my 96 ford bronco

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    dang! it's been a while since i updated this thread. here are some highlights:
    rebuilt most of the rear end-wheel bearings, seals, new axles, and new limited slip clutches. the axle was a little worn
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    replaced the back floor pad that had worn out with new outdoor carpet
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    did a little photoshoot for a forum contest.
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    over thanksgiving my alternator went out. so i upgraded from the factory 95 amp job to a 130 amp. so i replaced the factory charge cable with an upgrade to a 4 gauge cable and 175 amp megafuse. and while i was at it, i went ahead and did a factory replacement of the positive and negative battery cables, too.
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    and for cosmetics, i replaced my busted up driver side door panel with a "new" one
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    new to me
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    and while i was at the junk yard pullin parts, i found a replacement driver side visor, too. the bronco has a double visor, but i only had half and the other half had ripped off.
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    then i replaced the tailgate lock, too. that let's me now use a key to roll down the window from the back instead of using the switch on the dash. and while i was at it i decided to leave off the tailgate trim panel since i am working to remove all chrome.
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    pulled a little trailer to pick up a new couch and drop off the old one.
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    and i also replaced the u-joints...
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    i got under my bronco to change the oil recently. i saw some oil creeping out around the oil pan and transmission connection. so...i tightened a few oil pan bolts around the rear main. we'll see if that does it. i'm not holding out a lot of hope.

    i'm mentally preparing myself to drop the transmission to install a repair sleeve and new rear main seal sometime this fall.

    i guess i should have done it when i had the engine pulled instead of replacing the factory seal and hoping for the best. oh well, live and learn.
     
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    fords of that vintage are notorious for leaking oil from the valve cover and oil pan and its usually just a matter of tightening the bolts.
     
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    That's the age of Ford that when you order an oil pan gasket, the "gasket" is a tube of black RTV and two halves of a rubber ring seal to put around the crank mating area. Great times getting that crap to seal.
     
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    sometimes they didnt even use rtv, they considered two machined surfaces good enough
     
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    Vintage Mopar style
     
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    My oil pan gasket is a "reusable" one piece rubber gasket with metal reinforcement rings on each bolt. I used rtv at the front and rear seals.

    I inspected the crankshaft for damage when I installed the rear main but it looked ok. I didn't take any measurements, though. We'll see in a few months if it was the pan or the rear main seal.

    The valve cover gaskets are steel reinforced with rubber attached to them. Also "reusable".
     
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    It's also 22 year old rubber at this point.
     
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    Nooo...I pulled and completely resealed the engine last January. It's a year old. That's the problem. Lol
     
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    If it wasn't leaking before you done fucked up.
     
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    You just have missed post #12
     
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    No I just read it a year ago. My memory is pretty good but not that good. Is it a two piece rear main seal
     
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    No, it's one piece
     
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    i've done a few things to the bronco. not much to write home about. but, i did take the bronco down to corpus christi for vacation. that was pretty fun.

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    there were other folks around but not too many.
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