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1984 Bronco 2 - Sat for 15 years


ErinBronco2

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My first vehicle was a 1989 Bronco 2. It had deep red interior and a 4.0L. I loved that truck, but it was 2010 and I think that's when gas was in the $4 a gallon range. I traded it for a Jetta that leaked gas into the oil and ended up getting about the same MPG anyway. I've regretted that ever since.

So last year my dad found a 1984 Bronco 2 for sale for $500 a few hours away. Apparently it sat in a barn for about 5 years because the starter went bad and the owner never fixed it. Then that owner sold it to someone else where it sat in a field for 10 or so years. We drove out to look at it, and it looked pretty rough. After we found a few nasty things (the carpet was soaking wet front to back), the guy asked for $400. I think the seller and I both walked away thinking the other guy was a sucker. So we towed it home and it sat outside again for 8 months over winter.

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In spring, I finally started working on it. First thing I did was pull the carpet. The carpet was wet because of a nice little hole on the roof.
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Next, we chased down a few brake line leaks. And by a few break line leaks, I mean that we literally replaced every single brake line on the truck. Also completely redid the back drum brakes and put new pads upfront.
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We also did the Duraspark conversion. I was mostly along for the ride while my dad did all the work on this. I've got a good idea of what he did, but FYI it wasn't really me lol
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New plugs, new wires, new distributor, etc. Finally got it running at this point. I drove it home about 15 miles away and noticed it didn't really like going from a dead stop. When I finally mad it to the house there was smoke coming from the front driver side wheel. The caliper was stuck on and the brakes had been on the whole ride home.... which explains my interesting ride home.

So of course, new wheel bearings, new front rotors, new brake pads, new calipers and at this point the only two things in the entire brake system that aren't new are the master cylinder and the proportioning valve. Sorry for this bad picture of a wheel with a shiny rotor.
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I drove it like that for a few weeks. It's been taking a solid 15-20 seconds of cranking to start. So next on the list is a gasket kit for the carburetor and I'll do a complete rebuild/refresh.

Also, I noticed it kinda stunk. Nothing crazy just had a nice little musty smell to it. I was working on the radio when I pulled the driver side rear speaker and was HIT with a wretched piss smell. I could see a rats nest behind the whole rear panel :bad:. So one fine day I pulled that panel off and got a good look....

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ErinBronco2

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Definitely don't wanna put groceries in your trunk after you've seen this....
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Of course after I pulled this panel off, I pulled the other side off and found it wasn't quite so bad, but still nasty over there too. Found that the rats/mice also made it up to the headliner.
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So the headliner isn't going back in. I'll figure that out in the future, but MAN did that thing stiiiiiiink. After a three days of hell, it's finally "clean". Everything I could find has been pulled out, vacuumed, bleached, vacuumed, febreezed and then bleached one more time for good measure.
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Then put her all back together....
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And took someones recommendation to fix a loose hatch with some PEX pipe! It actually works amazingly well, but we'll see how long the plastic holds up.
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Here's some bonus pics of the bad rust spots and a 20 year old spare tire that is stuck on at this point. I could cut it off but don't have another spare to put on, so I'm just gonna leave it for now cause it looks okay lol
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ErinBronco2

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Front suspension. Plan to get new shocks, tie rods, and bushings up here as soon as I can afford it. You can also see she's got a slight leak from up top (already replaced driver side valve cover gasket which did wonders).
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Here's the engine bay as she sits now.
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There also seems to be a nice melted hole in the heater box. Sorry for the weird angle, it was hard to get perspective for this shot...
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Bonus shot of my dad's beast.
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Here's a video of mine idling.

So there you go. You're all caught up now.

Things for me to do:
  • Carburetor rebuild
  • New carpet
  • New headliner
  • New shocks all around
  • New tie rods
  • New bushings for front suspension/steering
  • Figure out the ticking as seen in video above
  • Replace passenger side valve cover gasket to address slight leak
  • Figure out transmission fluid leak (very small)
 

alwaysFlOoReD

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Looks like you're well on your way to a great truck. I had a similar year b2 but with a whole lot more rust. Your floors look surprisingly good.
 

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Wow, you have your work cut out for you.
 

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Wow looks great! Cant wait to post mine.
 

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Looks like there's a lot of rust underneath. Good luck! Looking forward to seeing more updates and pics.
 

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Not a lot of rust by northern standards. If you can't break a hole in the frame with a hammer its good to go IMHO. With mine I wire brushed the scale rust off and used Eastwood rust encapsulator followed by a blac top coat.
 

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