"Knight Mare"

The truck that lived up to it's name.

This 1993 Ford Bronco was intended to be a buy, fix one thing (we figured a few things), and drive vehicle to play with off-road. Unfortunately it has lived up to its name so far. It has been a nightmare! We are currently finishing a 13 month partial restoration on this truck.

We purchased this at the end of 2015 from an individual. We knew the transmission was not working, but the engine ran ok and it did manage to pull itself onto the trailer, albeit very slowly. We brought it home and started checking it out. The engine, while it ran, was leaking and had extensive carbon build up and overall burnt appearance, among other problems. The transmission was worn out. AC was not working. The back window would not go up. There was a power steering leak and a rear wheel cylinder leak. Needless to say the previous owners throughout its lifespan abused this truck.

The pages below detail the problems, trials and tribulations, days spent in salvage yards finding parts, and the final state of the restoration and modifications. We did manage two short off-road adventures in the truck in that first summer, with mechanical failures on each adventure. So unlike our other vehicles, the story is not in chronological order below, as all sections were being worked on pretty much simultaneously.

Oh, and we are never buying another used white vehicle. See the Ranchero pages and know that we also have a white Cherokee. All three white vehicles have had the same plethera of bad problems!

Tech Specs: 1993 Ford Bronco, 5.0 V8 engine with 5 speed manual transmission, 3.55 rear end gears, 15" Ram Charger rims and 33" BF Goodrich A/T KO2 tires, 4WD with factory tow package, added front 2" reciever. Custom paint.

Planned Customizations: Reinforced front bumper, reinforced rear bumper, roof light bar, removable 12,000lb winch, rock sliders, 4" lift kit, 35" tires

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Original Condition and Work

  • Page 1 - original condition and cleanup
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Mechanical Issues

  • Page 1 - Engine Work
  • Page 2 - Transmission Work
  • Page 3 - More automatic transmission troubleshooting
  • Page 4 - Transmission Swap
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  • Page 1 - Odor Elimination, Cleaning, and Rust Proofing
  • Page 2 - Carpet and Reassembly
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Body work and Painting

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Off-Road Adventures

  • Page 1 - Tasker's Gap, May 2016
  • Page 2 - Tasker's Gap and Peter's Mill, July 2016
  • Page 3 - Tasker's Gap and Peter's Mill, May 2017

(Note: the above icons will appear at the botton of the subpages for navigation ease, along with arrows that will cycle through the pages in chronological order.)

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