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Took my '87 Bronco to BBRSP

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Offline Desert_Dave

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Took my '87 Bronco to BBRSP
« on: August 18, 2013, 09:55:39 PM »
I recently brought my old Bronco down to the Big Bend.  I towed it from Austin on a flatbed trailer, and was eager to get it off of the pavement so I decided to head to the State Park for a short 4x4 safari. 

I went a ways down West Casa Piedra Trail in the NW section of the park.  This trail was much more rugged than I expected, mainly the narrow, sandy wash that you must navigate as you cross Alamito Creek.

There were no tire tracks on the trail in front of me which made me a bit apprehensive about continuing especially since I was solo.  I eventually turned around about a mile in.  I plan to return with a friend for some backup.  Also looking into a front bumper that will support a winch.
« Last Edit: August 18, 2013, 11:27:32 PM by Desert_Dave »

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Offline Desert_Dave

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Re: Took my '87 Bronco to BBRSP
« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2013, 10:08:58 PM »
Back on the main road I headed toward Sauceda, and chugged along crossing small washes and gaining altitude.  This is where the Bronco gods decided to smite me.  About 1/4 mile up a decent incline my RPM's drop, the engine sputters and there I am, stranded.

Attempts to restart the ol' beast are met with more sputters, extremely rough idle and an eventual stall-out.  :banghead:

I pop the hood and ponder as I begin to root around, looking for broken vacuum hoses, loose connectors, anything.  I call a friend (lucky I had some cell service) and arrange for him to come pick me up.  He suggests that my fuel pump may be overheated, and to try and start it again in 15 minutes or so.

So I sat on a rock and waited for a while, wondering how many arms and legs a tow to Marfa is going to cost. 

15 minutes go by and I climb back in the drivers seat to give the starter another turn


...and she starts right up, of course, like nothing had happened.  I pray to the Bronco gods to let me return home  :notworthy:

I did make it back to Marfa with only one more stall on 169, about 10 miles south of town. 

Now a new fuel pump is in my future,  Bad news is.. Its in the gas tank  :pissed:
« Last Edit: August 18, 2013, 11:27:54 PM by Desert_Dave »

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Offline Picacho

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Re: Took my '87 Bronco to BBRSP
« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2013, 07:51:55 AM »
Yea, don't you love those in gas tank fuel pumps.  I had mine replaced on a 99 Tahoe.  Picked it up and drove off and noticed the fuel guage showed empty.  I had no time to take it back as I was headed out of town.  Drove all weekend with no fuel guage.  Took it back when I got back and it was a faulty fuel pump.  Had to drop the gas tank again and replace it again.  99 Tahoe is the last year they made that model so the technology is 1990.  American vehicles back then unfortunately weren't the best quality.  They've drastically improved. 

Expect to pay about $800 bones give or take some. 

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Offline Hoodoo

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Re: Took my '87 Bronco to BBRSP
« Reply #3 on: August 19, 2013, 05:16:57 PM »
Now a new fuel pump is in my future,  Bad news is.. Its in the gas tank  :pissed:

I've replaced a few of those on GM vehicles. Pain in the Arse. They are not cheap either, and require a special tool to disconnect the gas lines. Don't know about the Bronco though.

Good luck.
Don
« Last Edit: August 19, 2013, 05:24:15 PM by Hoodoo »
Don
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Offline Mesquito

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Re: Took my '87 Bronco to BBRSP
« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2014, 06:29:44 PM »
Took my '88 Bronco 2 I to BBRSP in August 2012.  First time there.  I was alone and I was constantly calculating walking distance back to headquarters. 

 


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