Hey guys, since I have reached that magic number of posts, figured I would share my 1992 Eddie Bauer w/302 and E4OD.
You may want to skip this next long part...
First, the back story. Back on June 26, 2014, minding my own business, I was driving to town to do my usual weekly shopping, something I have done time and time before, even before I had this Bronco's 1990 302 XLT predecessor, going the same route I have done at least 400 times since I started driving. Pretty much I am doing my usual 55 mph (T18 in it, trying to get as good of fuel mileage as it would allow) approaching a green light with plenty of visibility, and as I get close enough, a VW from the other side decides to turn in front of me, so my feet go into brake lockup mode, tires squeeling, and BAM! Next thing I know I am 180 degrees around looking at my hood crumpled up in front of me. You can all imagine how the rest of it goes, and can safely assume that piece of German engineering will never go anywhere again. But hey, everything goes like it's supposed to, 911 called, cops show up, wreckers, and all that fun stuff. But after that...pretty much hell, between a crappy cop, a pessimistic insurance investigator (who was having a bad year according to his gofundme he had setup for funds to help pay for him to move somewhere else), and the other insurance company just ignoring the fact that I told them about a witness I got in contact with who was actually looking at the lights (contractor putting up new lights at the intersection), and a lying witness, I was pretty much on the hook for it. But through my persistent bickering, learning that the insurance commissioner's office is a joke, and getting my former company to finally talk to my witness, I am currently at the wrong end of a lawsuit that is still working on getting the pretrial stuff out of the way.
And possibly this as well....
Okay...that was a little much, but always feels better to share, so let us rewind to the weekend of July 4th. Me and my dad head up to South Carolina to look at an 89, which had some issues that weren't clear in the pictures (rear body panel broken loose from spare tire rack), and it just wasn't for us, so back home we go, or eat least to find some lunch. Then my dad has the idea of calling a guy we had gotten some parts from before (front clip that was going to be put on the 90), and he has this 1992 Bronco, which he was a little hesitant about selling whole as he was going to part it out. We talk him into it for $900 plus a small trade of something else we had on hand, and go over to McDonough, GA to pick it up. We load it up, with the help of a small tow truck on the trailer, but do to the steering wheel being locked in place, since the PO sold it to them because he lost the keys (more wrong with it to be mentioned later), we carefully work our way down the road to a store to get some concrete to level the load back to the front and head home. Following weekend, my dad throws a battery in it, and it just fired right up! Was a little loud since you can imagine the first thing taken from any vehicle when it is junked is the catalytic converter.
And now for what you wanted! No wait...the pictures are still further...
So for those of you who either read of skipped down to here, let me fill you in on what all was wrong with this $900 deal in addition to no keys...
1) Passenger wheel bearings were non-existent!
-Replaced both sides and due to auto hubs not wanting to come out peacefully, they got knocked to bits with a hammer and chisel, with an old 86 kindly donating both front spindles to it
2) Somebody didn't know how to replace lug studs on the right rear
-Discovered while I was taking the wheels off of the 90 and getting them on here after having been driving it for a week, pulled the studs all the way through and replaced the broken one they couldn't get out
3) RUST!!! On the passenger side on the back wall, and driver side where they put that channel body reinforcement in the rear (only that part was a hole)
-Before I drove it, all the carpet was pulled (4 bolts broke off for the rear seat), so I put roll on truck bed liner in it, plus filled the hole to the channel with expanding foam
-Had a 1996 F150 that was kind enough to donate its ignition switch, which also was a replacement, still working on something for the door locks and the tailgate
5) Front body damage, like somebody ran the passenger side of the bumper just inside the headlight into a pole
-Replaced the bumper with one we had gotten with the previously mentioned front clip, and the trim was donated from the 96, along with the replacement turn signal lens, plus the grill that was busted as well
6) Cracked windshield
-A lesson learned that it is better to let the professionals do it, since it is that much of a pain to cut the old sealant!
7) Both mirror brackets were broken
-Something only recently fixed with another 96 donating them after painting, a year of floppy mirrors was too long
8) MORE RUST!!! Both fender wheel lips were caked with dirt, and by default rusted through. It only got worse when you started chiseling away at the metal after taking the stainless trim off
-Recent fix, cleaned both sides off decent enough to patch with fiberglass, then put on the fender flares I bought almost a year ago
9) Tailgate window not working!
-Turned out to be the plug inside the tailgate was corroded...after trying everything else imaginable! Even for my brother's 89 was same problem...with me going though the full list of testing everything beforehand >_<
10) Tailgate falling apart. On the right side, the skin has split on the edge
-Still to do, but did get an excellent tail gate recently to replace with, just need some paint, and reattach the motor to check that it works
11) MUD!!! Though not a major problem, but it had been in some deep mud, with it still caked on my firewall and on top of the trans, will probably find myself having more rust maintenance on the frame
12) Headliner, as you would expect in any 23 year old vehicle
-Recently replaced the rear with a good one from a 96 Eddie Bauer, had some fun with cutting some door weatherstripping to hold the back edge so it wouldn't continue to separate, still have to make a small metal filler piece to make it look better, may tear apart another weatherstrip since one side is rusted inside with bubbles showing in the rubber
13) A kickass stereo system! If you consider no speakers (nor rear mounts) with a factory AM/FM to be kickass
-Lucked up on some off brand on sale 5 1/2s for the front, and had leftover 6x9s from my cd player when I put it in the 90. Not much into doing anything over that, just as long as I can enjoy my music
14) No tailgate panel
-Solved with the 90, since the 86 panel was rusty and I didn't feel like cleaning it off
15) Other body damage on driver side
-Haven't fixed yet, have full front clip, and a 96 door to go on after I get paint
16) Other other body damage
-Above driver brake light, popped out some, passenger side behind wheel for some, and other small dents and dings. Adds character :P
17) Door panels
-Not best of shape, but not worst. Waiting to find some at a decent price in good shape, will paint black, do tan carpet on bottom and hopefully cloth for that bit that runs by the PW/PL switches like the 92-93s have (not sure if later years did cloth)
-As the missing section was there from the converter, we went ahead and just ran dual exhaust with Thrush Glass Packs. It was going cheaply (welding piece by piece with parts from the local parts house), until the removal of the old exhaust almost tried to take a finger or two with it. Always remember, wear gloves! And don't get into uncomfortable positions with a grinder...But it does at least sound nice
19) NO PARK! Or rather you couldn't put it into it.
-Replaced the shift cable with a brand new one. The PITA part was finding it, since you pretty much have to know the part number, and why should any Ford parts dealer list what a part actually fits? Or is? Not like eBay cared.
20) Power steering leaks
-Replaced the pressure line, and will be snatching the gear box from the first 96
21) Loose steering
-I personally had no problem with having enough play in my steering wheel to win a football game on (not a sports fan, but figured I would try the joke), of course that was without hauling a trailer, replaced the tie rods and such, and used the old ones to make sure the adjustment dimensions were right, though stupid ends don't have grease fittings, grrr....
22) Antifreeze leaks
-Started with the water pump, then the heater core (foggy windshield yay), followed by the heater hoses (saved $12 for the molded hose off the pump by doing it in one piece and using hose clamps to make sure it didn't pinch itself closed, it works and that is what's important), and finished off with the radiator...though I still have a slight leak somewhere else, might be off the water pump since the studs weren't too kind, but not enough to worry much or bother me.
23) THE HOOD!!
-Yes...I am aware of how crappy it looks, and how much the cap on a can of hunter green makes you think it is darker, but I still feel it looks better than just seeing a primed messed up hood
And now that pretty much sums up anything related to the original issues I had with it, and the few I still have.
First, a moment of silence to what was loss to achieve this...
And onto the Bronco porn! Oh wait, just the Bronco...And excuse the size of some, I have had 2 dead phones and a dead micro SD since then, and Facebook was my only option for some, or I was just feeling lazy.
Early pic when the interior was coming out, excuse my older brother's Cherokee (and him), he is now one of us in an 89 Eddie Bauer.
Since there were no rear speaker mounts for me to take advantage of, I had to improvise with threaded inserts and threaded rod that we had lying around to mount my 6x9s
And just so you can know of my blood pact with my Eddie Bauer, a picture of my fingers freshly wrapped. 13 stitches total, 8 on my pointer, 2 inside my middle, with the other 3 handling the knuckle in between.
And this lovely picture was a few weeks later, with the wheels finally all being swapped over, lugs straightened on the rear too.
Here is one of my earlier attempts to try and make my Bronco feel more cliche and older, as we all know that wood makes everything classier. And I stole that emblem from my dad's F350...IF only I could find a replacement though...Also, I am aware that I should never ever...ever ever ever ever....try to line up a hole to drill by eye, bottom screw of my 4x4 switch for those not keen enough to notice, but from my view the shifter blocks it. And to quote old man Peabody.."MY PINEWOOD!!" Still need to make some for the door panel trim. Also, only 3 out of the 5 screws actually hold the long strip, and I think that should be close enough to sing 3 out of 5 ain't bad :P
And as you can assume, if you read the long bits about crappy cops and insurance investigators, I bought a dash cam. The G1W-C that you can see in the Tech Write Ups about Hardwiring a Dash Cam, though mine is still just power point powered. But I did decide I got tired of the cord running up the dash and reroute it through the trim (they give you lots of cord with the cigarette adapter!), and a grommet just makes it seem more professional, makes anything seem more professional, perhaps we should start putting grommets in all the posts?
Among the other things I have done are surprise, surprise and fear! No wait...that isn't right, SEATS! Yes seats. Bought these when we got the front clip, never actually thought we would use them, but I decided in November or December...can't remember which, that if I was to not be lonely again, that the idea of cuddling while driving would be a lot easier with a jump seat, if I was able to figure out how to unlatch it...Which turned out to be the easier thing of the 2 to do!...Only aggravating bit was getting the center bracket to spread out right so I could bolt it down, no idea why it was aggravating, but it does provide a benefit! Even if you get crappier (but still better than the 87-91) cup holders, and way less center console storage, and that is the passenger seat slides all the way to the dash! Of course full power seat for the driver is a plus too...if ever I replace the seat back since the lumbar support bracket welds broke off. And excuse the cat, she is somewhat obsessed with jumping in when I am home.
Following that...If I remember my order of doing what when right...I insulated the intake. Figured why not make my engine compartment look like either NASA or aliens visited, and swapped over to the I6 intake as well since it was a solid one piece that was easier to work with to tape and cut around, and actually makes it look cleaner for some reason. At least made replacing my power steering hose easier. And if you try this at home, just go ahead and cover the whole thing in tape. That mylar coating does not like too many of our commonly used chemicals under the hood.
SEE! Cleaner, or perhaps I should snap another picture, further out. Should at least take advantage of my height for these kind of things.
Now for the two-tone part of my interior. I'm pretty sure this counts, or at least will until every bit of it gets scratched off >_< Or I break more of it discovering incompetence for installing screws that are properly aligned, really pissed me off...Also, I used the SEM spray paint for it, which showed me I need to prep better for some things since it just had plenty of random spots of bubbling up and not adhering, but wiping those spots off seemed to take most of what was causing the issue.
Doors, and my pass panel also I used some of my fancy aluminum tape to make it more reflective for the light.
OH! Forgot about the headlights...I'm pretty sure they were earlier on >_< This pic also covers my before grill shot. May put up a lighted up pic later on, though not having amber lights on my corners (like factory), doesn't quite look right, but why buy bulbs when I plan on swapping to LEDs?
Now for the obligatory, easiest mod in the Bronco, later model dome light, kindly donated by a 96 XLT Bronco that also supplied its blue tailgate.
I had an extra grill, and a 96 F150 that also had power mirrors that I repainted and replaced my broken stuff. Used Rubbed Bronze from the Rustoleum collection, and clear coated the mirrors, attempted the grill, but it just started screwing it up since I painted the grill over a week earlier, but fortunately it was in spots you can't see behind the emblem and grill inserts, but was at least able to throw another coat of the rubbed bronze on it. Excuse the white spot on the mirror, there are a few birds that don't like me if you know my meaning...
Also had finally gotten some trim back on the windshield which I painted black, which came out soft...and dented from trying to get it all to get on the clips right, and 3 clips not going on because of filling in a leak from replacing the windshield, will redo later...
I only have one shot during the rust hole filling on the rear fenders of the passenger side, the driver side was worse. I did trim both sides down (probably could actually put a little more to fill in gaps and be able to build it back up and paint it with nobody knowing), and just shoot some rusty metal primer over it. And let it be known...I hate fiberglass mat...
Here is the final result of that rust filling, after I got the fiberglass dust hosed off, so the water makes it look a little nicer, but the later pics will clear that up.
My replaced headliner. Only issues is that the back was separating, but I tried to be clever and butchered some door weatherstripping, which seems to be holding fine. Only regret, not having plugged up the rear light before getting it secure, so I have a 4 inch rip in the board that nobody will ever see, or know about, until now.
And I think this will do it for pics for now, with finishing on the current outside shots.
The bad side
The good side
And should somebody be actually bored enough to have looked through all of that, some more boring bits of what has been done, that you just can't see!
-Hosed out the carpet
-Replaced original armrests (one was missing) with ones from a Ford Windstar (had to cut the cable on the Bronco driver seat)
-Replace climate controls with parts from 96 (it has some tabs you have to cut off, but fits, different part numbers of course)
-Replaced insulation on engine bay side of climate control with using 96 to help get everything setup right using 2 layers of insulating wrap and tape
-Flipped spare tire rack striker bushing for more usage, eventually will make/find good replacement, washer for latch spacer, cable stopper for rack as well with carabiner in case I need it out of the way
-Roll on truck bed liner, only 1 coat since there will always be carpet
-96 Bronco that supplied tailgate and dome light also gave good tailgate weatherstrip and mounting strip since mine was rusted, had to drill new holes for both corners
-Stainless screws for everything except that center windshield trim screw that you see with the grommet...
-Green LED strip lighting on side top trim, shines down the bottom and upper sides on the glass side, though not currently working, cheap connectors, and should you decide to work with the stuff, get double sided tape! The stuff already on it is very very crappy.
To Do, some maybe more of what I would like to do, you can guess which
1) Body parts repair/replacement
3) Fender flare mounted LED running lights, debating on clear lens or Amber on back of front, Amber front side of back, and Red on back of back, also will tie in to turn signals though the lights I will be getting do not have dual function (Setup will flash with signals on lights off, opposite lights on)
4) Rear glass defrost that works more than 3 lines
5) Make rear windshield wiper
6) Grill amber running lights
7) Sound deadening
8) 5.9 Cummins/NV4500 or 7.3 Powerstroke/ZF5 swap
9) Side steps/nerf bars
10) 87-91 rear bumper swap
11) 08-10 Super Duty front bumper swap
12) Reupholster seats to match final interior color (still considering swapping/repainting all of it)
13) Rear bucket seats (already figured out, just need to make)
14) Non-hidden compartment off of rear hump for secure storage
15) Matching spare (definitely wishful thinking)
16) LED lighting, minus headlights
17) New carpet, already planning on going black to match anything else I may do inside
18) New-ish door panels, with cloth/carpet to match non-black interior color
19) Cloth on non-painted rear panels to match door panels
20) Rear tool box mounted inside body with 95% of all tools needed to do anything to the Bronco
21) Custom overhead console, setup with front facing and rear cameras for those angles when you can't see crap when you are pulling in/out of anywhere
22) Dash pad, instrument cluster cover, matching dash mat replacements
23) Manual trans swap
24) 4 Hole injectors, sixlitre tune up, and other regular maintenance items that need to be done or resealed
(done minus engine oil leak)
25) 99-07 Super Duty towing mirrors, if I can mount them without having crappy looking adapters made
26) Cab clearance lights
27) Redo of windshield trim
28) Rear power point adapters
And now allow me to congratulate all who have spent the two hours it probably took to actually read this. Your prize can be found at your local grocery store in the alcohol section, possibly as a 6 pack, 12 pack, or even 24 pack. Plus to probably make this thread take longer and longer and try to provide more quality content that doesn't take 30 minutes to load, there is a chance I will also post up for my dad's 93 as he gets more done to it. Engine/trans out, and about to drop in the good 351w into it, though he still needs an output shaft to swap the M5ODR2 over to the 4wd tail housing, and a few other parts.
At least until I get some updates in here...