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[QUOTE=BioTex;6252825]Marc,
That white rim came off of a Jeep CJ with drum front brakes. I have three of them. The bolt pattern luckily fit the bronco, but the disk brakes on the Bronco wouldn't let me tighten the rim down all the way. I left the lug nuts loose and winched it onto the trailer like that. I admit I was too lazy to swap a rear good rim to the front and then put the front CJ rim onto the rear.


Thanks for the information on the rim, I've always liked wide stock style rims.
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I'm thinking since all the glass was busted out and it sat for at lease a couple of years that way, I should take out the molded vinyl flooring to inspect for rust. The flooring is not torn or worn and would like to save it if possible. I want to pressure wash it etc...

Can I remove it without tearing it all apart, and what about the backing. Is it glued down and going to destroy it?

Edit: I spent the entire evening cleaning out glass shards. The interior is really not as bad as I thought. Looks like just get a key made somehow and install a new battery. Maybe pull the gas tank and inspect/clean. New glass and i'll have a driver.

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Nice looking Bronco. I like the color. That should be a good project.

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I don't ever recall Ford gluing the rubber mats down. Having said that, remove the rocker trim, seats and kick panels, and it should lift up. It'll give you a chance to verify the condition of the floorpan under the seats, address any rust that may be lurking. And, Hy-Goat it is!

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So I started taking the flooring out to see what condition the floors were in. Got to love the dry desert air. Even with no glass the metal is pristine.


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So then I took the dash apart so I could clean out the dust inside the cluster. Here it is all cleaned and back together.


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pressure washed the flooring.


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Izzat a Cornbinder you have that mat resting on? Oh, and I was pleasantly surprised the floors were in great shape myself. Was there any water damage behind the dash? Say, to the computer?

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Izzat a Cornbinder you have that mat resting on? Oh, and I was pleasantly surprised the floors were in great shape myself. Was there any water damage behind the dash? Say, to the computer?
Not that I can tell. I haven't started the engine yet though... Still need a key. Still waiting for the comptroller to find it. They are still looking for it and all hope is not yet lost.

That is an old International yes. I have another one in my man cave on the lift. I'm building a rock crawler out of it. An 800 model. Am putting in a SBC with 1 ton axles. There is a build on it on the Binder Bench forum. It's on the first page, same logon id. I have a weakness for old scouts.

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The rims are hy-rail style wheels for railroad use only. You really do not want those even for normal driving since the hy-rail gear is gone; the gear really lowered the center of gravity. Since I'm a train aficionado, I was hoping the former railroad had plastered their name and corporate symbol on the doors, but no. But, if you paint the fenders that dark green Pullman used on their old heavyweight sleeper cars ('Pullman Green') and stick on a couple old Great Northern Railway 'goat' emblems, it'd be really cool! Well, at least to me it would....
They are likely 19.5" rims too depending on the gear. They narrow the track width of the vehicle so to contact the track better. I am assigned to one of Class 1 railroads for their fleet management.

Which railroad did it belong too? It looks clean for a RR vehicle.
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With the special wheels and tires, they do have to have taller axle gears, correct?

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With the special wheels and tires, they do have to have taller axle gears, correct?
Most are stock, the LD trucks are typically ordered with 4.10 gears with 225/75R19.5 tires which is only about an inch taller than stock in most cases.

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They are likely 19.5" rims too depending on the gear. They narrow the track width of the vehicle so to contact the track better. I am assigned to one of Class 1 railroads for their fleet management.

Which railroad did it belong too? It looks clean for a RR vehicle.
The Rims are 16.5" and the bronco belonged to Texas Pacifico Transportation in San Angelo, TX

Yes the track was narrowed, and I thikg the control arm is not OEM because of it. Looks like it has a bend to it so the front wheel doesn't hit it in a tight turn. I could be wrong though. Oh, and the sway bar link also has a bend.

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And the front wheels don't look pigeon-toed?

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Great looking BKO and cool story. I was going to ask what the mileage was but saw the dash pic. I guess you won't know that till you get a key. Look forward to hearing more about it!
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Since the interior is apart, you could remove the coumn shrouds and remove the ignition electrical switch. This would allow you to manually activate the truck and start the engine. It's what I would do, absent a key.

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Unlocking the column is just a Big PITA, had to take em apart many times to get the cylinder out. My 68 pickup was Rock Island stuff with bogies on it, had to change the wheels is all as it was strait axle wide gauge track. Saw some narrow gauge coverted stuff and that was really hacked up but thats really old stuff. I bet they put some hefty parts in your truck like springs and such, kinda like military mods they overbuild everything. My truck had bumpers made of mainline tall rail when i got it, ridiculous heavy.
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Since the interior is apart, you could remove the coumn shrouds and remove the ignition electrical switch. This would allow you to manually activate the truck and start the engine. It's what I would do, absent a key.
I did turn the engine over by jumpering across the solonoid. She turns over nice. Suppsed to get together with a buddy tonight who claims to have all the glass and lights I need stashed away. he's going to sell them to me cheap I hope. Will possibly have the old lock out of the column this week end.

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Just found this image over on another forum I frequent and thought I'd share one your Broncos long lost relatives:


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I didn't think any of the Texas shortlines had snow....

Anyway, what I was talking about was not the ignition lock at all. I'm talking about the electrical switch underneath the lower shroud, and it's held on with one Torx screw. Remove the lower shroud, remove the screw, and the switch will come off the bottom. This will allow you to energize the elecrical system and actually start the engine.

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