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Old 01-09-2015, 08:51 AM   #1
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Carbureted Bronco for EveryDayCar.. good-bad?

Hi,

I'm thinking of buying an 82 Bronco with a carbureted 302ci, 4 speed manual.

Will that make an ok every day car?
Anything to consider with carbureted cars (truck).
Inputs welcome.
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Old 01-09-2015, 09:44 AM   #2
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Except for calculating fuel consumption in gallons/mile, I don't see a problem.

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Old 01-09-2015, 10:00 AM   #3
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If you want your everyday vehicle to be reliable and dependable, there are probably better choices than a 33 year old carbureted Bronco.

This opinion brought to you by someone with minimal tolerance for being stranded on the side of the road or late to an appointment.
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Old 01-09-2015, 10:08 AM   #4
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How can 1982 have been 33 years ago!?!

Juano-is that 33 years of salted roads?

The carbs may be the least of your worries.
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Old 01-09-2015, 10:08 AM   #5
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I'd be less worried about the carburetor and more concerned about overall condition, mileage, mods.

If it's rust free, relatively lower miles, stock or close to stock with no "bubba" mods (i.e. lift blocks) then it should be good-to go.
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Old 01-09-2015, 10:27 AM   #6
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the good: simple to fix. Parts are cheap.

the bad: You will have to work on it eventually.

Posted by someone who drives a 1992 F250. Ten years newer, and still a handful at times.
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Old 01-09-2015, 10:46 AM   #7
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thanks for the inputs.

the truck is pretty much rust free.. VERY RARE in the broncos.
miles 90k, but I'm guessing is more like 190k
No mods, other than a shitty 90s radio that dosent even work and a roll bar.
Overall looks better than average considering age.

I had to late 80s Bronco and loved them.. but they were Automatic. Would love to find a mid 90's Bronco with 5speed trans. Went to see couple in the last few months but they were rust buckets. This 82 seems to be right, other than the carburetor, manual windows and 4 speed instead of 5. But I guess I can live with that.. Plus, correct me if I'm wrong, this things in good shape will not loose value with age! :)
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Old 01-09-2015, 10:49 AM   #8
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What are NY emissions rules for that Bronco? If none, the motor is easy. If the carb gives you trouble, swap out the whole damn intake system for Edelbrock/Holley. If you have to keep it to factory specs, all the little hoses and tubes are probably pretty corroded by now. Every time you take something apart, you'll break one and have to find a replacement. The OEM setup didn't make much power for how much fuel it used.

If you are up for a technical challenge, you could swap the whole motor out for a fuel injected 5.0 from a Lincoln Town Car or Mustang. You will have to add some electronics.

My brother had trouble with the rear axle in his. Look for seals leaking onto the rear brakes. That too can be replaced with something better, though.

In short: it will be a project vehicle. It could be a fun truck once the reliability is stable, though. It took me about a year to get my 68 Chevy stabilized, and I really had no idea what I was doing. It was my daily driver, and never left me stranded that I couldn't fix with onboard tools.
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Old 01-09-2015, 11:05 AM   #9
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thanks, supposedly the guy selling this Bronco got it from his late grandfather. He is a diesel mechanic and did the mechanical stuff to the bronco to get it good, including new new plugs, wires, distributor and fresh fluids all around. He also told me that he took care of some vacuum licks.
What the truck needs is some exhaust work and front brakes, both things I can do.

IF I were to replace the engine down the road it would be for a Cummins BT4. And then I'd have a Bronco for my lifetime! :)
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Old 01-09-2015, 11:35 AM   #10
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the good: simple to fix. Parts are cheap.

the bad: You will have to work on it eventually constantly.
Little fix.
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Hi,

I'm thinking of buying an 82 Bronco with a carbureted 302ci, 4 speed manual.

Will that make an ok every day car?
Anything to consider with carbureted cars (truck).
Inputs welcome.
Input provided...

For a weekend woods toy, sure it would be fun. For a daily driver to get you to and from work and be dependable, no fuckin' way EVER.

Suspension, brakes, drivetrain, electrical gremlins will be constant and you will spend way too much money and time trying to make it reliable. Then you say you want to swap in a cummins?!!, The frame wont take it, and the entire drivetrain would need to be swapped out.

Get a decent commuter car that it easy on the wallet, fuel and cheap to maintain. Get something else to beat to death in the woods.
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Old 01-09-2015, 12:37 PM   #12
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For a weekend woods toy, sure it would be fun. For a daily driver to get you to and from work and be dependable, no fuckin' way EVER.

Suspension, brakes, drivetrain, electrical gremlins will be constant and you will spend way too much money and time trying to make it reliable. Then you say you want to swap in a cummins?!!, The frame wont take it, and the entire drivetrain would need to be swapped out.

Get a decent commuter car that it easy on the wallet, fuel and cheap to maintain. Get something else to beat to death in the woods.



thanks, but some of those all Bronco are better build than the new crap, with stupid timing belt and excessive electronic crap IMHO! ;)

IF (big IF) I get the Bronco the Cummins change is WAY down the road, and I don't think the BT4 cummins (4 cylinders) weight a lot more than the V8 in the Bronco.

Both Broncos I had were outstanding trucks, don't remember spending any time at mechanics. But that was back when gasoline was .99 a gallon!

what I like a lot about those full size all trucks is that they are SO EASY to work on them. Changing a water pump from a TBI 350 takes 30 minutes and couple tools, wife's had a PT cruiser that I could't even tell where the hekk was the water-pump!!
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Old 01-09-2015, 12:55 PM   #13
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mileage figures

what kind of daily commute distance are you looking at? Those things got 10-12 mpg. I let mine go in 86 because watching that gas gauge drop as I drove was killing me, not to mention the fill-up every 3-4 days.
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Old 01-09-2015, 01:07 PM   #14
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is about 50-70 miles a day, country road, pretty much highway kind of MPG.
Will the manual trans. and mellow driving improve the Millage!
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Old 01-09-2015, 02:20 PM   #15
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is about 50-70 miles a day, country road, pretty much highway kind of MPG.
Will the manual trans. and mellow driving improve the Millage!
That's an apropos typo, given the size, weight, and thirst of those things. My guess is that you'll be looking at 5-7 gallons a day, and when fuel gets back up to $4, you'll be crying every time you pull up to the pump.
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