1988 FORD BRONCO - VALVE JOB

  • Tiny
  • Diverdan
  • 1988 FORD BRONCO

I have a 1988 full size ford bronco, 302 fuel injected, 90K miles. I have confirmed that I have ZERO compression in cylinder 8 and I am about to pull the heads to do a complete valve job. (another mechinic confirmed I have a burnt valve) My questions are this. If I stage the engine at top dead center, do I still have to remove all the rocker arms, springs, rods , etc before I pull the heads, or will TDC take the tension off the springs? should I also pull the intake maniford and replace the lifters as well? During this valve job do you recommend that I replace all the rocker arms, rods, and springs or use the same already in place?

This is a hobby for me, not a profession and I can find the Torques, etc in the regular chilton's manual for repairs. Do you also suggest I pull the engine for this job? I plan a full restoration on this 4 wheel drive vehicle and will also put a lift kit on it. I am thinking about a 6 inch lift. If you have a package for the lift kit, let me know, but I have to fix the engine problem first. I have already repainted the vehicle and look forward to getting this job done when I get back in the states. Thankx for your help and I WILL make a donation. - Dan

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Thursday, September 13th, 2007 AT 12:44 PM

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  • Tiny
  • Rasmataz
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Welcome to 2carpros

My kind of Bronco-it'll be nice if you can dump in a 460 in it. About the top side-pull the engine and get comfortable while doing it standing-the shortcut way is a backbreaker.

Put the engine on no.1 compression stroke-make sure the piston is all the way up. Then yank it out, Pull the heads and get a complete valve job have the machinist decide what needs to be replace.

About the head just loosen the rocker arms to relief the spring tension-makes sure you mark everything where one goes to where-

You take care and keep your head down and God bless you freedom fighter.

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Friday, September 14th, 2007 AT 3:35 PM
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Thanks Raxmataz, can you recommend the best manual for this job and also an engine stand? I will order them now and have them delivered by the time I get home. I have a overhead winch in the shop large enough to pull the engine, but would like a stand. The picture below is when I first picked it up and before the body and paint work.


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Friday, September 14th, 2007 AT 11:03 PM
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Thanks Raxmataz, can you recommend the best manual for this job and also an engine stand? I will order them now and have them delivered by the time I get home. I have a overhead winch in the shop large enough to pull the engine, but would like a stand. The picture below is when I first picked it up and before the body and paint work.


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/99731_Bronco_Before_1.jpg

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Okay Navyseal Dan-its better a nut behind the wheel than a beer can lol.

My advised is get a service manual for that model/year and for the stand a seal can make anything lol its about maybe $100 or less-

BTW below the posts you'll see something about buying manuals-if you need me holler

You take care and keep your stuff wired we'll be waiting for you to come home-God bless you and tell the Guys and Gals 2carpros appreciates it. Freedom is not cheap I've been there before in Vietnam

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Saturday, September 15th, 2007 AT 12:21 AM
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Okay Navyseal Dan-its better a nut behind the wheel than a beer can lol.

You take care and keep your stuff wired we'll be waiting for you to come home-God bless you and tell the Guys and Gals 2carpros appreciates it. Freedom is not cheap I've been there before in Vietnam

Good Luck[/quote]

Well, not exactly a Navy Seal, more in the line of former airborne infantry, 20 year retired cop now doing diplomatic security. Thanks, brother! As you can see I am a visual person :)


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Saturday, September 15th, 2007 AT 2:00 AM
  • Tiny
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Okay Navyseal Dan-its better a nut behind the wheel than a beer can lol.

You take care and keep your stuff wired we'll be waiting for you to come home-God bless you and tell the Guys and Gals 2carpros appreciates it. Freedom is not cheap I've been there before in Vietnam

Good Luck[/quote]

Well, not exactly a Navy Seal, more in the line of former airborne infantry, 20 year retired cop now doing diplomatic security. Thanks, brother! As you can see I am a visual person :)


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/99731_Dan23_1.jpg

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Seal or No Seal I see an american and I know you're not from there lol.you holler when you need more info. You hea! Take care Bro...

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