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1993 XLT; another bronco in the stable

I guess its time to announce another Bronco is in the stable! Not sure, but this is probably around #10 that Ive owned. Still in my possession are a 1967 and 1996 Eddie Bauer. I went to look at the Bronco a few weeks ago, and it wasnt running, the guy had no idea how to work on vehicles and didnt even have a license (assuming suspended for drugs/alcohol). It did not have a belt on it, so I went to the store and bought a new one. Put the new serp belt on, and vroom, fired right up. Unfortunately, a min or so later, Boom, my internal defibrillator "fired right up". I had a defib for 7 years without a problem, it was due to be changed out about a month ago. The ~1 hour procedure turned into 7 hours with complications. Had the new defib in for less than 2 weeks and it fired. My heart rate went up to almost 190. The guy I bought the truck from was nice enough to hold onto it for me until I got out of the hospital. I did notice, however, that when I went to pick it up, he must have smoked a pound of weed in it, as it smelled very strong. I got a hell of a deal, so a few air fresheners are no big deal. I could have easily flipped the bronco and made a nice profit, but Im an addict, and really love the way it runs and originality of it. It is a 1993 XLT 5.8 automatic with only 167,000 miles. Tranny fluid was the brightest pink Ive ever seen on a used truck (the guy claimed he bought it from an older woman). Nevada truck its whole life, not a spec of rust.
There are of course, a few issues. Nothing I cannot handle, and nothing out of the blue:
Needs a power steering pump; but I will be doing a sag swap.
Needs a little front end sheet metal work; already got a replacement front clip dirt cheap locally
A/C does not work; I found an estimate from 1.5 years ago stating the found issues at that time, assuming they were not addressed. I was able to source a new Motorcraft A/C compressor for $100. Need to change that and possible inspect the condenser, then Ill have a shop charge it and check for leaks
A few electrical gremlins. Im thinking the desert heat has taken its toll on the wiring connectors, as most are broken or falling apart. I have been sourcing replacements and repairing them as I go along. Driver door has the inside handle issue, where the cable got weak, so the PO has been severely pulling it until it finally failed and damaged the sheet metal on the inner shell. I ordered and installed a replacement patch part from Solo Motorsports, very happy with it. Much stronger now.
I am in the process of doing a complete rebuild of the doors, making them better than new hopefully. I always swap out the window motor bushings with SS bearings.
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Dash repair by headlight switch, the plastic part of the dash had been busted out. Im thinking someone went to remove the dash bezel without removing the screws under the trim. I sourced a piece from the junkyard and epoxied it in place. In hindsight, since I had found a f150 with immaculate dash, I should have just taken the time to remove the whole dash and swap, as I have other areas that also require attention. Finally, you can see the repair made to the drivers side door handle.
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Cool! Why not do the AC yourself? You know how to work on cars, you can do the ac.... certainly pull a vacuum, check for leaks, and refill it.
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Yo Thomas,
You had a very close call there! In future, I hope you will take care of yourself as you do your Broncos!

convert to R134a by pfun41 @ https://www.fullsizebronco.com/forum...-do-right.html

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Low Pressure & High Pressure Port Location in a 93; "...The port on the left (passenger side), located on the accumulator, is the low side. The one on the right (driver side), on the line leading to the condenser, is the high side. You very well may be throwing money away by trying to charge the system without checking for why it is empty in the first place. It's a crap shoot whether it will hold a charge for any length of time or not..."
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Yo Thomas,
You had a very close call there! In future, I hope you will take care of yourself as you do your Broncos!

convert to R134a by pfun41 @ https://www.fullsizebronco.com/forum...-do-right.html

94 AC Rebuild by jowens1126 @ https://www.fullsizebronco.com/forum...c-rebuild.html

For more info, see my site @ Ford Bronco And F-150 Links - R-134a & R-12 Recharging, Conversion & TSBs
Such as;
Low Pressure & High Pressure Port Location in a 93; "...The port on the left (passenger side), located on the accumulator, is the low side. The one on the right (driver side), on the line leading to the condenser, is the high side. You very well may be throwing money away by trying to charge the system without checking for why it is empty in the first place. It's a crap shoot whether it will hold a charge for any length of time or not..."
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Thank you Miesk! I should have mentioned, its already been converted to 134a. I will have to grab a pic of the estimate I found. Looks like they said compressor leaked and condensor may be contaminated (not sure what they mean by that). As I mentioned, Ill replace the compressor, and maybe check to make sure the box isnt full of leaves and crud. I guess I could look into pulling a vacuum on the system myself, although I do not have a vacuum pump or gauges right now. I could see if the auto parts stores have them as loaners
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Yo Thomas,
You had a very close call there! In future, I hope you will take care of yourself as you do your Broncos!
and... congrats on the new reefer soaked rig.
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If you're into naming your vehicles you could call it reefer madness
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I get very antsy when new parts come in, so I decided to go out and change out the AC compressor. I got a killer deal on a brand new Motorcraft compressor, not even rebuilt. I should have pulled vacuum on the system before taking the old compressor off, but there wasnt any pressure when I removed it, so I know there is a leak in the system. I rented the equipment from AZ to pull vacuum. There was a small issue with a cap on the pump, so I couldnt pull a full vacuum, but got it to 22", and left it there for a solid 20 mins with no drop. I would say that solved the leak issue. I already ordered a new dryer and condenser, so Ill put those in before charging the system. Decided to just do it myself to save some money. Still trying to figure out the power door lock issue.
The new AC compressor looks so out of place in my dirty engine bay lol
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Finally was able to get a little work done on the bronco today. More repairs of electrical connectors. I also installed new weatherstripping on the drivers side door, and did some at-home window tinting. Im starting to like the black. Cannot wait to get the original paint buffed out and looking pretty
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Still trying to figure out my power door lock issue. It looks like someone had an aftermarket keyless entry or alarm, and ripped some of it out. Hopefully I can get that figured out this week.
I got the passenger side windows tinted today and fresh weatherstrip on the passenger door and tailgate inner and outers. My corner seals on the tailgate are still soft, so Im gonna leave them. I will have to get the upper glass run though, bc its very dried out. I also rebuilt the passenger window motor bushings. A PO must have replaced the bushings with the plastic plugs, and never put any grease in it. Never seen one bone dry before. The plugs were obliterated into 100 pieces. I am surprised the window actually worked up and down.
Im still waiting on a bunch of parts to come in this week. I have a new saginaw pump all ready to go, except I need a new pulley for it. Once the pulley gets here, I can get that installed with the new hoses
...and of course, I replaced a few more broken connectors lol.
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Got some more good progress today. Got the front end down to the core support. I loosened the bolts on the tranny cooler and ac condenser; still waiting for the new condenser to get here. Im tempted to replace the tranny cooler; its bent in, but I think financially Ill just leave it for now. I had to post the pic of this stray bolt that got pressed into the ac condenser lol. Reminded me of like a Wiley Coyote thing, it just made a perfect imprint.

Tomorrow or weds, Id like to paint the core support and front frame rails. Hopefully tomorrow I get most of the parts in that I am waiting on
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Doing more work on the truck today, and now that the front stuff is off, the core support looks bent pretty bad. I dont want to do the job, but its the right thing to do; im going to have to replace it. I have a core support already, just a lot more work that I dont want to do. I had to order new insulating mounts for the replacement core support. Those things arent cheap. So much for getting the truck on the road this week :-/
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Doing more work on the truck today, and now that the front stuff is off, the core support looks bent pretty bad. I dont want to do the job, but its the right thing to do; im going to have to replace it. I have a core support already, just a lot more work that I dont want to do. I had to order new insulating mounts for the replacement core support. Those things arent cheap. So much for getting the truck on the road this week :-/
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Unless that core support is creased or seriously damaged in a way I don't see... I'd try and pull it back out straight. If you take it slow and easy... a good anchor point, a strap and a 2x4 with a come-along could save you some coin and time. I did the same thing to fix the front core support of my lil' lady's Yota after she nailed a Deer on her way to work one morning a few years back. Had to replace the bumper, the grill, even the fan... it was that bad but when I was done, you couldn't tell and everything bolted back on just like it should and has been problem free ever since.
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Def sounds good to me. This stuff is an expense I wasnt planning on. Thank you, pm sent

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Unless that core support is creased or seriously damaged in a way I don't see... I'd try and pull it back out straight. If you take it slow and easy... a good anchor point, a strap and a 2x4 with a come-along could save you some coin and time. I did the same thing to fix the front core support of my lil' lady's Yota after she nailed a Deer on her way to work one morning a few years back. Had to replace the bumper, the grill, even the fan... it was that bad but when I was done, you couldn't tell and everything bolted back on just like it should and has been problem free ever since.
The picture really is not doing it justice. Theres a pretty good bend to it. Maybe it could be pulled out, but I actually have a core support sitting around from a front clip I picked up cheap. And looking at the bushings, they would benefit from a changeout.
I am a little worried that I am doing what I always do, which is I start digging. And the digging never seems to end until the entire truck is in pieces. I am very scatterbrained, so the interior is in pieces too. Trying to rebuild the doors, figure out power door lock issue, doing a steering column swap (looks like PO or inept alignment shop butchered the steering shaft splines and cross threaded everything), saginaw swap, ac system repairs, etc. I guess I know why I got such a good price! lol
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oh yea... gotta love that mission creep. just thought I'd run it by you but you're there with it and I'm not.
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I got the 'new' replacement core support removed from my donor front clip today. Id really like to get it painted prior to install, but dont know if that will happen. My friend bob offered to come help put it in tomorrow, and cant turn down good help. I sold my daily driver pickup truck today, so its time to stop twiddling around with the interior stuff and get this truck on the road.
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Longgggg day. Got the replacement core support painted so I can swap it out in the am with Bob. Got some "help" from momma dukes; but as you can see, there is more paint on the tarp on her side than there is on the core support. SMH
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Got alot more done today. Old bent core support removed. New Sag pump installed with new HP line. Having trouble with my pulley installer trying to get the pulley on. Got too hot and tired to continue today. My support mounts looked great. Just hit them with the flap disc and some paint to keep them rust free. Still waiting on my bushings, so cant put the core support in anyway.
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