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post #61 of 397 (permalink) Old 11-06-2013, 11:43 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys. Made it back home safely - but witnessed a pretty bad wreck just south of Abilene. Never thought I'd say this, but some of the speed limits in Texas are too high. It was a divided road, 2 lanes each side, with lots of cross streets - speed limit was 75 mph! Early morning heavy traffic and a lady with a small kid tried to cross. The guy in front of me couldn't avoid her. They hit pretty hard and both spun off the road. He went through a fence. The lady and kid were ok, but I think he broke an ankle. I had to go around a bumper spinning in the road! Too close for comfort!
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thank god your ok, towing a trailer and all. that could of made for some nasty results...

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having a daughter of my own, that story made me cringe....




well in other news....nice bronco!!!
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Same thing happened to me, except I was the one who couldn't stop for the woman and hit her, lost my zj, she said "Sorry! I didn't see you!" but she had a kid in the passenger seat. Barely missed the cab of the pickup and my jeep woulda done some damage to the poor kid, LOOK BOTH WAYS FOLKS

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Nov 11 Update

This Bronco had been sitting next to a cabin and under a tree since 2005. It had not been washed or cleaned up since then. So I figured I'd wash it and see what's under the dirt! I had to use a kitchen scrubber sponge to get all the dirt off and I actually did not get it all. There are some sap spots I'll need to work on. But it looks a whole lot better than it did!

Here's a couple of pics.





With the exception of the paint peeled off the hood, the paint is not in that bad of shape. Most of the rust spots are in the lower body where it's painted black below the brite trim.

I was also able to give it a tune up this weekend - plugs, wires, rotor, rotor cap and change the oil and oil filter. Starts right up now and seems to run a lot better. Although I have not drivin it much yet due to the severly weather checked tires. I think I would have some tread separation at any highway speed!



Also discovered it has no muffler! The exhaust system is missing from the cat back! The list is getting longer!
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I think it looks pretty good Gary for sitting so long. Does the list ever get shorter?


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Looks like a strong project for you Gary.

And I've learned to deal with a list that is ever growing.

Glad you got it home and will give it some proper attention

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Rick, Joe, thanks! Yeah, the list never gets shorter!

I'm starting to like this Bronco a lot. Really enjoying the 300/NP435 combo. It's been a few years since I've had a vehicle with a manual tranny, and I think I missed it more than I thought. I'm keeping this one pretty stock with only a few mods/upgrades. 3g alternator, nice stereo, maybe some LED driving lights, but that's about it.

Off to work on the tailgate . . .
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I've been driving this around the yard and, at most, around the block, with the temp underhood fuel system. Time to get the real system working! So I pulled the tank, drained it, cleaned the tank and skid plate, and painted the skid plate and got part of the tank painted. Still need to finish cleaning the top of the tank and get it all painted.

Here's the skid plate all painted.





And the tank thus far. Bottom is cleaned and primered, top is "wire brush" clean.



Also still need to slosh out the tank, remove the fuel pick up / sending unit and see what shape its in. I should be able to finish this up later today.

Oh yeah, any suggestions on how to get rid of about 8 gallons of bad gas???
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Looking good Gary. This would be a great time to think about going EFI............
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Looking good Gary. This would be a great time to think about going EFI............
I'd love to go efi now, but just not in the money cards at this time! I actually found a pick-n-pull 4.9 in a van a couple of months ago. And it was all there. I probably should have started gathering parts at that time.

The rebuilt carb seems to be running good now, but I've not had it over about 25 mph because of the badly weather checked tires. I'm afraid they'll come apart at highway speeds. Hoping to pull the trigger on some new tires here shortly. I've been looking for a good set of used ATs or MTs in 31-10.50x15 size and no luck locally. I found some BFG ATs up in NE TX but they're on some nice aluminum rims that I really don't want pay for - plus getting them to the Austin area will add some cost/time. So I passed on them.
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Oh yeah, any suggestions on how to get rid of about 8 gallons of bad gas???
Got a brush pile that needs to be burned?
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Ordered some tires from Sears today. Getting 5 Goodyear Duratracs 31x10.50R15 for $152 ea including mounting. Priced them online and this was the best deal I found. Tire Rack was $162 ea plus $184 shipping plus I'd have to pay min $15 each for mounting/balancing locally. Costco wanted a lot more for BFG ATs and from my research the Duratracs are a better tire.

Hopefully I'll have some pics tomorrow!
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New Tires!

Wow, I'm liking it, but it may not be to everybody's taste!

Here's a before pic with the aftermarket white wagon wheels and weather checked tires:



This is why I didn't drive it at highway speeds!



Five, count 'em, five! (I think it's the first time I've ever bought 5 new tires!



Here's a size comparison to the old tires.



A couple of shots before I put the hub caps on.





And a few with the dog dish caps on.

















Better detail of the tread design. Tire size is 31x10.50R15.



So what do you all think? Keep in mind the plan is a two-tone red/white paint scheme in the future.
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i think they look awesome, really different and stands out. the dura tracs are great tires too. you must be having fun working on the new project.

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Ill say it again. I am sure you will make it come together to look good. :

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I ordered a new gas tank. Hopefully it will be here in a few days. No gas tank is keeping me from taking it out on the highway and seeing how these tires really do.
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What was wrong with the old tank?
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What was wrong with the old tank?
This



Plus some pinholes. See this thread.

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Looks good with red wheels and chrome caps
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