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1984 Bronco II XLS side project

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I've read where these 2.8 manuals had a 10 tooth starter and the automatics had 9, and that all the 2.8 starters you find now are for the autos, but I don't know if there's any truth to it.

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I changed out the struts that hold the rear window open, so I at least accomplished that today.
 


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This is actually for my GF's son. His dad isn't in the picture. We're working on a low budget.

I also need a new dash cover and this piece of trim missing over the glove box. Anyone have an extra piece of this trim laying around? I can paint it
Will send pics when I get home spare truck has a tan interior but it's an 88 not sure they are the same? I'll get you some pics.
 

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I just pulled these pics off RockAuto, there are two 4.0 starter variants depending on if you have an auto or a manual. Note how the drive gear snout sticks out further on the auto and the gear itself is recessed into the starter housing on the manual. So what I am saying is, the 4.0 starter will work as long as the snout length matches what came with the truck in question.

4.0 starters that I have seen all have 10 tooth gears.

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This is what I got, has XLT emblems.

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Is your dash pad cracked? Looks solid.

Can you send me a message with how much you want for that trim piece shipped to Nocona, Texas 76255?
So dash panel is in my truck DM on shipping tomorrow we can work that out. As far as dash pad. A few cracks nothing major not perfect.
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Had the same starter issues with my 84 Bronco 2 XLT....the spacer plate on mine was broken, but that didn't really seem to be the issue. The starter itself just would never stay in position no matter how tight I ran the bolts in. I finally drilled a through hole on I think its the top hole and put a washer, lock washer, and lock nut on it and it helped a little, but after about 6-7 starting sequences it was right back to grinding away and not engaging again. Tried a couple different starters from the 4L, and other 2.8L engines and still had the same problems. Finally removed the spacer plate around the starter area and it seemed to work a little better, but still had the starter sliding out of position just enough to have the thing grinding most of the time. I finally had enough of it and scrapped the thing, but it had a lot of body rot around the floor pans, door sills, etc....it had been driven through a lot of the salt belt in Utah during the winter so it pretty much rotted to pieces, and I don't think that had anything to do with the starter issues as it seems to be quite the common problem.

I've heard others mention different starter gears 9 VS 10 teeth, never got around to trying to find a different starter with 9 teeth, and given my situation where the starter kept sliding out of position there was more of an issue somewhere else than gear teeth...I think the bolt holes for the starter bolts on the transmission housing were wallered out, so with the torque from the starter even cranking the bolts down as much as I could wasn't enough to keep the starter from backing away over a few starting sequences.

Sadly that thing ran and drove great, just the body was rotting away around the engine.

My 88 B2 was an automatic, and luckily didn't have starter issues with it other than when I initially bought it, the starter was kind of hit and miss so it was replaced during the transmission rebuild process and never had a problem with it afterwards.
 

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I think the bracket on the left is the Ranger single cab version but I'm sure you could make it work with a B2.

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hmmmm.....

I'm trying to remember what the roof looks like under the headliner. Seems to me there's cross supports. wonder if I can just bend a flat bar to work?
 

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Test fitting a hoodscoop I got made for a 2010 Mustang for $26.00.

I swapped in the 4.0 starter I had. It starts but seems noisy when I crank it. Not sure if it's the flywheel or I just forgot what a 2.8 sounds like.

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Strangly enough the first vehicle to get worked on in the TRS garage is not a Ranger.

So tonight my GF and I were removing the interior and I realized that there isn't any sunvisors! Someone stapled up a new headliner and apparently decided to not reinstall the sunvisors.

Now I have to find a pair of sunvisors. :annoyed:
 

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