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bats 88 Bronco II Build Up

Discussion in 'Bronco II Registry' started by bats, November 2, 2011.

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    Mmm supercharger. Brett's thread was where I started my reading and found another guy on here who laid out all the little details.

    Trans will be fine. The rebuilt 5spd I got came from behind a SOHC according to the ebay seller and extra bolt hole.

    The whole running off the OHV computer really tickles me and I think it fits nicely with the theme of this build. I took a read through Sticos thread and he went fancy and swapped the newer wiring harness. Nah, that's not my style.

    I've had a few second gens and I think it motivated them pretty good. Now in a vehicle a few hundred lbs lighter... hoowee!

    So we can't talk about the SOHC without talking timing chains...I guess if I luck out and can hear the donor engine run I'll chance it? It doesn't look like a difficult job, just a bunch of tedious little steps. One day at a time.
     
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    gmanpaint It's Always Something! Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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    A couple other things to consider...

    M5OD-R1 might not handle the higher HP too well. I would want a fresh rebuilt unit with a racing clutch setup. Or, get the manual made for the SOHC? No idea if you can convert the R1 or not.

    SOHC chains take special expensive tools, to install them ( so I heard).

    Could buy a 5.0L donor for the price of the SOHC rebuild?
     
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    gman, the manual in there did come from behind a SOHC. It has the extra hole (giggity) for SOHC mounting purposes. I bought it rebuilt and I'd really like to keep it if I can.

    It's tough finding donor vehicles around here. Anything wrecked gets snatched up by the scrappers within hours of posting and anything that sort of drive goes for close to $2K. Going to have to expand my search radius.
     
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    I understand wanting to keep the manual. They make the experience of operating it, feel like your part of the machine. Plus it's safe from thieving youngsters that can't drive a manual. Lol

    Have you tried search tempest? You can set the search radius on it, and it finds your keywords in a variety of sale sites.
     
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    After many failed attempts at dealing with Craigslist and FB marketplace I finally have a solid lead on a motor. People, man. What a bunch of dumba$$es. We'll get to that later this month.

    Removed everything I could off the firewall to assess the damage:
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    Not pretty. The rain channel in the cowl was clogged with dirt which led to it rusting right at the seam. If not for the steering column/brake booster bracket I peal back that part of the firewall. Also, it looks like some dumb kid butchered part of the firewall trying to make the Explorer steering column fit...what a dummy. Plan plan is to make one or two panels and pop rivet em in place. Rustoleum everything back up and call it a day.

    The big white white plug (BWP) was flopping around and was starting to wear through some wires. I removed the entire harness but had to dremel off the retaining bolt on the BWP. Slimmed down the harness a bit. The ABS stuff takes up a lot of wires. Started at the BWP and pulled the unneeded wires back as I identified them. Left the power leads. I'll tidy them up and dead head them until I have a use.

    That bundle of red wires is for the wiper motor. They're hard wired to a switch that gives me simple fast-off-slow. Through dumb luck I made this all work and the ONLY thing that I couldn't get going with factory wiring was the wipers. Not too shabby.
     

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