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I just got my first bronco on a horse trade. Let go of a atv and picked up an 82. So here’s the thing I don’t know much about them and everything I’ve been told about this isn’t true. Lol have to love that. And auto 5.0 89 turned into a manual 82 with a 351. Lol what ever I’m actually happier this way.
I don’t know anything about broncos or 4x4s really I’m coming from the German world. So here is the plan. I’d like to build this as a desert truck I now live in the desert go figure and there is nothing to do other then play so. I’ve been looking at what’s possible. I’d like to build a mild 408 and try to pick up a cheap f250 and swap out the front axle.
I don’t know what the transfer case or transmission can hold or handle. It is a 4 speed manual and it does have neutral for the 4x I know that matters. What it means you got me. I can’t really make out the vin on the door or dash both are pretty screwed up and unreadable. Any way hi how’s it going and ideas for transmission inthe future if I sas it?
But it is rust free and requires like 0 body work for the age. Plan is to make it fde rhino liner it with the Dana 44 and a stroker should make for a fun truck.

82 XLT Lariat 351w, Edelbrock 1406 4bbl ,C6 auto, auto locking hubs ,33x10.5x15
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Hey... Nice to see another 82 in the house 👍 congrats on what looks to be a decent swap. Just a thought but when looking at doing the rhino liner, also look at monstaliner. It comes in a bunch of colors at no extra cost and can be rolled or sprayed. Leaves a nice texture either way. Love it since i did it in my cargo area 👍

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Yo DesertBronco82,
To help you troubleshoot your 82, here's 1981 Bronco/F Series Electrical & Vacuum Troubleshooting Manual (EVTM), partial via Gary @ 1981 EVTM - Gary's Garagemahal (the Bullnose bible) many items are similar to your 82.

Bronco/F Series Specifications by Gary @ Axle Ratios - Gary's Garagemahal (the Bullnose bible)
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Here is the 1982 Bronco 351 Vacuum diagram;

(not nec. for your year/engine)
A/CL: Located in the air cleaner
A/CL DV: Air Cleaner Diverter Valve
A/CL BI MET: Air Cleaner Bi-Metallic Valve
A/CL CWM: Air Cleaner Cold Weather Modulator
ACT: Air Charge Temperature Sensor, prior to 1992
ACTS: Air Cleaner Temperature Sensor
ACV: Air Control Valve or Air Cleaner Heat Stove Vacuum Motor
AIR: Thermactor, short for Thermal Reactor. CA vehicles are installed with it as standard. Air Injection Reaction is what it stands for.
AIR BPV: AIR BPV is the AIR Bypass (AIRB) Valve; also called the TAB (Thermactor Air Bypass) Valve
BV: Bowl Vent (on top of the float tanks)
CARB: Carburetor
CBD: Closed Bowl Distributor
CPRV: Canister Purge Valve
DIST: Distributor
DPFE: Differential Pressure Feedback
DV-TW:Two Way Delay Valve
EFCA: Electronic Fuel Control Assembly/ (Fuel Pressure Regulator (FPR)
EGR: Exhaust Gas Recirculation
EXH HCV: Exhaust Heat Control Valve
EVP: EGR Valve Position
EGR: Valve Position
EVR: EGR Vacuum Regulator; also called EGR Vacuum Solenoid
FLTR: Filter
FPR: Fuel Pressure Regulator (check vacuum line)
HEAT VLV INT: Heat Vacuum Control Valve Intake, (next to carb)
HICV: Hot Idle Control Valve
IAT: Intake Air Temperature Sensor (Air Charge Temperature (ACT), prior to 1992
IVV: Thermactor Idle Vacuum Valve
LCV: EGR Load Control
MAN VAC: Manifold vacuum-Vacuum source; usually ref. to as Vacuum Tree atop intake manifold]
MAP: Manifold Absolute Pressure
PCV: Positive Crankcase Ventilation
PURGE: Vapor Canister Purge Valve
PV: Ported Vacuum
PVS: Ported Vacuum Switch (PVS) Valve
S: Spark port
SA-FV: Separator Assembly Fuel/Vacuum
SOLV: Thermactor Solenoid Valve
SV CBV: Carborator Fuel Bowl Solenoid Vent Valve
TCAC: Thermostatically Controlled Air Cleaner
TCP: Temperature Compensated Accelerator Pump
TK: Throttle Kicker
TVS: Throttle Valve Solenoid (aka Solepot, Dashpot)
TVS: Temperature Vacuum Switch
TVV: Thermal Vacuum Valve
or, TVV: Thermostatic Vacuum Valve (aka Ported Vacuum Switches; Thermal Vacuum Valve)
VAC: Vacuum
VCKV or V CK V or VCV: Vacuum Check Valve
VCV: Vacuum Control Valve
VDV: Vacuum Delay Valve
V CK V or VCV: Vacuum Check Valve
VOTM: Vacuum Operated Throttle Modulator
VRDV: Distributor Vacuum Delay Valve (VDV, VRDV, DV-TW)
VRDV: Vacuum Delay Valve (VDV, VRDV, DV-TW)
VRESER: Vacuum Reservoir (coffee can style in earlier years; replaced by plastic style)
VRESV REST: on earlier years such as SEABRONC's 83 is a Vacuum Restictor/delay valve, it delays vacuum for a certain amount of time
VRV: Vacuum Regulator Valve
WOT: Wide Open Throttle Valve

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85 Bronco, 309ci I6 w/4bbl, np435, 4" lift, 37" Irok NDs, 4.56 w/ Detroit Locker and tru trac
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Keep the TTB front axle for going fast. There is no better setup, when setup correctly.

Does the transmission have overdrive or a granny low first gear? There were four 4 speed manual transmissions available back then: NP435, T18, SMOD, and the T170. First two are stout boxes with granny low and no OD. The other two are light duty with overdrive.

Ideally, you want an automatic for go-fast stuff.

The 351w is much better than a 302 anyways, so you did good there. And 82s look better than 87-91s.

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Coming from a guy who loves solid axles ... keep the Dana 44 TTB if you want to go fast. Beef it up a little and add travel as needed depending on how fast you want to go. 351 and a manual is a nice setup. My 302 and manual setup has me wanting for a bit more torque but the previous owner also built the motor for high RPM power and I have factory 3.55 with 33 inch tires so .... could be part of the reason I'm wanting for torque lol. How much power are you looking to make? Freshening up the 351 and throwing some goodies at it will make some pretty good power for possibly less effort and cost. Anyway, enjoy the new to you vehicle! I know despite all of mine's issues I still love the thing.
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