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Old 03/08/19, 08:59 PM   #211
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I got the aux tank installed. It went in pretty easy. I installed all new hoses except the main fill hose.



Then I test drove it running on the aux tank only. I went about 5 miles at 70 + mph and then turned around thinking I had fixed the issue. Heading back at 70 it did it again. Not as noticeable but still there. I slowed down to 65 and it ran perfectly again. So I spent there rest of the day installing an electric fuel pump to see if that helps. I have not tested it yet. I will on the trip to Houston on Saturday.

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Old 03/09/19, 10:06 PM   #212
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I made it to Houston and back without much issue. The Cherokee wiper conversion worked very well and I was lucky to have done it before the trip. I did find I have a leaky drip rail and it dripped on my knee during the harder rain periods!! It was 175 miles one way. The trip out was great - with the new aux tank and the electric pump I drove much of the time at 70-75 mph without a miss. I ran the aux tank out (got about 100 miles on the full aux tank) and switched tanks. No problems. I filled up the aux tank but kept it on the main tank to see the range on the main tank. On the way home about 50 miles out of Houston it started missing at speed again. I slowed down and it smoothed out but then ran out of gas in another 10 miles or so. I filled up both tanks and ran a while on each - again at 70-75 mph - with no problems. ??? I think I've narrowed it down to restricted flow on the main tank. I need to order a new sending unit/pick up and see if that helps. But overall a great trip. This Bronco drives very nicely. Gas mileage checked out at 15 mpg.

The Meet & Greet was well attended with about 14 Broncos and probably 40 plus people. Here are a few pics.










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Old 03/10/19, 06:46 AM   #213
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Hey Gary, is that a free wheeling edition parked beside you in that last photo? If so any info on it?


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Old 03/10/19, 08:03 AM   #214
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Yes, original Free Wheelin' Bronco. All original paint and stripes. Overall in pretty nice shape. He's had it a while and is not sure if he's going to restore it or keep it as is.





More interesting is he recently picked up a project for his daughter. A Stroppe Baja with race history. Found it in a field north of Houston. He paid $3,000. But it needs work!

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Old 03/10/19, 03:10 PM   #215
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Very cool. Always wanted a free wheeling package truck. Guess Iíll keep looking.


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Old 03/12/19, 02:18 PM   #216
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Working on my tire carrier.


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Old 03/13/19, 09:32 PM   #217
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The patina treatment on the tire carrier.







I need to fix the tailgate before I can mount the carrier latch mechanism. The carrier I got from Jason at BC came with a "Ranch Hand" bracket to mount the spare on the side. I'm going to install it so I can secure the rack until I get the tailgate fixed. It's a cool addition. One problem is that they were not designed to be used with Wild Horses Gorilla War Flares! I'll need to space the rack out so it does not hit the flare. I may not get anymore done on this Bronco until I get back from our upcoming weekend trip to Big Bend. I hear the Bluebonnets are gorgeous this year!!

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Old 03/24/19, 06:53 PM   #218
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After a break to go to Big Bend I'm back on the Patina Bronco! I got the tire carrier and Ranch Hand bracket installed. I refurbished the tail gate latch but need to fix the tail gate before I reinstall it.







I had to use a 1 inch space to hold the rack off the flare when it's in the Ranch Hand position.



I'm still looking for the tire mounting hardware to actually hang a tire on it!

I also worked on refurbishing the stock steering wheel I picked up from BC Broncos. It was in poor shape with some cracks at the base of the spokes - but it was still the best out of a bunch I looked at!

I filled the cracks with a paintable silicone caulk, used black primer and then painted it in VHT "Black Pearl" paint. I then satin clear coated it.

Here it is cleaned up and ready for prime.



Painted and clear coated.



Next up I need to paint the steering column and mount the refurbished steering wheel.

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Thanks for the tip on filling in the cracks on the steering wheel. I have a decent one with a few cracks that need to be taken care of.
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Hopefully getting a roll bar installed today. We were going to do it last week but the Bronco started running very rough. It took me a few days to fix the problem. I first thought it was electrical and chased some electrical issues. Coil, bad wiring, timing, points, etc. Turned out to be the carb - a thorough cleaning and rebuild got it running like a top again. Tweaking the electrical issues helped some as well! I'm guessing it was one residual bad gas that gummed up the carb. I really thought I had flushed the fuel system pretty well . . . but I apparently did not.

A member here has bent up all the tube to look like a Stroppe roll bar and we are going to fit it up this evening.

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Everything is looking real good, nice work. Just curious, what electrical did you tweak?

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Everything is looking real good, nice work. Just curious, what electrical did you tweak?
Thanks! The positive cable was corroded at the connection to the solenoid and the positive wire from the solenoid to the wiring harness was corroded and just conducting by a few wires. I replaced the cable and soldered in a new lead to the solenoid. I replaced the points and condenser and reset the points to .017" and the timing to 10 degrees.

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We got the role bar fitted up and welded together. Here is some work in progress pics.









We did not install it in the Bronco yet - I need to paint it first. But here is the finished product.




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What is the OD of that tube?

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What is the OD of that tube?
2 inch DOM.

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