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post #21 of 61 (permalink) Old 04-01-2016, 08:42 PM
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I think it's a nice build, I was picking on you for choosing price as your reason. No harm intended, Good luck with your rig man.


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post #22 of 61 (permalink) Old 04-02-2016, 09:06 AM Thread Starter
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Traitor :) just kidding. Have you seen the video,s going around of the LS powered bronco with the 8 into 1 stainless headers that goes up and over the motor. It sounds wicked. Looking good. have fun.
Oh yeah, it's one of my favorites!

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That is a good saving in weight, at least it should be about the same with th LS and a nice front bumper compared to a 351. Next question, are you planing on trying to make some of those LS swap engine mounts work or custom make some?
I will just make some mounts. I already have the 351M/C6 out and once I box the frame rails in, I will just make custom mounts. Just from the looks of it, I can put the LS pretty far back in the chassis without cutting the firewall. The harmonic balancer should be in the middle of the original crossmember.

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when mounting engine far back as you can,dont forget to leave some space for a rear driveshaft,they are waay short already


looking forward to the build
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I will for sure. I believe my trans/transfer case setup now is a bit shorter than the previous C6/NP20?, but I will make sure I have at least room enough for the original driveshaft to go back in.

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LS3 480hp w/ reverse manual TH400
Atlas II 2.0 x-case
Full cromoly cage w/ racing seats
Raceline Monster beadlocks on 35" BFG KM1's
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I do have some small updates. I spent 3 hours underneath it today power washing the hell out of the entire under side and engine compartment. You could barely tell all the Rancho lift parts were bright red before from a thick layer of grease and now they are all shining bright. I will post up pics tomorrow at work from my PC cause uploading pics from my iPad is nearly impossible. Also, my tubing is in so my dad is picking it up tomorrow since I can't make it to the supplier before they close ever due to my work schedule. Then, the sheets of aluminum and steel, angle, flat stock, and round bar should be in this week too. I'm hoping to get the interior gutted next weekend and drop off the radiator at the radiator shop to get it flushed and pressure tested.

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Atlas II 2.0 x-case
Full cromoly cage w/ racing seats
Raceline Monster beadlocks on 35" BFG KM1's
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post #27 of 61 (permalink) Old 04-04-2016, 11:32 AM Thread Starter
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LS3 480hp w/ reverse manual TH400
Atlas II 2.0 x-case
Full cromoly cage w/ racing seats
Raceline Monster beadlocks on 35" BFG KM1's
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Nows a good time to weld the cradle under the motor in solid. And not just rely on the factory rivets. We did that on mine as well as added a 2"x4" 3/16" wall crossmember right in front of the power steering box. strength added and also you can tie the bottom of your bumper skid plate into it . just giving you a idea of what works good :)
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Nows a good time to weld the cradle under the motor in solid. And not just rely on the factory rivets. We did that on mine as well as added a 2"x4" 3/16" wall crossmember right in front of the power steering box. strength added and also you can tie the bottom of your bumper skid plate into it . just giving you a idea of what works good :)
Thank you for the insight. I was planning on boxing the frame from the cradle rearward, but I honestly never thought to weld the cradle. It makes sense and I will be doing that now. I was actually thinking of adding an additional crossmember in the same spot to help support the gear box too. My bronco will be VERY similar to yours so I really appreciate your input

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Atlas II 2.0 x-case
Full cromoly cage w/ racing seats
Raceline Monster beadlocks on 35" BFG KM1's
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I had a productive weekend getting things sorted in the garage. I had to build 2 tubing racks to get the chrome moly off the floor. Also, they store the sheet of steel and 2 sheets of aluminum on the back side hanging from the vice grips so they don' warp. This weekend I hope to be gutting the Bronco.

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Atlas II 2.0 x-case
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Raceline Monster beadlocks on 35" BFG KM1's
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Small weekend update. It was awesome weather this past weekend so I didn't get much time for the Bronco. I did manage to work on the exhaust. I cut the stock flanges off the exhaust manifolds and welded 2.5" SS V-band fittings to them. Then I welded some SS 2.5" to 3" reducers on so that I can connect them to dual 3" exhaust. I used Inconel to weld the cast iron to the SS. I've done this many times in the past with great results and no cracking.

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Atlas II 2.0 x-case
Full cromoly cage w/ racing seats
Raceline Monster beadlocks on 35" BFG KM1's
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Can't wait to see more!
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nice job

are those your special welding shoes you are wearing in the picture
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LOL, those are Quicksilver's Fire Retardant line of sandals.

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Atlas II 2.0 x-case
Full cromoly cage w/ racing seats
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cant wait to see that LS sitting in there.
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Any updates?

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Unfortunately no updates. I sold my old house and moved 3 weeks ago and of course it throws a big ol halt on Bronco progress. I do have a 03 Rubicon in my new garage that I had to cut off all the front suspension and rebuild the track bar mounts and redo the steering as well. It was an unexpected side job for an old buddy who just bought it and I felt it was way too unsafe for him to drive on the road with his family.The previous owner did some super sketchy hillbilly shit. So I should finish that up this weekend and then I have another Rubicon that a Cop wants me to lift next lol. Bad news is that the Bronco is on hold, but the good news is that I just added another $1000-1200 to the Bronco account LOL. I hope to be working hard on the Bronco by July. Then, I'm building a 24'x40' garage at the new house this fall since the garage is tiny. Don't get me wrong, my messed up priorities will still have me back on the Bronco in no time.

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LS3 480hp w/ reverse manual TH400
Atlas II 2.0 x-case
Full cromoly cage w/ racing seats
Raceline Monster beadlocks on 35" BFG KM1's
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I did get more parts in though. I got a great deal on a used Fox 2.0 12" shock so I sent it to Poly Performance to have them rebuild/revalve it and bought another one valved the same. These should work in the front for now until I go coilovers. Then my Speedhut gauges finally came in after waiting 8 weeks. It was worth the wait as they are very nice pieces. I have always ran Autometer until I saw the Speedhut gauges and noticed they were American made as well. So I decided to give them a shot. Plus, they didn't need all the expensive LS adapters the Autometer's needed.
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Atlas II 2.0 x-case
Full cromoly cage w/ racing seats
Raceline Monster beadlocks on 35" BFG KM1's
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kinda off topic but I bought a new daily. My Raptor is just racking up the miles commuting 90 miles a day so I went and found a nice (by Chicago standards) 2001 Ram 1500 Sport 5.9L with the off road package. It was owned by a kid so of course it had black plastidipped wheels and some god aweful General Grabbers. Those have to be by far the worst riding tires ive ever owned! Plus i'm not really a fan of the red letters. So, on went my 14th set of BFG AT's. (Im kind of a BFG AT fan).

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LS3 480hp w/ reverse manual TH400
Atlas II 2.0 x-case
Full cromoly cage w/ racing seats
Raceline Monster beadlocks on 35" BFG KM1's
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Maybe you could just put the bronco body on the raptor frame, Best of both worlds. nice to see you are gathering parts, congrats on the house. Is the picture of those gauges how they will be in the bronco? I do like the lay out.

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