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Old 01-10-2019, 06:54 PM
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An acquaintance has a 1996 Bronco XLT (5.8L) that needs a lot of TLC. Itís a little rusty, a little crusty, and a lot in need of paint. The biggest question I have for you guys (if you know) is it needs a tailgate. The thing rusted thru. Are those as hard to find as Iím thinking? Heís not sure on how much he wants for it, but he threw out $2,000 but wants me to look at it in depth first. I know it doesnít have brakes and the pic of the frame he sent doesnít inspire confidence.




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I definitely wouldn't give 2 grand for that.
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No, me either. He knows it needs help but doesnít know much about itís worth or condition. Itís been sitting for a few years.
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Being it's a 96 bronco in what looks to be less than desirable shape, I wouldnt give no more than 500. That thing needs a lot of work
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Exactly what I was thinking. Without seeing it other than the pics (he sent me more than I posted here), I was thinking $500-800. Iím amazed at what these things in good shape are selling for. Over $20k for super low mileage ones, over $15k for sub-100k miles and in real good shape.
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Talk to forum user Steve83 He's a whiz on the older models and I think he owns one as well. 96 is the best year model of those to get, it's OBDII.
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Talk to forum user Steve83 He's a whiz on the older models and I think he owns one as well. 96 is the best year model of those to get, it's OBDII.
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i'm going to message him about this
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Yes, t/g rust is VERY common on all Broncos; especially those whose window weatherbelts have been allowed to degrade, and are driven in dusty/salty/wet environments. Mud builds up inside the t/g, keeping the unpainted metal wet. But t/g skins are relatively easy to find new. The catch is that they're NOT specifically prepped for '94-up Broncos, or those with outside trim panels &/or swingaway spare carriers (as most Broncos have). So some careful drilling is necessary before painting & installation. I also HIGHLY recommend undercoating the inside (at least the lower 1/3) before painting, no matter what the environment. Everything you (or he) never wanted to know about '78-96 Bronco t/gs is in the captions in this photo album:


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The other albums in that registry contain MUCH more info about '80-96 Broncos. This one shows a '96 in worse condition:


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I think it took me a quart of aircraft stripper to get the black paint off these '93 Aluminum rims:


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Those alloys might be a little easier since they don't have the fake rivets & extra grooves - their smoother surface should clean up faster. You (or he) should turn on the blinkers, cup your hands over the side mirrors, and check for this extremely-rare & -desirable option:


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Those mirrors alone are worth ~US$300~500.

I don't normally check this forum, or PMs, so if I miss some replies, shoot me an e-mail with a link to this thread.

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I don't normally check this forum, or PMs, so if I miss some replies, shoot me an e-mail with a link to this thread.
you should join some conversations we have on here. what is your e-mail?
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