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It lives!

Last time I posted anything was to announce my proud purchase of a 1995 Ford Bronco, that did not have a running engine, among other things.

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Before I got the parts I ordered I wanted to make sure the engine ran. So I "borrowed" 2 spark plug wires from the only other vehicle on the lot with distributor style sp wires, blocked off the fuel rail, and set up a can of injector cleaner to run through the test port. Amazingly it ran smoothly, no for long, but I was just glad it didn't miss/knock.

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Also while waiting for parts I managed to free up the rear window with some force and silicone spray. Now I can put the tailgate down, and see that the tailgate straps are holding on by a thread. Hooray!

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Finally all the parts where assembled on Friday so I installed the new pump and level sensor on to the sending unit, installed all that into the new tank. Cleaned out the lines, installed a new fuel filter, and put the tank in. I lazily only installed the 2 missing plug wires (for now), the belt, and belt tensioner.

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To my surprise nothing froze, and everything works! The A/C compressor, alternator, cooling system, P/S pump, air pump (emissions devise) all work! The next day while I was at work it let it sit for about 3 hours with the a/c set to max and nothing leaked, squeaked, rattled, or came apart. So far so good with the drivetrain, I've even managed to get it to shift into second gear. I don't dare take it much faster since the left front wheel is the only one with working brakes. That's next.

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Here are some more images of the vehicle.

Illustration for article titled 700 Buck-ing bronco part 2
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Finally took the bug deflector off.

Illustration for article titled 700 Buck-ing bronco part 2
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Mmmmmmmmmmmmm Manual transfer case.

Illustration for article titled 700 Buck-ing bronco part 2
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So much room for activities!

Illustration for article titled 700 Buck-ing bronco part 2
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It's only fitting I would buy a vehicle with a New Jersey history, you bet those commuter suckers are staying.

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Parts list so far

RockAuto: Fuel tank, fuel pump, wires, plugs, thermostat, fuel filler cap. $210 with shipping

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Ford dealership: Fuel level sensor, belt, tensioner, fuel filter. $215 over the counter.

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