by, 09-23-2008 at 06:00 PM (1287 Views)
Well, I've made some progress on the Bronco over the past weekend. I got the A/C working on it and 3 of the 4 speakers wired up and working on a radio I installed.
The A/C system was completley empty. It took some work to get the A/C system to start pulling freon again, but I got it. I had to dump some freon on the high side (DO NOT DO THIS!!! IF YOU DO NOT KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING YOU WILL RISK PERSONAL INJURY OR DEATH) to kick-start it and push the pressure on hte low side up to 70PSI which is higher than it should be. I think it has a leak, so I put a can of stopleak/red dye in the system to see what happens. I had charged the system saturday and by sunday it appeared the freon was gone. I hope this took care of it.
The radio issue was vitually a ground-up operation. There was no radio in the truck when I bought it. There was definite signs that the previous owner or 2 ago had a fairly elaborate radio system. I had to re-run the rear speaker lines because they were too short. The owners that the previous owner ran under the carpet, which is no longer present. The only reason the 4th speaker isn't wired up and operational is I ran out of butt splices. Ordinarily I would solder all my connections, but because it's a non-critical system in the bronco, I decided to go the slightly bad route, but still acceptable. Looks like I may have to trim the dash bezel around the radio, but that shouldn't be a huge deal.
I also got some of the spark plug wires replaced, but not all. I stopped because I slit my thumb open pretty good on the exhaust manifold while pulling a plug wire off. I finished that wire and quit working on it..
Soon to come, 5 BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain TA/KM 31x10.50x15 tires. Oh, and an el-cheapo breaker bar to go with the thin-wall socket I have to use for the lug nuts. Oh, and a jack would be nice too.