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Im not much of a vehicle expert and i have a couple of questions about a vehicle i am looking at purchasing.
It's a 1991 Full size bronco, the owner put a 302 c.i.d in it in 2000, it has around 60,000 miles on it. He has done transmission work on it, new alternator, heater core, amd has a 2" body lift.
the onlt problem i see it that it has been sitting for around a year, what kind of problems would that give me? Ive heard that body lifts can mess things up a bit, any truth to that? any useful comments would be appreciated. thanks
 

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Body lifts no big deal, unless the body is rotted on the mounts.

Working on parting out my 90 Bronco, 3" susp/3" body lift, no issues caused by that.

If bigger tires on it, what gears are in axles, stock or better, any locker's in the diff's.

Any Bronco that age is gonna need "regular" maintenance and parts, just part of owning an older 4x4.
Tailgate motors, wiring sucks...... Switches....
Electronic Transfer case? push button on dash? those motors suck......
If you can do some work yourself, you'll be allright, but if you have to take it somewhere for everything. Good luck. Any q's let me know, had mine about 5 years.....

Make sure the 4x4 works, hubs lock, etc. Look it over for any leaks anywhere, the normal stuff you check with any used vehicle.....
 

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I have owned several full size Broncos and the weak points I found common on them were gas tanks leaking and tailgate wiring issues.
 

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X2 for the guys up there. Just take it for a long test drive to get it good and warm, then check for any leaks. Just make sure from sitting so long that the seals did'nt dry up and shrink, or crack.
 

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check the body mounts for signs of stress/or bad rust, the frame in the area around where the gas tank/ spring hangers for rust out, sometimes the valve stem seals can dry out and cause the engine to smoke after they have sat for a long time, with a body lift look for strecthed hoses, wiring etc, also make sure that the shifters work ok with the body lift. if its been wheeled look for cracks at the ends of the radius arms or bent/torn bracketts on the ttb, cracks on the pillars around the rain gutters[ most full size broncos that are wheeled will have them ]the tailgates are very prone to rusting out so much they have to be replaced.
 

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as said above, tailgate issues. rusting out, window motors are always bad, window tracks break/the steel they are mounted to rusts away, wont latch down, defrosters dont work, pretty much anything in the tailgate is usually crap.

the core supports on that era fords are always bad. there are a few different fixes for them, usually have to get a bit creative, as new ones are expensive and will be bad in a matter of a few years.

for some reason, the doors tend to hit the fenders when opening and chip paint/bend the door. not sure on the exact reason for this.
 

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The tailgate is brand new, no rust, wrong color but thats no biggy, i believe it has a new transfer case, it has locking hubs, the frame looks fine (to me at least). His wife said to offer him $1200. I am planning a test drive on saturday, dont know if i will get to drive it then, or just set up a day to do so. i have a couple more questions, with that motor, a 302, what kind of horsepower am i going to get out of it? if i recall correctly that is the same motor that comes in a mustang?
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i talked to him yesterday and looked at the truck. the 302 came out of a Grand Marquis. It wont start right now, he says fuel pump. for $1000 i can get the truck as is, for $1500 he will replace the pump. At murray's a pump will cost me $129.99, but the pump is in the gas tank, so it would be alot of work. and that may not be the whole problem. im thinkin about askin him to put in the pump so i could try to start it and take it for a test drive. he is a ford mechanic so he should know what hes doing.
 

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500 to put a pump in? Its not that hard. 8 or 10 bolts hold the skid plate on and out comes the tank.

I think i'd steer clear of this truck dude, unless he gets it running first.

marquis had 4.6's since the mid 90's. Maybe in the year 2000 he changed the motor.
 

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500 to put a pump in? Its not that hard. 8 or 10 bolts hold the skid plate on and out comes the tank.

I think i'd steer clear of this truck dude, unless he gets it running first.

marquis had 4.6's since the mid 90's. Maybe in the year 2000 he changed the motor.
Marquis / Crown Vic's both had 4.6's even in the year 2000, and currently still have the modular motor. The 302, as far as I know, was done in 96 in trucks, and the 351 was used up until 97 in the F350 - then everything went to modular... as far as I know they (the 302's) were only made through early 01 and they were sent overseas (Australia).

And for the record, I say stay away from this truck - you're a fool if you bite the bate without hearing it run
 

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Im pretty sure that i am going to ask him to replace the pump. that way i will be able to tell for sure if the starting problem was the fuel pump. as long as he doesnt want the money up front.
 

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I wouldnt go much higher than 1200, 500 to replace afuel pump is a pretty penny, its acouple hours work at most
 

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ive gone to a couple places around my house, they charge aroun $400 for the fuel pump replacement.
 

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i have looked on bronco graveyard, nothing in my price range in MI. found one down the street from me. 302, rebuilt he thinks. sounds nice. taking it for a test drive tomorrow. hardly any rust. warn locking hubs. its an '89. trans is a little wet, not leaking, but not dry. he wants 2K obo, i am thinkin about offering 1.5K.
 

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if its the front pump seal i would be careful, if its just the pan gasket it s no biggie, even if its the trans to transfer case seal that isnt really hard either, check the fluid level if its low be cautious
 
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