Way Outta Control
Join Date: Sep 1999
Location: The Palouse
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Re: Help for a Jeep newbie
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anyone want a Bronco, Cheap?
Yep! Me! But it'd have to be awfull cheap cuz' I'm retired.. and it'd have to have an automatic transmission.. and I'd need to drive it home... and then I'd have to explain to the wife, and then I'd need a divorce lawyer, and then I'd need to explain that to the kids...
Humm... it may not be worth it.
Please completly fill out your profile so we know who we're talkin' to.. what type of vehicle you have, etc. It does help when we attempt to give opinions cloaked in advice statements! [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img]
But in all seriousness my old 85 Bronco was a GREAT vehicle. I loved it till the straight six threw a rod and piston through the block. That was exciting... And you're correct that it did get horrible gas mileage... and always ran way too rich. That year Ford was trying to perfect the feed back carb... (can you Jeepers say "BBD" [img]images/icons/frown.gif[/img]) But I loved it none the less! You can't beat ol' american iron...
If you're really concerned about MPG have you considered fuel injecting the engine?
EFI should give you some good gains for far less total costs than dumping the Bronco and replacing it wth a Jeep. I believe Howell Systems does make a system for the FOMOCO engines and there are other ways to accomplish EFI on that engine... you just gotta be a little daring and plunge in. A thousand dollars here and a thousand dollars there and pretty soon you're talkin' real money.
Were it me, and the Bronco was in decent shape... I'd keep it, fuel inject it, and run it into the ground... rebuild it and start all over again.
Oh my heck I miss my ol' Bronco.