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Old 07-05-2009
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Project: Bronco 2 Rebuild/Restore

Picked up a hydrolocked 89 Bronco 2 for $450 about a week ago, gonna rebuild the motor, fix a few rust spots and it's good to go. It has the 2.9 v6, and an electric tcase that I'm gonna swap for a manual. The alternator, radiator, tranny and driveshafts are also virtually brand new. Pulled the plugs and tried to turn it over to see if any water would come out, but it's completely seized up. When I drained the oil straight up water poured out
So far the tranny, driveshafts, tcase and what not are out. The motor's torn down to the heads, gonna try and get it pulled out tomorrow.

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Rust Spot


Here's a halfass job they did fixing the roof


Motor when we got it


As of yesterday


What is the point of this hose? It comes off the exhaust manifold


Empty hole
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What is the point of this hose? It comes off the exhaust manifold
its to warms up incoming air
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^^Oh, ok. Thanks

Some random pictures so i can find them easier later













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i love those things, good luck with it
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nice project

i love mine
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Old 07-16-2009
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Small Update. Pulled the motor today, no pics, it started to rain.
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Old 07-17-2009
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Another small update. Got the other Bii closer to getting the motor pulled. Drained the fluids, took out the radiator and fan shroud, shift linkage and whatnot. hopefully gonna have the motor pulled out of it by Monday.

The 89's almost empty engine bay


My ghetto work area, lol
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Old 07-19-2009
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Pulled the manual t-case and driveshafts from the red/black piece today. Hoping to have the motor and tranny pulled by wednesday
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Old 07-19-2009
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lol, nice job on the canopy
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Old 07-20-2009
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Got the tranny pulled today out of the red bii. I thought the transmissions were sealed units? Spilled a ton of atf on the driveway. Gonna work on pulling the motor tomorrow.
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Old 07-24-2009
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FINALLY!!!!!
Got the motor pulled today, what a hassle. Just happened to know somebody with a universal fan clutch removal tool

(Yes I know my feet are in the picture)

Motor out


And my a lot less ghetto workplace


Hope to have it put in the blue BII tomorrow
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Old 08-02-2009
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SHE LIVES!!!!

As on 5:11 today it finally started up for the first time in 2 months with a turn of the key!!! of course it still isn't registered, gotta hookup the exhaust. Sounds like an outboard motor right now with no exhaust. Here's a small sound clip before we got the idle tuned


Up next is hooking all the sensors up, then I gotta take the manual hubs off of the red piece. Still alot more to go, but it's alot closer to being driveable
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Old 08-02-2009
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any idea how she got hydro'd??? Gonna a nice build. when it driveable any plans? lift?
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Old 08-03-2009
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Guy said he "drove it through a puddle too fast."
I find that hard to believe since every piece of the old motor i've torn down so far has been soaked or rusty, and the carpet is soaked underneath. Personally I think he drove it through a damn lake, lol
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wanna sell it to me for cheap now?
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^^I'll have to think about it...
Nope, lol, I've already put a bit of time and effort into this to just ditch it, plus it'll be my new daily
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Old 08-03-2009
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the nipple that's capped off in the fist picture goes to that cylinder in the second picture and t's off to another vacuum hose and that controls the climate control....and if its not set up the truck seemed to run choppier...

I'll show pics of what I mean tomorrow.
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^^^I have like 5 vacuum lines I haven't hooked up yet. That'd be great if you could show me a picture. If you wouldn't mind would you take a picture of the evap canister too?
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Drove it around the block today. Man it's loud, lol. I forgot how much fun a stickshift is! Hope to have it registered within the next few days so I have a daily. It turns so much easier than the Ranger
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awesome project, sell me the reese hitch lol
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Old 08-04-2009
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Cool man. Good job on the swap.
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Old 08-04-2009
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Thanks!
Swapped over the manual hubs from the red piece today and took it around the block to test out 4low. Works good.
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Old 08-04-2009
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Nice work!

I'm considering a B2 or gen 1/2 Ranger as a winter vehicle. I want to keep the Powerstroke out of the salt.
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Nice work!

I'm considering a B2 or gen 1/2 Ranger as a winter vehicle. I want to keep the Powerstroke out of the salt.
my second gen ranger was a year round car and the road salt KILLED it.
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Old 08-05-2009
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Well it's insured and legal to drive now. been driving it around today to work out any bugs. Gotta adjust the timing tomorrow, it's wayy off. Does anybody have a vacuum hose diagram for the 2.9
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