View Full Version : My 89 Family-Runner project

10-08-2015, 03:10 PM
I've had this thing for a few years and its been sitting since i got it. Now I finally have time and money to get her going. I just started getting it registered so now it time to make her road worthy. It has some old BFG ATs on 16.5s and they are just shot so I bought some new 17" Method Race wheels and some used 35s. I also need some shocks, this thing bounces like crazy. Its got some good rust as the truck was not native to Southern California like me. I already bought a parts bronco to cut up to make patch panels and such.

Only issue I'm still working is the set issue, my front driver seat is shot and it does not look like the bronco seats will fit, which is fine. I am thinking about fixing the driver seat frame as it is broken and then taking it to get re covered and new foam.

The goal for this truck is to be able to take the family I don't have yet all the way down baja and back safely and funly! So probably some coilovers in the front (d60) and some sort of roll cage which will come way later! Also its got a 460 now and I had plans to but a DT360 but looks like I may end up putting in a 7.3 powerstroke for ease. I would also love to put a 6.0 in but we will see!

10-08-2015, 06:39 PM
A 6.0 eh, thats a bold move. I kinda want to see the results, and the proces. Best of luck!

10-08-2015, 07:18 PM
All I do is work on diesels and I've come to the realization that the 6.0 is a great engine when you know how to work on them and what upgrades or updates need to be done. Essentially they are a 7.3 on steroids

I'd love a diesel sooner than later but I got other projects, will probably cruise the 460 for a while, just want it to make it to the beach

10-09-2015, 12:50 AM
nice C350. go with the 7.3 powerstroke if you want to put miles on it and be reliable. seen lots of 6.0s get all the update and still need constant work and repair the updates.
7.3 powerstroke means maintain it, minor mods and enjoy it for years to come.

I was going to put a 6.0 into my 1986 E150 Shorty van but my good friend who works at the Ford dealer said he wouldn't have anything to do with it so I've gone a different direction and selling the 2005 E350 van its in......................the 2005 is actually worth too much for me to yank the 6.0 but I got a really good deal so it was taunting me.:rofl:

10-09-2015, 08:05 AM
Sounds like an awesome plan. Sharp looking truck too.

I agree I have not had much luck with the 6.0 and when they run they do run great. Of course that is totally up to you if you don't mind working on them.

10-09-2015, 08:46 AM
I actually prefer the 6.0 over a 7.3. The 7.3 is slow and takes a lot to get power out of it, 6.0 has a better interior and a better trans for street driving, typically they have less miles on them when buying used since they are newer. My 6.0 is my daily driver and I take it down to Baja for every score race and it has never let me down, I tow pretty constantly, it's usually a broken down 6.0 that I haven't worked on yet and a few 7.3 (yes they to break). A lot of guys come into my shop unsure of their 6.0 but once I get my hands on it they know it's a solid truck, it doesn't really take much. It depends on the condition of the truck, you don't need head studs to make it reliable, only if you want to put down more power. It's one of those truck that you have to know everything about it so you can take care of it it all at once instead of having things popping up every now and then.

It does have ARP head studs, everything else is stock except a stage 2 powermax, straight pipe, and custom tunes



10-14-2015, 06:40 PM
Got her road worth with some new wheels and tires that are dry rotted to heck
Will drive her on the road tomorrow for the first time in 2 years. I'm also going to replace all the soft brake lines


10-14-2015, 08:04 PM
whats going on with the rear top? it has a hump? does it have a lift??

10-14-2015, 08:13 PM
The previous owner cut out a hatch on it, I got another top to replace that one though

10-18-2015, 11:00 AM
Finally took her to the beach and had a bonfire. Wasn't sure if she was gonna make it but she did. Also I have this weird deal going on with the fuel tank selector, it has two switches and I'm not sure why they did that. Looks like I may have to start from scratch


10-18-2015, 06:40 PM
Most of them had duel fuel tanks as a truck, when they shortened the frame they just removed a tank and stuffed the wires behind the dash

10-18-2015, 10:00 PM
This one still has dual tanks. Front tank is a fabricated tank and looks to be at least 40 gallons or larger

10-18-2015, 11:32 PM
oh just noticed the pic of the sliders in the green topper, cool:rockon

Bronco Biff
10-19-2015, 06:18 AM
Where's the fill for the second tank? And some pics of the tank!!

10-19-2015, 10:29 PM
Yeah I never seen one before with sliders before, one glass is actually broken. Think I might have to have it custom made, unless you guys have a source. I haven't looked around much, too many other projects
It's rusted pretty bad when I pulled the top off. I really need to replace the body mounts too, I want to run the entertainment suspension ones, but not sure which mounts I need for the rear part where it's a bronco???

I'll get some pictures tomorrow of the tank but the fill for it is in the wheel well, it's pretty slick. I tried to turn it on this morning and it just kept sputtering, think I may be time to look into the fuel system sooner than later!

10-20-2015, 07:57 AM
sliders are hard to come by, you can find them on early 80's bronco. They sell for a pretty penny if people know what they have.

10-20-2015, 09:13 AM
I typed a long reply, and the server tossed it. I added this back a line at a time, and it worked until I tried to add a 4th linked thumbnail, so I had to reduce it to a link.
You don't have permission to access /board/editpost.php on this server.
Additionally, a 403 Forbidden error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.Does the BBS software limit the number of images in a post? It would be nice if it went to an advanced-edit page with all the text intact & a message, instead of dumping the text & showing that error page.

This shows the fuel system layout:
http://www.supermotors.net/getfile/950180/thumbnail/fuelflow.jpg (http://www.supermotors.net/registry/media/950180)

This shows the reservoir:
http://www.supermotors.net/getfile/669589/thumbnail/d01assembled.jpg (http://www.supermotors.net/registry/2742/66025-2)

The Bronco rear is only 32gal; I can't imagine fitting 40 in the front position:

This shows the factory sliders, but yours appears to be aftermarket (CR Laurence?):
http://www.supermotors.net/getfile/684885/thumbnail/sliders83.jpg (http://www.supermotors.net/registry/2742/12740-4)

10-20-2015, 12:12 PM
If they fabbed the second tank then they probably didn't use the factory pump or wiring. Have to crawl under there and see what you see.

The 89 is the notorious dual fuel pump system.

10-20-2015, 12:38 PM
Board settings are at 80000 characters in posts and 200 images or links.
There is no disk space limit.
I increased the maximum number of external records from 50 to 5000 We can see if that makes a difference but it is not supposed to because that refers to RSS feeds, which a link is not.
Host says not their problem Vbulletin says it is the host problem and are not the most willing to help since we are not upgrading the most recent version of software.
Most information points to apache error which host just upgraded causing busy server errors. Once they get that fixed I will hit them up again.
Yes I agree completely it has to do with external links.

10-22-2015, 09:50 AM
I need to find time to look at those diagrams and redo the system, still haven't gotten any pictures if the fuel tank but I did get a new windshield yesterday


10-22-2015, 09:50 AM
Man I'm horrible at posting pictures, they seem too wide