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General Information

Year
1989
Make
Ford
Model
Bronco
Color
Red with White
Packages
XLT, quad shocks
History
Sat in PO driveway for 13 years not running with driver window open. Squirrels living in engine bay, mice and spiders in cab. My 16 year old son bought it for $500 off of CraigsList and towed it home for me to work on (for him). PO destroyed the vacuum lines & other engine bay systems plus 22 gallons of varnish in tank. Rocks (yes, rocks) in oil pan, sand & dirt on valve springs looked like stucco. We removed everything inside and out except some wiring harness through the firewall. No body rust, only cracks at top of B pillar & did the FSB repair. Also floor pans under front seats were badly cracked and we located NOS Ford floor pan patch panels and welded them in.
Rear canopy had no bolts, screws or trim holding it in place, but a little aged dirt and rotted gaskets. White fiberglass top was stained black from weather & neglect but we able to restore it to original appearance with elbow grease and 303 Aerospace Protectant. Original paint was badly oxidized but was restored with a little 2000 wet sanding, Meguiars Ultimate compound, polish and wax.
The "renovation" took 18 months (still working on small items), with a lot of that time researching and reading posts on FSB and a few other Ford truck forums trying to figure out how to work on our Bronco. Plus a lot of time at local junkyards, luckily finding most of the important parts we needed from other Broncos and similar F-Series trucks.
1989 Ford Bronco (Red with White)

Modifications

Drivetrain
Completely rebuilt 302 with Edelbrock polished upper & Lower intake, BBK 61mm Throttle Body, JBA headers w/MagnaFlow exhaust & added two new O2 Sensors near top of y-pipe. Old O2 sensor location used for Fuel/Air readings. Recently added new computer for sequential injection, new 30# injectors, new injection harness, new adjustable fuel pressure regulator, MAF sensor in new air intake line. MSD Distributor, Coil and 6A igniter. Upgraded headlight harness to incorporate 2 relays.
Every transmission clutch was badly burned and Xfer case didn't move so all was rebuilt.

Complete rebuilds include: 302 engine, AOD trans, 1356 BW Xfer case, 3.55 rear end, Dana 44 front, all bearings, u joints, drive lines, body bushings, wheel hubs, calipers, rotors, lines, 190L/hr fuel pump & inline filter

Starting to add Saginaw PS pump to power new steering box and hydro-boost braking. Haven't decided what steering box to get - stock box whines a lot trying to push the 33" tires.
Interior
Interior completely stripped and cleaned out. Rear seat brackets were destroyed from water damage coming in through body seam where seam sealer was gone. We removed dash and completely cleaned & rebuilt. Instrument cluster gauges cleaned & needles painted. Welded in new floor pan patches. Window regulators, motors and actuators rebuilt in doors and tailgate. Tailgate harness was cut up, sourced "new" from junkyard Bronco. Only original seat was passenger seat and "race" bucket driver seat - junk! Rear side panels, head liners, window & door lock switches, center console, instrument cluster trim, 1 door panel all luckily sourced from local junkyards.
Lizard Skin Sound Deadener applied inside floor, roof, doors & firewall. Then covered with Lizard Skin Ceramic coating on floor & roof. Lizard skin Sound Deadener also sprayed under body (as undercoating) covered by Lizard Skin Top Coat to seal it.

Starting on custom center console to contain the amp, a few gauges & switches, cup and phone holders.
Exterior
PO trashed a lot of removable pieces but body was in good shape except a lot of paint oxidation, which saved it for us to bring it back to life. Rear hitch, front & rear bumpers were sourced from local junkyards from F Series trucks and some small trim pieces around front windshield, exterior mirror pieces. Transmission cross member kickers from top of frame were missing, skid plate missing and several small under body brackets. Lot of nuts & bolts missing that should have been holding things together.
Audio
Alpine Bluetooth, remote phone head unit & amp, 6 ½" speakers in doors, 6x9's in rear panels, 12" sub in box floating in rear.
Suspension
No lift. Quad shocks in front. New polyurethane bushings all around. All stock with exception of 1 ½" taller front coil springs to help 33" tires clear the lower corner of front bumper.
Wheel and Tire
33x12.5x15 BFG T/A KO2 on 15x10 Mickey Thompson Classic III rims.

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