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Cees Klumper

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Bronco II this time ...
« on: November 07, 2019, 02:45:52 »
Some may remember my Earl Camino that I had a few years back. Well last week I decided I needed another car to supplement our 2011 Z4, and I felt like getting an olded car again, which became a 1990 Ford Bronco II with 126,000 miles and a 140 hp german 2.9 liter V6 with EFI:

https://www.therangerstation.com/forums/index.php?threads/newbie-with-1990-bronco-ii-2wd.183994/post-1699538

Drives really nice. Parts are not so expensive: how about a new fuel pump for $50, a new fuel tank for $85 or a new windshield for $250 installed.
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Re: Bronco II this time ...
« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2019, 06:06:28 »
Hi Cees, so the "Earl El Camino" is gone, I am curious where and what kind of buyer you found for it. Did you include your collection of "Earl Videos" with it also?
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Re: Bronco II this time ...
« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2019, 12:32:15 »
The Camino went to another fan of the TV show in Canada. I think he already had the videos!  He's been looking for Joy and Darnell's Bratt but no luck so far.
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« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2019, 12:54:35 »
Hopefully a picture will show here. Have ordered all new lights front and back ($140 in total) and nos wheel caps ($40). Waiting for my spray paint cans to touch up a few areas, the original paint is still in great condition. Absolutely no rust anywhere, this car lived in Palmdale CA which I am told is close to one of those massive airplane graveyards, very dry climate.
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Re: Bronco II this time ...
« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2019, 18:01:43 »
Memories.. I bought one of these, a 1986, in 1996 when I did not want to drive my Impala SS in the Winter. One of the worst cars, I ever owned... ::)
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« Reply #5 on: November 07, 2019, 20:30:09 »
Memories.. I bought one of these, a 1986, in 1996 when I did not want to drive my Impala SS in the Winter. One of the worst cars, I ever owned... ::)

The SS or the Bronco?
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Re: Bronco II this time ...
« Reply #6 on: November 07, 2019, 21:19:55 »
Well I guess it looks cool and does have a cult following I suppose (for those with a death wish), but a Bronc II is one of the most dangerous vehicles ever made. Nobody will think you are cool driving an early Explorer (it's successor) but you will get the thumbs up in a Bronco II.

Now me? Not a chance. That vehicle was, and is dangerous. We've known that here for years. Cost Ford billions in settlements.

https://www.ewg.org/research/suvs-suddenly-upside-down-vehicles/too-dangerous-professional-test-drivers-safe-enough

https://www.nytimes.com/1992/06/15/business/bronco-ii-accidents-pose-new-questions-for-ford-on-safety.html

https://www.autosafety.org/wp-content/uploads/import/ROLLFBRO.pdf

https://www.autoblog.com/2010/09/07/ford-explorer-rollover-settlement/

The more you look the more you'll find. One major insurer stopped writing policies on them. One in 500 Bronco IIs made were involved in fatal rollovers.

I think you can avoid issues by not insuring the vehicle, don't drive more than 20 miles an hour, and my guess is go in a straight line. Sorry to burst anyone's bubble here, but we want you safe. You are not safe in a Bronco II.
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« Reply #7 on: November 08, 2019, 07:45:17 »
Yeah, a guy commented today he rolled one 3 times. When I asked why, he just said "I was 16 and drunk". I don't take corners fast.

The insurer Mike writes about that stopped insuring the Bronco altogether was Geico. My insurer. They insured my Bronco this week for $58 per year. Don't believe everything you read folks.
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« Reply #8 on: November 08, 2019, 11:52:47 »
Be safe.

I know exactly how much Ford paid out on this. Makes a 1st generation Corvair look like an experimental safety vehicle.

Read the details and the history and don’t assume a $58 insurance bill today dismisses facts determined many years ago—the Ford Bronco II is a dangerous vehicle prone to rollovers at a rate higher than almost anything else. One in 500 made, resulted in fatal crashes. Raises my eyebrows. The facts are very clear.

But wow! No rust!
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Re: Bronco II this time ...
« Reply #9 on: November 09, 2019, 17:00:23 »
The SS or the Bronco?

I think the latest posts answered that question. 8)
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