Well through some persuasion of my friends to get rolling on my 79 bronco restoration I have dug back into this. What i have is a highly rotted out 79 bronco xlt ranger with a 351m/c6. It runs amazing and the frame is solid. The first plan was to just start with body work and do massive rust repair. But being the quarters are gone, the rockers, door posts, cab corners (if you can call them that), the floors, and the tail gate are all in need of work. It was going to be a slow project but I like to go all out when I go. Now I am searching for a better bronco tub to start with. Well upon that request my moron friends said with the tub off why stay stock? They have a good point so now the project took a turn and I am shoving a powerstroke 7.3l in there along with a zf5 transmission. Ive read up on this and well it wont be to bad to do. I have a donor setup I got for 500 bucks. Along with the fact I know how these motors work. But enough of the BS here are some pics of the bronco
Those pics arent in any order, Just random pics. But the rust is worse than it looks. Either way let me know what you guys think of this. It should be a fun road till its done
1998 Ford Ranger 5.0 4R70W. 4406 manual 4x4 swap, 15in Alcoas, Power Window / Power Mirror swap, Expo Sport white gauges, AVM hubs
You should put a 74-77 front clip on it, that would be cool. Personally I would rather have a 460 or 514 but a 7.3 is cool too. Props to you though for undertaking the project, I would run away from something with that much rust.
See I hate the round head light trucks. I can barely stand the 78s with my front and round lights. I thought about a 460 but its done all the time. The thing is I've had the bronco since 07 as a woods beater so I didn't help the rust. I am gonna pressure was it tomorrow so long as its above 30 out and take some pics. See what's really there.
Well didn't get to touch it today, the old man wanted to go shoot his new gun so we did that. Tonight is slow at work so I am doing a lot of research on what fits what and what can be reused. The issue I am working out right now is will the np203 t case fit a zf5 trans. If so life is easier for me being the powerstroke setup is an electronic speedo and the bronco is cable driven
yeah I am a member on there but quickly gave up on that site. They all came across as dicks when I talked to a few of them so they can eat a big one. The cummins is a bolt in to anything now a days with all the conversions kits. The 7.3 is also but ive never seen it done with a powerstroke and still maintaining the stock dash. most guys run a custom gauge package or use the 90s dash. Its been a while since I looked on there. If I am wrong let me know
A little update for today. I managed to score a bare 7.3 block as well as a bare e4od transmission case for mock up purposes. I know the e4od is not what I intend to run but it will serve the purpose none the less. Plan may have shifted as I am trying to find a 7.3 c6 transmission to make life easier on me. I really dont wanna run a 5 speed but its what I have as of now
Well I've got a few people who owe me stuff so that price was to settle a debt. The bronco has a C6 in it now. I want nothing to do with an e4od in there. Mainly cause I don't want to run a vss rear axle or an electronic speedo. The zf5 will work but for ease of the swap a C6 that's the 7.3 bellhousing would be awesome.
Id never put a cumm-a-part in my truck. They are the hondas of the diesel world. Plus they sound like crap