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Contributor I

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Eugene, OR, USA
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David
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Sierakowski
Hay guys and gals. Just signed up today. Working to get my truck going to be able to get going again in the mountains. Been way too long. I see some people from the area. Hope to meet you all this summer sometime. Love to hear from anyone in Oregon.IMG_0470.jpg
 

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Eugene, OR, USA
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Andrew
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Barbour
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Welcome I’m from Eugene too. Looking forward to making some trips this summer, I’d like something fairly close to home for my first couple of trips to test some new gear and get things better organized.
 

M Rose

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La Grande, Oregon, USA
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Hay guys and gals. Just signed up today. Working to get my truck going to be able to get going again in the mountains. Been way too long. I see some people from the area. Hope to meet you all this summer sometime. Love to hear from anyone in Oregon.View attachment 194845

Hello David , Welcome to Overland Bound.
I am the Northwest Director. @jcgraves3 is your closest member representative.
To help navigate through the forums, here are some links that can be filtered by “Region” prefix. We are in the Overland Bound North America US Northwest Region (US Northwest for short).
Overland Bound Meetups- is where all member generated rally points are posted in forum format for discussion of Rally Point and other types of Meetups. A meetup can be as simple as a group getting together for coffee, a trail ride, or a full in expedition with other Overland Bound Members.
Overland Bound Trip Planning- is a great place to talk about planning a trip wether by your self or as a group.
Overland Bound Routs: Downloadable- is exactly what it sounds like. Search, or share your GPX files here with a description of the route and POIs.
Share your Overland Routes- is similar time the downloadable posted above, but doesn’t require you to share the actual GPX file.
Overland Bound By Region < North America < US Northwest- is where you can find regional members discussing local events, Overland News, and general topics. It’s a great recourse to mete others in the regions.
Member Maps- a great trip planning tool. It can also be used to send out messages to members near your location, or a location you plan to visit.
Rally Point- a tool used to creat Meetups or send out an SOS.
Any questions, don’t hesitate to ask myself or your member representative team. Again welcome and hope to see you on the trails.

I drive a 1989 Bronco when it’s running.


Mike Rose
Northwest Director
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Contributor I

60
Eugene, OR, USA
First Name
David
Last Name
Sierakowski
Welcome I’m from Eugene too. Looking forward to making some trips this summer, I’d like something fairly close to home for my first couple of trips to test some new gear and get things better organized.
My truck has a very tired motor. My trips will only be a short ways off the highways. Hopefully by next summer she could have a rebuilt motor. I am starting from scratch. I don't even have a sleeping bag or cook stove yet.
 

M Rose

US Northwest Region Director
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Pathfinder II

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La Grande, Oregon, USA
First Name
Michael
Last Name
Rose
Member #

20990

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KJ7MFV
My truck has a very tired motor. My trips will only be a short ways off the highways. Hopefully by next summer she could have a rebuilt motor. I am starting from scratch. I don't even have a sleeping bag or cook stove yet.
What motor is in your girl?
 

M Rose

US Northwest Region Director
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Member

Pathfinder II

4,861
La Grande, Oregon, USA
First Name
Michael
Last Name
Rose
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You might look for a 7.3 IDI, they are a direct swap,
Offer more more torque than the 6.9, and are generally a much better engine.
 

Contributor I

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Eugene, OR, USA
First Name
David
Last Name
Sierakowski
See I have heard both things. That the 6.9 is better and that the 7.3 is better. I have had both and really don't see much of a difference. It's about $1,500.00 for a rebuild for my 6.9. I have not completely made up my mind on which way to go. Mine also has the 3speed auto, I think its a 3. Part of me thinks about swapping out the auto for a manual, but I have been driving manual commercially for a long time and not sure if I want to keep doing it.
 

M Rose

US Northwest Region Director
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Member

Pathfinder II

4,861
La Grande, Oregon, USA
First Name
Michael
Last Name
Rose
Member #

20990

Ham Callsign
KJ7MFV
See I have heard both things. That the 6.9 is better and that the 7.3 is better. I have had both and really don't see much of a difference. It's about $1,500.00 for a rebuild for my 6.9. I have not completely made up my mind on which way to go. Mine also has the 3speed auto, I think its a 3. Part of me thinks about swapping out the auto for a manual, but I have been driving manual commercially for a long time and not sure if I want to keep doing it.
I have owned both, and also worked in an engine shop for many years.
Tranny swap at the same time as an engine swap is probably the best way to go. They (Ford) do make some really nice 6 speed autos that will drop in behind either engine (with some modifications) There is a guy on the Full sized Bronco Forums dropping a 7.3 motor along with a 6 speed auto into a 1987 Bronco. Pretty sweet ride... but a lot of fab work. The C6 is a great transmission for a
1/2 ton... one tons they are kind of week. You could also look at an 4R100 (4 speed OD) that came behind the 7.3 Power Stroke.
 

Contributor I

60
Eugene, OR, USA
First Name
David
Last Name
Sierakowski
I have owned both, and also worked in an engine shop for many years.
Tranny swap at the same time as an engine swap is probably the best way to go. They (Ford) do make some really nice 6 speed autos that will drop in behind either engine (with some modifications) There is a guy on the Full sized Bronco Forums dropping a 7.3 motor along with a 6 speed auto into a 1987 Bronco. Pretty sweet ride... but a lot of fab work. The C6 is a great transmission for a
1/2 ton... one tons they are kind of week. You could also look at an 4R100 (4 speed OD) that came behind the 7.3 Power Stroke.
It's all about the money. I had not planned on doing overland like this when I had made all the decisions on the truck. My funding is beyond limited. With all this going on my boss can not afford to really pay me. So they are helping out with my truck when they can. I actually rent a room from them as partial pay. I am sure I will not be getting much more work done on my truck this year. I am looking and doing some woodworking projects and other things to try to make some money. The biggest thing I need to buy now is tires. You can see by the photo of my truck I really can't trust them off highway, or even on highway really at this point.
 
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Eugene, OR, USA
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Andrew
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David there are some great places to go that at close and watch Craigslist for gear. I also took advantage of some close out items at REI. Get out if you can don’t wait till next summer
 
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M Rose

US Northwest Region Director
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Member

Pathfinder II

4,861
La Grande, Oregon, USA
First Name
Michael
Last Name
Rose
Member #

20990

Ham Callsign
KJ7MFV
It's all about the money. I had not planned on doing overland like this when I had made all the decisions on the truck. My funding is beyond limited. With all this going on my boss can not afford to really pay me. So they are helping out with my truck when they can. I actually rent a room from them as partial pay. I am sure I will not be getting much more work done on my truck this year. I am looking and doing some woodworking projects and other things to try to make some money. The biggest thing I need to buy now is tires. You can see by the photo of my truck I really can't trust them off highway, or even on highway really at this point.
I’m into a new engine and a 5 speed ZF swap just over 2 g. It’s all about finding deals... Junkyards are your friend... just keep looking for a low mile wreck... they are out there.
 
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Contributor I

60
Eugene, OR, USA
First Name
David
Last Name
Sierakowski
David there are some great places to go that at close and watch Craigslist for gear. I also took advantage of some close out items at REI. Get out if you can don’t wait till next summer
Oh I already have plans. I have let my boss know I have got to get some time off soon and take off for some weekend exploring. I just have to stick close to home so if I brake my boss doesn't have to go to Bend to get me. lol Just have some things to finish up and find some money for tires.