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post #41 of 266 (permalink) Old 03-02-2016, 04:39 PM
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The stock radio out of that 86 f250 still works lol

But I don't listen to music really, so it didn't bug me when the free sub box and amp my buddy wired up got wet. Needed room for goose decoys anyway

That mouthy ass 351W makes all the tunes I need :-) it needs headers. :-/ looks like they did everything but that :-/

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I don't know about ya'll but I am a sucker for keeping the window sticker from my new vehicles! 1st used vehicle I ever bought that came with one...

Looky there, a Texas truck. It was meant to be!!!

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damn... this is going to be much harder than I expected.
nice work guys. got me hooked for the month already.

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Chapter 5:
With the sound rocking, I turned my attention to the pale yellow light Ford called headlights. I have good eye sight but struggled to see at night.

I ordered some new light housings so that I could take my time with this build. Here I am running the bi-xenon high beam wires for the actuator which sits in the light housing.

I wanted the headlights blacked out, so I coated the reflective chrome finish with oven cleaner and it wiped right off!

After modding the projector shroud, a test fit. I hit the shrouds with oven cleaner also and coated with Plasti Dip.

Ready for reassembly!

Quick test however… lol

Baked, sealed and ready for install.

Let there be light - low beams

Let there be more light - high beams


The Beast is really shaping up...
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damn... this is going to be much harder than I expected.
nice work guys. got me hooked for the month already.
It's going to be a Great Month !!!
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One of the first things I noticed about the Bronco was that it was very sluggish. I could only hold speed on flat roads, but anything more than a 1° incline, and I'd start losing speed.

It still had plenty of strength, it just had no real power. I remember lots of times where I'd have to put my hazards on because I could only hold 25mph on an incline where the speed limit was 65. It was embarrassing, but I just figured it was because I had a 300 six. (Again, ignorance!)

Either way, it still always took me where I wanted to go, so I didn't complain too much.
This is at 9000 ft. on its first backpacking trip. 4 adults, 2 dogs, 4 packpacks, and it pulled like a mule.




Had a creek crossing that came up to the doors. Had to floor it to make it through.



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To address the power issue, I researched an upgraded exhaust system.

The nice thing about the carb'd 300 and the EFI 300 is that the heads are virtually the same, aside from some minor differences, so any manifolds that fit on an EFI engine will fit on a carb'd engine.

The exhaust manifolds for the fuel injected engine are a major boost to performance over the anemic stock log exhaust manifold.

I also decided that, while I was at it, I'd upgrade to a 2.5" exhaust.

I still have to pass emissions, so I needed a quality cat. (Even if I didn't, I'd still put on on, but that's a different topic).

My new muffler and cat. The size difference of the cat was impressive.



I immediately found out what all my power problems had been for the first few years of owning it. (This is circa 2008). The cat was completely plugged and had even blown out chunks, which had lodged themselves sideways in the muffler. The poor engine was struggling to get any exhaust out.



Exhaust size difference. 1.75" to 2.5". Exhaust area went from 2.4 square inches to 4.9 square inches. Over double.


Fresh new exhaust pipes. I did the exhaust myself and basically replaced everything from the head to the tailpipe. Not a single piece of the original exhaust system remained.



The original log manifold:



The "new" EFI manifolds:



I didn't bother with prettying them up.










So not only did I restore the original power that was lost from the plugged system, but I turned it up a notch (or two). Even with the 1bbl carburetor, I had a huge boost in power. I could easily pass on the interstate, climb hills without slowing too much, and could now do the speed limit, which was 75 at the time (now 80). Not only that, but it went from a buzzy little exhaust, so full, deep, and throaty.

8 years later and I'm still running it without a single issue. It's solid as a rock, and still performs and sounds amazing.


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I was in an off road recovery group I mentioned earlier, I liked / like helping people when they need it and not charging anything. Lots of free beer this way tho.....

I also use the truck when we have floods to putt around the neighborhoods and help out where I can, winching and cutting trees out of the road etc.

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Lots of those pics but they all show the same thing.... the bronco putting in work. This is not a show truck, I don't expect awards lol I used the hell out of this old rag, gonna keep it alive no matter what.


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Chapter 6:
So I figured while I was at it, might as well add some fog lights. I am not a big fan of the huge light bars that everyone has now, so I opted to use LED cubes. After some careful consideration, I decided to use the existing bumper cutouts to house them. Perfect fit and no noticeable cooling issues!

I found a couple of companies that sell brackets for this, however, I did not want to wait… lol I used 3" L-brackets to mod my own setup.

Test fit.

Attaching the brackets were easier than I thought.

I was going to originally install only two up front and use two as backup lights.

But after test fitting the other pair I really liked the look!

AAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!!

Fogs only.

Fogs and low beams.

Fogs and high beams!


hhhhmmmmm (scratching head) Now what?

I know you are asking yourself, "Does this guy get that rig dirty?" Trust me, this is a story and the good parts come later!
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This was Ice-magedon 2015 in Dallas. A little less than a year ago, almost 5 inches on snow that quickly turned to ice. Took me forever to chisel this stuff off the Beast! Damn defrost could barely keep up.

Too bad I forgot to take pics of the Chevy's I pulled out of ditches on the way to work!!!




The Beast had no problem getting around however!!!

Got to love the natural cooler though!


Crazy winter last year! 75's last few weeks this year...
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The next issue I wanted to address was the lack of overall power. The 300 is a torquey beast, but the dinky 1bbl carb leaves a lot to be desired. Great for pulling loads around a field, and is awesome off road, but not so much for cruising down the interstate and around town.

I researched different intakes and carburetors and settled on an Offenhauser dual port intake and a Holley 390cfm four barrel.

At the time, this was one of the biggest undertakings I had done, and I was definitely nervous about it, but it ended up being pretty straightforward. The biggest issue I ran into was the throttle cable, since the original bracket was bolted to the stock intake.















The size difference between the carburetors is pretty noticeable. I believe the original 1bbl was around 190cfm.





My brother working on our custom made throttle cable bracket.





Not too shabby for a throttle bracket. It worked for a good 3 - 4 years until I replaced it with a Lokar replacement.





















It spun the tires the first time I pulled out of the driveway. I immediately knew I had made the right choice.


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Wow, This is going to be a difficult Month. I just hope to see more pictures and videos...

But you guys are all winners in my Book...

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At the time, this was one of the biggest undertakings I had done, and I was definitely nervous about it, but it ended up being pretty straightforward.
My brother-in law is about as worthless as a bump on a log when it comes to car repair. He asks me all the time, "How do you know how to do this stuff?" I simply reply, I research but sometimes you just got to get in there and figure it out. Great job!
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Wow, This is going to be a difficult Month. I just hope to see more pictures and videos...

But you guys are all winners in my Book...

Thanks,
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Unfortunately, the Holley 390 didn't pan out. I've never figured out why, but it dropped my gas mileage from around 20 on the interstate down to around 11 - 12. I fiddled and fought with it for about 2 years before finally giving up.

My next carburetor to try was a Holley 600cfm. (2011)

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A little big for the engine, but my gas mileage jumped up to 19! Talk about a confidence booster that a better carburetor could be found.

However, due do its size, my throttle suffered and I had lost a lot of grunt. Great for cruising. Not so much for daily driving (although my mileage around town was 15).

So, (2013) next I decided to try something unique. I wanted to give a Quadrajet a try, due to their tiny fuel sipping primaries, and toilet flushing secondaries. Power when you need it, but not when you don't. It sounded like a great combination. However, they're all used, old, and have their known problems. Plenty of people know their way around them and how to overcome their issues, but I found out that Holley makes a Quadrajet styled replacement, so I decided to give it a try instead. I figured that even though it was 650cfm, most of that cfm would be on the secondaries, and if I didn't use it, it wouldn't matter.











The carburetor drove great! My throttle response was back, and it had all the power I could ever need.
However, after going through two of them (warrantying out the first one), nothing I did would prevent it from dumping gas through the engine. I was averaging 9 - 10 around town and 11 - 13 on the interstate. I tried leaning it out, but nothing ever made any difference, so I finally gave up on it.

My next choice was a Holley 465cfm. (2015) It seemed like a good, middle ground between the 390cfm and the 600cfm.



After all my previous issues, I wanted more adjustability, so I added a secondary metering block





It's an old design (came out in the late 50s), but it drove like a dream, and my mileage went way back up. If it wasn't so old, it would pretty much be the perfect carburetor.

I love extreme adjustability in my carburetors and had always had my eye on QuickFuel's Holley style carb. There is simply nothing that you can't adjust on them. However, the smallest they made was a 600cfm and I didn't feel like dealing with that large of a carb again, which is why I found the Holley 465cfm. As luck would have it, QuickFuel came out with and released a 450cfm version of their carburetor only months after my purchase of the 465. However, as time went on, I began to tire of little issues on the 465 due to its age and decided to make one final purchase and got myself the QuickFuel 450cfm. (2016)





Hoooolyyy ********

The thing drives like fuel injection. The throttle response is insane. The sound of the engine is rich, deep, and beautiful. It's smooth as glass on the interstate. I will never own another carburetor again. This thing is AMAZING and it puts a grin on my face very day I go out an drive. I've been looking for reasons just to go somewhere so I can feel that amazing pedal.
It's amazing getting out on the interstate and flying by people up to 80mph and having them wonder how the heck a 35 year old truck flies like it does. Little do they know there's a six cylinder in there.


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Boys & their toys! Here's my baby, pulling my baby with my baby in the passenger seat. Sorry no pics of her you horn-dogs!


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My brother-in law is about as worthless as a bump on a log when it comes to car repair. He asks me all the time, "How do you know how to do this stuff?" I simply reply, I research but sometimes you just got to get in there and figure it out. Great job!
No doubt!

I knew nothing when I first started in. I remember back in 2004 when the guy at the tire shop told me I needed new tie rod ends and I had no idea what those even were. Heck, I remember needing new battery cables and I didn't want to mess with it because the cable looked like it disappeared "deep down into the engine bay".

Hah.

Now I don't think there's anything I haven't taken apart and put back together better than it was.
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Now I don't think there's anything I haven't taken apart and put back together better than it was.
I always have a bolt left over...
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