I happen to have an F800 laying around, so I grabbed the upper steering joint and welded it into the Bronco's shaft. I'd never before seen a steering joint so completely seized tight. I originally thought the steering box was bad, until I took the shaft off and checked it. It had become more like a crowbar.
Anyway, the F800 joint has zerk fittings, and it's pretty hefty.
I got a new booster and master cylinder at Napa for a '78 F350, and it bolted right in. I also installed F350 rear wheel cylinders.
I bought this set of 35x12.50R15s from a buddy for $300. It looks a whole lot better..
I installed the new shocks that came with the truck.
This is the Cummins for the Bronco, still in the '91 Dodge parts truck. As ugly as it looks, it had only 159k miles and ran like new.
I paid $1300 for the parts truck, pulled the motor, and sold off the rest of the truck for $1500. So I got my Cummins for negative $200. I think that's reasonable! I got $650 for the rear axle, which was a D70 with the rare 3.07 gears.
As I was cleaning the motor, I discovered that somebody had repaired a crack in the timing case with silicone, and it had been seeping and covering the whole motor. Obviously a KDP(Killer Dowel Pin) incident at some point in the past, and after removing the case, I could see the damage to the case was pretty bad.
As you can see, it wasn't pretty. The steel alignment pin falls out on these early Cummins, and it's carried around by the timing gear, and when it hits the side of the case, either the case gets a hole and the pin flies out, or the pin keeps going and destroys the motor. That's why it's called Killer Dowel Pin, and it's the Achilles heel of the Cummins.
I found a used timing case from a guy in Kansas for $75 shipped, but the fun part is, the cam gear doesn't come off the cam, you need to pull the cam. So off to lowes I went to buy some 1/2" wooden dowels. I rounded them on the ends, and after removing the valve covers, rockers and pushrods, I tapped the dowels down into each of the lifters, then carefully pulled each one up and secured it with a wire tie. In this way, the lifters stay up and you can pull the camshaft out of the motor.
Ah, now that's better. The Cummins is the color it's supposed to be (Ford Blue) and the new case and cover is perfect.
The sheet metal cover is painted with a color called CAST COAT. I like it.