Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Bronco Info: 1996 302 V8 Auto Eddie Bauer; 1993 Ford Bronco XLT 5.8L Auto; 1967 Ford Bronco 289 V8 3 speed
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.
Old worn down window motor internals.
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.