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1984 Ford 2.3L powered Bronco II

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Re: 1984 Ford 2.3L powered Bronco II

Post #151 by MechRick » Sat Sep 08, 2018 10:48 pm

Awww, shucks, Joe. I'm just having fun with junk.... :D
1994 F150, 4.9L/ZF 5 speed, C-Vic police driveshaft
EFI head w/mild port work, 3 angle valve job
1996 long block, stock pistons, ARP rod bolts
Stock cam, aluminum cam gear
Hedman header, full mandrel bent duals, crossover, super turbos
http://fordsix.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=73244
Bronco II with a 2.3L swap http://fordsix.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=72863
1988 F250 2x4, 460 ZF 5 speed.

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Post #152 by MechRick » Mon Apr 20, 2020 1:53 pm

Much to catch up on. Axles, paint, and forced induction.

Rear axle is an Explorer Sport Trac 8.8 rear (31 spline) and front axle is Explorer Dana 35 TTB.

Ratios are 3.73:1. Needs to be ~4.88-5.13:1 to make 5th gear useable. I'm waiting for the turbo installation to chose ratios.

I'm hoping the disc brakes will hold the axles in in the event I break an axle 'C' clip hat.

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1994 F150, 4.9L/ZF 5 speed, C-Vic police driveshaft
EFI head w/mild port work, 3 angle valve job
1996 long block, stock pistons, ARP rod bolts
Stock cam, aluminum cam gear
Hedman header, full mandrel bent duals, crossover, super turbos
http://fordsix.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=73244
Bronco II with a 2.3L swap http://fordsix.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=72863
1988 F250 2x4, 460 ZF 5 speed.

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1984 Ford 2.3L powered Bronco II

Post #153 by chad » Mon Apr 20, 2020 2:08 pm

bigger components for a turbo I assume.
What gear will the axels have? Will the application change to total street? Add
more off rd? Tow? Haul? Any change?
If turbo which size...
"Big thing is only make one change at a time. Change 2 or more things at a time it becomes difficult to figure which change helped or hurt" turbo2256b » 1/16/2017
Chad - '70 LUEB on '77 frame (i.e. PS, D44, trapezoidal BB 9", 4.11), '69 250ci, NV 3550 & DSII, "T" D20/PTO, 2" SL, 1" BL, 4 discs, 33"X15", tool boxes, etc. Seeking: Hydraulic gear motor for Koenig pto. chrlsful@aol.com (413) 259-1749

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Post #154 by MechRick » Mon Apr 20, 2020 2:14 pm

I decided on two-tone Rustoleum/bedliner. The Rustoleum will make scratch repair a cinch, and the bedliner on the sides helps prevent it.

The bedliner is Brick Red Durabak and I highly recommend it. Rolls on with a 4" roller.

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1994 F150, 4.9L/ZF 5 speed, C-Vic police driveshaft
EFI head w/mild port work, 3 angle valve job
1996 long block, stock pistons, ARP rod bolts
Stock cam, aluminum cam gear
Hedman header, full mandrel bent duals, crossover, super turbos
http://fordsix.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=73244
Bronco II with a 2.3L swap http://fordsix.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=72863
1988 F250 2x4, 460 ZF 5 speed.

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1984 Ford 2.3L powered Bronco II

Post #155 by chad » Mon Apr 20, 2020 2:24 pm

WoW, nu car !
Inside AND out
"Big thing is only make one change at a time. Change 2 or more things at a time it becomes difficult to figure which change helped or hurt" turbo2256b » 1/16/2017
Chad - '70 LUEB on '77 frame (i.e. PS, D44, trapezoidal BB 9", 4.11), '69 250ci, NV 3550 & DSII, "T" D20/PTO, 2" SL, 1" BL, 4 discs, 33"X15", tool boxes, etc. Seeking: Hydraulic gear motor for Koenig pto. chrlsful@aol.com (413) 259-1749

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Re: 1984 Ford 2.3L powered Bronco II

Post #156 by MechRick » Mon Apr 20, 2020 2:25 pm

I think I've mentioned before that I'm not thrilled with the power output of the 4 cylinder in this application (3600 lbs with me in it). I'm getting 19 mpg in mixed driving. Straight highway it gets low 20's. It's not bad, but I'm pretty sure a 5.0L M5OD would not be far off of those numbers.

I bought a 5.0L off C/L, and went to the boneyard searching for a small block 4x4 M5OD. What I walked out with is this: (Chad, you must be a psychic...)

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1994 F150, 4.9L/ZF 5 speed, C-Vic police driveshaft
EFI head w/mild port work, 3 angle valve job
1996 long block, stock pistons, ARP rod bolts
Stock cam, aluminum cam gear
Hedman header, full mandrel bent duals, crossover, super turbos
http://fordsix.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=73244
Bronco II with a 2.3L swap http://fordsix.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=72863
1988 F250 2x4, 460 ZF 5 speed.

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Post #157 by chad » Mon Apr 20, 2020 2:40 pm

"...you must be a psychic..."
no, no course not. Just followin ur lead~

I'm just wonderin what size turbo
and chunk gear...now, which transmis.
The BII came w/a 2.8L (mine w/a 170cc altho i6 v v6 same displacements in both)

BTW: I want that paint scheme on mine now..
(I wuz thinkin that silver w/florescent lime or green or whatever the hwy dept guys shirts are).
ALSO BTW I C frame stiffiners in ur future (plus...um...er...ahhh, better stop here). :chill:
"Big thing is only make one change at a time. Change 2 or more things at a time it becomes difficult to figure which change helped or hurt" turbo2256b » 1/16/2017
Chad - '70 LUEB on '77 frame (i.e. PS, D44, trapezoidal BB 9", 4.11), '69 250ci, NV 3550 & DSII, "T" D20/PTO, 2" SL, 1" BL, 4 discs, 33"X15", tool boxes, etc. Seeking: Hydraulic gear motor for Koenig pto. chrlsful@aol.com (413) 259-1749

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Post #158 by MechRick » Mon Apr 20, 2020 2:46 pm

The biggest problem is the massive jump from first gear to second gear in the Toyo-Kogyo 5 speed (3.96 to 2.08).

The 2.3L doesn't make decent torque until 2500 RPM. Because of that, you have to rev the engine to 4000 RPM when taking off in 1st gear, or the shift to second bogs horribly.

Gears will help, but what it really needs is a low RPM torque boost. The turbo should fix that. If not, and if I don't get the expected MPG boost with the turbo, the 5.0L is waiting patiently.

I rebuilt the turbo. It took two tries at getting the correct bushings. The housing was machined oversize during a past rebuild.

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-It's a generic Garrett T3 off a Turbo Coupe.
1994 F150, 4.9L/ZF 5 speed, C-Vic police driveshaft
EFI head w/mild port work, 3 angle valve job
1996 long block, stock pistons, ARP rod bolts
Stock cam, aluminum cam gear
Hedman header, full mandrel bent duals, crossover, super turbos
http://fordsix.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=73244
Bronco II with a 2.3L swap http://fordsix.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=72863
1988 F250 2x4, 460 ZF 5 speed.

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Post #159 by MechRick » Mon Apr 20, 2020 2:59 pm

The 2" body lift helps, but the stock Turbo Coupe exhaust manifold places the turbo where the evaporator housing is.

I will have to scratch build an exhaust manifold.

Mocking up the turbo with brace in a suitable location:

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Manifold will be mild steel to start with. Yes, I know it may crack. This is proof of concept, if I'm happy with the result, stainless/schedule pipe is in the future.

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1994 F150, 4.9L/ZF 5 speed, C-Vic police driveshaft
EFI head w/mild port work, 3 angle valve job
1996 long block, stock pistons, ARP rod bolts
Stock cam, aluminum cam gear
Hedman header, full mandrel bent duals, crossover, super turbos
http://fordsix.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=73244
Bronco II with a 2.3L swap http://fordsix.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=72863
1988 F250 2x4, 460 ZF 5 speed.

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Post #160 by bubba22349 » Mon Apr 20, 2020 3:02 pm

Hi MechRick, it's great to see the Bronco II getting some more upgrades been following it from the start of your build. :nod: :thumbup:
A bad day Drag Racing is still better than a good day at work!

I am hunting for a cheap project car to build up. My Ex-Fleet of Sixes sadly these are all long gone! :bang: 1954 Customline 223 3 speed with O/D, 1963 Fairlane project drag car with BB6, 1977 Maverick 250 with C4, 1994 F-150 a 300 with 5 speed.

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Post #161 by MechRick » Mon Apr 20, 2020 3:10 pm

Thanks, Bubba. I've put about 20,000 miles on it since the Sept 2018 post. I really enjoy driving it.

One of the cons of turbos is the requirement for good, detonation-resistant fuel. One of my goals is better MPG, so forcing me to use premium fuel defeats the goal. I'm going to try to run 87 octane. I may need to lower compression, add aftercooling, and add knock-sensing.

To start with, I'm going to lower boost.

The stock wastegate is set at 10 psi. Wastegate-controlled boost pressure is set by the tension of the wastegate spring. Fancy wastegates allow the spring to be changed, I chose to oppose the internal spring with an external one.

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Hoping for 6-7 psi when I'm done. That should be good for at least 35 HP/45 ft-lbs, hopefully on 87 octane.
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1994 F150, 4.9L/ZF 5 speed, C-Vic police driveshaft
EFI head w/mild port work, 3 angle valve job
1996 long block, stock pistons, ARP rod bolts
Stock cam, aluminum cam gear
Hedman header, full mandrel bent duals, crossover, super turbos
http://fordsix.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=73244
Bronco II with a 2.3L swap http://fordsix.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=72863
1988 F250 2x4, 460 ZF 5 speed.

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Post #162 by MechRick » Mon Apr 20, 2020 5:37 pm

I almost cut the top off last summer. That would have required a custom soft top, out of the budget. I decided to get rid of the leaky sunroof and add some open air ability by installing a canvas roof.

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I supplement it in the winter with hardboard under the canvas, but even with the canvas only, it's leak-free.
1994 F150, 4.9L/ZF 5 speed, C-Vic police driveshaft
EFI head w/mild port work, 3 angle valve job
1996 long block, stock pistons, ARP rod bolts
Stock cam, aluminum cam gear
Hedman header, full mandrel bent duals, crossover, super turbos
http://fordsix.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=73244
Bronco II with a 2.3L swap http://fordsix.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=72863
1988 F250 2x4, 460 ZF 5 speed.

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Post #163 by xctasy » Mon Apr 20, 2020 9:23 pm

Down here, the 4 cylinder SUV revolution started right when the US started making the Mazda Pickup based Ford Courier. So the problem with four by Four 4 cylinder engines was pushed back to the Tojo Jap imports to fix. The answer was the Naps Z 2.4 Liter, the SR5 2366 Toyota Surf, the 2555 Astron 90 Silent Shaft Hemi, whic was also used by Mazda before the similar sized 2555 cc 2600 Mazda export engine was made.

Ford kept out of the growing Chevy Luv SUV business and actually backed out of the SUV in 1977 when the Early Bronc made a transition to the emerging F150 platform after a gap year.

Your Bronco II is the Jurasic Park Explorer SUV base that Edsel Ford II felt the little Early Bronco should have become...a Range Rover!

The Land Rover was engineered off the 1941 GP, the CJ Jeep.
The 1968 Range Rover was then a response to emergency services, and took elements of the Austin Gyspy 4 lit{re} with the Buick Olds Pontiac 215 V8 to make it light weight. And that's were Ford always had problems until the 4 liter Cologne V6....a total lack of cubic inches to propel the increasingly heavy roller over and crash worthy U series Sport Utility Vehicles.

The Ranger based Bronco II is an absolute honey of a platform, but weight and appointments needed for off terrain work means a minimum of 2.5 liters just to get a 3600 pound vehicle off the mark. With the old 1.4 turbo to normally aspirated conversion, a turbo 2.5 is a 3.5 liter engine for all intents and purposes if geared right.

Those mentioned Big Fours were the pre V6 Isuzu Trooper or whatever and Mitsubishi Monterreo, Triton and Mazda B2600 based Ford Ranger 4WD. Down here, the Mazda based Ranger got the 3.81" bore spacing Magnum 2 liter Mazda 626 and 2200 engine stretched out to the Silent Shaft Mitsubishi and the stroked Chrysler K engine size...about 2555 cc is where it needed to be for those four cylinder SUV's to work offroad with the 4 X 4 option.

The 5.0 is a great economy engine with light weight and power. Aluminum heads bring it down to under 400 pounds compared to 336 pounds for the turbo equipped 2300.

But just a few hours down hand welding a 3.401 2.5 small journal crank back to 2.3 bearing size and a re-machine and tuft-ridding allows you to drop in another few 9% cubic inches, which is always 9% more torque from idle to maximum torque at about 3000 rpm. With a turbo, its a slam dunk.

The little 200 with your engine management system it would also work. On the Serious Explorations website, I am user LogEFI. Anyone who has taken 31 hours from go to whoa to lift a 4.0 Cologne SOHC V6 out of an Explorer 4X4 to replace the fiber chain guides will now why the little 365 pound 3.3 200 is the obvious engine of choice in Broncos, Rangers and Explorers. The shallow deck 2.8 with a stroker 4.0 crank makes a hidden 3.6 liter engine. too

Yes, the stock 5.0 has to be the better economy to weight and power option than any other, but the 3.3 alloy head with the right induction weighed just 346 pounds and fits the little Bronco II chassis well, with just an adapter to suit the 5 speed transmission.

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Post #164 by MechRick » Tue Apr 21, 2020 12:03 pm

xctasy wrote:The Ranger based Bronco II is an absolute honey of a platform, but weight and appointments needed for off terrain work means a minimum of 2.5 liters just to get a 3600 pound vehicle off the mark. With the old 1.4 turbo to normally aspirated conversion, a turbo 2.5 is a 3.5 liter engine for all intents and purposes if geared right.


If you look at the specs of the 2.3L it's easy to see why it works great in lightweight cars, but horribly in heavier trucks and SUV's.

The oversquare design (~3.8" bore, ~3.1" stroke), will let it rev, as long as the cylinder head is dealt with. It's not great for low end torque however.

Someone (Scat, Eagle, etc.) needs to make an inexpensive nodular cast ~3.7" stroke crankshaft in both main journal sizes to fit stock blocks.

The result would be a ~2800cc square design much like the big six.

The problem would be piston ring packaging and rod/stroke ratio with the short deck.

xctasy wrote:But just a few hours down hand welding a 3.401 2.5 small journal crank back to 2.3 bearing size and a re-machine and tuft-ridding allows you to drop in another few 9% cubic inches


The aftermarket has stepped up to the plate, offering main bearing spacers to drop a small journal crank in a large journal block, just like the small block Chevies.

https://www.raceeng.com/p-25009-brg-ins ... set-3.aspx

I always chose to start a 2.5L build with a small main block of early '90's vintage. All of the 2.5 Lima engines ('98-on) were distributorless with the oil pump in the distributor shaft location, but the switch to small main journals took place in the early '90's. There are a few hitches. The power steering pump bracket is missing one machined hole in the block (easy fix with a drill and tap), and the stock pistons are pretty fragile.

Speaking of pistons, I have a 2.5L crank stripped out of an engine that cracked a piston. When Ford created the 2.5L, they switched to a connecting rod that was a bit longer (5.457"). Piston compression shrank to 1.211". When I built my Mustang I used Wisecos, and at the time they were pricey. I used them with the 2.3L 5.205" rod, actually reducing rod/stroke ratio, but the piston and ring pack was stronger as a result.

xctasy wrote:The little 200 with your engine management system it would also work


I think the 200 would be a great engine for the BII. It has the torque characteristics needed for a SUV. I would love to build one with the Offy tri-power setup someday.
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1994 F150, 4.9L/ZF 5 speed, C-Vic police driveshaft
EFI head w/mild port work, 3 angle valve job
1996 long block, stock pistons, ARP rod bolts
Stock cam, aluminum cam gear
Hedman header, full mandrel bent duals, crossover, super turbos
http://fordsix.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=73244
Bronco II with a 2.3L swap http://fordsix.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=72863
1988 F250 2x4, 460 ZF 5 speed.

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Post #165 by MechRick » Tue Apr 21, 2020 12:30 pm

xctasy wrote:The 5.0 is a great economy engine with light weight and power


The 5.0L in a truck application needs more stroke.

It's possible to cram a 351 Cleveland crank in a 5.0L block, with a bunch of machine work.

https://suicideslabs.com/dw/engine/chucko/chucko.htm

Nowadays, the common 3.4" stroke aftermarket cranks are a simpler option.
1994 F150, 4.9L/ZF 5 speed, C-Vic police driveshaft
EFI head w/mild port work, 3 angle valve job
1996 long block, stock pistons, ARP rod bolts
Stock cam, aluminum cam gear
Hedman header, full mandrel bent duals, crossover, super turbos
http://fordsix.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=73244
Bronco II with a 2.3L swap http://fordsix.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=72863
1988 F250 2x4, 460 ZF 5 speed.

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Post #166 by MechRick » Tue Apr 21, 2020 1:01 pm

A Bronco in it's habitat, miles from asphalt...

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1994 F150, 4.9L/ZF 5 speed, C-Vic police driveshaft
EFI head w/mild port work, 3 angle valve job
1996 long block, stock pistons, ARP rod bolts
Stock cam, aluminum cam gear
Hedman header, full mandrel bent duals, crossover, super turbos
http://fordsix.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=73244
Bronco II with a 2.3L swap http://fordsix.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=72863
1988 F250 2x4, 460 ZF 5 speed.

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Post #167 by chad » Tue Apr 21, 2020 2:05 pm

swapped ina TTB & 8.8?
What gear in the "end(s)" ?
Thnx !
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Post #168 by MechRick » Tue Apr 21, 2020 3:11 pm

3.73 for now. That will change. I want to drive it with the turbo 1st to:

A) Make sure the turbo meets my goals

B) If it doesn't meet my goals and I swap a V8 in, the 3.73 set will work ok.
1994 F150, 4.9L/ZF 5 speed, C-Vic police driveshaft
EFI head w/mild port work, 3 angle valve job
1996 long block, stock pistons, ARP rod bolts
Stock cam, aluminum cam gear
Hedman header, full mandrel bent duals, crossover, super turbos
http://fordsix.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=73244
Bronco II with a 2.3L swap http://fordsix.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=72863
1988 F250 2x4, 460 ZF 5 speed.

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Post #169 by chad » Tue Apr 21, 2020 6:50 pm

OK,
thnx !
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Chad - '70 LUEB on '77 frame (i.e. PS, D44, trapezoidal BB 9", 4.11), '69 250ci, NV 3550 & DSII, "T" D20/PTO, 2" SL, 1" BL, 4 discs, 33"X15", tool boxes, etc. Seeking: Hydraulic gear motor for Koenig pto. chrlsful@aol.com (413) 259-1749

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Post #170 by MechRick » Fri May 01, 2020 10:55 am

The right side engine mount interfered with the wastegate of the turbo. The fluid-filled mounts and brackets set farther rearward than the older-style mounts, so I made a switch. I incorporated the mount bracket into the A/C compressor bracket.

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1994 F150, 4.9L/ZF 5 speed, C-Vic police driveshaft
EFI head w/mild port work, 3 angle valve job
1996 long block, stock pistons, ARP rod bolts
Stock cam, aluminum cam gear
Hedman header, full mandrel bent duals, crossover, super turbos
http://fordsix.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=73244
Bronco II with a 2.3L swap http://fordsix.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=72863
1988 F250 2x4, 460 ZF 5 speed.

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Post #171 by MechRick » Fri May 01, 2020 11:16 am

Coolant plumbing...

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Oil plumbing...

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The drain is 1/4" off the manifold, which worries me. I may have to slide insulation over it.

The turbo is about an inch below the plastic evaporator housing. A heat shield is necessary to prevent melting the plastic.

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Started it up to check for leaks. There is no downpipe attached yet, it's amazing how quiet the turbo makes it.

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1994 F150, 4.9L/ZF 5 speed, C-Vic police driveshaft
EFI head w/mild port work, 3 angle valve job
1996 long block, stock pistons, ARP rod bolts
Stock cam, aluminum cam gear
Hedman header, full mandrel bent duals, crossover, super turbos
http://fordsix.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=73244
Bronco II with a 2.3L swap http://fordsix.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=72863
1988 F250 2x4, 460 ZF 5 speed.

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Post #172 by chad » Fri May 01, 2020 12:12 pm

cast pieces from plumbing for the red header?
Sounds like our shop...
"Big thing is only make one change at a time. Change 2 or more things at a time it becomes difficult to figure which change helped or hurt" turbo2256b » 1/16/2017
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Re: 1984 Ford 2.3L powered Bronco II

Post #173 by MechRick » Fri May 01, 2020 1:58 pm

The head flanges are scavenged from a Ranger tubular factory manifold. They are not quite 3/8" in thickness (metric?). I like the bolt spacers. Allows a longer bolt for more stretch, keeps them from loosening up over time.

The T3 turbo flange is 3/8" steel.

The tubing is 16 gauge 1 1/2" mandrel bent exhaust tubing.

I installed the factory turbo brace under the turbo down to the block. Hopefully that will keep it from cracking.
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Hedman header, full mandrel bent duals, crossover, super turbos
http://fordsix.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=73244
Bronco II with a 2.3L swap http://fordsix.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=72863
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Re: 1984 Ford 2.3L powered Bronco II

Post #174 by ford4wd08 » Mon Jun 01, 2020 3:28 pm

Joined this forum just for this thread.... Any updates?

Very interested in this project as a B2 owner too!

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Post #175 by chad » Mon Jun 01, 2020 7:31 pm

ford4wd08 wrote:Joined this forum just for this thread....

W E L C O M E !!!
Ck back to p1, pic too. Scope out which head as I
think that;s enuff. The turbo's just gravy...
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"Big thing is only make one change at a time. Change 2 or more things at a time it becomes difficult to figure which change helped or hurt" turbo2256b » 1/16/2017
Chad - '70 LUEB on '77 frame (i.e. PS, D44, trapezoidal BB 9", 4.11), '69 250ci, NV 3550 & DSII, "T" D20/PTO, 2" SL, 1" BL, 4 discs, 33"X15", tool boxes, etc. Seeking: Hydraulic gear motor for Koenig pto. chrlsful@aol.com (413) 259-1749

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Re: 1984 Ford 2.3L powered Bronco II

Post #176 by Lazy JW » Tue Jun 02, 2020 6:32 am

ford4wd08 wrote:Joined this forum just for this thread.... Any updates?

Very interested in this project as a B2 owner too!


Indeed. MechRick is truly one of the best, and his posting/photography is exemplary.
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Re: 1984 Ford 2.3L powered Bronco II

Post #177 by ford4wd08 » Tue Jun 02, 2020 8:53 am

I would love to squeeze a straight 6 into a B2, but feel like that would be ALOT of work....

Thanks for the welcome!

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Post #178 by chad » Tue Jun 02, 2020 1:12 pm

ford4wd08 wrote:I would love to squeeze a straight 6 into a B2, but feel like that would be ALOT of work....

The fox had 4 different (basic, or styles) motors thru use of 2 different K members. U can buy these after mrkt if seeking to avoid the welding. One K wuz 4 the i4, v6, v8 and one K wuz for the 3.3 :rolflmao:
What else, right?
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Y is it all ways so hard to get what U want?
Love the BII w/that 200/250, an AOD and nice 6:1 1st gear in the x-fer.
(B bout 60 or 80:1 which would B quite the off-rder but still a nice st mo`chine).
I bet U could get a good kit for the AOD so it would hassle the multipurpose, I like them, just don't now them well...
Rick has it dwn! Let's watch...
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(OR - some wild rides over on TRS)
"Big thing is only make one change at a time. Change 2 or more things at a time it becomes difficult to figure which change helped or hurt" turbo2256b » 1/16/2017
Chad - '70 LUEB on '77 frame (i.e. PS, D44, trapezoidal BB 9", 4.11), '69 250ci, NV 3550 & DSII, "T" D20/PTO, 2" SL, 1" BL, 4 discs, 33"X15", tool boxes, etc. Seeking: Hydraulic gear motor for Koenig pto. chrlsful@aol.com (413) 259-1749

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