77 F150 Ranger Project…and so it begins

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I didn’t intend to add another vehicle to my garage, but it was way too hard to pass up this truck. 1977 Ford F-150 Ranger options with V8 390 or 400 engine, I will verify this soon, and C6 transmission. I bought it needing brake work, electrical work, and alot of TLC but overall she is in good shape. So what do you think I paid for it?

I love working on my trucks, and I love sharing it with everyone on the old interweb, please stay tuned as we restore our trucks this year!

I went through the dash and interior and pulled out all the aftermarket wiring that was used to ‘install’ the car stereo in the past, they didn’t do it professionally at all so I figured I’d pull it and do it all the way its supposed to be done. I came across some open wires that were cut and my challenge will be figuring out where they were connected to. Shouldn’t be too hard, I added some pictures of what I found. I’ll go through the repair manual and see if I can nail it down. I pulled the harness off and the part# is d3ab-14a459-fb, its cut off behind this harness, so Im unsure what it went to.

Electrical/ Interior Dome light restore
Continuing work on the electrical I have gone through the fuse box and replaced all the fuses that needed it, cleaned up all the aftermarket wiring and removed from truck. Im currently testing all electrical options and restoring them to factory. I’m still having an issue with the Fuel gauge and Oil pressure gauge, neither are working currently. I was able to get the dash illuminated but it appears I need to either change bulbs, or the left half of instrument cluster is not working or faulty. I will keep working on this as I button up the rest of the electrical issues. My interior dome light was not working so I took it apart and used my Dremel to clean up all the metal, painted it, and re-installed it…it works as it should now. I have included pictures.

We haven’t done much else, my budget on this truck is $1000, the goal is too get it reliable and working as it should for less than that by doing any work I can myself and restoring parts instead of buying new if possible. I have an appt to have the carb/fuel system looked at this week, hopeing a re-build and tuning will get her purring like a kitty again. Enjoy the pictures, until next time. take care.

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Repairing Vacuum Hose on 1993 Ford Bronco

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I’m in the process of restoring my 1993 Ford Bronco, I’ve owned a few of these when I was younger and I got an opportunity to pick up a pretty clean one for a decent price. I’m currently going through the entire vehicle and updating and upgrading as I see fit. I’m currently enrolled in a comprehensive engine repair course with emphasis on Ford engines, this should be fun!

This post will be repairing a brittle vacuum hose, at this point I have no idea what it goes to or how to properly repair it, but it can’t be that hard right? I use http://www.fullsizebronco.com forums for help, those guys over there know what they are talking about and the site has a wealth of resources for the ‘new’ Bronco owner.

I’m always open to tips or advice in the comments section. I’ll post pictures when its repaired and how I did it, hopefully I Can add video too! 😉

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UPDATE:

I repaired the vacuum hose today with the help of this great thread from http://www.fullsizebronco.com.

http://fullsizebronco.com/forum/showthread.php?t=175808

I did it the exact same way, tested it, and the A/C blower works as it should, blows harder and seems to blow cooler now.

I’ve added the AFTER pics.

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1993 Ford Bronco Suspension & Undercarriage

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My current project and daily driver, 1993 Ford Bronco 4X4, 5.0L with 6″ SuperLift kit installed. I got big plans for her over time and the guys over at http://www.fullsizebronco.com I’m sure will be a wealth of knowledge. Stay tuned.