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Purchased 88 Bronco II




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Thanks guys. Found it in a barn. It is in great shape for an 88. The previous owner said it needs an high pressure fuel pump. Hope to get her running this weekend. Any advice is greatly appreciated!
 

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I've never seen one with two fuel pumps. Can someone explain to me the reasoning for this? I've changed in tank fuel pumps before.
 

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The one in the tank just gets er going.. the other one raisers the pressure for the injectors
 

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My first advice is;

Get to know it. Crawl under it. Crawl through it. Crawl around it. Pay attention to what you see. Take notes and write down things you need to revisit later with tools or parts. How does the coolant look? Check fluid levels for transmission, engine oil, brake fluid, power steering fluid, differential fluids, clutch fluid if it's a manual and windshield washer fluid.

Drive it. Listen to it. Feel it. Experience it. Pay attention to how it acts. You're developing a "baseline" so that you will know when new noises or vibrations pop up or something suddenly gets quiet. You don't know what's abnormal if you don't first learn what normal is.

Prioritize your to-do list. Not everything needs to be done immediately. One priority should be to lubricate it. Grease where it needs grease. Give it new oil and filter and air filter and fuel filter. That's always a great starting point.

Enjoy it. They're great little trucks.
 

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Good advice. Going to give it a good go through.
 

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I've never seen one with two fuel pumps. Can someone explain to me the reasoning for this? I've changed in tank fuel pumps before.
This was when efi was first introduced. They used an in tank low pressure pump to feed a frame rail high pressure pump. I think it was only 2 or 3 years with this system, which was thru all the truck models. Personally seen in rangers, f-150, and ford RV which I think is a f-450. Engines fed where 2.9, 5.8, and 7.5
 

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My first advice is;

Get to know it. Crawl under it. Crawl through it. Crawl around it. Pay attention to what you see. Take notes and write down things you need to revisit later with tools or parts. How does the coolant look? Check fluid levels for transmission, engine oil, brake fluid, power steering fluid, differential fluids, clutch fluid if it's a manual and windshield washer fluid.

Drive it. Listen to it. Feel it. Experience it. Pay attention to how it acts. You're developing a "baseline" so that you will know when new noises or vibrations pop up or something suddenly gets quiet. You don't know what's abnormal if you don't first learn what normal is.

Prioritize your to-do list. Not everything needs to be done immediately. One priority should be to lubricate it. Grease where it needs grease. Give it new oil and filter and air filter and fuel filter. That's always a great starting point.

Enjoy it. They're great little trucks.
Great advice. In addition, get yourself a good basic maintenance manual, such as a Chilton or Haynes to give you some starting guidance, and also ask questions here on TRS.

Let's see some pics of the beast!
 

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Unfortunately, don't have any pics at moment. Will get some this weekend God willing after a good cleaning. It has been sitting a while and covered in dust.
 

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Unfortunately, don't have any pics at moment. Will get some this weekend God willing after a good cleaning. It has been sitting a while and covered in dust.
But we like seeing 'em "dirty".

And we adore "patina" . . .

if it's a really nice coating of genuinely aged dust, just clearcoat it and drive it proudly! :)
 

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But we like seeing 'em "dirty".

And we adore "patina" . . .

if it's a really nice coating of genuinely aged dust, just clearcoat it and drive it proudly! :)
No, no. That's somebody else's dust. He has to accumulate his own collection of dust and mud.
 

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No, no. That's somebody else's dust. He has to accumulate his own collection of dust and mud.
Well, that is true.

On the plus side, the original dust and mud can be sold on eBay to a poser who's wanting that "been there done that" look without having to do all of the real dirty work themselves.
 

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Working on the fuel pump today. That thing is a pain. Had such a a rough time, took off front driveshaft to get it out. It's been I a barn for 20 years.
 

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