Found some cool stuff in the junkyard today, hoping i can use some of it on the 96 F250.
Was wandering around the yard with a buddy and stumbled across a 95 Explorer with some super nice seats in them, which we snagged up
Power everything! Lumber, bolsters, seat height & placement adjustments, basically everything you could ask for, and they only use 2 wires for power so they should be very easy to wire into the existing power lumbar wiring. The seat brackets are very very close to what's in the 96 F250, so i think with just some minimal work these will be a great option to replace my very-worn seats.
From the same explorer we got an overhead console along with the entire wiring harness:
and some very nice dual wing visors with dual illuminated mirrors, which i *think* will swap right into the truck, or atleast they will with minimal effort
...and then this i found interesting. I was unaware the 95+ explorers use basically the same steering column as the 92-96 trucks/broncos, right down to the shroud, turn signal switch, shifter, and even the ignition lock cylinder, which is convenient because the key was still there, so i got the lock cylinder as well for a spare;
There were a few broncos in the yard this time too, which is becoming more of a rare sight. Mostly stripped as well, but i still scored with this piece:
Mint! Almost anyways. Someone glued an LED into the panel, but all the tabs on the back are in good shape, so im still calling it a win!
So weve got this '97 10.25 with 4.10s thats been sitting around in the yard, so were going to use this for the rear axle.
Up front the plan was to do another 3/4 ton TTB using chevy parts, with a junkyard third since the '90 has 3.55 and we want 4.10. So we made a trip up to EZ Pull, and scored:
While we were there we also picked up a newer dome light, and a big trans cooler, both of which will be going in:
The icing on the cake though, is this:
All that work disassembling a 3/4 ton chevy D44, just so we could find a '96 D60 (w/ 4.10s) later! And for a price we couldnt pass up. So now these are sitting in the driveway:
So new plan. Chevy parts go on shelf for spares for the '96, and the '90 is getting a solid axle swap!
Went to the yard yesterday with a buddy looking for parts, and scored!
Like 3/4 of the interior out of a 95ish bronco:
Both headliners, the locking glovebox door and the rear cargo panels are all going to go into my 96 bronco once i get them cleaned up (and find replacement armrests for the panels since theyre missing).
Also found a 95 F-Superduty, which still had the hydroboost unit!
Got the master, hydroboost unit, one of the high pressure lines (the other was cut), the pedal assembly, the instrument cluster and the intake hoses (7.5L) for a whopping $58!
Made a trip to the junkyard last week to find parts for a buddies car, but i couldnt come home empty handed!
I now have everything to do the power window/mirror/lock upgrade on the green bronco, except for a tan driver panel. One day ill find one.
So on Sunday i was over a buddies house. and scored some more parts!
Got another tach cluster, a spare dash bezel thats in way better shape than mine, and the missing parts (Servo/bracket/cable) to complete my cruise control install! Considering pretty much my entire commute to/from work is on the open freeway, its super awesome having cruise control in this thing!
Met a fellow Ford nut who lives up near Rausch Creek, and got some parts off him!
One tach cluster, and a set of chrome mirrors
and some new badges & dash trim to replace the XL badges
I swapped my speedo into the the tach cluster today and got that installed in the bronco. Not yet sure if i want to run chrome mirrors on this one or not, still debating.
Im digging the Custom badges, theyre pretty hard to find, and IMO they suit this mishmash of a bronco. Ill get em installed in the spring when its warmer out. Gotta find some good 3m.
Went to the junkyard Monday and scored!!
One fan shroud, under hood light harness, cruise recall harness, power steering cooler off of an E-series, and a pretty sweet rear cargo mat, all for a whopping $12.50!
Tuesday I ripped out the stock cooling loop, and swapped in the cooler
And then finished up the engine bay!
So this morning I went to change the fuel filter, and found the line between the filter and the fuel rail is all bitched up :banghead previous owner must have broke the fitting at the fuel filter, and then half-assed a solution to make it work. It was rigged pretty bad. So after not finding anyone who could even get one, I ended up ordering the line from the dealer. Wont have it till Monday, which SUCKS, cuz I could have had it running this morning :duh
With that plan busted, I decided to pull the fuel pump relay, throw a battery in it and see what would happen!
So the rear window wasn't moving too well, but some lithium grease fixed that; she works great now. First time ive put the tailgate down; it would seem both tailgate cables are broke so ill have to get a pair. As youd expect, the defroster tabs are busted off the window.
Turned the key on and found out that all the indicator lights work except the left turn signal. So I swapped the bulb from the ABS light into there and presto! Fixed!
Only other problems i saw were the horn doesn't work, and the airbag light is blinking 32, so im guessing the clock spring is bad. Not sure if its worth fixing?? I figure I either get a new clock spring, or ditch it and use the non-airbag steering wheel off the parts truck (97 F250). I know the airbag light blinks out the error codes, but I don't know if a bad airbag system pops a CEL or any other DTCs. Is it possible to just unplug every module for the airbag system and never look back? Or will the PCM know its not there and throw a code? I have to research that.
I have to make another trip to the junkyard as when I removed the bezel from the dash, I noticed that several of the mounting tabs are broken. I figure while its off I might as well replace it.
...complete with diamond-plate bed, and soft-top folded down with window cut into it
yep, plywood wall, and lots of spray foam. Cant imagine why this ended up here!
Cool old Ford
Burned up Scout. One of many scouts in the yard
Another stubbed off van!
This one was done really well, we had a hell of a time finding the seam. Whoever built this thing took their time with it.
complete with flatbed!
Yesterday's trip. Lots of booty fab stuff goin on this time!
Here's what looked like a pretty cool Ranger, until we got closer to inspect:
the rear flares were steel, im guessing trailer fenders, but the front flares are tires
Leaf SAS, but look closer. We'll start with the shackles that lay flat against the frame:
90s F350 tracbar hacked in all booty fab style
low pinion, drum brake, kingpin
complete with a rat-rod shifter!
Random Grand Cherokee. Apparently Beanified.
Cool SASed Stepside?
Coil D44, most of the pieces are strewn about the yard. Someone wanted the carrier.
Booty-fab radius arms w/ tractor joints. No wonder theyre both bent
Ignition system in the cab. Mustve been a mudder. Plywood door panels!
One of many jeeps there, one of 2 mail jeeps there.
F250 Hi-Boy. Still has the divorced NP205 in it.
Superduty in junkyard. Rare find. Pretty much stripped too.
I stole the front leafs & front shaft (1350 double cardan). Leafs are for my F250, the DC will be used for a new rear shaft for the bronco next year. In the background is a Taurus fan i snagged for a coworker.
I saw another lifted Ranger too, but it was a typical TTB lift kit, nothing fancy. If the weather is nice ill be out junkyard hoppin tomorrow too, so maybe ill find some more cool stuff!