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Hello all,

I am new to this forum and this is my first post since becoming a member. I own a 1985 Bronco and I am looking for some advice on it.

I bought this vehicle about a year ago from a friend from work in whom I had good trust. When I purchased the vehicle, it has just been inspected. I was told that the entire drive train from front to back had been replaced or rebuilt some time in the past several years, and some $10,000 was spent. I bought the vehicle in good faith as a winter vehicle to get to get around in the snow with (my Mustang wasnt cutting it here in the mountains of north-east PA).

I have to say that I had no experience with large trucks or lifted 4x4's until this purchase so there was a steep learning curve involved!

Shortly after I bought the vehicle I found that the motor was throwing oil and/or burning it to the rate of maybe a quart or two just to get me back and forth once to work (about 60 miles round trip). I was told that the Bronco had sat for some time and maybe some seals had gotten bad.

After putting up with this for the first winter and spring, I decided to have the motor (a 351 Windsor) rebuilt. When the engine guy tore down the motor, he found a lot of really suspect things (loose bolts, missing head-positioning pin in one side of block, crumpled head gasket, etc.) So I spent well over a grand having the motor done over.

Shortly thereafter, the transmision (a C6 automatic) went out. I took it to a transmission specialist and they said it basically had to be rebuilt, so I dumped another $1500 into that.

Then when the first snow came, and I tried to lock my hubs to use the 4WD, the wheels or something under the front end was making a horrendous squealing noise that increased with road speed, so I had to unlock the hubs and drive in 2WD mode.

Now December is here, Christmas is coming, and I have 2 weeks to get this thing through inspection. I took it to a place I have gone to many times in the past and they went over the whole vehicle. Amoung other things, they said it failed for having wheels that protruded outside the body, and that it would need a pair of catalytic converters installed. They want to put regular truck tires and rims on this thing to pass it but I think with the lift on the vehicle that would be unstable not to mention geared up too high (it already revs at about 3 grand at 70 mph). I don't want to take it to a 'lick-n-stick" to get a dodgey sticker put on it since I got burned with that and I wouldnt want to pass it along to the next person that way.

All in all I am looking at dumping another 1500 bucks or more into this thing to get it to pass inspection, and thats not even counting the fact that I still don't have the use of 4WD until I figure out what is wrong with the locking hubs (they worked last season).

So here is my dillemma - now that I am half way through the forest, do I keep going in the same direction to find my way out (keep dumping more money into it) or do I back out the way I came in (ditch it and run!) Money Pit or Gold Mine? If anyone has been through this sort of thing, I'd appreciate any advice.


thanks,

Dave
 

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i would say keep it dude. there is no way in hell you are going to be able to recoupe your money on it. hell you hav e fought the hard battle. get a new exhaust, some fender flares and you are good to go. I would keep it but i am also partial to broncos.
 

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If the body and interior are in good shape, and you like the truck overall, I'd keep it. You'll spend a lot less to rebuild the driveline than you would to buy a new vehicle, and in the end you'll know it's in good condition.
 

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Once you get that straightened out not much else can go wrong. And I am by no means an expert but you may want to repack the hubs with grease, or just buy Warn Premium locking hubs. I would keep it because basically once that is taken care of it is all new.
 

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Check your front driveshaft and axle U-joints for looseness, that could be you noise.

If you spent $1500 to get a C6 rebuilt you got hosed.

I have (3) steel Bronco rims in my shed I'll let you have cheap, find a fourth and get a set of used 31's for inspection. Put the bigger tires on it after it leaves the shop. Or install flares, PA code says flares fail if they are larger than 3".

You've already rebuilt the engine and trans so keep the truck. If you sell it you'll just be losing money. There are enough of us here in PA with parts that should be able to help you out.

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I would keep like imlikeojnow said put fender flares on it instead changing tires if that will pass it through inspection, Are the catalytic converters required on a truck that old? Sounds like your inspector is way to picky.
My take is this, I buy and sell cars/trucks all the time then I traded for this bronco I have now and before I run across this forum I was about to give this bronco the boot for as much money as I could get out of it..
Then I stumbled across FSB and asked some questions about problems with my brko I got all the help I needed for free.. With FSB for support you have good info on it anytime day or night.. The hard part is done you know what you have by now.
 

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talk to the guy that said everything was replaced then spit in his face. thats f-ed up, especially when everything he said was replaced failed shortly after. once thats done, move out to arizona, no inspections, just pass emmisions. hows the body, interior? rust situation? how big is the lift? sas or still ttb? i'd say keep it with a fresh 351 and c-6
 

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'85 is nice since its the last year of the carb setups. If you like carbs get it then, if you don't then buy a '86 end of the carb 1st year of EFI, last year of that Body style though before they changed then '87-91 then again '92-96
 

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everybody is right. you replaced a majority of the system already. id keep it. i own a 85 aswell. I replaced everything already much like you. but thats because i wanted to. $1500 for a c6 is rediculous. you can goto autozone and could have gotten a rebuilt for $500 and warranty which is what i have. my engine cost me $800 from the AZ. Id find a better mechanic. Change your front hubs to WARN or something similiar. as for cats. since im in NY after 20 years my truck is exempt. so i ripped my cats off.basically all i get now is,you have a windshield and brakes. ok you pass. :chili: Sounds liek the inspection place and just tring to rip money from you. id look around exspecially about the tires. hell i have 4 rims you can have. the old wagon wheels. hehe. or liek someone else say just fork up $200 for the fender flares. then you dont need $800 in new tires.
 

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I say keep it you have all that money invested in it you might as well get some use out of it. Sounds like all you need is a new exhaust, call around and get some quotes for it. Go to Autozone or Pepboys and buy some fender flares and you are golden.
 

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I too have a 85....late model, but it's still an 85. It runs and drives like nothing can stop it. I had the same noise squeeling(sp?) when i locked my hubs and engaged it into 4hi. As soon as i heard it i started getting suspicious. I come to find that my front U-Joints are bad and the previous own had not greased them when he replaced them. So they lasted maybe a year or 1 winter. I changed those the very next day. And since then I haven't had any trouble but leaking oil. Can't seem to find out where it is, but it's not that bad for now. I have to add like a quart every 150-200 miles. So I keep my eyes open for leaks and everything. It runs all good and clean now. It's well worth keeping IMO. You know, people just don't go buy a bronco for no reason, they do it bc they love them. That's why I bought mine. plus it's also a Ford:rockon

So yah, if you love them, got the money, and keep it maintained, nothing will go wrong.
 

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Hmmmm....I have well over 2+(i lost track) grand into a 600 dollar bronco. I wouldnt trade that stubborn dirty bitchy slut whore for anything in the world.......(well maybe a 78 or 79 in MINT cond) But It was my first 4x4, and its been one hell of a learning experience for me. Hell If ya need help someone is always on here to help......maybe in a smartass way, but still here.....IMO......

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KEEP DA BITCH!!!!!
 

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Ok......I will give you $500.......AND I will even come and pick it up......I am up in Pike County all the time.

I could always use another a good plow truck!

On the real side.............your in it this far.....why not go for a bit more? You can see the light at the end of the tunnel now......dont quit. Just hang in there, and once you get it where you want it you will be very happy you never sold it.

Just find a new mechanic....and shop. You should also pick up a few good service manuals for your truck......like a Haynes, and also get a service CD (I think steve83 sells them) so this way you can try to save a few bucks by digging into the problems yourself!
 

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dude man just pick up some cheep stock wheels and put them on your truck to fix the tire out of fender problem. And get a new cats. and ur good to go. then after it passes put the big tires back on!!!
 

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PoconoDave said:
Hello all,

I am new to this forum and this is my first post since becoming a member. I own a 1985 Bronco and I am looking for some advice on it.

I bought this vehicle about a year ago from a friend from work in whom I had good trust. When I purchased the vehicle, it has just been inspected. I was told that the entire drive train from front to back had been replaced or rebuilt some time in the past several years, and some $10,000 was spent. I bought the vehicle in good faith as a winter vehicle to get to get around in the snow with (my Mustang wasnt cutting it here in the mountains of north-east PA).

I have to say that I had no experience with large trucks or lifted 4x4's until this purchase so there was a steep learning curve involved!

Shortly after I bought the vehicle I found that the motor was throwing oil and/or burning it to the rate of maybe a quart or two just to get me back and forth once to work (about 60 miles round trip). I was told that the Bronco had sat for some time and maybe some seals had gotten bad.

After putting up with this for the first winter and spring, I decided to have the motor (a 351 Windsor) rebuilt. When the engine guy tore down the motor, he found a lot of really suspect things (loose bolts, missing head-positioning pin in one side of block, crumpled head gasket, etc.) So I spent well over a grand having the motor done over.

Shortly thereafter, the transmision (a C6 automatic) went out. I took it to a transmission specialist and they said it basically had to be rebuilt, so I dumped another $1500 into that.

Then when the first snow came, and I tried to lock my hubs to use the 4WD, the wheels or something under the front end was making a horrendous squealing noise that increased with road speed, so I had to unlock the hubs and drive in 2WD mode.

Now December is here, Christmas is coming, and I have 2 weeks to get this thing through inspection. I took it to a place I have gone to many times in the past and they went over the whole vehicle. Amoung other things, they said it failed for having wheels that protruded outside the body, and that it would need a pair of catalytic converters installed. They want to put regular truck tires and rims on this thing to pass it but I think with the lift on the vehicle that would be unstable not to mention geared up too high (it already revs at about 3 grand at 70 mph). I don't want to take it to a 'lick-n-stick" to get a dodgey sticker put on it since I got burned with that and I wouldnt want to pass it along to the next person that way.

All in all I am looking at dumping another 1500 bucks or more into this thing to get it to pass inspection, and thats not even counting the fact that I still don't have the use of 4WD until I figure out what is wrong with the locking hubs (they worked last season).

So here is my dillemma - now that I am half way through the forest, do I keep going in the same direction to find my way out (keep dumping more money into it) or do I back out the way I came in (ditch it and run!) Money Pit or Gold Mine? If anyone has been through this sort of thing, I'd appreciate any advice.


thanks,

Dave
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if you need cats stay away from dealships and go to ummit or somewhere like that and get cat co. you on;y need one. they are cheep and they work. i've got one on my 95 and i got a catco for my grandma's s10. go to a shop they weld it in for 50$ (i can't seem to find good deals) you;re only out the cast of two more years inspection.
 

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IM with most everyone ealse. I say keep it. get a set of used fender flairs off Ebay or something and get a set of cats ( avoid dealership you will get boned hard for them ) and go through the front end. MAKE SURE ITS FULL OF FLUID PER WHAT SPECS SAY IF IT SHOULD HAVE..... check the front shaft U joints and axle Joints as well was ware they meet the hubs on the wheels. If the guy before didnt have the front gear shimed right that could be it a 4x4 shop would have no trouble telling to whats wrong. Hell I would fix it if i got the free time to do it. But yes keep it definitly you have overcome the worst of what can do wrong drive wise so it can olny get better
 
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