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post #17781 of 18054 (permalink) Old 07-16-2019, 05:26 PM
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Put the 4160 back on the 351w instead of the 2100. Wow, I thought I noticed a power loss with the 2100 - confirmed it tonight with my test run. Hoping the vent whistle and vent hoop does the trick on inclines.


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Put the 4160 back on the 351w instead of the 2100. Wow, I thought I noticed a power loss with the 2100 - confirmed it tonight with my test run. Hoping the vent whistle and vent hoop does the trick on inclines.


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I put a similar Holley on my old 66 Mustang 302 when my Carter AFB took a dump. It used to get fuel starved on right turns (I think) when turning at an idle, even with a high vol mechanical fuel pump. Those mechanical secondaries on the Carter were awesome though.


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Installed my new neutral safety switch and fixed my reverse lights on in all gears but park problem. The plunger in the switch was stuck. I didnt get a pic of the new nss, but the brass/copper? plunger is supposed to stick out ~3/8. You can see here mine was completely depressed. No good


With the new switch I only have reverse lights in reverse. HYDR
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Did some cuttin' on my winch bumper brackets to move it in about 3.5". Looks much better mocked up. Goin' to try to get some pieces welded on tomorrow.
I was able to get the pieces cut and welded on by my Ford welder buddy. Got 'em painted up and hanging to dry. I still have a couple small brackets to modify, but hopefully will get the bumper on in a day or two and post some pics in my build thread.
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More transmission progress. Woulda gotten a bit farther but my garage is unusable between noon and like 6pm due to heat and then of course when I cracked the tcase from the trans I dumped a bunch of trans fluid on my face.

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I've been fiddling with the new Flowtech headers for a couple of days now... I took the ignition coil bracket off, pressed out the stud that the support bracket mounts to, relocated it down a 1/4", welded it to the bracket and put some paint on it to keep it from rusting. I also bent the mounting bracket straight, then put a couple breaks in it so it wouldn't rub on the valve cover and drilled a new hole so that I could run the header bolt through it. Tomorrow I'll be on to the intake manifold support bracket.

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What did you do to your bronco today?

Installed. What next? Hmm.


Oh, I also figured out that the Cobra 29 I installed must be fried or something. My late father in law gave it to me but he just may not have known. Put in a small backup CB for the time being until I figure out what to do.

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Works: (its always the cheap crap that seems to work in a pinch - whens the last time you saw a Radio Shack unit?)


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Got a wild hair and pulled an old oem console I picked up from a fellow member years ago... off the shop storage shelf, repaired the latch system and scrubbed it clean with Soylent Green, inside and out. It's in solid, serviceable condition but really needs a scuff and paint. I have no experience with plastic paint's durability or longevity but with an AmStaff (mini-pit) running amok in the cab 90% of the time... I'm concerned it will be a waste of time/effort to re-paint. I do plan to cut some kind of padding and gluing it inside the indent on the console cover lid. It should provide scratch protection and non-slip footing, so I think the dog will tend to use it more and scratch the rest up less.

Any of you that have repainted a console, own a Bronco dog and can speak to the best brand to use or the longevity and durability of the plastic re-paint?
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Its hotter than the devils sauna outside, so Im putting most of this together indoors and Ill be getting up around 6am tomorrow to throw this guy on. New gear and pump, may as well go with all new steering hardware too. I have the measurements within 1/16 or so of what it is currently, so it should be good enough to get me to an alignment shop. This rig should steer like an Indy car after this.


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What did you do to your bronco today?

Ehh....I couldnt wait. It cooled off maybe 5 because it looked like rain was on the way, so I figured I could try and get the new hardware installed pretty quickly. Tightening the last castle nut.....drop, drop, drop, ...... downpour. Got the last cotter pin in and the adjusting sleeves tight, and with wet legs sticking out from under, I slid out. Still have to grease all of the joints, but its in.

I had taken measurements before removing everything and I had about 1/8 toe out at the front of the rim vs the back of the rim. So I shortened the right side length (since the steering wheel was slightly left-biased) about 1/8 at the sleeve, which should give me maybe 3/16 at the front of the rim, for a little bit of toe in. At the very least, it should be close enough to safely drive for a free alignment check at the local shop. Ill back it up about 20 and then pull forward 20 and see how it looks. Before all this, you could look from the rear and see the slight toe out.
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Ehh....I couldn’t wait. It cooled off maybe 5 because it looked like rain was on the way, so I figured I could try and get the new hardware installed pretty quickly. Tightening the last castle nut.....drop, drop, drop, ...... downpour. Got the last cotter pin in and the adjusting sleeves tight, and with wet legs sticking out from under, I slid out. Still have to grease all of the joints, but it’s in.

I had taken measurements before removing everything and I had about 1/8” toe out at the front of the rim vs the back of the rim. So I shortened the right side length (since the steering wheel was slightly left-biased) about 1/8” at the sleeve, which should give me maybe 3/16” at the front of the rim, for a little bit of toe in. At the very least, it should be close enough to safely drive for a free alignment check at the local shop. I’ll back it up about 20’ and then pull forward 20’ and see how it looks. Before all this, you could look from the rear and see the slight toe out.
Anyway, all in.

Hey @MS88Bronc did u put the steering stabilizer in because u have a lift on the truck or just because ur steering was sloppy?

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Put new battery cables on the 82 to try and resolve a slow start with warm motor issue... Used 1/0 welding cable with copper connectors at the terminal for the ground and starter solenoid. New terminal connectors also. Cleaned all the grounds on the fender and frame. Didn't fix the slow start issue 😞 going to do the wire from the relay to the starter to see if that helps. Open to any suggestions if there's anything else we should be replacing while doing this.

Also replaced a headlight but wasn't what I was wanting so I'll be getting a different set that are white light instead of yellow.
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Yesterday, I finally got it loaded up on a car hauler to be delivered today. Now to just wait anxiously for it to arrive so I can get back to working on it. Gotta get the throttle body gasket replaced and then tackle the steering. It just needs a new rag joint, which has been sitting in the garage for about a month now.
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Hey @MS88Bronc did u put the steering stabilizer in because u have a lift on the truck or just because ur steering was sloppy?

First off, I can tell you that a stabilizer wont clean up steering slop - I know that because I installed it before I replaced the steering linkage parts and it still had play. I put it on mainly because the roads in Michigan are atrocious and it helps dampen the forces on the steering system when driving through potholey areas. I hit a pothole a while back (unavoidable) and it hit so hard it added a bunch of play to my steering (enough to make driving it feel unsafe). I have since upgraded the entire power steering system (see up a few posts) and I just added new steering linkage components. I also run a 5.5 lift and 35 tires. The steering is now nice and tight with no play to speak of, so the stabilizer helps absorb the shock from external forces placed on the steering system, which should, in theory, help preserve the integrity of my steering system (and help protect my steering gear).


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First off, I can tell you that a stabilizer wont clean up steering slop - I know that because I installed it before I replaced the steering linkage parts and it still had play. I put it on mainly because the roads in Michigan are atrocious and it helps dampen the forces on the steering system when driving through potholey areas. I hit a pothole a while back (unavoidable) and it hit so hard it added a bunch of play to my steering (enough to make driving it feel unsafe). I have since upgraded the entire power steering system (see up a few posts) and I just added new steering linkage components. I also run a 5.5 lift and 35 tires. The steering is now nice and tight with no play to speak of, so the stabilizer helps absorb the shock from external forces placed on the steering system, which should, in theory, help preserve the integrity of my steering system (and help protect my steering gear).

Hey @MS88Bronc thanks for such a detailed answer. Was exactly the info I was looking for, totally dig what you're saying about the potholey roads.. Northwest PA has DREADFUL roads sounds like a set up that could work well for lifted or unlifted rig to protect steering integrity. I'm dealing with some bump steer issues so this is something I've been wanting to incorporate, but been getting a bit of mixed reviews on the actual long term gain in steering stability. Your comment makes a very effective argument in my favor the next time I take this issue up with the powers that be
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Swapped U joints. About a month ago I'd ordered the "u joint kit for spicer style shafts" from Bronco Graveyard. I'm not sure what happened but after we got it all apart (of course it was after right?!) I realized the u joints were too small. I'd already noticed the CV head wasn't correct which should have been an indication but I'm a bit thick sometimes...

Long story short I found out that a small town "Farm and auto" parts store that my buddy gets tractor parts from was actually better than all the Oreilly, advanced auto, etc etc in town and they even had Moog branded u joints. So after that now I at least know I have somewhere semi-local I can try so when all those big chain stores only have cheap Chinese knock off crap I can get decent name brand parts for my truck!

Now I've dropped it off with a friend who likes making paint pretty again. He's found out (or I guess I sort of did) that I've got single stage paint which I'd have never guessed. He's going to get to work on it in the cool morning tomorrow and I should have her back all purdy'd up by tomorrow after lunch!
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First off, I can tell you that a stabilizer wont clean up steering slop - I know that because I installed it before I replaced the steering linkage parts and it still had play. I put it on mainly because the roads in Michigan are atrocious and it helps dampen the forces on the steering system when driving through potholey areas. I hit a pothole a while back (unavoidable) and it hit so hard it added a bunch of play to my steering (enough to make driving it feel unsafe). I have since upgraded the entire power steering system (see up a few posts) and I just added new steering linkage components. I also run a 5.5 lift and 35 tires. The steering is now nice and tight with no play to speak of, so the stabilizer helps absorb the shock from external forces placed on the steering system, which should, in theory, help preserve the integrity of my steering system (and help protect my steering gear).
Ever since I installed a hydraulic-assist steering ram on my old '99 F-350; I promised myself I would install one on my Bronco.


Hydraulic-assist steering ram makes steering effortless; whether you're on the interstate or climbing an awkward non-maintained dirt trail.

And driving on a straight wide open fire road at 35-45MPH; all the dirt road irregularities don't phase the steering set up. You barely feel it at the steering wheel.


As far as mechanical application; I like the fact that the steering is being done from BOTH sides:
From the steering box (driver's side).
From the hydraulic ram (passenger side).
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Ever since I installed a hydraulic-assist steering ram on my old '99 F-350; I promised myself I would install one on my Bronco.





Hydraulic-assist steering ram makes steering effortless; whether you're on the interstate or climbing an awkward non-maintained dirt trail.



And driving on a straight wide open fire road at 35-45MPH; all the dirt road irregularities don't phase the steering set up. You barely feel it at the steering wheel.





As far as mechanical application; I like the fact that the steering is being done from BOTH sides:

From the steering box (driver's side).

From the hydraulic ram (passenger side).


Sounds cool CDA - but, I think Im gonna take a break from steering components for a while! Lol.
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