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I have two Broncos, and I am trying to decide which is the better one to keep, both have issues, but both can be fixed.
My first Bronco is an 83, has a 302 2V (swapped in a 4V intake and carb), C6 tranny and the NP208 transfer case. Axles are manual locking hubs with 3.08 gears. She is as plain jane as you can get, bench seats front and rear, rubber floor mats, no air (seriously no air...not even dash vents, just the defrost and the windows ), only power items on it are the brakes and the steerings. Drivetrain is in good condition, just needs tuning...it's the body, lots of rot, dents and dings and the electrical system...lots of splicing due to wiring shorting out and blowing up the fuse block.
The second Bronco I have is an 89, more of a day to day comfort driver. 302 fuel injected, 4 speed auto tranny, BW 1356 transfer and the axles are 3.55's with manual locking hubs, and has the factory dual front shocks, and a transfer case skid plate too. It has the captains chairs, full carpeting, air conditioning, power windows and locks. But the trouble is the tranny and transfer are shot. Engine is suffering some indignites too, but that is another story.
So my dilema is this, I am toying with the idea of maybe swapping over the C6/NP208 from the 83 into the 89....my question is in regards to the TV cable used on the 89, (1.) will it work with the C6, wondering about that since the C6 used a kickdown rod because it was a carbureted engine? (2.) Also, will going fom the 4 speed auto to a 3 speed auto cause any issues with the computer on the 89?
I like my 83...something about it being so basic just appeals to me ( plus that truck has been put through hell and back with me, and always came back for more!), but the rot is bad, and so is the wiring...I also like the 89, some nice creature comforts...but the heavier duty suspension is nice too (the dual factory shocks, skid plate and 3.55 gears).
So if anyone can answer my two questions, it might make things easier for me to decide...but let me ask this also, my other idea is to transfer the heavier duty parts over to the 83...and then just try my hand at some big time body work (could be a good time to enlarge the wheel wells...make room for some larger tires ) and the just order one of the painless kits and rewire it...any thoughts out there?

Thanks for any input!
Mike
 

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There shouldn't be any issues with the computer. The mustang guys use the 5 spd computers in the automatic cars all the time. It really only cares about what the engine is doing.

If you do decide to rewire the '83, go with the painless stuff. I bought one of their 12 circuit wiring harnesses, and rewired my entire truck in a day and a half. Good luck with your decision.
 

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My thoughts, save yourself the headache of the rot, unless it's a hunting truck/mudd 4x4 truck for fun, I would in a bind transfer the drivetrain over.
The alternative is just find a truck in a local paper and swap out what you need to on the daily driver.
I am sort of having issues with my 1991 explorer sport, and it's dying engine...at over 192K, she still runs ok, but there are the occasional rod knocks, etc.
 

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I found that out, thanks for the input about the computers. But if it's not using a TV cable, and it doesn't have a kickdown rod (which I know is for carburetored models, but I have seen the cable used ) how does it downshift under acceleration? that is the pressing question for me right now...I know I can run it without a "kickdown", but I would still like to have one...any ideas?
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I have decided to loose the 83, body rot is a bit more than I want to deal with. By the time I go and get replacement sheetmetal, and then do the work...I would be putting in more money then it would be worth, and I still would need to rebuild the transfer case on top of all that. So I figure that since I have to pull the transfer, I might as well go and pull the parts and put them on the 89 since it is in a lot better shape. Thanks!
Again, thanks for the input everyone!!
Mike

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Trust me, I know how it goes.
I sunk $8k into a 1984 f150...removable roof, built drivetrain, etc, etc.
some times, just got to cut your losses.
 
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