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Hi all, some of you may remember me, as I was an active member in the past. A little intro, as of today, I am 31 years old, have an LVAD (heart pump), have been waiting for a heart transplant for over 4 years, married, and 1 dog. I currently live in NY and just bought a 1996 Ford Bronco Eddie Bauer 5.0L V8 Auto 151k miles; my 5th bronco of all time. Got what I believe to be a great deal on it, and been driving it a few days now.
My 56 F100 and 96 Bronco


Overall, the truck has low rust, but not immune. Rear crossmember


inner wheel wells


Drivers side running board support bracket is essentially gone. Not sure how im going to find a replacement, as Ive been reading that they rusted out commonly.




Drivers seat needs a lot of help. Lumbar pump doesnt work, seat is torn, armrest is broken, foam is poor.


I will need to drive it some more to find out what needs to be done and what i want to do.
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There was a good deal at Advanced Auto today, so I decided to crawl under and around the truck to see if I could spot any parts that are needed. Then I saw this:


Hmmmm, someone didnt know what they were doing when they did the last brake job lol. I ordered new pads, hopefully this didnt do any damage to the rotor or caliper. I also ordered new U-joints, tie rods, oil and filter, and an Optima battery (battery was 4 years old already).
PO says that previously:
New gas tank, sending unit, fuel pump; distributer, plugs, wires; shackle mounts; air filter

Some of my plans:
front brakes
new battery
upgrade interior lighting to LEDs
find new running board support brackets and POR15 them
POR15 any rust spots and inside doors
new door window weatherstripping
sound dampen doors
new speakers
either find a good replacement seat, or repair busted driver seat
find replacement ash tray and bracket (currently MIA)
rebuild window motors (only tailgate motor sounds like its starting to struggle. Its easy to rebuild them, so might as well check them out all at once)
Id like to upgrade to keyless entry and remote start (currently an aftermarket alarm system installed; no remotes; Id like it removed)
Either replace center console with a jump seat, or build something for my dog to sit safely in
swing away tire carrier striker bushing is beginning to get worn; need to find a solution

Sorry all, the list is more for me to have a goal and to remember what needs to be done.
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92-97 Ford Bronco & Truck Running Board Support Bars-Broncograveyard.com

This is the only source that I know of for new running board brackets
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92-97 Ford Bronco & Truck Running Board Support Bars-Broncograveyard.com

This is the only source that I know of for new running board brackets
much appreciated, but that is a huge ripoff and out of my price range lol
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92-97 Ford Bronco & Truck Running Board Support Bars-Broncograveyard.com

This is the only source that I know of for new running board brackets
$499??!!!?! holy hell!. better start searching the junk yard.
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ive placed a bunch of orders, some stuff i bring in from china, so it takes a while. I do not like the photo upload process on this site, so I dont know if I will be doing much updating. My plan for the doors:
brush on rust reformer liquid inside door
rebuild window motors
install keyless entry
replace 6.5" speakers
peel and seal inner door panel and outer
replace window weatherstrip
new panel retainers
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I found some decent brackets in the junk yard, had to do a bit of work to them, though not completely rusted out. Someone should go into the business of making these brackets, as everyone asks for them it seems...just undercut bronco graveyard's price, which won't be hard, $500 ha!

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I found some decent brackets in the junk yard, had to do a bit of work to them, though not completely rusted out. Someone should go into the business of making these brackets, as everyone asks for them it seems...just undercut bronco graveyard's price, which won't be hard, $500 ha!
if i can get a pair of decent brackets to make a replacement, i plan on it
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I love me some '56 F-100. That's a Beautiful Truck.
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Can't remember who, but I remember reading about someone on here making their own replacements from a template. May have been Steve?
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I've fixed dozens of window motors in the past, doing the new bushing and grease method. My 1996 Eddie Bauer had factory moisture barrier on the door, so Noone has been in the door since built. The motor housing is sealed though. There is no way to grease the gears/bushings or change them out. I have never seen this in a bronco before. Did they change the motors in 96? I really don't want to put the motor back in, bc I'm sure after 20 years and no fresh grease, it's almost done. Need help on what to do!



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Good luck with the the repairs!

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These motors are known to go out. Its a good thing that yours lasted 20 years. If you just want a replacement, I would just go to the local parts store and pick one up for about $40. Otherwise, order online for original equipment to save a penny. The standard replacements come with a pigtail that connects into the factory harness so you won't have to worry about cutting any wires.
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I swapped the power window motor for a manual one. Got tired of replacing them. Did the same with the power door locks.
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Wow, that thing is super clean inside minus the driver seat! What did you pay for this thing?
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Wow, that thing is super clean inside minus the driver seat! What did you pay for this thing?
$2k
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That's the price I paid for mine back in 2010
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That's the price I paid for mine back in 2010
yea, unfortunately bronco prices seem to have skyrocketed. I had a 93 eddie bauer back in 04 that I got for $1000, and got that thing to 300,000 miles without a hiccup.
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so yesterday I decided to tackle the door weatherstripping. Of course, every interior panel needs to be removed to install them on the door frame bc they hold it on. What a pain, I really didnt want to get this deep in the bronco before I move. The old weatherstripping was probably original and very flat, so it had to be done. Its amazing what you find under untouched panels:


Found a little moisture under the sill plate, not good. Hopefully replacing the door weatherstrip will stop it


drivers side has some rot on the metal that holds the weatherstrip in place along the bottom of the door frame. I cleaned out the rust flakes and installed the weatherstrip for now. I will have to put a new piece in someday to get a better seal



Today the bronco is getting keyless entry/remote start installed. When I get it back, I got a new motorized screen stereo thing and a backup camera to install. Fix the speakers, then I can start buttoning up the interior
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