Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Redmond, OR
Bronco Info: 1988 Bronco Custom, 306 5.0L I6, ZF5 Manual, and the rest is under construction
Ok, haven't updated in a few months.. I got the job through Ford and I'm doing great there. Have my training already going, just waiting for the next class in Portland which will be a 4 day course, then the next class after that is another 4 days, so on and so forth.. all expenses paid and rental car provided. Central Oregon has been hammered with snow for quite awhile so it made it difficult to get out to the shop and continue but it's all clear now. Decided it's best that I take that time to get other things taken care of and get rested (as best I can) to continue with the rebuild. I have more parts on their way (should be here Monday), picking up some parts after work tomorrow, and getting some pushrods made Monday since it's my day off.
I decided to scrap the idea for the Sterling 10.25 rear.. Found a set of complete 04 (?) superduty axles for $1000 which is about $400 cheaper than I can find the pre99 Dana 60 for. I'm looking at an hx35 turbo from the 6BT for the extra power and made a good connection with Performance Authority here in Bend (it's a diesel performance shop, but the owner has set me up with a ton of good information, the SD axles, and tuning/fuel management). Tomorrow I'm going to bring my transmission case into Ford and the transmission expert there is going to get the pesky main shaft (input/output) races removed since I have struggled with them without having the proper tool/puller for them. He's an older guy that fully rebuilt a 92-96 bronco with a built E4OD and is beautiful inside and out. So hopefully next week I can have the trans back together and married to the tcase if everything goes accordingly.
Looking at the front axle on the superduty, it has the "4 link" radius arm that has the mounts built into the housing. So my concern is just making sure that upon removing that mount, it won't remove any durability or strength. Just making sure before shelling out the money for it just to find out my plans won't work or will cause them to be weakened. I'm wanting a full "proper" double triangulated 4 link front and rear by setting up the sub frame and extending the wheelbase to around 110"... but everything I've seen for the superduty 4 links have been just parallel setup as the radius arm.. anyways, any input from anyone because I keep losing train of thought (long day at work).
Oh well, I'll be posting stuff as it happens so it might be spotty on updates and on how/what work is going.
1988 Bronco Custom, 306 5.0L I6, ZF5 Manual, and the rest is under construction
They're like the Chuck Norris of engines.