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Old 04-10-2014, 12:03 AM   #51 (permalink)
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I like the "Not a Jeep" sticker. I need one of those.

Those gauges are pretty sweet.
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Old 04-10-2014, 12:37 AM   #52 (permalink)
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Your dog appears to be very interested in the headers
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Old 04-10-2014, 07:02 AM   #53 (permalink)
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Lookin good. I like the gauge setup
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Old 04-10-2014, 09:30 PM   #54 (permalink)
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Lookin good. I like the gauge setup
I hopefully will wire everything up this weekend and get power to them so we can check everything out. Its getting real close to firing up.
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Old 04-13-2014, 11:04 PM   #55 (permalink)
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Well I got a ton of work done this weekend on the truck. Unfortunately Friday fist thing I dropped my phone and ****ed it up, so the pictures are limited and shitty at best.
I got the headers welded, 02 bungs installed and painted. I got my radiator from speedway mounted. I had to cut the middle of the core support apart but then made a new upper and lower crossbeam that the radiator sits in. I am using the stock fan and I have clearance to install and remove it with the radiator installed. I cut the AC mount off and mounted the ignition coil there instead. Also I made my tranny hump cover, installed the console, shifter and a battery disconnect. Wired the battery back into the truck, and I hooked up my gauges. They are sweet! Finally I located my remote oil filter. Tuesday I start 2 weeks of vacation, I am planning to crank this engine over this week. I am still waiting on transfer case parts, then I need drive shafts and I need exhaust pieces to run from the headers to the mufflers.
Also the alternator wiring, fuel connects, and power steering were direct swap over to the 89 bronco accessories (except fuel line length)





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Old 04-29-2014, 07:29 PM   #56 (permalink)
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Well I have been trying my hardest all week to get this thing started. It seems the harder I try the harder it fights back. I've ran into multiple issues, had a cracked thermostat housing, junk fuel pressure regulator and now I'm chasing wires trying to get this thing to run. I think I have it all figured out and hopefully tomorrow I can hear this thing breath (open headers).

The motor and tranny are all permanently installed, Im waiting on my shifters and front output shaft to install the transfercases, then I can make the exhaust and measure for drive shafts to get this thing on the road.

Here is how my headers turned out:

driver side clearance next to steering shaft:


Here is how the engine and everything are looking:


I deleted smog and AC, I used a 83 3/4'' belt to make it work.

Here is how I am planning to run the mufflers, driverside is going to be especially tight with the 3'' tube and transfercase

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Old 05-02-2014, 03:17 PM   #57 (permalink)
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Well I got all the wiring figured out and was getting close to cranking it, I was turning it by hand to get TDC on #1 to install the distributer and then found out my flex plate is bent on one spot and drags the teeth across the starter. Time to order more backordered parts and sit on my thumb for 3 weeks.
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Old 05-03-2014, 06:18 PM   #58 (permalink)
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Looking good so far. Hate to hear about your dilemma. Your mufflers are right in the middle of where my 4 link crossmember is. What is the deal on the flexplate? I wouldn't think the leadtime would be that much, unless your having it balanced?
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Old 05-03-2014, 11:40 PM   #59 (permalink)
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Looking good so far. Hate to hear about your dilemma. Your mufflers are right in the middle of where my 4 link crossmember is. What is the deal on the flexplate? I wouldn't think the leadtime would be that much, unless your having it balanced?
Well I need a 157 tooth (small) and 28 oz balance on it, which for whatever reason seems to be hard to find. The frst place I called was TCI, and they told me 1.5-2 weeks before they had them in stock. I am going to hunt around some more, but I haven't had luck yet.
Yeah my mufflers would get in the way of a 4 link, but for my setup right now it seems to be the most ideal spot. I might try and play around with their location a bit more and see what I can do. I'm just glad I caught the flexplate before I cranked this thing up.
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Old 06-18-2014, 08:27 PM   #60 (permalink)
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Well I scored the right flexplate on craigslist from mustang guy, also got a bigger bbk throttle body, and a c &l maf housing. Spent last weekend dropping the tranny and replacing the bent flexplate. The girlfriend helped me drop and install the tranny so that was nice. Also got the dana 300 put togther, 32 spline front and rear shafts, 1350 flange on the rear, and flip kit from behmoth. Tidied up the wiring and set the distributer in just to see how it looks.

All I am waiting for to fire it is another set of hands to help me find TDC and stab the dist, and I want a 2nd set of eyes on it when I do fire it up to look for leaks or anything bad happening.

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Old 06-18-2014, 11:09 PM   #61 (permalink)
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Old 06-19-2014, 09:56 AM   #62 (permalink)
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Old 06-20-2014, 11:45 PM   #63 (permalink)
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Well after fighting all night I had to call it quits with the truck. Tried and tried to get it to start but nothing. I did discover that I hooked the injector wiring to the opposite sides and fixed that. Also fought with a weak battery and played musical batteries. Then the starter shit the bed. So I am going to get a new starter and try again first thing in the AM. I guess old starter don't like trying to push brand new engines with some bumped up compression lol.
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Old 06-21-2014, 08:02 AM   #64 (permalink)
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Which starter do you have? Ford used a gear reduction starter on later small blocks. I bought one off Amazon for about $54 and its been working great on my 10.5:1 393W. You just need to make sure you get one that matches the transmission you have.

Amazon.com: STARTER MOTOR 92 93 94 95 96 FORD E-SERIES VAN 4.9 5.0 E9SF-11000-AA: Automotive
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Old 06-21-2014, 10:25 AM   #65 (permalink)
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Which starter do you have? Ford used a gear reduction starter on later small blocks. I bought one off Amazon for about $54 and its been working great on my 10.5:1 393W. You just need to make sure you get one that matches the transmission you have.

Amazon.com: STARTER MOTOR 92 93 94 95 96 FORD E-SERIES VAN 4.9 5.0 E9SF-11000-AA: Automotive
It's a stock starter for the bronco with a 5.8 and auto tranny. I just got a new one, wish I would have seen this first and tried one of the gear reduction units
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Old 06-21-2014, 02:32 PM   #66 (permalink)
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Well I got one of the newer PMGR style starters today from autozone for a late model. It definitely can spin the motor up. Problem is I am not getting ignition. We have fuel in the cylinders, and we are getting spark when we pull plugs but it won't start. Just pops and won't fully light off. I am using an a9l computer with a chip installed to run the 351. Tried just a stock computer but that didn't change anything either. I don't know really where to go next. It's a brand new distributer assembly as well. Any ideas will be great
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Old 06-21-2014, 04:42 PM   #67 (permalink)
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Looks like shit... As usual!

I'll tell you what. I'll take it off your hands... I'll even pay for shipping!
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Old 06-21-2014, 05:43 PM   #68 (permalink)
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Solved my problem. Serious mistake by me lol. I know the dist spins counter clockwise, even primed it like that. But for whatever reason I stuck the plugs on clockwise. The bitch screams! Running stock ecu right now, I need to get my chip reflagged the mail program is going to blow the engine up. Videos to come
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Old 06-22-2014, 10:05 PM   #69 (permalink)
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Old 06-22-2014, 10:15 PM   #70 (permalink)
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This build is amazing. I can't wait to tear into my ranger after deployment
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Old 06-22-2014, 10:24 PM   #71 (permalink)
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This build is amazing. I can't wait to tear into my ranger after deployment
thanks man, and I know exactly that feeling! Got deployed twice while I've been building. Stay safe man
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Old 06-22-2014, 10:48 PM   #72 (permalink)
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Front axle looks small for all that sound awesome got to be a good day.

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Old 06-23-2014, 04:12 PM   #73 (permalink)
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I hear you on the ignition troubles. I couldn't get mine to run after rebuilding the transmission. I had fuel pressure, and no spark or injector pulse. Rebuilt the distributor and got no change. Then I wiggled the wiring for the ignition switch and it fired up like nothing was ever wrong. I think I have a loose pin in the column.
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Old 06-23-2014, 09:19 PM   #74 (permalink)
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You are going to want to brace the core support up more than that.. Or add a frame cross member under it. I cut mine out for the radiator and it eventually cracked in half, and the head light areas sagged.

Oh, and for a flexplate if you need one again later... 1972 Ranchero with a 302. That's where I got my 157 tooth 28oz plate from the parts store.
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Old 06-23-2014, 09:33 PM   #75 (permalink)
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I am planning to add another brace to it on the bottom half. I figured it would be a good idea too, thanks for the heads up. There is also a plate welded on that goes across the top of the frame rails and the radiator sits on that as well. Kind of hard to see it in the pics though.
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