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New guy with a '74 Bronco

Post #1 by twodogs » Tue Sep 15, 2020 12:35 pm

Hi all. I thought I would introduce myself and more importantly, my new project. I recently acquired an uncut '74 Bronco with a 200 ci, inline six engine. I am the third owner, having bought it from the original owner's son after his father passed away. It has 108,000 miles on the original engine that has not been rebuilt. It would barely run when I bought it, and I could see the vacuum lines were cracked, as well as not even hooked up appropriately. It hadn't been driven much at all since 2000. The original candy apple red paint was pretty oxidized so I spent several days bringing that back. It now has the shine of a new paint job.

So far my work has involved the following: flushed the radiator, new coolant hoses, new vacuum lines, rebuilt the Carter YFA carb, converted the front drum brakes to disc, new tires, fresh oil and filter, new rear gas tank, and a number of other miscellaneous things. I put in a new Cardone distributor since I couldn't find a vacuum advance distributor to replace the very leaky original on my Motorcraft distributor. It runs very well now, but I plan to install a Pertronix ignitor and flamethrower, for a little more improvement. I had toyed with other electronic ignitions but settled on the less expensive, and easier to install product.

As for myself, I am a fairly young retiree in Montana. I spend a lot of my time fishing, hunting, hiking, skiing, and most any other recreation activity that will take me outside. I am on a fairly steep learning curve when it comes to engine work, but I have a decent amount of experience of tinkering/rebuilding things. Looking forward to learning, and with a little luck, I may even be able to contribute on occasion. Thanks to all of you for the willing wisdom you impart!


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Re: New guy with a '74 Bronco

Post #2 by wsa111 » Tue Sep 15, 2020 1:53 pm

Welcome aboard. Is you distributor a one with points?
You would be better to upgrade to a DS11 or an HEI. Bill
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Re: New guy with a '74 Bronco

Post #3 by twodogs » Tue Sep 15, 2020 3:45 pm

Thanks Bill. It is a points distributor. I looked at DSII, MSD, and DUI but quickly got lost. Hence, the perhaps temporary switch to the Pertronix ignitor and the flamethrower coil. I'm sure there are better options out there...

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Re: New guy with a '74 Bronco

Post #4 by bmbm40 » Tue Sep 15, 2020 8:18 pm

Sounds like you got a good Bronco. Yep the DSII is a widely used upgrade and Bill can get you fixed up. It starts better and runs better since I got mine. I see you did the front disc swap and that is a big improvement to the driving experience.
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Re: New guy with a '74 Bronco

Post #5 by bubba22349 » Tue Sep 15, 2020 9:52 pm

Welcome to the Ford Six forums Brent, :beer: congrats x2 yes it sounds like you found a realy nice orginal 1974 Bronco there sure aren't very many left that haven't been cut up, moded, severely abused or that don't need a full on restoration. X3 I am quite a big fan of the DuraSparkII ignistion systems, you can find parts everywhere. I have run them on an untold large number of the earlier model Fords from completely stock to the highly modded versions. Yours is so also close in 1975 they would of had a DuraSpark I and in 1976 all the Fords got the new DuraSpark II. In most cases I will use the stock factory Ford wire harness and all stock Motorcraft Ignistion parts for a factory looking install this makes it very easy to do because it all just plugs togeather and then you only need two more wires hooked up. Of coruse if you already bought those Pertonix parts then no problem that will will still work too. Best of luck :thumbup: :nod:
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