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My 96 bronco I purchased new

This is a thread of some updates I have done to my 96 bronco XLT with a 351W. Some history - My father was a parts manager at a Ford dealership when I was growing up and he used to get company cars. It seemed like he would get a new company car every year or so. He would always get a new Bronco. So naturally I fell in love with Bronco's. I purchased my first Bronco when I was 22. It was an 88 with 100,000 miles. After a couple of years, I was young and dumb got a DWI and couldn't afford the payment and insurance. So I sold it and got an 84 with even more miles. Fixed it up, painted it, was great. Eventually I sold that one and got an 89 bronco with 100,000 miles. Of course since I live in NY, they always seemed to rust out in the rear quarters and the tailgates. So near the end of 1996 after dealing with rust on my first 3 broncos, I decided to buy the last bronco on the lot at the dealership where my dad was working. I've owned this vehicle ever since. I tried to baby it for the most part and take care of it really well. It has 80k miles on it now and has not seen snow or salt in 15 years. Now it hardly gets driven in the rain - ha ha. It is extremely clean and no rust. It has a Dick Cepek 4 inch lift (I installed it around 15 yrs ago) with 33 BFG Mud terrains. It also has firestone air bags for towing. I don't really have many pics of the early days, but I took some pictures of regular photos I took back then. I will update with photos as things progress.

Things I would like to do in the near future:
410 gears
roll bar in the rear
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bilstein shocks

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Limited pictures of my lift and custom leaf springs delivered all the way to NY from National Spring.
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Nice looking BKO. Look forward to hearing more about it.
Thanks. Until recently I hadn't done much since the lift. I changed out the shocks once and put air bags on it and new tires.
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Another thing I had done at a local shop was an oil leak fix. Couldn't tell if it was the pan or the rear main seal. This was over 6 years ago. When the shop worked on it they called me and said it was just the rear main seal. So they just replaced that. Well probably within a year it started leaking again. I probably put less than 3k miles on it. Anyway, last year I decided to fix it myself. I purchase a cheap engine stand from Harbor freight and some longer and thicker square tubing for my Harbor freight engine crane and pulled the motor. Replaced the rear main seal, oil pan and gasket, torque converter seal and some other things.
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Another funny thing happened. When I had the engine out, I sandblasted the valve covers and exhaust manifolds. Painted them up real pretty. Then the exhaust manifolds no longer fit!!! I guess they shrink due to all the hot and cold cycles. Ended up buying new manifolds.
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Nice Bronco man! Really debating a roof visor like yours.

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Nice Bronco man! Really debating a roof visor like yours.
Thanks. Had it since new. Make sure you seal the bolts good.
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what wheels are those? they look awesome!
They are American Racing Baja's. 15x10. They might be called AR172 Baja's now. They are 15 yrs old now.
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Nice looking BKO. Look forward to hearing more about it.
Just checked out your build thread. It's coming out awesome! I will have to subscribe.
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Flash forward to present. I had my smittybilt nerf bars sand blasted and they are rusting from the inside out. There are too many holes in these things to waste time fixing and painting. Anybody know where I can get a set? Mine are between 15 and 20 yrs old and it looks like Smittybilt doesn't make them for my vehicle anymore. (I wanted to use the same mounting locations) Can I get some rock sliders with a step that can be bolted to my frame? I've seen some online, but I don't think they will work due to the new location of the mounting bracket for my extended radius arms.
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Back to where I was before the nerf bars. I decided to cleanup the front end after putting the motor back in and replacing the radiator. So I go new shock and spring brackets and painted everything up. I decided to do some parts yellow.
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This fall I decided to go through the rear end and clean it up. Replace the tank (It was in good shape, but I wanted a nice clean one), the fuel pump and sending unit. I haven't had a gas gauge in over 8 years. The pile of rust was from the inside of my nerf bars.
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