So yeah, I bought my Ford Bronco. Finally!

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I went ahead and splurged on the $100 tool rental to ensure I got the bad-assed pitman puller.
And the fucking thing came with stripped threads.
And the jaws are too thick to get a hold of the pitman. $#@$#@
I tried grinding it down as much as I thought I could get away with without having to pay for it. No dice.

I decided to just cut the damn pitman arm off.
And my justification is that it looks stock, so I probably need a drop pitman anyhow. Gonna buy one local that's made for a 3"-6" lift.
$60, made by Pro Comp. I'll figure out a ride on Saturday. Mebbe Lurch will be bored and wanna do lunch.

Sail, that redhead is sweet but too much $$$ for me right now.
I'll save it for someday if/when I upgrade from the two-bolt steering box to a four-bolt from F350.
The new refurb *seems* fine. I can't turn it by hand anyhow.
And it's only $30 after I return the core.

AD, steel wool was my friend. Or at least that was half of it.
 
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So the steering gear box replacement has been ROUGH so far.
I think I'm over the hump now, but far from finished.

Removing a pitman arm SUCKS BALLS.

I could not get it off in the vehicle for the life of me.
Ended up buying a 4.8 star rated DeWalt angle grinder for $80 to replace the one from Harbor Freight that I killed a couple years ago.
Amazon product
And got a package of 1/4" cutting wheels.
And it took 5-10 minutes to simply cut the freakin steering box off the pitman arm.

Some more arm muscle + the puller to remove the pitman arm from the drag link.

Then put it all on my vice and still couldn't pop it off. :fu:
So I layed my torch on it for ~20 minutes!
Then quickly hosed it down with water.
The idea was to make it expand and then contract in as little time as possible.

After that, it just took my breaker bar, all my muscles and the correct leverage to make it go BANG!

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Pitman arm: 0
Eddie: 1
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I hope one of these will work to replace the one on the center/drag link.
Because I tore the original to shreds, trying to get the pitman arm off it.
I'll find out later this afternoon!
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You heated the wrong part.
Should I have heated the arm instead of the bolt?
In retrospect, I supposed that makes sense since I'd rather the arm be wider than the bolt.
Dunno if it makes much diff though since both parts heated up about equal (I think).

lol..whopsee!

thats a metric fuckton of work to keep from replacing a 40 dollar part!
I know, right. That $40 part is arriving tomorrow.
I didn't want to wait till then though.
I wanted to OWN THAT FUCKING PITMAN ARM. :lol:
 
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Turns out this is all just prep work for me having to rebuild that entire front end pretty soon.
Noticed the passenger side ball joint boot is ripped.
Now I want to replace it from one side to the other.
That'll be about $220 for the tie rod stuff.
Then not sure how much extra for the ball joint, haven't looked at that yet.

Steering box & pitman/center link are all back together.
Gotta take a rest, then flush the power steering fluid, then hook the lines back up.
Fill it up and test. :up:
 
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Well how about that.
The new steering box is working perfectly.
No free-play at all anymore.
I lightly touch it to the left and it swings left.
Same for the right.
No leaks either.

Power steering pump is righly pissed though.
Howling like a hungry wolf.
I made the mistake of starting the Bronco without being there to quickly fill up the steering pump, so it went and got air inside the system. ugh
Gotta figure out how to get my front wheels in the air so I can flush properly.

Seems that I forgot to buy that lift I was wanting a couple weeks back.
 
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I've got a set of pickel forks arriving tomorrow.
 
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220 for tie rods on an old ford? geez, im pretty sure i replaced all of them on my chebby for under 100 bucks!

also just becuase the boot is trash, doesnt mean the joint is toast. only if you have play in the joint!

you can buy some replacement boots for stupid cheap (and you will finish destroying them using a pickle fork to remove em)
 

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You call that heat? The vise and tool were sucking up allah the heat. I coulda punched that busted up part out with an air chisel in seconds.
For lack of a better tool, I cut the top off empty 55 gallon drums with my air chisel. I bet it can be heard for miles. Quicker than using a torch, which I don't have anyway, once you get going. Burn barrels last about two years for me. Now a buddy scored me an antique propane tank from the 40's. He cut the top off for me. These old tanks are 1/4" steel, at least. It doesn't even get hot enough to burn the paint off, which happens on a drum the first couple times you use it. This burn barrel will last the rest of my days, I imagine. And it's huge!

Anyway, air chisels are handy, get one. They must have electric ones by now, if you don't use air tools.

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For lack of a better tool, I cut the top off empty 55 gallon drums with my air chisel. I bet it can be heard for miles. Quicker than using a torch, which I don't have anyway, once you get going. Burn barrels last about two years for me. Now a buddy scored me an antique propane tank from the 40's. He cut the top off for me. These old tanks are 1/4" steel, at least. It doesn't even get hot enough to burn the paint off, which happens on a drum the first couple times you use it. This burn barrel will last the rest of my days, I imagine. And it's huge!

Anyway, air chisels are handy, get one. They must have electric ones by now, if you don't use air tools.

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I'd like to have been there when he cut open that propane tank!
My burn barrel lost its bottom years ago, now it's just a burn sleeve.
I have a GIANT can opener, AKA Drum Deheader, for cutting the tops off of oil drums.
 

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I had access to a deheader for years, that's why I never bought one. I should have stolen it when I got done there. :biggrin1a:
 

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Mind is a no sparking one, it has a bronze or something cutter. I'd rather have a sparking one with a steel cutter. I got mind from a sign shop that closed down, they used it to cut open barrels the thinner.
 
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It's not the sexy orange $139 Daytona that I wanted.
But this $99 ($80 after coupon) should work fine so I can bleed my power steering now.

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It's not the sexy orange $139 Daytona that I wanted.
But this $99 ($80 after coupon) should work fine so I can bleed my power steering now.
Why do you need to jack up the truck the bleed the steering system?

All I have done in the past is turn the steering full lock in both directions numerous times (with the motor running obvioulsy) and Bobbitt's your Aunty!

It's a hydraulic pump, that's all it is. :wink2:
 
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All the how-to's said not to do it with engine running unless you had two people.
One at the wheel and one filling up with oil.
Cuz it goes through too fast.
I must have read or watched 20 how-to's.
 

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I'll take your word for it.

Perhaps my Mazda LDV is different. All I did was fill the reservoir, started the engine, and verified level again. Turned it full lock a few times until the steering was light and I knew the oil was flowing through the valves.

Shut down and checked oil level again.

How big is your reservoir?
 
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what teh fuck is on your feet? Did you stop by a Subaru dealer to meet some lezbos?? :chimpanzee::billetman::peppermintpatty::ireful:
Those are my driveway work boots. :fu:

Steering is awesome again.
I should probably replace that one boot (or all of them) before I tackle the three rear U-Joints.
 
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Why do you need to jack up the truck the bleed the steering system?

All I have done in the past is turn the steering full lock in both directions numerous times (with the motor running obvioulsy) and Bobbitt's your Aunty!

It's a hydraulic pump, that's all it is. :wink2:
Hey asshole, thanks a lot!!!!! :ak::smashtard::Buelldozer::biggrin1a::yahoo:

 
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So, I replaced the PSOM behind the speedometer a couple weeks ago.
During that process, I encountered some broken parts on the dash bezel.
No to mention that the two AC vents were also busted up, and about $40/each on eBay.
So I got a whole new bezel which came with AC vents.
It was $132 shipped from Amazon:

Amazon product
I was able to get that installed this week and decided to share some pix.
You see, the bezel is only available (AFAIK) in one style.
And it's probably not going to match what your truck needs.
In my case, it had nowhere to install the 4x4/Low Range switch buttons.
And the idiot lights on the left side didn't match up with the icons on mine.

The last pic is of the new dash with the hole cut out and nicely filed for smooth edges.
And the switch installed.IMG_20190603_145103.jpg

Not sure why this pic is rotated. But it's the new bezel with no cutout for the switch you see in the previous picture.
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I did file it down nice & purty in between these two pix but failed to take a picture of it.
So here's the end result. Upside down.
4x4 switch now installed.
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zxfan you pussy, should have left that post up. :fu: :D

IDK how much I've spent on this freakin awesome money pit?
But as long as I don't start having to fix the same thing twice, I'm good with it. :up:
I'll tally up a total after I get done making it 100% roadworthy and off-road capable.

I just pulled the rear driveshaft about 30 minutes ago.
Got one U-joint pulled so far.
About to pull the double-cardigan (two Ujoints) after this cig.
 
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watching "Candiadian Football" on ESPN+ on the garage TV.
 
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The powers above me are deliberating I think
 
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Whut?!
When did Fram get a bad name?
They were "the filter" back in the day.
I love the sandpaper they put around it.
Makes gripping it to put on/off by hand very easy when your hands are greasy.
 
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I'm "perturbed" (sp?).
I got the first & second U-joints out.
Got half of the third U-joint caps off.
And the last two U-Joint caps, I can't get them to pound down far enough to remove the caps.
The U-Joint butts up onto the cardagan joint and won't go far enough in to access the caps. :fu:
 

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Whut?!
When did Fram get a bad name?
They were "the filter" back in the day.
I love the sandpaper they put around it.
Makes gripping it to put on/off by hand very easy when your hands are greasy.
Kind of an internet sensation after some dude cut open a few filters....everything from the amount/size of the filter media to the glued/cardboard drainback valves.

Thought I was all that when I changed the oil in my '97 Cobra @ 500 miles using a Fram filter.....I'd used 'em forever on OHV motors....the DOHC had horrible clatter on start up. Appearantly the tensioners had to fill up at every start because of the drain back valve.

It could of been an isolated bad filter, but I've used Motorcraft and Wix since and have never heard a peep on any OHC motor on startup again.

Probably not as important on a pushrod mill, but the filtration is still subpar AFAIK.

A quick Google search will get you some of the particulars....and since it's on the internet, it has to be true.
 

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ALWAYS ground the coil output when cranking with the coil energized!! Otherwise you end up with very high voltage in the coil and it has no path to discharge...at that high voltage, it can exceed the dielectric strength of the materials and make it's own flow path, destroying the coil.....disconnect the coil wire from the cap and ground it, then there's no damage done....just say'in...
 
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Well shoot, I haven't updated in a while.
Things have been progressing.

No writeups. Sorry, BM put me on the spot for an update but I don't have time to write a nice one up.

I'll just say that the most recent work was replacing both engine mounts.
The passenger side was fine. The drivers side was a massive PITA and I had to grind metal off the new mount flange to fit properly.
That took a couple days to figure out and get done PROPERLY.

I also uber-cleaned the undercarriage. And noticed the rear main seal leak may actually just be an oil pan leak.
So I replaced the oil pan gasket (blue FelPro rubber) and that was another MAJOR PITA.

Then against all advice to go with the easier-to-install shorty headers, I went ahead and installed hedman elite ceramic long tube headers (the good ones, not the cheap ones). With stainless bolts and better gasket (Mr Gasket).
That was a HUGE PITA too.
I'm still worn out a week after having not done any work.

Took the Bronco to an exhaust shop and let them install/weld in a custom y-pipe, 3" single tube exhaust and the Flowmaster (quiet'ish) muffler and Magnflow 3" cat. Really, super happy with the results.
It's very LOW/DEEP sounding. No drone on the highway.

 
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