Ok. Starting over to get these pictures right and not double post (other posts deleted)
Here is my story.
For starters, my Broncos name is Charmer. It's 1993 XLT fully loaded that I bought in the spring of 96. Back up six months. I had saved up money after snowplowing for a couple years to finally buy my own truck. My father always had Broncos and plowed with them so that's what I wanted. He had a 93 with a plow and was looking at getting a new 96. So I bought his Bronco from him and was making payments on it. The only upgrade I had done was to put on some 32" BFG AT's. In February of 96 I was driving on 93 North from Boston at about 2AM to go ice fishing for the weekend when I fell asleep at the wheel I was on cruise control at about 75MPH. It was ugly. Where I veered off the road was a large rock outcropping which I smashed into and literally flipped in the air and slammed back down on the roof back on the highway. I still remember the initial impact when I close my eyes. I was "lucky" that I fell asleep and veered at that exact point or I would have went over an embankment or slammed into the trees.
I skidded along the highway, upside down, for about 200 ft. I was of course upside down and can still remember sparks flying right by my face as I hung upside down by my seatbelt. The truck came to a rest and I quickly realized what happened and that I was ok. But I needed to get out of the truck as it was hissing and who know if it would catch fire. I was also upside down, in the travel lane at 2AM in the middle of a dark NH highway without any lights. So it was not a good place to literally, hang out. But I had trouble getting my seat belt off and my foot was stuck in the pedals. This is all happening in a matter of 30 seconds. I then see lights behind me (remember I'm facing the correct direction, upside down, in the travel lane). I had seconds to get out of the truck but it wasn't happening. I saw the light through the back window coming right toward me. I thought for sure I was a goner. So I turned around and braced for impact thinking for sure the car would slam right into me and literally plow right through the truck, killing me instantly. This was all happening in a matter of probably 5-10 seconds.
At the last second the driver saw me and swerved to miss me. He flew right by the passenger window and I could hear and feel the wind as he flew by. That car bounced off a guard rail and came to a stop a few hundred yards down the road. Holy shit! After a minute or so of struggling I got my foot out and the seat belt off and crawled out the back window. I stood in the highway without any shoes (they flew off in the accident) for about 20 minutes until the State Police showed up as people stared in amazement as they slowly drove by. I remember one group of younger guys yelling about how "that guys dead" and blah blah. Nope, I survived. Let me tell you, that was a life experience I will NEVER forget. But I walked away with barely a scratch. Just a bruise on the chest from the seat belt and a small gash in my knee from the snow plow controls. I owe my life to that Bronco.
Needless to say it was totaled. So after the insurance settlement a month or so later, I found a great 93 Bronco with the 5.8L, manual t-case, manual hubs and 52K miles. It was in beautiful condition. Over the next few months I built a high end custom stereo. I like my heavy metal LOUD and clean.
As for the name, a mechanic who worked for my dad (and still does) had names for all the company trucks. He named her Charmer because it charmed all the girls. I say it was all me but...
I moved to Boulder in the fall of 96 to go to school. Charmer stayed behind for that first year. That next summer I went back home to work and that is when the building really began. I put a 6" Superlift kit on with 35" BFG's. Then the next fall I drove it out to Boulder and have been here ever since. I worked at a local 4x4 shop during college and gradually upgraded and worked on the Bronco. Mostly gears and lockers at that point.
Around 2002, after I graduated, I started Broncoair as I wanted some cool looking and functional bumpers. So I put bumpers on and a winch. I also rebuilt the 5.8L as it for some reason blew a hole in the #4 piston. So I rebuilt it with an Edelbrock 70MM throttle body, Edelbrock upper Mustang intake, Edelbrock truck lower intake, Edelbrock Performance heads, mild cam with roller rockers, bored .030" over and Bassani headers, Y-pipe and 3" exhaust. It has great power and has been running great ever since. After a while I got tired of breaking axle shafts/u-joints with 37's, high HP and lockers so I started looking into putting in 1 tons. There were no kits or anything available. So I designed one.
Now I'm running Dana 60 up front with chromoly shafts, 5.38's and an ARB. The back is a 10.25" with ARB. Very happy with the setup. Still working on getting the coilover setup done so that will be going in soon. I recently blew the E4OD going out to Moab a few months ago for the Bronco Safari. So I swapped it out for a well built Level 10 tranny.
She currently has about 170K on the clock and running strong. There is always room for more upgrades but as of now I'm real happy with the way it works. Drives great on the highway at 80MPH and crawls with the best of them. I may go to an Atlas t-case in the future but for now I'm real happy with the stock 1356.
The only thing I'm not very happy about is the condition of the body. 20 years of wheeling in Colorado has really put a beating on it. I really want to clean up the body to make it look new again. But I love wheeling and using my Bronco. So I don't think doing a $10K paint job only to drag it through tight trails and over rocks is a great investment. For now I am fine with it being beat up as it shows where it's been.
Thanks for reading. I will post pictures as I figure out how to do it more efficiently. For now I went through and scanned a few old pics of the accident and Lions Back in Moab. Sorry for the scanned pictures, not exactly the quality of some of the other photography on this thread.