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bats 88 Bronco II Build Up

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Nope, harness is all Explorer so it's using the black w/orange. It's been charging as it should now.
 




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oh good! The silly 1986-90 BII wiring stuff had to go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It is funny to watch over the years copper must be expensive for car manufactures because they did everything they could to shorten all the wires. Ever notice the power dist box used to be by the pass headlight in the 80's (even though the wire pass through for the dash is under the brake booster)? Over the years the power dist box moved a few times...closer and closer to the dash pass through..... lol
Copper must have been cheap when they made the BII because the stupid wires routed all over the place! Even the power windows and locks harness goes around the radiator support!!
 




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No updates in a year. And what a year it's been! Drove the Bastard almost exclusively this time last year due to traffic vanishing for a while (because of the thing. You know.) Only about a thousand miles but they've been mostly trouble free.

Don't remember what the last major thing I did after the engine swap was. Got the wiring/charging figured out. Starts every single time and wants to run!

If you remember, I have the electric t-case still after I cracked the case rebuilding my manual one. Someday I might hunt down a replacement one but today is not that day. Tomorrow doesn't look good either. The 4WD ECU got wet due to the fist sized rust hole in the floor. Probably was partially submerged in saltwater too if I remember correctly... Sometimes shifted into 4Hi, nothing but a burning smell when trying 4Lo.

Had plans to ghetto rig the shift motor with a motorcycle battery from the cab but ended up using the battery in a minibike project that almost put me into a wall.

Anyways, I was using the gear from the shift motor to manually turn the case. Worked great in theory. I was driving home in a snow storm last year and 2WD was getting sketchy with the locker. Pulled over and switched it to 4Hi. Continue for a half mile, hit a bump and oops all neutrals! Had enough momentum to make it to the shoulder and switch back to 2WD. Long story short, need something to hold the t-case in 4Hi and 4Lo.

Planned out this bracket a while back but finally got around to making it. Basically it's a retainer plate that holds the shifter in place with a hole to lock it into 4Hi and 4Lo. Even lower tech version of the Shifster. Really happy with how it came out.

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Used a step bit on some 1/4" nuts to make spacers. Reused the shift motor bolts. Yes, that is an allen wrench welded on to the gear. Yes I am proud of myself.
 




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