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post #361 of 384 (permalink) Old 12-27-2016, 06:20 PM Thread Starter
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Lookin good To answer your question, the three holes would be where the clock was located, which if the holes on yours were cut out already as you mentioned, you may have a replacement bezel, as I don't see the plug dangling there in your other pics. My apologies for the rambling, just in case you were ever gonna swap radios
Thanks. I had no idea what went in the 3 holes. Mine were just open to the back. Nothing dangling there since I've owned this Bronco.
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Hi-Lift Jack install

Continuing with my slightly expedition style build I wanted to add a hi-lift jack to the tire carrier. I searched for ideas and found a lot but nothing like I ended up building. It's pretty simple really. I used a 1 1/2" square tube that uses U-bolts to attach to the carrier. The bottom support has an upright pin that the base plate of the jack slides onto with a spring clip to keep it on and the top is from an older hi-lift jack mount. So far it seems pretty secure and solid. The top has a place for lock if needed. Right now I just have another spring clip in it.







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Back to the winch bumper . . .

Here's a couple pics of the internal structure of the bumper end caps. I want to make sure it's strong enough to be used as a lift point for the hi-lift jack.





The bottom of the fenders will be trimmed at the green tape and the structure will be "skinned" in 1/8" sheet metal/plate.
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I have the basic structure done and tested it with the hi-lift. It worked fine!





I have the top pieces cut and will get them welded on tomorrow.
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Looks pretty good. Is there something there that keeps the jack from sliding sideways as the truck goes up?
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Looks pretty good. Is there something there that keeps the jack from sliding sideways as the truck goes up?
Yes, when I put the plate on the front it will have an opening for the jack to slip into. That will restrict any sideways movement. The above was just a test to make sure the end caps had plenty of strength to lift the truck and not move. I made a bracket directly to the frame horn so it actually lifts close to this point.
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Sometimes having the jack tilt is handy for sliding the truck sideways to get the tires out of ruts when your axle bottoms out or your tire finds a big hole to fall into.
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Sometimes having the jack tilt is handy for sliding the truck sideways to get the tires out of ruts when your axle bottoms out or your tire finds a big hole to fall into.
Yea, I wouldn't make the "jack hole" so tight it couldn't tilt, but if it can slide 6", it can be scary. LOL

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Sometimes having the jack tilt is handy for sliding the truck sideways to get the tires out of ruts when your axle bottoms out or your tire finds a big hole to fall into.
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Yea, I wouldn't make the "jack hole" so tight it couldn't tilt, but if it can slide 6", it can be scary. LOL
Good points. There is some room for tilt but I'll need to check how much.
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Finally finished the front bumper! First I trimmed the fenders so they would not hang down below the bumper.



Then installed the end caps.



Some closer shots.





You can see the opening for the jack. Also I decided to bolt on the top piece instead of weld it on. Makes it easier to mount the ends plus it's the way Warn originally built their end caps.

Last thing I did was paint the spare tire wheel (the replacement wheel after one was ruined this summer) and paint the hi-lift jack. The jack had been sitting outside for a while and was starting to rust. Some paint and oil and it looks and works like new now!

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Loving your build thread, man. Some inspirations for sure, especially the bumpers. I had a 76 F100 2WD as my first truck (back in the day), and it had a 300 I6 in it. Great running engine but it was cold: It would not want to start or generate any heat for the defrost in cold weather. As a teenager I had no idea how to approach those issues.
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Next project : Replace the tail gate!

Started work on replacing the tailgate. Mine was pretty much rusted out and then I crunched it last summer! That sealed the deal for replacement. I had already obtained a better tailgate from someone on the local FB group - not sure if he's on here or not?? The new tailgate did have some rust and a dent, but it was in far better shape than mine.

Here are the 2 patches I need to do.





And start of the spot welds.



I also need to fill some trim holes I'll not be using. I got new weather stripping from LMC which came in today so it should be in good shape when I'm done.
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Holes plugged, patches in. Ready for a skin coat of bondo!

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A little more progress on the tailgate.



It still needs a couple of rounds of glazing putty but that will likely wait for when I paint the entire Bronco. Now to get the window and motor swapped in and the latches working correctly!
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More progress on the tailgate

Got a lot done on the tailgate today. It was from a black later model - 87-96? So I needed to paint the interior side of the tailgate. I couldn't find the exact color match (Polar White code 9D) but Duplicator "Performance White" was pretty close. 9D is slightly off white and Performance white is slightly whiter.



I got the old gate off using the engine hoist.



And got the shell installed.





I got the latches and handle working well. One thing I did was disable the window down interface that prevents opening the tailgate without the window all the way down. I don't think this is necessary and it is what causes people to overstress the latch mechanism causing the tailgate to be hard to open. Please ignore the blotchy looking primer. I had already used a proper-sealer and then decided I needed a few more spots of glazing putty. I just touched up the spots with a sanding primer which was a slightly different color!

I still need to clean up and lube the window mechanism and install it and the window. That's tomorrow's job!
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So now you have two Broncos in primer......
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So now you have two Broncos in primer......
I didn't think of it that way but you're right - not sure if I should be encouraged or depressed!!

I got it done - almost! I cleaned up the mechanism, repaired one of the the slides that attaches to the glass, got the guides back in, swapped the key lock over, installed the window and installed the weather stripping. Only thing I didn't - actually I installed them, then removed them - were the rubber end pieces. I could not get them in to where they didn't interfere with the window going up. I'll try again when I pull everything apart for final paint.

Repair of the slider:





Finished:



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