So yeah, I bought my Ford Bronco. Finally!

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...so you did actually burn them...???...that's like going Full Tinhead...
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I thought about changing the color of my dash lights by using colored LED's and whatever other tricks there are to change colors.
The write-ups look easy enough.
But you know what, I'm actually a fan of that old stock Ford green color.
RGB LEDs :wink2: ... with a remote control just because you can :razz:
 
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Replaced the PSOM today.
It fixed my whiplash shifting issue!
Finally!!!

Unfortunately, the "dies when coming to a stop" issue remains.
I just replaced the fuel filter 20 minutes ago but that didn't help.
I'll check fuel pressure now.

Of the five LED's, one dint work.
So I turned it around and it was fine.
Thanks for the heads up braindead_organdonor !

New refurbished (with all the fixes) PSOM on top.
Old one that LOOKED FINE on the bottom.
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Cluster just resting there for testing.
Works great!
Nice and bright now too.
Color might be just a little less green.
A slightly lighter shade of green.
I liked the darker green color but this works. IMG_20190521_194924.jpg
 
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Your Bronco looks like a cool project. It's the same model I sent to truck heaven with the Hayashuttle.:neo:
Oh geez, I didn't know the other vehicle burned out also.
Let alone that it was a Bronco!
Other than mine, I've only seen one Bronco in Austin in the last several years.
And it was a beater on the side of the road on the way to COTA this past Sunday.
 
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Filter dropped!
Shifts like a caddy now.

Yeah, so everyone on the Internets says that if your engine dies when you put the Bronco into reverse, then it means your E40D filter "dropped" into the pan.
Well mine didn't do that. Mine died when I came to a stop at a light or something.
But the oil was foamy, so I decided to replace all the oil and put in a new filter.
This was my first-ever auto-tranny adventure :eek:
I had to toss my filthy red shirt (previously white) afterwards.

I drained the pan and the torque converter.
At least 14 quarts came out.
I've put 14 quarts back in but it seems a little low.
So I'll add more.

But for now, the mystery stalling is gone!
And knock on wood, I have no more mystery issues with the Bronco!

Still have some U-Joints to replace before I call the maintenance portion of it all done. Then it's chase down interior squeaks & rattles whenever I have free time.
No budget left for exhaust or other cool mods.
I blew all the leftover cash on massive tune-up items and troubleshooting and a few tools. And did 100% of it all myself in my driveway.
:)

I added quart "marks" to this bucket so I knew how much fluid I removed.
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Cleaned up the oil pan.
The magnet had a good bit of sludge on it. Got that taken care of.
The oil itself looked pretty decent.
Had just a very slight burn smell to it but still had color!

I put an aftermarket bracket on that "locks" the filter in place
so it won't drop again.
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You can see the red color.
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Now I need to degrease and pressure wash my poor driveway. :lol:
 
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Oh yeah, after replacing the fluid, I took it out for a test drive.
Then found a nice level location to check fluid level.

Got out of the Bronco, walked over to the engine and noticed...
... I notice a steady stream of liquid coming out from in front of the tranny oil pan. :( :(

Hah, then I realized it wasn't pink. :)
It was me using the AC for the first time. hahahaah
I had a good scare for a moment though!
 
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It's nice to have a drain plug in your pan. I added one to my dodge when it was new and used to change fluid/filter every 15k. Cuts down on the mess. Start collecting cardboard to throw under it when you do anything like that, that way you don't have to try to get oil stains outta concrete.

Can't wait to see what your next project is.
 
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I've got a nice project lined up for tomorrow. :cool:
 
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Fuck that! no Air conditioning in summer Texas. Be kind to the dogs until winter. ;)
 
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Nice work !

Bronco has a good look, well done. Drive up one day and we’ll put it on the lift and look er over.
 
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Thanks, guys!
So today is my dog Ghost's 7th birthday.
And I was able to install his bday gift in time to take him out for a nice slow 30 minute ride around our huge neighborhood.
He freakin loved it!

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How is Ghost secured in the ttuck.. we where always ordered to use kennels bolted to the truck bed in pick ups. Two reasons. Dog will not become a projectile in an accident.. two wont try to get out on their own for what ever reasons. I know you southern boys like dogs in pick ups but I cringe at the potential disaster of that action.

Even my own Escalade has a bolted partition.
 
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You're an animal. Dog is lucky. Should take the roomie's frenchies out too, they love that shit.

I've owned my Z71 for 2 weeks now and all I've gotten to is putting cat back exhaust on it. Only driven it once since I brought it home. It's an appliance though, not a toy.
 
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I might drive my pickup tomorrow. Maybe.
last week, I had to put gas in it for the first time this year.
 
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Sail, I can't wait to show off my beater Bronco :)

Rhino, yep yep. Accepting all ideas for tethering two large dogs!
Not interested in barriers though.

Brain... wtf. A '95-'97 Z71 was extremely, extremely high on my list of Trucks to buy.
You should be enjoying that mofo!!
 
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The roomie has been given 30 days to find a new home for pee-pee boi.
His other, older, drier Frenchie is welcome to stay.
But the one who shits in my everything and pees everywhere except outside, and refuses to learn, has got to go.
 
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Cleaned & polished two wheels following BigGar's directions.
Getting years worth of baked on brake dust removed took a lot of work.
The polishing took some time also.
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Cleaned & polished two wheels following BigGar's directions.
Getting years worth of baked on brake dust removed took a lot of work.
The polishing took some time also.
Now that they're in good shape, you can use a foam polishing ball and some light polish to keep them nice. Chuck it in to your drill and keep after them when they start to haze. I had to do the rims on my old Tahoe every year as the winters in the NC mountains (grit, brine spray and calcium chloride was put down by the county) destroyed them.
 
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...yea, if there was years of brake dust on them up here in CT they would be badly etched and pitted...
 
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Looks like that front tyre was made the 20th week of 2017. Date on the rear must be on the other side of it.
 
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Wheels came out nice Eddie! Why do you have an ancient and cracked BFG on one side and a nice Nitto on the other?
 
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Now that they're in good shape, you can use a foam polishing ball and some light polish to keep them nice.
Oh heck yes. The Powerball mini saved me hours of work yesterday!
And I haven't polished the insides of the holes yet.
Going to wait till I have the other two wheels done before I chance ruining the ball on the sharp circle insides.

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Wheels came out nice Eddie! Why do you have an ancient and cracked BFG on one side and a nice Nitto on the other?
The two fronts are newer Nitto's while the two rear are old BFG's.
I'll get those replaced in a couple paychecks or so.
Definitely before I go playing offroad.
I cringed and hid my face while putting 45 psi into them.
Too scared to try for the full 65 psi that's written on the sides. :lol:
 
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I can't see a reason you'd want 65 PSI in the tires on that, you aren't max loading them. Harsh ride on the street and way too high pressure for offroad.
 
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I can't see a reason you'd want 65 PSI in the tires on that, you aren't max loading them. Harsh ride on the street and way too high pressure for offroad.
You know, I tried to Google recommendations for this and got swamped with hits that didn't really help.
What PSI would you suggest for 295/75/16's on the street?
I heard that off-road I'd do something like 12-15PSI?
I think 12 might be what my Cousin runs on his Jeep when he goes to the 4x4 parks.
 
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well for one thing the actual weight of the vehicle to start...ideally front and rear axle weights seperate
 
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Anywhere from 35-40 PSI is what I run. Try to keep even wear across the rear. Rotate often after you buy new like every 5K miles
 
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Thanks, guys!

Black holes?
I can't picture liking that.
I bet it would be a good bit of work to paint those holes properly.
 
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Thanks, guys!

Black holes?
I can't picture liking that.
I bet it would be a good bit of work to paint those holes properly.
The old "phone dial" Mustang LX wheel holes used to look good painted whatever color the body was. I know you don't like either suggestion but I'd paint them that gray color.
 
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My 285 45 22 tires take 42 pounds on the street..tires say 44 truck door says 42..

I do a bit of different terrain then you have down there I'm mostly in Sand so I bring them down to 15 pounds in sand..

On a light rock trail I'll run 25 to 30.. but that is running a Michelin defender LTX which SUCK in the snow. But you wont be hitting snow in Texas.
 
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That's what she said.
Or "they said".
They were right, btw.

Tomorrow I start an adventure I'm not looking forward to.
Replacing the steering gear box.
First, because the "remanufactured" steering gear boxes are nothing other than seals having been replaced. So if there is free-play, then that was unlikely addressed in the remu process.
And that's my issue. About two inches of wiggle room in the center of the steering wheel.
I'm getting used to it though. Kinda makes me think of the old movies where the guy driving the car was always wiggling the wheel both ways.
I used to think that was stoopid but now I unnerstand.

Well, I have to use a pitman arm puller to do this job.
And the good one is too expensive to rent.
So I gotta go with the passenger car rated puller.
It's all soaking in PB Blaster right now.
Then tomorrow I do the puller thing.
If that doesn't work, I'll pound on the pitman arm.
If that doesn't work, then I'll squeeze that puller so tight that I think it'll break.
Then I'll leave it as-is overnight and hopefully hear a loud "BANG" overnight when the pitman arm lets loose.

$#@$@#
I'm sure I have at least a 4" lift.
Wish I still had cash left over to just cut the pitman arms off.
And then install drop pitmans in their place.
 
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even if you blow thru 3 of the harbor freight pittman pullers, its still cheaper =D

plus if its being stubborn...wack it a few good times once you have it all tightened up...should pop loose.

i highly doubt pb blaster is going to give you any sort of penetration on that tapered union...but it certainly wont hurt!
 
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Yep, side-whacking is highly recommended on the Internet.
uhh, yeah.

The really nice puller rental for truck-duty is still pretty expensive.
I'm gonna try and rig it with the lesser one and do the whack-a-mole thing with it. Rentals are free afterwards but that up-front cost is a bitch at the moment. At least if I wanna do it on Wednesday instead of Thursday, which I do.
 
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