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We have a good amount of Bronco folks here now. Where are you at!?!??!!??
 
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Hello Folks
I am the new guy on the block and I am glad to be here. I have an 89 Bronco Painted up to look like a Skunk ( so the wife say's ), It is stock except for a two inch lift under the springs. This is my first 4x4 so I have a lot to learn I hope this is the place the teaching will come from. Once I learn how to use this thing I will send in photo's of the Skunk.;)
 

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Greetings all!

I have an '83XLT that is pretty much stock except I
had the "variable venturi" carb swapped out for
a Holley 4bbl... (yay!) If anybody has a VV get rid of it!! (believe me, I tried to fix it!)

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variable venturi

I HATE THOSE DAMN VV CARBS! I have an 85 with the 351 H.O. 4bbl holley. Isn't that the variable venturi? This carb has been a major achilles' heel to this truck as long as it has been in my family. It can't be adjusted and makes the Bronco run terrible.

I would like to swap it, but MA emissions laws prevent that I think.
Sometimes if am driving it and a traffic light turns yellow, making me floor it to make the light, the engine almost seems to cut out for a second, and then runs fine afterwards. Is this a problem with the carb? If I were to toss an Edelbrock or something on there, would it be easily noticed by inspection stations? Would my stock air cleaner fit over it to hide it? I was wondering if anyone else has done this.. BTW this carb has been rebuilt/replaced several times.

Later, :wink2:
Matt
 

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variable venturi

The variable venturi carb was an experiment only used for a few years. I do not believe that they were used after '83.

It was a 2bbl that used a bizarre pivoting door at the top to control the actual size of the venturis. Works great when it works. Problem is that Ford built in all of the controls to the EECIII system which had NO way to diag itself except pull it apart piece by piece. So, one malfunctioning part threw the carb (and timing, etc into a fit).

I spent a fortune trying to get it fixed (including rebuilding the carb). Eventually, I had replaced the carb with a 4bbl Holley, the intake manifold replaced with an Edelbrock, and replaced the distributor with one from an '86. And finally the truck passed emissions!!!! (YAY!)

In some states this might be illegal. In my state they don't look under the hood unless it fails. Besides, I am don't think that if they were to open the hood that they would know the difference.

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reg

'83 Big Bronco, stock except 4 x Holley
 

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Well I am glad to see folks posting. The late model Full sized Broncs seem to be picking up in posts.
 

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Just joined so I figured I check in.
I've got a '79 XLT Bronco that I'm just getting started on.
I'm putting a 4 speed back in to replace the non stock C-6
that was in it. Has a 351M but hope to set it up with a 460
later this year.
Also have an '89 Centurion F-350 Bronco Conversion that I posted a pic of in the rides section.
If you are interested check out the Centurion Club at
http://clubs.yahoo.com/clubs/centurionconversions
Thanks
 

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I have a '84 II with the 2.8L 2bbl carb. Ahem, and only 46k miles! :) :) Spent a goddamn long time(almost 3 months) diagnosing the engine down to where it runs now. Bloody Ford experiments and carbs!
 

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c6

Are you changing out the c6 for gas mileage?
Otherwise it's a pretty bulletprood/heavy duty tranny!

just curious..
 

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The truck was originally a 4 speed rig, but the previous owner swapped over to a rebuilt (supposedly) C-6. After the switch the C-6 fried and the guy who was going to re-rebuild it removed the tranny and then disappeared (with the tranny) That's how I got it so cheap.....$300. All I need is to put the tranny back in and put a soft top on it, the original hard top blew off on him on the freeway (another long story). Hope to have it on the road by first part of April so the Centurion can go in for paint and upholstery.
 

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ok here we go



81 b f s black no chrome running boards heavy set custom suspension 4 in lift from suspension with reinforcement of chassi
all neoprene bumpers and bushes special camer mdification for reduced turning radius hell on the highway because of it
3 spd auto red interior
rigged for cold condition runiing with 3 core rad 1 block heater 2 circulation pumps runs on synthetic oil filled with mid grade + an octane 104 when prices are high huge gas tank 150= litres i think steel plate shield 1/8" think skid plate 1/8" thick rear heater and sleeps comfortably at idle to around -60 deg clecius usd mainly as an oil field service vehicle owned in famially since 83 rebuilt 2 times going on 477k has seen more bush than most adult entertainment executives and still keeps going

nick named scarred and grizzled

has killed 2 vw jettas ran over both of em

1 vw gold went for the long drive on this one

1 98 dodge ram 2 days off the lot ram got toatled i got a creased fender and broke a fog light ( you know how hard it is to find new lenses!!!)

1 chevy corsica who tried to mount my truck in an ungentlemanly way and paid for it !!!!!!




and on we go


86 ford bronce fullsize 302 burgundy nice burgungy might be chrysler coluor iced cranberry at one point

efi ich oh welll owned for 3 years ran for 1 of them am rebuilding and reconditionoing into a cruiser for highway travell this summer it starts on apr 28th

nick named damn thing wont start again

has claimed - runnung on highway for 78 hours solid

lifted front end 6 inches off ground while exparementing with 1st 4 low and not knowing how low it was heh

287k rebuilt never i think sonn soon it will run again

neyah hahahh hahahaha its alive alive


have owned in the famially an
82 w 351 4wd rough service rigged
81 351 mod rigged highway
85 351m rigged rough service steering went and it rolled
78 ? hot shot vehicle rough service rigged


basically we take em tell them how to be tough and turn out broncos that are nearly indestructible if maintained well
my 81 can compete with all these guys running 35's and lift kits part vehicle part driver most people dont think its true but you have to know how to handle every little aspect of your vehicle before it becomes the 4X4 god you want it to be
 

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The Beast has Arrived

I'm here, Gotz my self an 86 full size, painted robin egg blue, with subaru laguna blue w/peral essence, and also flamed out. Got my self a big old ford 302 w/EFI, 4" lift kit, 33" superswampers, and a nice big fat stereo! right now, she's covered in mudd, so you wouldnt be able to see her!
 
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I`M HERE!!!!

JUST STOPPED IN TO SAY HI!! I HAVE A 93 EDDIE B WITH 175,000 ON THE OLD 351. IT STILL RUN GREAT . I`LL BE TAKIN OFF THE ROAD SOON TO DO A LITTLE STEM TO STERN REPLACEMENT OF ALL THE LITTLE PARTS THAT HAVE WORN OUT OR LEAK. MAYBE I CAN GET ANOTHER 10yrs. AND 100,000 OUT OF HER BEFORE I HAVE TO REPLACE ANYTHING MAJOR. I LOVE THIS THING!!
 

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Let me check in too.just register i got 86 full size bronco 5.0 and plan to restore it. Also own a 98 ford windstar for the family
 
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I have a 79 bronco that is basically stock. It has been through everything and still keeps tickin. I've had the valves float quite a few times and still no damage. The body's gone bad enough that we might be getting better gas mileage. In the next couple years I'm doing a full resto. It's got over 300K and has only gotten regular maintenance.
 
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Well, looks like so far I have the only early Bronco here. I bought it from my father-in-law who bought it brand new. Quarters are cut, but besides that all original.
 
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