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I'm thinking that's the line that goes from the thermactor to the air pump but the PO may have "deleted" the air pump. I hope I'm getting the name right but there's a tube on the rear of the engine that crosses from head to head and has that thermactor (air control) valve in the center and that rubber hose coming off the top. If the air pump was deleted, plugging it off there would be easier than getting behind the engine to remove the cross tube and plug the outlets on the back of the heads, without pulling the engine.

DISCLAIMER: I'm NOT a mechanic by any stretch of the imagination but I've pulled and replaced a few of these engines.
 

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Looks like my old '89 (VIN ending in 46708), but I GUARANTEE that none of that 'repair work' you've documented is mine. If it is, I'd bet that there is still mud in places in the body and frame.
 

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I'm thinking that's the line that goes from the thermactor to the air pump but the PO may have "deleted" the air pump. I hope I'm getting the name right but there's a tube on the rear of the engine that crosses from head to head and has that thermactor (air control) valve in the center and that rubber hose coming off the top. If the air pump was deleted, plugging it off there would be easier than getting behind the engine to remove the cross tube and plug the outlets on the back of the heads, without pulling the engine.

DISCLAIMER: I'm NOT a mechanic by any stretch of the imagination but I've pulled and replaced a few of these engines.
You might be on to something there. I'm going with smog delete. Final answer. Moving on now...... Hahaha.
 

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Looks like my old '89 (VIN ending in 46708), but I GUARANTEE that none of that 'repair work' you've documented is mine. If it is, I'd bet that there is still mud in places in the body and frame.
Owner's grandson told me his grandpa was second owner, and the original owners wife had stood on the roof to reach gutters or something. Hence the 2 dents on the roof. So if you have a wife that prefers Bronco roofs over ladders, it might be yours. And she might oughta try a salad or 2 if it is. LOL
 

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Owner's grandson told me his grandpa was second owner, and the original owners wife had stood on the roof to reach gutters or something. Hence the 2 dents on the roof. So if you have a wife that prefers Bronco roofs over ladders, it might be yours. And she might oughta try a salad or 2 if it is. LOL
Come to think of it, mine had a tan hood, so I'm pretty sure it wasn't mine. I don't think my wife could put dents in the hood if she tried, but I'll tell her you said to lay off the pasta. I'll post back after my recovery, or if they have internet in the hospital.
 

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Went scavenging at the local pull a part. Didn't find much. Found the plastic cover that goes over the throttle cables at the plenum, so I'll take that small improvement as a win. I was feeling pretty good about the old beast, so I thought I'd do some vacuuming in the back. I found some interesting things in the left pocket. Suddenly, none of the half assed repairs surprise me. It all makes sense.
https://flic.kr/p/2jkoaSa
 

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Hey now. I'll have you know that I partake of the marijuana pipe and my work is well researched, clean and works... sooner or later. ;)
 

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I ordered a convertible top from Bronco graveyard. Their prices were the best. Installation was a chit show, but I really love the way the top goes up or down. The wife is now the 90% owner of this vehicle. Once I fix the air conditioning, I'll only be allowed to take it to fill the gas tank for her!
https://flic.kr/p/2jntQe3
 

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Last night, I took it to fill with gas. As I was leaving the gas station, blue lights came on behind me. Lady officer said she pulled me over because I had no tail lights. She was nice, and I was appreciative to learn that information. She also told me she loved the old Broncosaurus Rex. She gave me a warning and I went home. The lights flickered as it idled in the driveway. Well, the dash lights flicker on and off, as well as the tag light and the front marker lights. So the dash lights are good, and maybe the headlight switch is bad. Looks like I'll be replacing it really soon.
 

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As soon as I started to replace the headlight, I saw the tell tell signs of the PO. https://flic.kr/p/2jomN5i Yep, sure enough, the factory headlight switch lost its virginity to the previous owner.
https://flic.kr/p/2jopzjL Unfortunately, that wasn't the problem. Looks like there's a short going to the running/ tail lights. What are my chances that I find normal wear and tear as the cause? To be continued.....
 

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So I used the PO red wire as my fancy new jumper wire to test my switch plug. When goin from my 12v to the dash lights wire, the dash lights light up beautiful! Unfortunately, what up like it back into the switch they don't come on. Didn't want to jump from power to the brown wire which is supposed to be running lights, I get Sparks and a clicking noise from the engine compartment. I feel like there may be a short there for sure. I went to crank it up last night to move it and it just bumped over and wouldn't start again. I don't know if the eec finally died, or if the fuel pump relay is out, or if the fuel pump wire and the tail lights are somehow connected.
 

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Just a quick glance underneath the Broncosaurus, showed me more horse shi*tery. Probably unrelated to my current situation of course. Can someone tell me what this used to attach to? It's just kind of flopping around right now. at one time there was an access panel where you can reach in and spin it around by hand while you were driving apparently.
https://flic.kr/p/2joUTBf
 

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This morning, I crawled under the Broncosaurus again. Trying to find a brown running/ tailight wire that had been tampered with by the previous owner. I found this blue wire above the fuel pump, running towards the back.
https://flic.kr/p/2jpq9FR It disappears going to the back, but I easily followed it to the engine department where it was stabbed through the firewall.
https://flic.kr/p/2jpqdSg I found it by the fuse panel.
https://flic.kr/p/2jpohrd So I found a 12v supply so I could hook it up and walk to the back to see if my tail lights came on. Instead, I heard the whirring noise of the fuel pump!!
 

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I had originally thought that the constant running was from a bad computer. Now I know it was PO creative wiring. It must've fallen out when I was working on the light switch. Now I have to still figure the tail light short, I have to figure what factory wire was supposed to go to the fuel pump, and figure if the PO ran the blue wire because the computer was actually bad and not turning on the pump.
 

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I ordered a convertible top from Bronco graveyard. Their prices were the best. Installation was a chit show, but I really love the way the top goes up or down. The wife is now the 90% owner of this vehicle. Once I fix the air conditioning, I'll only be allowed to take it to fill the gas tank for her!
https://flic.kr/p/2jntQe3
Isn't it funny how that works? My wife jacks my Bronco every chance she gets! I don't plan on fixing my ac just so I don't get stuck in her sequoia.
 

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Isn't it funny how that works? My wife jacks my Bronco every chance she gets! I don't plan on fixing my ac just so I don't get stuck in her sequoia.
I'm the one doing the jacking nowadays. I relinquished some ownership rights when she fell in love with it. (I love seeing her happy) Then I pretty much sealed it as her vehicle when I bought the 78 F100. It's my baby. The Broncosaurus is hers. Unfortunately, I'm still chief mechanic. LOL!
 

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Good news; I found the relay where the tail/ running lights go. Kind of bad news; the insulation is stripped on the brown wire. Worse news; it's still shorting somewhere else, so I didn't fix the problem yet.
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Just a quick glance underneath the Broncosaurus, showed me more horse shi*tery. Probably unrelated to my current situation of course. Can someone tell me what this used to attach to? It's just kind of flopping around right now. at one time there was an access panel where you can reach in and spin it around by hand while you were driving apparently.
https://flic.kr/p/2joUTBf
That mechanism is part of the manual transfer case linkage. The "panel" above it is a makeshift block off plate to cover the missing shift mechanism on trucks equipped with electric shift transfer cases. As to why the PO screwed sheet metal in place of the stock cover (that you can get from any F-series/Bronco in any JY), I have no idea. If your truck does not have electric 4X4, you'll want to address this so that you have four wheel drive.
 
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