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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 09-23-2012, 07:28 PM Thread Starter
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78 Fs frame ranger body swap

So I'm the proud new owner of a 78 FSB. I took it off roading for the first time up in Michigan. It performed very well except for the body mounts that were pretty much gone. The whole underside of the bronco shell is very rusty and structurally unstable, even to weld reinforcements on. So I was wondering, does anyone have any info/experience swapping a first or second gen. ranger body (83-92) onto a full size 78 bronco frame? Any information would be very helpful, thanks!
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 09-23-2012, 08:19 PM
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NO DONT DO IT.
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post #3 of 15 (permalink) Old 09-23-2012, 08:24 PM Thread Starter
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Why not?
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Show us some pics.
You can cut and replace a lot of tin before throwing the body away.
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If I had to, I could do a lot of welding and reinforce it, but I like the idea of tires sticking out more then that almost 7 foot wide body, I'm building for tighter trails and if my tires are going to hit before my body does, then I can maneuver that much easier. My plan is to actually cut the front of the ranger bed out and the back of the cab and weld it together to make my own mini-bronco. I'm looking for any info to see how it fits on the frame before I buy a ranger body
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How do I post pics since I can't add attachments?
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I have not seen the Ranger on 78 frame but there is one in the General Section.


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Do a search for the user The Legend, he put a 80s Ranger body on his 77 frame. Its a pretty badass truck.
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Why a ranger body if you want to build a mini bronco? just use a bronco 2.

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fix'en to do a '86 ranger on a '79 bronco frame. because the bronco is beat to crap rusted out . and has no title...

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Put a Bronco 2 body on it.

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the ranger body swap is not to bad at all we have done a couple of them the bronco 2 is alot shorter then the full size
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Put a Bronco 2 body on it.
i scraped and sold all my bronco 2 .. and even my rangers 2 years ago .. so i bought the ranger for a $100 that i am going to use.. and i don't what to use a big heavy body .. as mine will only be using a gutted out body.. i probably want use the front clip .. i will be building something like Dooley's dodge on Mudstruck.com

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