Apologize for the break in action.
I've been away for work, like really away.
In fact, I just arrived back home this afternoon from Warsaw, Poland (been there for the last 10 days for meetings...) So I have an excuse!
Oh, that plus the home PC $hit the bed the exact morning of my departure overseas. I may have lost ALL of my Bronco build pics (not to mention the really REALLY important personal files, etc.) Damn Vista registry was corrupted somehow. And I'm a computer consultant. Jeeesh.
Well, to save the day, my fabricators sent me some photos of their progress. They are coming along nicely with the front suspension. See below...
I also made a command decision with the wheels. I decided to keep the OEM Ford 10-hole 'riveted' 15x7.5 wheels, and got them polished. I went back to the place that did my engine/chassis steam cleaning last November, and since their specialty is semi-truck detailing (they routinely polish those large 22.5" over-the-road Alcoa wheels on a daily basis,) they did all four of my wheels for ~ $103.00! They turned out pretty nice...not show quality, but this is a off-road Bronco!
I then got them over to the Goodyear shop and had them mount and balance my four new Goodyear Silent Armor 35x12.5-15's. They look sharp!!! Nice A/T tread with broad and square-shouldered carcass. Of course, I had some nice photos of the mounted tires/wheels on the front lawn...and they ended up on that same PC at home... Ugh.
Haven't heard from Autofab about where my Mastercraft seats are... I'll have to drop John a call tomorrow.
Anyway, here are the pictures:
1. Comparison of stock shock tower to the Autofab towerStill have to order the Hella 4000's. Anyone have a source?
2. TTB Dana 44 housing with new 4.56:1 gears
3. Driver's side spring bucket and shock hoop positioned on frame
4. Engine bay cross bar positioned for fit
5. Driver's side spring bucket/hoop looking down from above
6. Driver's side radius arm
More soon after I visit the shop later this week/weekend...