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post #21 of 32 (permalink) Old 01-10-2017, 07:31 PM
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From personal experience.....I would source a decent tub. You are going to spend sooo much time fixing all the rust when there are affordable options elsewhere.

Broncos aren't rare (nor high dollar) that it would demand that it be restored. There are too many good ones just sitting around.

I did an extreme restoration on my '89, replacing basically the entire back half of the truck. It was fun, I learned a lot...and I am not second guessing myself........BUT....I wouldn't do it again. It was a ton of work, and it wasn't cheap. If you could find complete quarter panel wheelhouse assemblies like I did, you'd be ahead....IF you deemed it worthy.

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i'm having the same issue you describe where the body panels move when the tailgate is lowered. I'm thinking about just caging the bronco and having custom sheetmetal tie the bedsides to the cage which will in turn tie into the floor.
I don't think that's a bad idea at all, but for what I want to do with it, that would mean sacrificing some utility and space. I'd really like to use this truck as a truck when I need one. I'm not going to say never, but I don't see any future in turning this into a hard-core off-road machine.
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Just curious -

But does the framing of the bed have to be mounted on the body mounts?

On a pickup truck, there is no cushion between the bed and frame. But the bed of the bronco is tied into the cab of the bronco - therefore, the bed should probably stay on cushioned mounts, correct?

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Just curious -

But does the framing of the bed have to be mounted on the body mounts?

On a pickup truck, there is no cushion between the bed and frame. But the bed of the bronco is tied into the cab of the bronco - therefore, the bed should probably stay on cushioned mounts, correct?
I would say you are correct.
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I don't think that's a bad idea at all, but for what I want to do with it, that would mean sacrificing some utility and space. I'd really like to use this truck as a truck when I need one. I'm not going to say never, but I don't see any future in turning this into a hard-core off-road machine.
Well, with a custom cage, you can design it to only occupy space as far as the wheel well. Using the cage as structure, you can also build those toolboxes you want.
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Not sure if this is a good idea, but I thought I'd build a support from the tire body mount to bed side, so that the width and height could be kept.

I was afraid of removing the tailgate because then I'd loose the one thing keeping the bed width where it's supposed to be...

I have a photo of before I started, than when I finished. The driver's side is what I'm going to do on the passenger side as well. I released the bottle jack and it appeared to hold, so I am hopeful. Though, this is not a replacement for a rear cross member for the body. In fact, it might get cut out in the future - but not near future.
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Got the other side completed. I have a few ideas on the fenders, but need to decide exactly how to do that...

Thinking I might just shape those with 1" tubing and sheet metal.

Still deciding on the rear cross member - I might go ahead and get another one instead of trying to make one... We'll see.

The 2" tubing is not welded to the bed rail. I want to slide a piece of flat stock or angle iron along the full length of the rail, on top of the 2" tubing, and possibly bolt or screw the flatstock to the rail.
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Looks good man. Keep this updated. I'm interested in what you do with the rear support beam.

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wow

I made my rear crossmember similar to what you have in there now midway
used 2x6 for the rear crossmember
if I was doing it agan,probably use 2 1/2 x6 as that is closer to stock dimensions
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Haven't been able to work on it lately. Wife has had a lot of projects that she wanted to get done, among other things taking up my time.

Also found more rust between driver and passenger doors and frame - rusted thru. Considering on welding a tube or c-channel in door frame, and welding the 18 gauge sheet from the good floorboard, down to the thicker steel. This way I have more solid rockers and new floor board at that point.

Unless a body drops in my lap for $600 or less (that includes getting it to my house), I'll be piecing it together.

The body work is on hold until I fix the brakes. I can drive with holes in the floor, but I can't drive with no brakes...

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Holy body rot batman you have a job there.


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Most of the pickup bed parts will work like bed floor, fender wells and sill plate. The problems start with the area between the underseat and to the rear floor.
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