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PowerStroke
12-28-2006, 04:23 PM
Hey I am only 17 yrs old and I am looking at a 84 bronco II
This would be my first vehicle
Here is what I know about it:
1984
2.8ltr
Auto
Needs new tires
Around 300,000km
Getting new distributor cap/new leads and plugs

What I would really like to know is their anything that I should really check for before buying this truck. Like any big problems they are known to having?

Any help would be greatly appreciated

Dustbin
12-28-2006, 04:36 PM
how much u payin for it. and i good guy to talk to about b2 stuff it chunks.

PowerStroke
12-28-2006, 05:00 PM
well because i know this guy trought lacrosse he turned down a 1500$ offer to sell it to me for 1000$ bacause he wanted to help me get my firse set of wheels

by the way he is putting a new dirturberte cap leads and plugs and takingint to aircare for me

PigPen
12-28-2006, 05:28 PM
ive got one for 500 come and get it 2.9 5 sp manual case

HEAVY METAL
12-28-2006, 05:34 PM
i love how kids put their parents truck in their sig line like its theirs..lmao... i thought you had a 06 f350...geuss daddies drivin it?..

PowerStroke
12-28-2006, 05:40 PM
actuly i am using my sister bf account bacuse i tried to sing up and id dodno work i did not get an e-mail or anything
so i used it to help me out with this bronco 2
and he actuly has that truck

Explorer guy418
12-28-2006, 05:49 PM
good guy to talk to is jakerngr, personally i wouldnt go for it if its later then 1987... i had an 88 ranger and it had 2.9 gutless as fuck...

PowerStroke
12-28-2006, 06:06 PM
ive got one for 500 come and get it 2.9 5 sp manual case

oh doo tell me more

Legend
12-28-2006, 06:14 PM
get a 5 spd for sure and try to stay away from auto hubs and push button 4x
86 and up is fuel injected 2.9 wich is a much better and more powerfull motor then the 2.8 and for a 1000 bucks it better be a damn nice b2 cause they aint worth much

PowerStroke
12-28-2006, 06:24 PM
well whats so bad about the automatics
and this one is in good condition
it wasent used for a off-road vehicle
no dents no acidents and it was repainted 6 yrs ago

Legend
12-28-2006, 06:26 PM
i didnt say auto trannys are bad stayaway from auto hubs and push button 4x and for the same kinda cash you could find a 86 and up injected 2.9 thats just as nice, just my thoughts

PowerStroke
12-28-2006, 06:45 PM
i didnt say auto trannys are bad stayaway from auto hubs and push button 4x

sorry i am new

so your advice would be look for a 86 fule injected.

and how do i tell if they are auto hub?

Legend
12-28-2006, 06:54 PM
yes you will be much happyer with a good 2.9 over a 2.8 and auto hubs do not require "locking in" like a conventional hub that requires getting out of your vehical and manualy lock them in.

PowerStroke
12-28-2006, 07:05 PM
ok well thanks for all you help
i think i will offer 800 for the truck and if he dont bite then ill look else ware

SquirreL-E
12-28-2006, 08:43 PM
at least you werent like me ... bought an 85' b2 for 1200(overpaid alot) n then have the engine shit out in couple months :( let alone it had no power n topped out at 80 on flat with 31" tires hah piece of shit

i would just do alot of research before you actually buy anything for your first car/truck

PowerStroke
12-28-2006, 09:18 PM
yea i have been looking into it alot
and you doo mean 80mph right?
and one more thing if i were to put in a 3in bodylift how big a tire could i go?

Troy
12-28-2006, 09:19 PM
dont do a body lift, they are gay:mad0215:

PowerStroke
12-28-2006, 10:05 PM
dont do a body lift, they are gay:mad0215:
how do you figure?
whats wrong with a little extre hight
besides the flop factor

Explorer guy418
12-28-2006, 10:55 PM
body lifts are fine. can fit 31s.

89Ford
12-28-2006, 11:02 PM
body lifts are fine. can fit 31s.

dont listen to him.....the last thing we want is to have a vehicle driving around out their with a bodie lift done buy someone who doesnt know what their doing....and besides that, bodie lifts suck anywheys.....better of to cut the fenders 1st....

PowerStroke
12-29-2006, 07:37 AM
i would not be dooin it my sister boy firend would be dooing it and i would help
he dose know a think or two about vehicals
he rebuilt a 88 mustang from the groung up. this thing was nuts 680hp and triple shot of Nos with crazy rims and low profile tires and a 8 point roll cage

any way i know that this is diffrent from that but he did up a lift in his f350

bakelite
12-29-2006, 07:43 AM
Whatever you buy, good luck...seems like a lot of cash for that year with that many kms. [cheers]

PowerStroke
12-29-2006, 08:14 AM
800$ is a lot for this vehicle?

bakelite
12-29-2006, 08:18 AM
Unless it's in pretty awesome shape, with that many km's, I would say yes, quite a bit. If you figure it's worth it though and it makes you happy, get er done man. [cheers]

PowerStroke
12-29-2006, 08:24 AM
well the body looks knew
it was sandbalsted down to bare metal and their was no bondo or dents and was repainted a off grey it looks very clean and the interior is great except the drivers seat has a couple trears in it
i think 800 is resonobal considering that he is dooing alot of the small fixes for me and he sdoing the aircare so i figure aroung 180$ worth

harleyfatboy99ca
12-29-2006, 08:32 AM
dont listen to him.....the last thing we want is to have a vehicle driving around out their with a bodie lift done buy someone who doesnt know what their doing....and besides that, bodie lifts suck anywheys.....better of to cut the fenders 1st....



[stupid] better of to cut the fenders

bakelite
12-29-2006, 08:36 AM
well the body looks knew
it was sandbalsted down to bare metal and their was no bondo or dents and was repainted a off grey it looks very clean and the interior is great except the drivers seat has a couple trears in it
i think 800 is resonobal considering that he is dooing alot of the small fixes for me and he sdoing the aircare so i figure aroung 180$ worth

cool, you wanna get it so get it. Good luck, I'm happy for you. [cheers]

In The Zone
12-29-2006, 09:32 AM
Dude it sounds like u already talked yourself in to buying it....Good luck:cool:


I have a 86 and beat the shit out of it all the time but then again there aint much left that was there from the factory......[!]OEM crap

the Auto and a 2.8 are pretty much as guttless as one can get good choice for a new driver...

PowerStroke
12-29-2006, 11:37 AM
Dude it sounds like u already talked yourself in to buying it

yea this is why i am asking if their is porblem they a known to having that i should look for
because i am like of firt truck hell yea i dont look at whats wrong with it only what i like about it

In The Zone
12-29-2006, 11:48 AM
Personally even 500.00 is to much for that year.... a lot o problems with early BII's between crappy emmisions and gutless drivetrains specially if u plan on hauling passengers..

mis 80's manufacturers had to lean on the way side to pass emission standards which meant until efi came in they basicallycloaded all kinds of crap in to carbed engines... ie air pumps, ineffiecent cats, manifolds, u name it ALL the manufacturers were going through learning curves to meet epa standards...


of course i coulld be full of shit but this is what i remember from the 80's

SquirreL-E
12-29-2006, 11:55 AM
yea i have been looking into it alot
and you doo mean 80mph right?
and one more thing if i were to put in a 3in bodylift how big a tire could i go?

no no 80km/h i wouldnt even take it on the freeway it went so slow :|

In The Zone
12-29-2006, 12:01 PM
at least you werent like me ... bought an 85' b2 for 1200(overpaid alot) n then have the engine shit out in couple months :( let alone it had no power n topped out at 80 on flat with 31" tires hah piece of shit

i would just do alot of research before you actually buy anything for your first car/truck


u fuk nut it was probally just your driving ... did u have it tuned right?





i run 33" tires with 3:73 gears a 2.9 toyo kogo 5spd(best of the bunch) and can do 130km on the freeway.... oh and thats with full width Diffs and one hell of a lot of resistance

ray
12-29-2006, 12:14 PM
check back floors anbd body corners ver prone to rust and if as holes automatic fail on insepection

SquirreL-E
12-29-2006, 12:54 PM
it was 2.8 auto tho with 4.10's and it ran like shit i was amazed it moved
now all the engine does is misfire after misfire

and no it probably wasnt tuned right, and still isnt, want to come tune it for me =D n make it run nice

Blue coyote
12-30-2006, 11:23 AM
Stock in the BII the 2.8 bites, but that's the stock ignition setup causing the problems. Plenty of get up and go if its set up right.

The automatic tranny WITH OVERDRIVE sucks hamster. The non-overdrive automatic tranny is a C5 (basically a modified C4), which is plenty solid for a V6.

As others have said, avoid auto hubs and pushbutton T-case, and look for floorpan rust at the rear bottom corners of the hatch opening (also look for cracked floor under the driver's seat and rust at the bottom outside edges of the cab/firewall)

PowerStroke
12-30-2006, 11:49 AM
Stock in the BII the 2.8 bites, but that's the stock ignition setup causing the problems. Plenty of get up and go if its set up right.



could you reword this i aint undersatnding

Blue coyote
12-30-2006, 12:01 PM
The 2.8 was designed in the 60's for the Capri, and was used in the Pinto and Mustang II. It used the Duraspark ignition in those models (other than the really early points/condensor years).

Then in Ford's infinite stupidity, they retro-fitted the TFI/EEC-IV ignition onto the 2.8 (84-85 BII, 83-85 Ranger, and 86 Aerostar). The EEC-IV works GREAT....on a FUEL-INJECTED engine, but they added electronics and sensors to the carb and tried to make it work. As soon as a sensor fails or a wire gets damaged, it becomes a nightmare of bastardization....

Switching to the Duraspark style ignition (including the MSD6A) allows more of the 2.8 potential to be workable, and isn't overly complicated, as long as the truck does NOT have the dreaded A4LD (overdrive automatic, which is the second-worst mistake Ford made on these trucks). Even then, it's do-able, just a bit more involved, due to the electronic tranny needing signals to control the O/D shifting...

My old 84 BII was running a 2.8 with about 200 HP and would bake the 32's or pull wheelies (depending on traction conditions) with the 4.10 gears, and the 7400 rpm redline was cool as Hell (other than the total lack of compression braking ability...)

PigPen
12-30-2006, 03:01 PM
my 86 needs work its 2.9 five sp manual case and hubs it needs rear brake cylinders i have new rear shoes little odds and ends make me an offer 500 was just to get you interested

PowerStroke
12-30-2006, 04:57 PM
my 86 needs work its 2.9 five sp manual case and hubs it needs rear brake cylinders i have new rear shoes little odds and ends make me an offer 500 was just to get you interested

huh i am intersted
what exactly needs to be done to it?
dose it run

FU Toolbag
12-30-2006, 05:59 PM
From what you were posting earlier, if this guy has turned down more for it than he wanted from you for it, and he's willing to help you out in the other ways also mentioned, and concidering it's your first vehicle, I'ld have to say go with it. Your talking $1000. For a first rig, that's not very bad. It'll be a learning experience for you, but it sounds like you have someone to help you with it.

As far as lifting it, most people hate em and so did I for the longest time, but just through a bod lift in it and you can handle 31's. Those won't be too hard on the drivetrain and with a slightly offset rim you can more than equalize the added roll factor from the added height. One addvantage of a bod lift over suspension lift is that you c og g doesn't move much as your main weight stays close to original.

Basicly, sounds alot like me 15yrs ago, and yes my first 4x4 was a b2, except it was a icbc wright off with a pinto body on it. That was a fun ride.

Blue coyote
12-30-2006, 07:54 PM
Basicly, sounds alot like me 15yrs ago, and yes my first 4x4 was a b2, except it was a icbc wright off with a pinto body on it. That was a fun ride.

Same here, but mine was an 84 BII that looked like an 84 BII...when I started.

And you gotta have pics of the Pinto.....

weed_420_machine
12-30-2006, 08:00 PM
i got and 86 with a 4L thats a rare find i did the conversion myself lookin to sell it needs a new body so im either gonna do the swap n sell it or if i get the right offer ill sell it as is now runs moves 8.8 welded dana 35 manual hubs 32's balder then hell

FU Toolbag
12-30-2006, 08:52 PM
Same here, but mine was an 84 BII that looked like an 84 BII...when I started.

And you gotta have pics of the Pinto.....

I beleive they are on about 5 computers ago. I actually ran it in the tuff truck competition at black moutain in 94. I miss that truck. The cops hated me.

PigPen
12-30-2006, 10:03 PM
needs wheel cylinders a heater fan and core and a good wash still runs i drove it to where it sits battery went dead so i havent moved it in a while

gordwould
12-30-2006, 10:14 PM
i agree with blue coyote about going dura spark ignition(distributor and wonder box)if the original screws up but i would also toss the p.o.s feed back carb and go with one off a mid to late 70s 2.8 from a capri or mustang and if it is auto (c5) jump up to 3.73s (for the originals should be 3.45s)when going to 31s just my .02 [cheers]

Blue coyote
12-30-2006, 10:30 PM
i would also toss the p.o.s feed back carb and go with one off a mid to late 70s 2.8 from a capri or mustang and if it is auto (c5) jump up to 3.73s (for the originals should be 3.45s)when going to 31s just my .02 [cheers]

Ditching the feedback carb is part of the Duraspark swap. :D

And gear ratios are kind of random on the BII's. I've had an 84 5-speed with 3.73, an 85 A4LD with 3.73, and an 85 Eddie Bauer A4LD with 4.10 Trak/Lok. Also an 87 Ranger (2.9/A4LD) with 3.45...it seems like a crap-shoot as far as ratios vrs. engine/tranny combinations.

Explorer guy418
12-30-2006, 11:43 PM
fuck i jus bought a 92 explorer ger well a good price. :D

Cwheeler
12-31-2006, 11:19 PM
+ another for the duraspark setup, my 85 2.8/5spd/3.73s and 31s had lots of power when I dumped the stock gong show emissions bullshit. freed up alot of room under the hood and made working on the thing so much easier without that huge wire harnest in the way. another thing to look at is putting a Dana35 front end from an explorer 90-94 or ranger 90-97 its a cheap upgrade over the Dana28 it has now and pretty much a bolt in swap you just have to get the front driveshaft shortend about an inch.

WagoneerXJ
01-02-2007, 04:58 PM
i got and 86 with a 4L, thats a rare find i did the conversion myself


I don't understand...if you swapped that 4L in there what makes it rare? :vroam:

Styx
01-14-2007, 09:56 PM
The C5 is a C4 with a lock up convertor and is very strong. The 2.8 is a great engine, IF you get rid of the feed back carb. I would chose the 2.8 over the week valve train of the 2.9 any day. My old mustang 2 would eat most 5.0 any day of the week when I was all done with it (read NOT STOCK...lol...)
Sounds like a good deal at 800 if he will go for it. Hell tell him not to do the tune up and just do the swap out of the feed back system. There use to be a kit that lordco and the likes, sold back in the day (talk to greg in abby lordco). If it has the push button t-case then keep your eyes open for a stick one but if the push button is working then what the hell use it my 91 exploder is great. the auto hubs are junk get the warn replacements.
A 3" body lift (not a problem for any vehicle) will aford you 31" tires if you trim the front valance under the bumper, with no rubbing. 32" if you have the right offset rims and don't mind a little rub down once in a while.
Good luck on the purchase sounds like you have a good head about you for a younun with all the home work your doing, good on you...
Send pix's when you get it. and sign up so you have your own handle...

[cheers] Randy...

regulate34
01-16-2007, 07:58 PM
hey thanks
and this is my new account name now for some reason i took like 5 days to activate
but this is the former PowerStroke
well PowerStroke still exists but that my sisters bf
and i am the dude that want this b2

shushuwa
01-19-2007, 12:37 AM
PigPen,

Is that your B2 by the elementary school??

The one with the rear half of the roof cut off?

Styx
01-23-2007, 09:27 PM
Welcome Regulate34 good to have you on board...[cheers]