Friday, October 7, 2016

Bronco II Update

Working on cars isn’t my favorite activity. At age 72 it is also painful. This is balanced by my notorious cheapness. That said, the Bronco II needed a master cylinder replaced. Local shop wanted $100+. Simple repair and the auto parts store had one for $32.

First, we have to poor boy/lazy boy bench bleed.

Installed! This is no place for a good tight cross thread. Takes a little fiddling to get the threads lined up.

This always happens when I work on something. Your skin gets thinner with age I’ve been told.

Field expediency bandage.

Bleeder helper.

 The brakes work but the rig will go to a shop next week to have all the old fluid removed. I have a vacuum bleeder but hate crawling around on the pavement. It is worth it to me to take it to someone with a lift. Will probably cost me $50.

The next step is new shocks all around. About $130 for the parts. Know a guy who will do the labor for $20-30.

The old beast runs well, everything works, and the title is in my filing cabinet. Best part is the limited slip rear axle. 4x4 without a limited slip or lock up rear axle will get you well and truly stuck.


drjim said...

I'd forgotten what a mess it is to bleed brakes until I did it on my Supra!

Well Seasoned Fool said...

Likewise hydraulic clutches.

drjim said...

Yeah....I still have to do some work on mine.

I'm going to replace the old rubber line with a braided stainless line like I used for the brakes, install a speed bleeder, and flush all the old brake fluid out of the system.

I adjusted the clutch free play before I went to Vegas with the car, but the pedal still feels a bit spongy. And my friends there that have replaced the rubber line tell me it makes a huge improvement in how well the clutch works.

Well Seasoned Fool said...

One son is a mechanical nitwit. He once had a Mazda pickup that needed the clutch hydraulic system bled two or three times a year. Replacing the whole system didn't cure the problem. Solution was to just bleed the damn thing whenever I aw him.

Coffeypot said...

Busted knuckles and smashed fingers are part of working on a car. IF I don't bleed, he work wasn't done right. I'm so adapt at bleeding, I can do it replacing an oil filter. I've also used strips off my t-shirt to wrap a bloody finger. Now I'll pay a mechanic and save my blood for oxygen transport.

Well Seasoned Fool said...

It is much easier on the body just to swipe the plastic.

Old NFO said...

Grumble, that is SO true... thin skin sucks when you rake a knuckle or get a finger caught... Your bandage looks better than the duct tape variant I normally use...LOL

Well Seasoned Fool said...

Had a roll of electrical tape handy but have used duct tape in the past.

Momma Fargo said...

Whoa! The sight of blood. Egads! This mechanic stuff is all good and well, but I want to see how it performs across country in the mud and the sagebrush and sand.

Well Seasoned Fool said...

Performs very well. 4WD high/Low range, limited slip rear axle. very short turning radius and good ground clearance without having to "lift" it.