The first project I tackled was the fuel sender, and I'm really glad that I did!
The tripometer isn't working right, so I had no idea how much fuel is in the tank. I figured I'd get it low, drop the tank, and put in a new sender. It'd be an afternoon job.
However.... After I took off the skid plate, I was astounded with how much rust there was. Then, I dragged the fuel tank out from under the Bronco, and there was a trail of fuel behind it. Just moving it ripped enough rusted steel off the bottom to get it to start leaking! I quickly leaned it up so that the gas was away from the side, and there were 3 or 4 good sized holes in it. I could probably punch my finger through the steel if I wanted to.
The skid plate was rotted out as well. On top of that, someone sometime previously had caught it on something and it was dented and ripped.
((And if ANYONE knows how to rotate supermotors pictures, please let me know. They all orient themselves landscape, no matter how the original was taken. Drives me nuts.))
So, time for a new fuel tank and skid plate. I wanted to go with a plastic tank, but it was about $220 shipped and a steel one was about $85 on Amazon Prime. I couldn't justify the plastic one. But, I found that BGY'd upgraded/redesigned skid plate was actually less expensive than a stock replacement from LMC, so I ordered one of those.
1980-1996 Ford Bronco Skid Plate 33 Gallon-Broncograveyard.com
After a week of waiting, they both showed up and were ready to go in. I really like JBG's skidplate. It is nice and beefy, and fit perfectly. Very nice quality piece. And noticeably heavier.
I got some rubber strips from Lowe's to rest between them, along with some new hardware.
I also installed the new fuel sender. I also figured it'd be a good time to install a new fuel pump and strainer, since I had no idea how old the previous one was (I'm guessing original).
The kits also came with new clips and gaskets, so now it's all buttoned up. (I'll post pics of it installed tonight since it was dark last night). The only thing left is I want to grab the 87+ filler neck off of my '81 and install it at a later date.