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post #21 of 44 (permalink) Old 03-18-2017, 05:26 PM Thread Starter
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Well local pullapart didn't have tank so ended up ordering one from rockauto since they were the cheapest I trusted lol. So another quick question one of the fuel lines the return I believe has big crack in it right where connector is. Is there somewhere to get new lines or can you just make new ones? thanks for the help

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Dorman sells a replacement connector. Can't remember if you need a 90 degree:

Dorman Products - 800-051

Or straight connector:

Dorman Products - 800-054

Also, make sure those are the right size. I can't remember for sure. I think advance sells them in the "help" section so you can compare them to original and return if necessary.
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I ordered the straight as that's what was on there says it will fit 5/16 or 3/8 I guess ill see once it gets here. I guess I can swing by parts store on way home tomorrow and see if they have any in stock. Online I says they don't but I know that's no always the case....

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So quick update got the tank, sending unit, and fuel line fitting in yesterday... Hoped to work on the truck and get everything mounted back in butttt sending unit was damaged during shipping as soon as i pulled it out of the box which was dinged up pretty good noticed the flange was bent bad... So after quick talk with rockauto there is another one on the way but it will not be here til tuesday.... I guess that gives more time for me to scrap mud and rattle can the frame and undercarriage....

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Well the new sending unit rockauto sent fits great.. But the fuel line quick connect is too small..... Anyone know the part number for a 3/8 quick connect? Both the 800-051 and 800-054 are 5/16 as it says online. I need the return size which appears to be 3/8. thanks in advance for any help...

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So turns out 800-055 is the 5/16 fuel line with 3/8 connector for future reference....

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So been little while since posted anything so here is update. Tank is up and running. Now got a heavy power steering hose leak and split headers. Had to get new ujoints for drive shaft late today but trans did seem to spin in forward and reverse.

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Got new ujoints installed in driveshaft yesterday and bolted back in. Fired her up and drove her around in the pasture for few mins before running down to put a few more gallons of gas in the tank. She shifts out pretty smooth and has good bit of play driving down the road. The tie rod ends and ball joints need replaced soon... Radio and windows didn't work so decided to tackle that after got home. Window motors are shot the magnets came loose and armatures are chewed up from bearing failure. Radio was all kinda rigged up and butchered so had to redo all the wiring on it but now we have tunes. She still has a lot to go but considering i'm still in this project for just under 600 right now I am pretty pleased....
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cool deal. if you're replacing tie rods and ball joints, may want to look at radius arm bushings too, they can affect alignment as well and are usually original and worn out. they are a bit of a pain to do on the 91 and older broncos since the radius arm bracket is riveted to the frame. you either have to completely disassemble the front end, or drill out the rivets and remove the brackets. also, if the bushings have been bad for a while, they might have ruined the brackets. check that the hole in the bracket is still perfectly round, not oval shaped. the brackets can be purchased for like $30 each on amazon and other places.

also, these bronco steering boxes are famous for getting sloppy after many years. there are a few options to fix it, but stay away from the generic parts store remans as they usually just replace the seals and dont fix the issue. the 3 most popular options are: rebuilt steering box from Redhead Steering, motorcraft reman steering box, or upgrading to the 4-bolt steering box found on many newer f250's, 350's, and e-vans. heres a thread with some details:

red-head vs motorcraft vs 1-ton gear box swap

another place that could be causing slop is the steering shaft. i havent looked into this much so i dont know much about it, but it is the next step i will take to get all the slop out of the steering in my 87.

but im kinda in the same boat as you are, i need to replace my ball joints, radius arm bushings, etc. ill get to that in a little bit once i fix a few other things on the bronco.
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Looks like a steal of a find congrats!
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Got her cleaned up a little in this nice AL heat lol

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Well little weekend update found the excessive oil leak in the front that i thought was main seal turned out to be the manual oil pressure sensor had gotten lose so under pressure it was flowing pretty good.... Had issue with radio wiring at night turned out to be wrong switch wire was used. Inside was pretty trashed I thought to start with but cleaned up decent for 28 year old truck thats been abused lol.. here's a few pics




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Have windshield scheduled for next friday afternoon and turns out the windshield wipers do not work so there is another issue to tackle this week.........

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Have windshield scheduled for next friday afternoon and turns out the windshield wipers do not work so there is another issue to tackle this week.........
the project never ends with these broncos.

hey nate, i may need to do the fuel line replacement fitting on my 87 like you did on yours. since i have never actually used that kit before i had a few questions. first off, IIRC the kit is just a barbed connector a piece of fuel line with the quick connect on one end. you simply cut off the end of the existing fuel line and push in the barbed connector to join the two lines, right? do you use any hose clamps with it? also, are all the fuel lines on your bronco 5/16" diameter? i know the fittings themselves can either be 3/8" or 5/16" but what about the line itself?

thanks and keep up the good work on your bronco!
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the project never ends with these broncos.

hey nate, i may need to do the fuel line replacement fitting on my 87 like you did on yours. since i have never actually used that kit before i had a few questions. first off, IIRC the kit is just a barbed connector a piece of fuel line with the quick connect on one end. you simply cut off the end of the existing fuel line and push in the barbed connector to join the two lines, right? do you use any hose clamps with it? also, are all the fuel lines on your bronco 5/16" diameter? i know the fittings themselves can either be 3/8" or 5/16" but what about the line itself?

thanks and keep up the good work on your bronco!
Yes you just cut and press in I used some light oil to help it. There isn't any need for hose clamps from what was in the instructions and its a TIGHT fit anyway. At the fuel tank both lines were 5/16" and the feed line had 5/16" fitting and the return had a 3/8" fitting. On mine you could actually fix without dropping the tank. Anything else just ask its pretty simple repair.

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Yes you just cut and press in I used some light oil to help it. There isn't any need for hose clamps from what was in the instructions and its a TIGHT fit anyway. At the fuel tank both lines were 5/16" and the feed line had 5/16" fitting and the return had a 3/8" fitting. On mine you could actually fix without dropping the tank. Anything else just ask its pretty simple repair.
thanks. i noticed a slight leak on the return line going from the engine back into the reservoir, in between the fitting and the hose itself. good to know that the return line at the tank is 3/8", i would have assumed it would have been 5/16" and the supply side would be 3/8". ill compare the fitting at the pump to the fitting i need to replace to see which size i need.
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thanks. i noticed a slight leak on the return line going from the engine back into the reservoir, in between the fitting and the hose itself. good to know that the return line at the tank is 3/8", i would have assumed it would have been 5/16" and the supply side would be 3/8". ill compare the fitting at the pump to the fitting i need to replace to see which size i need.
The fuel line for return and feed are the same 5/16" its only the return connector that is 3/8". I thought they were both the same at first and ordered the wrong one to start with It's my assumption they did that to keep from reversing the lines by accident...

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Well after cleaning and messing her and there I never really paid any attention to the mileage mainly cause truck was so cheap but appears it only has little over 102k that is if it's correct. Motor has real good compression and fires right up. Still havent took it very far due to the cracked exhaust manifolds. Should have some headers on the way within the next week or so and still need to find some useable tires to ride around on.

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