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Old August 20th, 2019, 08:05 AM   #21
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A decent machine shop should be able to get that stud out and fix the threads.


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Old August 20th, 2019, 01:29 PM   #22
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Broken stud flush in the back hole. Tried welding nuts to it: no dice. Tried Drilling: couldn't get a straight line on it, broken bits. Tried torching: messed up outer few threads before calling it. Figure it's not a huge deal to pull a head off and get a better idea.

I did realize yesterday that the truck has F3TE heads and my replacements are E7TE's. I'll try to salvage the F3, but not going to hold out much hope.




It's not too late to go again! The 50th is going to be good. Top will be coming off the bronco for the trail ride on the original 1969 Brush Run 101 course!
Yeah, not in the cards this year... too many projects need to be finished before winter, and trying to get into our house by labor day... Ben a long year so far

Good luck with the stud, i agree with the above comment that a good machine shop can get it out for you.
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Old August 23rd, 2019, 12:50 PM   #23
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Motor back together. Surprising amount of space to heave a head out. Ended up just cutting my losses and swapping heads out once i put a straight edge to the old one and found the surface not flat. fresh gaskets, replaced head, replaced exhaust manifold... no leaks.

Runs great now with about 12 fewer vacuum leaks. little caps everywhere on the intake were falling apart.

Now we're on to the rear door power windows. After replacing all the switches, we got power back there, but still no action. pulled the motors out and both tested bad. pulled one apart, cleaned up the goop, and got it spinning, but bearings were still too tight and rusted. The extra motors I had on hand ended up not being the right pieces, so replacements on order. Got the windows moving freely at least. Apparently they haven't moved in quite some time.

also: holy guacamole sound deadening material. this stuff is everywhere on the truck. feels like I took off 5lb/door just to open up the spots to get the motors in and out.

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Old August 24th, 2019, 06:48 AM   #24
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That's a lot of sound deadening.
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Old September 5th, 2019, 04:11 PM   #25
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The sound deadening sure makes for a satisfying thud when you close a door!

Before we left for Crandon, I decided that I could deal with grey seats in the tan interior for a little bit and mounted up the 2014 f150 seats that came with the console:



removing the not-good-for-roadtrips "BMW" seats from the PO: (fer sale btw )


also found out a TTR-125L fits in the back!


we loaded up and scooted over there to crew for a couple rigs:


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Old October 30th, 2019, 03:12 PM   #26
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I guess a little update is order. Haven't really done much to/with it since Crandon.

Se we had ourselves A great ol' time at crandon. Towed a silly heavy 70's era camper to the track, loaded full of people for the trail ride (even made it on the big screen on sunday), poured all the trans fluid onto the highway in the bumper to bumper traffic heading back from the parade, and made it all the way home!

here's the video they played a few times featuring Bernie: Sorry, It's just on Facebook.
https://m.facebook.com/watch/?v=405544093429528&_rdr


some deets on the trans debacle. Well, I figured out that a steady pulse on the throttle could get the front end bobbing much to the delight of the back seat booze cruisers. over the course of about 30 seconds we went from "something smells hot," "sucks for wherever that smoke is coming from," "smells like trans fluid," and finally from the guy behind us, "HEY! You just poured all your trans fluid out" SHIIIIIIIT.

We got a tow back to the pits, poured enough trans fluid into the sad E4OD to back it up onto the race truck's trailer and waited for it to cool. we couldn't find anywhere other than the bellhousing where the fluid would have come from, so in between race things, we started to pull the trans. Come to find out Northern Wisconsin isnt the best place to find a 20-some year old transmission input seal. Luckily, we had another teammate coming up from Green Bay that was able to find a new input seal and a full load of ATF. It was a bit frantic the whole time. Huge shoutout to the guys working tirelessly to get us back to Michigan.

only picture I took of the process: thanks AMil!



Sunday morning, we filled 'er up with fluid, took it for a couple mile test spin, and hooked right up to the 8k lb trailer. not a hiccup all the way home. stupid bouncy-bouncy, heaty-heaty. Live and learn i guess.
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Amid all the problems with this 460 E4OD combination, a thing came home with me last weekend.



1997 (obd2) 7.3 PSD E4OD. Don't worry, we already have a plan to remedy the presence of that automatic trans. (even though it DOES shift absolutely wonderful) more to come when that plan becomes a reality.

I'll be pulling the drivetrain out of the F250 soonish and will be freshening/waking up the ol Powerstroke, as time and more important projects allow, before stabbing it in the bronco. Looking forward to getting a set of OEM wheels on it too.
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Old November 1st, 2019, 08:25 PM   #28
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I have a soft spot for Centurions. I really like the Bronco type. I had a 95' F350 but it was 2wd and a 460 that needed a lot of work. Lost my ass on it, but a friend got a good deal on her.

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I have a soft spot for Centurions. I really like the Bronco type. I had a 95' F350 but it was 2wd and a 460 that needed a lot of work. Lost my ass on it, but a friend got a good deal on her.

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