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Erik
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So I bought a another bronco this morning. Wasn’t particularly shopping for another one, but I’m always looking and couldn’t resist. Been watching it on Craigslist for weeks. But I picked it up today for $1900. Most money I’ve ever spent on the initial purchase of a bronco, but I’m satisfied with my decision. After dragging it home..

Someone repaired the rust on the rear fenders years ago. They did an ok job but one of the fenders is starting to bubble again. Also both front fenders have rust at the bottom. A small amount in both rocker panels, and also the rear corners of the bed floor. Overall it’s not very rusty underneath though.






Interior needs a little tidying up..




Some cool original stuff..

The elusive rear cargo cover.. I’ve never been able to find one until now. It’s not perfect but it’s there and functions.

Anyone know why the display in the overhead console wouldn’t be working?

Also, I need to figure out why the abs light is on in the dash. Along with figuring out what that light is where there’s a hole towards the left of the dash? Security or something? It randomly blinks..

But overall for 249,000 this thing runs and drives great on the original engine and transmission. One of the previous owners was a mechanic that kept logs of lots of repairs. Other owners also recorded repairs. All 3-4 previous owners knew each other, overall it was well taken care of and a lot of maintenance has been done. Going to tag it later today. Plans for this one mainly include driving it and fixing things with only small upgrades. Most everything already works. I have other broncos I’m going overboard building. I’ll document soon as I start working on it like fixing the drivers window.
 

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Yo Erik,
Congrats!
Amber ABS warning light will come on for numerous reasons. It warns the driver that the ABS has been disabled. Normal power-assisted braking remains but the wheels can lock during a panic stop while the indicator is on. Certain procedures must be followed to find the concern in this situation.
Here's the 4WABS Pin-Point Testing in 93-96 Bronco; This is same as in Ford EVTM/PCED/Workshop Manual
Source: by Ford via me at https://www.fullsizebronco.com/forum/18-introductions/496974-1994-ford-bronco-eb.html#post7116308

See attached Cluster Warning Lights Overview.

Find out if speed control, if equipped, recall work completed by dealership. Call local dealer or register and view status @ https://owner.ford.com; or @ https://vinrcl.safercar.gov/vin/ ... have VIN ready.
"Summary: ON CERTAIN PICKUP TRUCKS, PASSENGER VEHICLES, SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES, AND MOTOR HOMES CHASSIS, THE SPEED CONTROL DEACTIVATION SWITCH MAY, UNDER CERTAIN CONDITIONS, LEAK INTERNALLY AND THEN OVERHEAT, SMOKE, OR BURN. THIS COULD RESULT IN AN UNDERHOOD FIRE."
To confirm current status, use this guide by jowens1126 @ https://www.fullsizebronco.com/forum/23-technical-write-ups/457065-93-94-96-cruise-control-recalls-repair.html#post6530073
note that the 93 recall is different than 94-96

1994 Bronco Brochure, Partial; Cover & Page 3; plus pics of EDDIE BAUER model accessories.
by BigRob at 1994 Ford Bronco Bronco Accessories pictures, videos, and sounds | SuperMotors.net

Free registration for some wiring diagrams (86 through 96) and Technical Service Bulletins, (80 through 96), same as by Ford @ BBB Industries- Premium Alternators, Starters, Power Steering Products | TSB's & Wiring Diagrams

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Erik
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Mainly just been driving it but I’ve gotten a little done.
Pulled off the drivers door panel and replaced the window motor. Now that one works.. But I also discovered some decent pioneer speakers hidden in there.

So after I removed the center console and bucket seats I wanted to mount my clean 96 bronco bench in here. I was saving it for the 92 but I think it fits this project better.
The bench has mounting holes slightly inward of the outmost bucket mounting holes. But the holes were still there. Pulled the rubber plugs and put them in the bucket seat holes. All lined up but the passenger rear bolt. Had to drill through for a bolt with that one. But here’s where the front bench seat bolts compare to the outer bucket seat bolts.

The bench not only cleaned up the look but it’s way more comfortable..


I already bought a cleaner dash pad and Eddie Bauer dash trim, just need to install it..
Got the spare mount back on the truck. Previous owners used hitch pins so I went with it (I don’t plan to keep the stock carrier long term, it makes the passenger side bedside flex in and out as it swings).

You can see 2 of the floor rust holes here (in the corners). Only other rust holes are near the front seat belt base mounts.

And just a few shots with the spare hanging off now..

But you can see the bad repaint in the rear here. Long term id like to get the body rust fixed and have it repainted to factory colors.
 

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Looks pretty darn clean!

I was gonna make a comment about it must've been from Maryland with all the crab decals, then I looked at your location haha...
 

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It looks like it has all the same rust holes my 96 had. In which case, id recommend checking the floor where the rear seatbelt spools attach.



Oh and hell yeah on that bench!


Ford knows how to build a comfy bench seat; definitely dont want to replace mine!
 

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Looks pretty darn clean!

I was gonna make a comment about it must've been from Maryland with all the crab decals, then I looked at your location haha...
I actually just peeled all the decals off the side windows this morning. I like the window clean.

 

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Nice find looks very clean! For $1900 thats a good deal....wish they were like that up by me! LOL! The overhead console can also be swapped pretty easily with an explorer one. Just swap out map lights and the temp display and its relatively easy if you didn't want to play with the capacitor.
 

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So some ongoing small projects..
I removed the cargo cover for repairs. The part/end responsible for retracting works fine. The vinyl also looks good. But the end where it pulls out with the handle has some issues. The metal bar was bent and the pin that locates it in the panel on one side was broken. The pin on the other side is still intact but starting to bend. I removed the 2 screws holding the handle in and then the whole metal bar slid out of the vinyl. I straightened the bar but still plan to slide some solid bar inside to beef it up.
Here’s a poor picture of the bar clamped in the vice.

Here’s the pin on one side (obviously the non broken side).

If you look closely in this picture you can see one rivet I removed already which is responsible for locating the pin and allowing it to slide. You can also see the rivet that is still in place which is what the spring pushes against.

And here is the non broken pin removed with its spring still attached in its groove.

I gave that pin to a friend yesterday. He’s going to machine me 2 new ones out of aluminum (or stainless), whichever he can find at work. He’s doing it for free at his busy job so I may not see them for a bit..

Also, since I installed the bench seat I no longer have front cup holders. That just won’t do because I’m always thirsty. My 2000 ranger has a floor console that I like a lot. So I found one at a junkyard for $25 in excellent shape (junkyards around here are usually useless since all my vehicles are old).

It’s nice because it’s easily removable with its own mounting bracket. But the broncos floor is much more slanted than the ranger floor. I cut a piece off of my street sign pole to raise the front to a perfect height. Just need to cover that piece and the gap up front (I’m thinking a black piece of plastic or something).


Should have some more updates soon.. :thumbup
 

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So I tried the overhead console fix in the above referenced thread. Capacitor did leak out and I put in the new one from Digi key. First time powering it up the display lit for the first time. A few seconds later it shut off. Only came back on the 4th time attempting to start it. Won’t come on at all anymore, guess my circuit board must be done. Now looking into finding the explorer overhead console parts..
Then I pulled apart enough of the dash to access the dash pad hardware.

First off let me say that rats nest of loose electrical connections and wire nuts bugged the hell out of my ocd.

My dash pad had a lot of cracks in it. The one I found only has one crack on the front and an abrasion on the side.

My broken Eddie Bauer dash trim vs better condition one.

Much better..

And the mini copilot loves the new digs.
 

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So progress has been slow on everything. A week and 1/2 ago I fell through a rotten board, tearing open my shin and spraining my ankle. Ended up with an infection and a few days in the hospital but im walking now mostly.
Big bronco axle is still progressing and hopefully I can bump that thread soon.
I didn’t get any pics of the process but the overhead console is now working with the explorer parts (and I actually have another overhead console to fix similarly).

I noticed this bracket broken just after buying the bronco. You could lift and move the whole dash on this side.. Here the broken bracket is visible with the kick panel removed.

Had to cut out part of the broken stock bracket then used the reinforcement one from desolate motorsports.

Made a huge difference but I still need to install the bolt that holds through the side of the dash. Just didn’t have the energy to remove the door which looks like the only way.
 

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Still daily driving this one, and taking care of some small details.
The window sweeps were in very poor shape. Here’s the ones from the drivers side. Not only are they cracking but they’re bent like someone had them out before.

Good as new..

So maybe a couple weeks ago I was driving home in a bad storm. Hit a bad series of potholes at speed and my rear window basically exploded. Here I’m drying it out from all the rain.

Not sure how it broke but my best bet is that the tailgate unlatched on the drivers side allowing the tailgate to move, and the force put the corner of the window right into the hard top..

But it’s a good thing the 92 is sitting there in pieces right now. Stole the glass out of it..

This 92 bronco keeps paying for itself.

Another issue is the tailgate glass moved a lot with the deteriorated weather stripping. Just an example of how bad it was.

Now fits snugly.

Saw someone’s thread about the tire carrier bushings so I figured why not. Mine had a lot of play.

I had to drive the new ones in because they are a tighter fit.

And I got this little bracket that pins the carrier open in a few different spots.

Don’t think I’ve posted a picture with the spare cover before.

So since I bought this bronco the tailgate latches have been finicky and the handle didn’t work. Couldn’t figure out the handle til I noticed the bracket that the rod from it inserts into was bent. Opted for a new one since the metal seemed a little fatigued.

Just a rewarding picture because it’s the first time I’ve been able to put the tailgate access panel back on.
 

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So far I’ve put about 5000 miles on this bronco and it’s been almost flawless. Had to park it for a about a week to make a couple repairs though. Noticed the radiator was leaking trans fluid from the cooler portion. I didn’t just want to bypass that portion on this bronco so new radiator it was..

And of course the rust wasn’t going to make things easy. Both trans cooler lines broke near the radiator when trying to remove them.
New stainless trans lines.

With a stock exhaust in the way it’s so difficult to get to where the trans lines meet the trans so I had to pull the carpet and transmission tunnel.
The floor at the front of this bronco is so clean. Both of my other FSBs had lots of rust holes in these areas.

All installed..

Not without incident as usual. Chewed a hole in the upper radiator hose with the fan.

Just a picture of part of the fleet after getting it back on the road..

Ditched the auto hubs because, well.. I don’t like them.

Mine still worked and we’re clean though, which I guess is rare. So I’ll probably try to sell them for a few bucks.
Ive put warn premiums on 3 trucks now but decided to try the milemarkers for a change since their cheaper and this is just a driver.

I’ve been collecting parts to do a bunch of refreshing in this bronco. I just have to wait til I can take it down for a few days and drive something else.
 

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Where did you source the new trans lines?

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I believe I got them from bronco graveyard this time. But inline tube makes them.
Thanks. That's strange, I could have sworn that BGY didn't have the hardline kit, but there it is... Oh well
 
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