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Yes, a Ford question, but who has/had a Bronco II or TTB Ranger?

Discussion in 'Other Rides' started by AJMBLAZER, May 3, 2002.

  1. AJMBLAZER

    AJMBLAZER Better to be lucky than good. Premium Member

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    Been noticing they seem to have held up better to the Michigan winters than the S10's and S10 Blazers did, and they might make a good winter beater. Not to mention for all it's problems, TTB is better than GM's IFS any day./forums/images/icons/tongue.gif

    So who has or has had one? I'm thinking an early 90's or newer one. You can get a rusty but trusty one for $1500 or less around here in Michigan. Make a good winter beater and 4x4 play toy (for the stupid stuff I wouldn't subject the future K5 too/forums/images/icons/laugh.gif).

    What did you think of it? What was good, what was bad? Etc, etc?
     
  2. Pure Insanity

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    My mom and dad had an 86 Bronco II. It was a tough little rig I gotta give it that. It lasted thru 3, 16 yr old males hitting the road for the first time! /forums/images/icons/shocked.gif

    As far as TTB over IFS, TTB has it hands down in my book. My buddy had a F/S 95 Bronco that we beat the snot out of. It finally died when he rolled it 5-6 times. Long story short. he was drunk and went off the side of the road. He popped a bead on a rear tire lost control and hit a telephone pole, ripping the rear axle out, spinning him around and causing the roll. He wasnt wearing a belt and went thru the windshield. He walked away after a wrecker picked the Bronco up off of him. He won "The lucky SOB of the yr" in my book.
     
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    I really do not like Fords !!!!!! A friend of mine owns garage, they see more Fords in there becouse of mecanical failure then anything else. He says a little "Toyota" 4x4 would make a much better beater. They're cheap and you can pound the s#*t out of them.
     
  4. AJMBLAZER

    AJMBLAZER Better to be lucky than good. Premium Member

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    pureinsanity, when I was in High School my neighbor's first truck was an 86 Bronco II. Bone stock, and we beat the snot outta that thing. Kept on going. Went through 2 engines, 3rd was sounding funny when he sold it. It was a pretty good 4x4 for being kinda underpowered and having road-ish tires on it./forums/images/icons/smile.gif

    Z3PR, yes, I am not all that impressed with much of what Ford has made since 1979, but of the surviving and affordable 4x4 mini trucks around here, I think the Ranger or Bronco II is the best. Leaf-over axle in the rear, coil springs up front to "sorta" a solid axle with some flex, and and actual measureable amount of ground clearance. The engines in them aren't that powerful, but I'm sure a 4.3L and 700R4 could be squished in there./forums/images/icons/smile.gif

    I'd love a Toyota, but I live in Michigan. There aren't many of them here because only in the last decade or so have they really gotten a decent enough foothold to actually sell some cars. This is the home state of the Big 3, so Toyota, while selling a good product, didn't sell a lot of their product for a long time. If you look in the Grand Rapids Press Cars For Sale section, you'll find a good column or two for Chevy trucks, the same for Fords, and also Dodges. Go to the Toyotas. There might be a couple for sale. They're usually Tacomas for $14,000 or so. Sometimes there aren't any./forums/images/icons/tongue.gif I've looked, trust me. That and they are rust prone, so the Michigan winter combined with road salt eats them whole. I've seen a few old 79-85 solid axles Toys around, but most of them are about dead. Box is a nightmare, completely falling apart, cab is barely there, you can see through the bottom of the doors, frame has rust holes, etc. Not pretty, and not what I'm looking for in a $1500 winter beater. It has to at least hold together for me to drive it to work./forums/images/icons/tongue.gif
     
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    I grew up in Omaha, Ne. where the 80's Toyota 4x4's are in abundance. Down there you can get one for around a grand of less in decent shape.
     
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    I think their ok. It don't take much to swap in a strait axel and a small block windsor engine either.
     
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    My moms went thru several trannys but is still going to this day. I see it all the time. My dad had it repainted and striped, so its easy to identify because it wasnt done back stock. (before I learned to paint that is) I have done every car and truck in the family since I became a body and paint man 13 yrs ago. There is a definate difference between what dad had done and what I had done. My stuff still looks good and has a shine. LOL! The last one I did was moms 4 runner back in 97 and it looks as good today as the day it left the shop.

    As I said about moms Bronco II, it survived me and my 2 brothers, so it had to be a tough little rig. LOL!
     
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    I had an 86 Ranger X-cab - great little truck (until a slight rollover incident), If it wasn't impossible to find another one in good (non-abused) shape I'd buy another in a heartbeat. The 302/C6/BW1345 combo out of a 86-87 Bronco will actually fit in one with very little trouble too/forums/images/icons/smile.gif
     
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    My dads got a nice 90 ranger that he drives in the summer. it's got the 2.9 v6 and the 5 speed manual. I like it much more than the 84 s-10 I had as far as reliability goes. If I get rid of the grand prix for the winter (really like the 28 mpg however with a v6) I will probably look for a bronco II.
     
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    i just sold mine for my k5. it was a 96 with 7" lift and 33's. i think rangers kick ass compared to s10's, etc. i dont like the torsion bar set up on the newer ones but the pre 1998 ones are great. they flex really well and jump well to!
     

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