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Old 01-13-2015, 06:15 PM   #15
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I think the $3K price tag is not out of the question if a real diesel shop does the work. Labor prices are crazy. I pointed Scott to POWERSTROKEHELP.COM - The Information Source for Ford Power Stroke Diesel Owners. They can guide him well.

Being a fellow 7.3L PowerStroke owner, I'd recommend HIGHLY that you (Scott) fix it. Doesn't have to be today, and I fully understand the non-moneybags situation.
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Old 01-13-2015, 06:20 PM   #16
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With the price of diesel now, I wouldn't fix it.
Wouldn't?????
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Old 01-13-2015, 06:56 PM   #17
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I have a feeling that with some guidance and a little mechanical ability, that fuel-in-the-res problem could be fixed with injector cups. Injector cups are not expensive (maybe $10-$25?), but there's labor involved to get to them and replace them. Unless the engine oil has been totally neglected, those injectors should not be worn out. Even if you need injectors, they CAN be replaced. Good luck, Scott!
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Old 01-13-2015, 07:17 PM   #18
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Wouldn't?????
Yes.
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Old 01-13-2015, 08:11 PM   #19
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Yes.
I'd say, "Don't fix it.... sell it to me!!!"
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Fix it, there are some back yard boys that can do it a lot cheaper, fuel prices are on the way down 2.73 here still going down. I have owned the 69 302 and a 77 351 m both were good and worn out with 100000 miles on them....Also were weak in the power....
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There are other arguments that make the Bronco a less than desirable towing vehicle.

1. Even the unmodified Bronco chassis stands relatively high on its wheels and the suspension has a relatively long travel. And the standard tires have high walls, allowing for even more movement. The more your vehicle can move in relation to its wheels, the less stable your towing combination is going to be.

2. The Bronco has a relatively long rear overhang, causing the distance between the rear axle and the ball of your tow bar to be relatively long. Combined with the short wheelbase, this gives your trailer a lot of leverage to play with the Bronco.

The combination of a lot of room to move (1) and a lot of leverage (2) will cause the Bronco to have trouble keeping your trailer under control.
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I tow my 25í International with a í96 Bronco equipped with the factory tow package. Iíve also improved transmission cooling. I have the trailer brake and weight distribution hitch meticulously set up, and the Bronco tows the dual axle trailer with ease and stability. I've never had any issue with keeping the trailer under control - as with everything else, drive at safe speeds.

Would a long wheelbase be more stable Ė absolutely, but nothing beats the Bronco for backing the trailer into tight spots. The Bronco isnít unstable (I think there is some confusion with the Bronco II) but a longer, heavier vehicle will be more stable.

If youíre looking at Broncoís, only consider the 351w EFI, as it had a lot more torque than the 302. I think the 351w is a very reliable engine, but any time you get involved with a ~20+ year vehicle there will be expenses. Iíve restored my Bronco back to almost new condition, a process that has cost more than $3,000. If cost is a concern, youíre almost always better fixing the truck you have. If I had started towing on a regular basis first, I would have gone for a larger truck given the 6,600 GVWR and 12,000lbs GCWR, but the Bronco is the tow vehicle I have, and it does the job.

Broncos in good shape, that havenít been lifted or off-roaded to death, are becoming rare. They attract almost as much attention as an Airstream. The combination does look good together.
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I agree..... Although I wouldn't tow our Avion 34W with our 1981 Bronco 302 (no appreciable distance, anyway), I DO LOVE to use it to maneuver the trailer in the back yard. The tight turning radius along with the 4x4 comes in real handy. Our back yard has a slight slope that I have to contend with..... 4x4 + low makes it real easy.
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I agree..... Although I wouldn't tow our Avion 34W with our 1981 Bronco 302 (no appreciable distance, anyway), I DO LOVE to use it to maneuver the trailer in the back yard. The tight turning radius along with the 4x4 comes in real handy. Our back yard has a slight slope that I have to contend with..... 4x4 + low makes it real easy.

What sort of hitch receiver on the B?
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I guess the obvious answer is hook it up and give it a short run; you will know very quickly if its towable;
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What sort of hitch receiver on the B?
(Previous entry by paulwhite makes my brain do funny things, since my name is Paul White....)

Our Bronco has a Ford receiver hitch that is rated to 10K pounds. Not as beefy as the Class V Curt receiver hitch I had on my F250 before I had the custom rear bumper made, but it is fairly stout. Maybe a Class IV? If I needed to tow the trailer a short distance, I'd be OK using the Bronco. But I sure do like the F250 PowerStroke better!!! ( size really does matter...!!! LOL!! )
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There are other arguments that make the Bronco a less than desirable towing vehicle.

1. Even the unmodified Bronco chassis stands relatively high on its wheels and the suspension has a relatively long travel. And the standard tires have high walls, allowing for even more movement. The more your vehicle can move in relation to its wheels, the less stable your towing combination is going to be.
No higher than an F150 but tires do play a role in stability. Get better tires.

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2. The Bronco has a relatively long rear overhang, causing the distance between the rear axle and the ball of your tow bar to be relatively long. Combined with the short wheelbase, this gives your trailer a lot of leverage to play with the Bronco.

The combination of a lot of room to move (1) and a lot of leverage (2) will cause the Bronco to have trouble keeping your trailer under control.
The rear overhang is actually less than an F150 or an F250 by about six inches or so.

1978 and up are full size Bronco's based on the Fseries chassis. Skip the 302 and opt for a 351. The 90's Broncos with EFI (and in 96 OBDII) would make a decent tow vehicle if you were a Bronco nut infected with aluminitus as well. Most all late 1996 Bronco's came with roller motors(rollers on lifters and roller cam). This gives them a longer life and better mileage. I have towed my Caravel with my 1996 Bronco and it does fine in town just on the ball no W/D. On a long trip W/D would be a must have.
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