flush? Point is, if you have a grand, and you put a nice stereo in her, and do your stuff with the doors/top, and you are all good to go, but have not thoroughly gone through front axles (bearings, regreasing), all fluids, tune up, ujoints, etc. which may surprise you and cost you a pretty penny more than you imagined, you likely will be spending lots of time broke down. But hey, you'll have your stereo. [img]images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img]

cover ALL maintenance first. this is an old truck. If it has not been well cared for, it likely needs a lot of it (maintenance).
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Re: Newbe to 4x4\'in With a 81 Bronco need help!

And when you do the fluids dont forget the gaskets. Just as important.
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Re: Newbe to 4x4\'in With a 81 Bronco need help!

[img]images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img]Thanks for the advice, but I know engine rebuilds. What I don't know is 4-wheel driving and good gadgets for off-road driving.
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Re: Newbe to 4x4\'in With a 81 Bronco need help!

If you are getting into 'froading seriously then you want to concentrate on two things Clearance and traction. Clearance is achieved with bigger tires. You can get these on with sufficient lift and wheelwell cutting. Obviously the higher you go the higher your center of gravity becomes so it's a toss up. Fender trimming is cool because it's cheap and you retain more of your center of gravity. Traction is achieved first with the ability to keep your tires on the ground. Creating your own ideas on this will probably pay off if you do your research. Installing a garbage lift will just get you that a lift. A good system will enable your suspension to flex thus keeping your tires on the ground. Last is the locker. The ability to have power to all 4 wheels is verry handy especially in those situations when you are unable to keep all 4 on the ground. There are tradeoffs every step of the way. The more offroad worthy your truck becomes will adversely affect the streetability of such rig. Get gadgets out of your head. Stop thinking kits and start thinking of what needs to be done to get what you want. I have to agree with the adage that true 4 wheelers aren't bought they are built. Start thinking of parts as alot of what you will use is readilly available in your local bone yard. Make a goal on what you want to achieve and take small steps to get there.
Oh there is one gadget I highly recomend. lol. York Air Compressor. It utilizes a stock York air conditioning pump and converts it to an air pump. They are awsome and it only took me like $100 to build. Feel free to email or pm me at any time with questions. I'll help you if I can. NORM
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Re: Newbe to 4x4\'in With a 81 Bronco need help!

Thanks for all the help. Any more thoughts on beach crusing or sand running in Cape Hatteras give a shout. [img]images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img] [img]images/graemlins/beach.gif[/img]
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