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Today 09:26 AM
MS88Bronc Alignment after all new steering components. [emoji106]
Today 12:08 AM
bmad01 Thanks for the update about the turn signal switch guys! I replaced that some years back because it would only work turning right. It's a cheap and easy to fix too!
Yesterday 11:26 PM
Handy_andy_cv64 BroncMom: since your engine is just factory and carbed, take a look at two things: how close the starter is to the Y-pipe, and where the solenoid-to-starter cable is routed. I've dealt with customer's cars that, no matter what was done, a hot soak affected cranking speed when it was an older-style starter. Even the '89 Bronco I had ("Eddie"), had that problem on its 351W. I found out the starter was actually for a 302 (there is a difference), and so I put in a used starter from another 351W-powered truck, along with new cables, and it kind of solved the problem. The air temp had to be pretty hot, and I had to drive it a fair piece, before it would slowly crank. Really sucks when it happens, but electricity and heat are not friends.
Yesterday 11:19 PM
Handy_andy_cv64 '80-'91 switches are the same, tilt and non-tilt are the only difference. and the brake lights and turn signals use the same bulb filament, so brake lighting routes through the switch. Protip: the column heads in these trucks to '91, are exactly the same as the '70s full and intermediate sized cars. I used an '82 van column to rebuild my '79 Ranchero's column, as it had the trans indicator mounted on the column. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.
Yesterday 10:54 PM
AbandonedBronco
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Originally Posted by bmad01 View Post
Driving the 88 home from work tonight I was going along the first stretch. It's about 8 miles long, in the country and no stop signs, 55 MPH. I'm coming up to the first stop sign and just let off the gas when I get near. About 100 feet before the sign I hit the brakes and stop. I got all the windows down and hear some guy yelling something. I turn around and he yells that my brake lights don't work. I thank him and off I go, he turns the other way. I come up to the second stop sign and hit the brakes. Now I don't know about you, but all I have to do is look into my side mirrors and I can see if my brake lights are working or not. They were! This same thing happened to me about 5 years ago with a guy saying my lights didn't work. The nature of my 88 is to just let off the gas and it will slow down pretty good without hitting the brakes until needed. Anybody ever have this happen to them here?
I had this happen to me for a while until I figured it out. It ended up being my turn signal switch in the steering column. Not sure why they were interconnected. But, I kept having the brake lights intermittently work, until I replaced it. Dunno if it's the same with the 88, since mine was an 81, but worth a thought.

https://www.rockauto.com/en/catalog/...al+switch,4832
Yesterday 10:13 PM
bmad01
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Hey @bmad01 ...Have this happen like intermittent brake light failure or dudes yelling at u that they don't work in an attempt to lure u outta ur rig to do god knows what?
I live 2 hours centrally located between Buffalo Pittsburgh and Cleveland and we hear stories all the time about the interesting tricks car jackers use to get people outta their cars.
HAHA! Thanks for the concern BroncMom but it was all good. The guy was older than me and I'm old! This was way out on a country road 10 miles from civilization and he was alone. The more I think about it I come to realize a 31 year old Bronco still on the road might be a sight to see for some. I just might have stirred up memories from his past and he wanted to talk!
Yesterday 09:58 PM
ddickenson Installed new 6.5Ē speakers up front (to my surprise replacing the actual stock speakers) and installed noico sound deadening material in the doors since I had the panels off.

I will say damn... these JBLís really surpassed my expectations in dynamic range. If it sounds this good with these I canít wait to put some of the same series 6x9s in the rear!

JBL GTO629 Premium 6.5-Inch Co-Axial Speaker - Set of 2 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ANIECRQ..._hKMnDbKEVYJJF



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Yesterday 09:23 PM
BroncMom
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Originally Posted by bmad01 View Post
Driving the 88 home from work tonight I was going along the first stretch. It's about 8 miles long, in the country and no stop signs, 55 MPH. I'm coming up to the first stop sign and just let off the gas when I get near. About 100 feet before the sign I hit the brakes and stop. I got all the windows down and hear some guy yelling something. I turn around and he yells that my brake lights don't work. I thank him and off I go, he turns the other way. I come up to the second stop sign and hit the brakes. Now I don't know about you, but all I have to do is look into my side mirrors and I can see if my brake lights are working or not. They were! This same thing happened to me about 5 years ago with a guy saying my lights didn't work. The nature of my 88 is to just let off the gas and it will slow down pretty good without hitting the brakes until needed. Anybody ever have this happen to them here?
Hey @bmad01 ...Have this happen like intermittent brake light failure or dudes yelling at u that they don't work in an attempt to lure u outta ur rig to do god knows what?
I live 2 hours centrally located between Buffalo Pittsburgh and Cleveland and we hear stories all the time about the interesting tricks car jackers use to get people outta their cars.
Yesterday 09:16 PM
bmad01 Driving the 88 home from work tonight I was going along the first stretch. It's about 8 miles long, in the country and no stop signs, 55 MPH. I'm coming up to the first stop sign and just let off the gas when I get near. About 100 feet before the sign I hit the brakes and stop. I got all the windows down and hear some guy yelling something. I turn around and he yells that my brake lights don't work. I thank him and off I go, he turns the other way. I come up to the second stop sign and hit the brakes. Now I don't know about you, but all I have to do is look into my side mirrors and I can see if my brake lights are working or not. They were! This same thing happened to me about 5 years ago with a guy saying my lights didn't work. The nature of my 88 is to just let off the gas and it will slow down pretty good without hitting the brakes until needed. Anybody ever have this happen to them here?
Yesterday 08:43 PM
BroncMom
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Originally Posted by MS88Bronc View Post
Back when I was in the AF, the bases used to have garages where you could work on your vehicle yourself, with tools, lifts, etc. Is that part of a bygone era or do they still do that?
That's a sweet deal. My boys in the USMC and use to be able to do that, sort of... It was more like sneak ur car into the garage since he was in LAR (light armored recommence) they were always working on one thing or another... I don't think they even noticed.
Yesterday 08:40 PM
BroncMom
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@BroncoMom has this problem existed the entire time you have owned the Bronco. If the problem has just a risen look at things you have done just prior to the problem raising its ugly head. This will give you a place to start looking.
Hey @Blue1551 ... Thanks for the reply. It's been a consistent issue ever since we bought the truck in November, despite installing a new ignition system, distributor, carb, starter & solenoid, plugs & wires. Only thing that wasn't changed was the cables, which, we just did, mostly except the segments to the starter & to the alternator.
Yesterday 08:11 PM
MS88Bronc
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Originally Posted by AFBronco235 View Post
Still, its good to have a place to work on it again.

Back when I was in the AF, the bases used to have garages where you could work on your vehicle yourself, with tools, lifts, etc. Is that part of a bygone era or do they still do that?
Yesterday 07:07 PM
AFBronco235 Took delivery of my bronco. I then emptied out all the crap I've been storing in the for the last few years and then took it for a quick spin around the block. Next, I'll be doing an oil change, since I haven't been able to do that for the last few years. Its barely driven 10 miles in the last 20 months. Still, its good to have a place to work on it again.
Yesterday 10:19 AM
Blue1551 @BroncoMom has this problem existed the entire time you have owned the Bronco. If the problem has just a risen look at things you have done just prior to the problem raising its ugly head. This will give you a place to start looking.
Yesterday 10:06 AM
MS88Bronc
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Originally Posted by CDA 455 View Post
I hear you!



My stock steering unit is dying.





After I swap the rear axle and upgrade the existing front suspension; I'm going to concentrate on replacing/upgrading the steering set up.

Iíd be happy to send you my old stock pump for a stop-gap measure for you until you upgrade yours. Otherwise itís going to scrap. It works just fine and is very quiet. PM me if you want.
Yesterday 09:44 AM
joshbronco Jump-stated it after siting for three weeks while I was on vacation.
Yesterday 06:40 AM
paul rondelli Fun with rust. Pulled the tire because I had a small nail. Decided to clean her up a bit. Drums where a pain to pull off. I know my friends up north deal with this all the time..... even down in the south the stuff sucks!!









decided against pulling the pads. They look to have a decent amount left. Did spray a ton of brake cleaner to get everything looking good.

Yesterday 04:38 AM
BroncMom
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Hey, BroncMom, I'm Handy Andy; I saw you are having a slow crank issue ( "Didn't fix the slow start issue ��") and I can say, you're headed in the right direction. After you replace the solenoid-to-starter cable, if you have slow cranking still, it's the starter. The good thing is that you replaced all the cabling with larger-gauge, newer cables, so you won't be hitting a replacement starter with higher amperes than normal, which conspire to kill starters, alternators and batteries, plus cause the occasional starter solenoid "sticking contact" problem. Typically, the standard Ford starter cranks an engine in about the 400-500 RPM range, which is fine for factory-spec carbed engines. But the EFI engines, and any modded engines that have higher compression or timing changes that put drag on a cranking engine, you may want to update to a permanent magnet/gear reduction (PMGR) starter. Wired slightly differently but still uses the starter solenoid, it cranks 150-200 RPM faster than a standard Ford solenoid, and most applications are bolt-in, but do require different-length starter bolts. If you're interested, there are write-ups on them in the technical section. I put one on my '79 Ranchero's 351W, and she fires up so much more nicely--I couldn't be happier.
Hey there @Handy_andy_cv64 actually has a new starter and solenoid on it. Not sure what the cranking rpm are but both are less than 4 months old. She fires right up when cold (like first start of day) but drive somewhere let it rest a half hour (or more) then try to start, she cranks longer then she should. "But the EFI engines, and any modded engines that have higher compression or timing changes that put drag on a cranking engine"... Not an EFI engine, and not modded with higher compression (unless adding the 4bbl Edelbrock carb would do that) or timing changes...
Thanks for the info
Yesterday 03:09 AM
Handy_andy_cv64 Hey, BroncMom, I'm Handy Andy; I saw you are having a slow crank issue ( "Didn't fix the slow start issue 😞") and I can say, you're headed in the right direction. After you replace the solenoid-to-starter cable, if you have slow cranking still, it's the starter. The good thing is that you replaced all the cabling with larger-gauge, newer cables, so you won't be hitting a replacement starter with higher amperes than normal, which conspire to kill starters, alternators and batteries, plus cause the occasional starter solenoid "sticking contact" problem. Typically, the standard Ford starter cranks an engine in about the 400-500 RPM range, which is fine for factory-spec carbed engines. But the EFI engines, and any modded engines that have higher compression or timing changes that put drag on a cranking engine, you may want to update to a permanent magnet/gear reduction (PMGR) starter. Wired slightly differently but still uses the starter solenoid, it cranks 150-200 RPM faster than a standard Ford solenoid, and most applications are bolt-in, but do require different-length starter bolts. If you're interested, there are write-ups on them in the technical section. I put one on my '79 Ranchero's 351W, and she fires up so much more nicely--I couldn't be happier.
07-21-2019 10:59 PM
CDA 455
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Originally Posted by MS88Bronc View Post
Sounds cool CDA - but, I think Iím gonna take a break from steering components for a while! Lol.
I hear you!

My stock steering unit is dying.


After I swap the rear axle and upgrade the existing front suspension; I'm going to concentrate on replacing/upgrading the steering set up.
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