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Me and My Bronco, Pt. 2 – She’s Finally Home

So it’s been a while – almost 4 months!

In case you forgot (and realistically you did, because I never write here), on June 21 I bought a Bronco. 1989, Eddie Bauer edition, and the exact same color scheme as the one I drove in high school. I bought it for next to nothing because there was a strong potential we would have to replace the engine in it. There was a part on the engine that had gone bad, and the fix ranged from simply replacing the part to replacing the whole engine.

Four months later, she has a new engine, a new fuel system, new brakes, and some other stuff that I don’t know how to explain. But most importantly, she’s finally sitting in my garage!

There’s still work to be done – the seatbelts have to be replaced (they’re already on their way), the door locks need to be fixed, the windows don’t work (all 3 of them have something wrong with them, ranging from not working at all to only rolling down but not up…), the gear shift indicator is broken (I literally have to stop and say “park, reverse, neutral, drive” as I shift in and out of gears) before I can move on to the strictly “fun” stuff (ideas including a new, possibly custom built, center console, new sound equipment, and other stuff of the sort) – but I’ve really enjoyed getting in it and messing around with it. I, who have no experience working on cars whatsoever, have already managed to pull the dashboard trim out to just the instrument panel and diagnosed what’s wrong with the gear shift indicator.

And all of that is not even to mention how much fun she is to drive!

My main concern at this point is naming her. I keep sticking with “November Blue” for a few reasons – one, she’s blue. Two, it’s an ode to one of my favorite Avett Brothers songs. Three, it took us almost to November to get her. But I’m still thinking on it.

And finally, some long awaited pictures (though if you follow me on Instagram, you’ve already seen them. I’ll probably post more pictures of this truck than my kids, when they finally come).

One with the top off, because that's the way you're meant to ride in October in Mississippi.

One with the top off, because that’s the way you’re meant to ride in October in Mississippi.

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Front shot...the hood needs a good cleaning.

Front shot…the hood needs a good cleaning.

I think this is her best angle

I think this is her best angle

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33″ Cooper Discoverer SST’s

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Me and My Bronco, pt. 1 – Getting Reacquainted

My junior year of high school, my dad got me a 1991 Ford Bronco.  I drove her through my freshman year of college, then got rid of her because of some electrical problems and gas mileage.  Driving that thing between Jackson and Oxford was rough.  She was an Eddie Bauer edition, navy blue with a khaki stripe across the bottom and matching top.  I loved that truck as much as any vehicle I’ve ever owned, and the moment we got rid of her, I vowed I’d get another one.  That was somewhere around 2003-2004.  I wasn’t sure when or how, but I vowed I would get another one.

Last Sunday, June 21, 2015, I took a major step towards fulfilling that vow.  I found a 1989 Ford Bronco on Craigslist, and I pulled the trigger on buying her.  She cost $2,500, and we bought it knowing it was going to be a bit of a project.  She’s an Eddie Bauer edition, navy blue with a khaki stripe across the bottom and matching top.  Nostalgia definitely played a part in buying it, and it was a decently sized gamble on buying her.  The seller included in the ad that her harmonic balancer was going to need to be replaced, and a mechanic friend said that could either be an easy fix or necessitated an engine replacement.

Come to find out, she needs a new engine.

So, at this point, it’s kind of wait and see.  Our budget for the fix up job is $2,000, and obviously a new engine will eat up a huge chunk of that.  I’m pretty confident that she’ll fetch at least what we paid for her if the rest of the job turns out to be more expensive, but I figured I’d record the chronicles here because I want something to write about and I want to track my progress as I try my hand at some mild auto restoration.  If the engine works out, a lot of work will need to be done on the interior, but nothing a person who can follow instructions can’t handle (I hope).  She’ll also need a good cleaning and buffing – if I can get that navy blue to shine again, she’s going to be a beautiful truck.  And even if this one doesn’t work out, I’ll find another one.  The time has come to be back in a Bronco, and I can’t wait for it to finally be here.

My only regret so far is that I don’t have any pictures to show for it.  The body is in great shape, she’s sitting on 33″ mud tires (Cooper SSTs), and has nerf bars under the doors.  Unfortunately, that’s about all she has going for her.  The headliner is hanging pretty low, the windows don’t roll up and down right all the time, one of the arm rests on the door is totally chewed up, and you can’t tell what gear she’s in because the orange indicator thing is out.  And the whole engine thing.

Whatever the decision we make on her is, I want to keep a running log of what’s going on.  I’m definitely an amateur at this, but it’s something I’ve always dreamed of doing.  So consider this chapter in the new story of me and my Bronco.