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sheepman
11-06-2012, 09:14 PM
Fall has arrived and I have almost everything needed to start turning our 1986 Bronco into a diesel powered beast.

I'm Posting Photos to start with, then I will update information and progress updates as they come.

Here is the 1985 donor truck getting cut up for all parts needed to transfer to the Bronco.
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The pickings from the 1985 loaded up and headed back to our house
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In this box is a ATS 088 Turbo System. I'm not sure if the Bronco will get this. The donor engine is from a 1994 IDI Turbo Diesel so plans are to use the Factory 093 Turbo.
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Here is the donor engine from the '94 and a '88 7.3L long Block. The long block was a IH reman and started using large amounts of oil. PO tore it down not finding any issues, he gave it to me while cleaning out his shop. The engine was tore down 10 years ago so it hard to tell what happened to it. 40K on a reman and burning oil isn't good. Looks to me like a possible head gasket failure.
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This is parts from the '88 7.3L IH remaned heads and some other parts too.
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Traveler
11-07-2012, 09:15 AM
That is going to be an awesome build. I want to do one so badly. Hopefully next year we will be able to get back to doing some wild builds.
Looks like a manual trans?

sheepman
11-07-2012, 10:09 AM
I haven't decided what transmission I'd like to use. I have a E4OD, ZF5 and T19 I could use. The E4OD is from our FDB, I replaced the trans before it failed a couple years ago. The ZF5 is from the same '88 as the tore down 7.3L. The T19 option is from the '85.

I'm keeping the Bronco running gear. I'm comparing gearing at this time, with the ZF5 and 3.55 rear IIRC final gear ratio is 2.08. There is a '92 F150 in PA with a 6.9L, Zf5 and 3.55 rear getting a verified 32 MPG. So if I want a high MPG rig I know that will work. I leaning toward E4OD rebuilt with RacerX kit.

sheepman
11-08-2012, 10:04 PM
Please bare with me as I switch from webshots to Supermotors. Webshots is ending it's service that it has provided for the past 10+ years and is now trying to be a photo cloud service. I will get more posted as time goes by and I get all my photos together and learn to use Supermotors.

Here is the Diesel Core support I will be using
http://www.supermotors.net/getfile/953748/fullsize/img_1083.jpg

2006 F350 PSD Tow Boss coil springs I will be using in place of Bronco coil Springs. In order to support the wight of the diesel.
http://www.supermotors.net/getfile/953749/fullsize/img_1084.jpg



Two of the Transmissions I may use for the conversion. The ZF5 transfer case has the speedo output I need for the '86 speedo. I'm not 100% sure yet, I think I'll be able to use a VSS/Analog speedo sensor with it for the E4OD.
http://www.supermotors.net/getfile/953750/fullsize/img_1085.jpg

The firewall from the '85 so I can swap wire by wire and part by part. This way the truck will be as close to factory as possible.
http://www.supermotors.net/getfile/953761/fullsize/img_1096.jpg


The seats out of the '85. The are dirty and need recovering. Not using them as of yet. The Bronco all ready has this style seat.
http://www.supermotors.net/getfile/953762/fullsize/img_1097.jpg

The '94 engine is on the left and '88 long block on the right.
Plans are to remove everything besides water pump and the fuel for pressure washing. Exhaust manifolds will be remove for a sand blasting and ceramic coating. I may even ceramic coat the intake manifold for heat reduction proposes. The oil pan needs a replacement because of some rust I don't like. It might just need a good cleaning, brush and sanding. I'm also going to descale the alum. acc brackets and buff them out for some bling. Engine will be repainted IH gray.
On a side note: I think it's ironic that I have two 7.3L IDI engines. One being a '88 and he other '94, Alpha and Omega, '88 being the first year of the 7.3L and '94 being the last year of 7.3L IDI.
http://www.supermotors.net/getfile/953752/fullsize/img_1087.jpg

Here is the Ford/ATS Factory 093 turbo system that came on the '94 engine. This turbo system will also be sand blasted and ceramic coated along with other turbo modifications.
http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5036/5888993770_405bc1099f_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/18344897@N08/5888993770/)

'94 F350 2x4 just before heart removal
http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6159/6177025523_061617d1f4_z.jpg

ATS 088 turbo kit I might install instead of Factory Set up.
http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4147/4984646057_4d7f64a30e_z.jpg

sheepman
11-08-2012, 10:46 PM
This is the '94 we parted out. You guys in the rust belt must think we are crazy for parting and scarping the trucks we do down here. Rust bucket!
http://www.supermotors.net/getfile/953788/fullsize/2502345130102234446czcvwl_fs.jpg

Donor engine in.
http://www.supermotors.net/getfile/953792/fullsize/2677505140102234446ztwnut_fs.jpg

Donor engine out.
http://www.supermotors.net/getfile/953793/fullsize/2714826370102234446pakxhk_fs.jpg
http://www.supermotors.net/getfile/953786/fullsize/2412461790102234446lnhuic_fs.jpg

For those of you wondering about what the Bronco looks like. (First day at home)
http://www.supermotors.net/getfile/953812/fullsize/2623377560102234446fwcxyc_fs.jpg

Traveler
11-09-2012, 08:32 AM
Yeah rust free crew cabs do not exist around here for donors. You guys suck!

Our oldest boy wants to put a 6.9 or 7.3 in his bronco so bad. It will be interesting to see what you get for real world mileage numbers.
We have been kicking around making a batch or two of Waste Motor Oil and trying to burn that. With fuel prices getting higher it is very exciting option.
Those old IDI engines don't seem to mind burning oil at all.

sheepman
12-09-2012, 11:12 PM
Engine Prep'd for pressure washing. New Gaskets will be need in a few places.

http://www.supermotors.net/getfile/957306/fullsize/dscn1008.jpg
http://www.supermotors.net/getfile/957302/fullsize/dscn1004.jpg
http://www.supermotors.net/getfile/957304/fullsize/dscn1006.jpg

Traveler
12-10-2012, 09:08 AM
So the real question is, why the IDI over a powerstroke or a 4BT or something like that? How did you make up your mind?

With our '86 we were planning on powerstroke and we have a good donor but really keep thinking we might want an IDI in there for simplicity and dependability. We can't decide for sure, keep swapping back and forth.

sheepman
12-10-2012, 10:48 AM
I choose the simplicity and dependability as the top two reasons for a IDI fallowed by I can fix it easier than a PSD. I've been working on them from the age of 12 so they are second nature. A lot of others are doing Cummins and PSD and a IDI would be different and less costly.

kto17
12-10-2012, 11:42 AM
I choose the simplicity and dependability as the top two reasons for a IDI fallowed by I can fix it easier than a PSD. I've been working on them from the age of 12 so they are second nature. A lot of others are doing Cummins and PSD and a IDI would be different and less costly.

Sheep, I have a friend that I refer to as a prepper. He wants a dooms day rig. In your experience would you consider the idi a good choice? Does it require a computer to run? Sorry I don't know jack about the idis other than they are much cheaper than PSD and Cummins.

sheepman
12-10-2012, 12:05 PM
Sheep, I have a friend that I refer to as a prepper. He wants a dooms day rig. In your experience would you consider the idi a good choice? Does it require a computer to run? Sorry I don't know jack about the idis other than they are much cheaper than PSD and Cummins.

PM Sent

sheepman
08-31-2016, 02:14 PM
Wow time has pasted.

Sold most all the diesel parts. I still have the Bronco and it hasn't moved in four years. The past four years have been trying, while I was trying to out earn my stupidity. 250 plus hours a month at work sucks!
So I have a roller 5.0 that I am going drop in from a 97 explorer. I'm swamping over most wiring and updating the bronco to newer fuel injection. I've been learning to custom tune and she'll be tuned by me.

I'll post more as time allows.

Bronco Biff
08-31-2016, 09:12 PM
Well let's get this party started!!