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You have some work ahead of you for sure. There are a lot of good threads to refer and see how folks repaired what you have. One I like to share is attached below. Gary did a good job on quite a few things.

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My 78 does not come with the optional floor LOL.
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Haha I would've bought this thing with or without the floor!

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My 78 does not come with the optional floor LOL.
floors are completely over rated
none of my british cars ever came with them and I loved them anyway


and congrats on the new baby
hope you actually find the time to work on it!
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floors are completely over rated
none of my british cars ever came with them and I loved them anyway


and congrats on the new baby
hope you actually find the time to work on it!
It has to be a driver till the 91 is done.
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Nice Bronco to rebuild there, it looks like it has solid bones. Keep the updates flowing.

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Sorry for lack of updates. I haven't had time to do much work with the new baby. I finally sold my other bronco so now I have the cash to really get this one going.
The only real work I've done is remove those ugly steps of the side. Looks much better now. Will upload pics asap.

In the meantime, I ordered a lot of what I need for the new couple months of building:
Welder and supplies (cheapo, just need to get the floor pans in, hoping to avoid burn through with a flux core... if not I'll head over to a friends for some help)
Cordless tool set- will be going to the JY this week to cut out the entire floor to use as patch panels.
Stereo system, including subs, two amps, new head unit, and wiring kits.

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When I start cutting the floor out, I want to clean up the frame (at least everything that's visible) and put an undercoating on to prevent future rust. Not going frame-off right now, but this will help a little. The process I plan on using- sand the metal, prime, and use undercoating. Any better ideas or undercoat recommendations?

2nd- I don't want to install the speakers in the doors since I plan on having them off most of the time. Recommendations on alternate mounting locations? I'll have a total of 4 6.5"s and 4 tweeters, plus 6x9s mounted in the stock rear location and subs in the back.

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Forgot- new 140amp alternator for all those speakers as well as a new tailgate motor (of course, right after I mentioned how lucky I was to get a JY tailgate with a working motor it craps out)

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Just noticed where you were from maybe ill see your truck around some time!!!
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Just noticed where you were from maybe ill see your truck around some time!!!
Awesome! Are you in NWA? I met a guy at UPullIt on Saturday from Rogers who has a nice post-92 Bronco. We need to all get together sometime.

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Small update-
Got the new tailgate motor installed. Way easier than I thought- I worried I would have to remove the regulator.
Went to the JY and picked up a spare tire with a rim that matches my other 4, a new rear seat spring latch (mine was really sticky and wouldn't release without a hammer), and a set of the rear seat mounts which were in cruddy shape on my truck. I worked for a couple hours trying to cut out the floor pans from a donor bronco. My goal was to make as few cuts as possible, so I cut all the way around the perimeter of the interior then realized there were way more welds and such than I expected. So I'll be back this weekend to chop it up, most likely. Had to leave early because I smacked my shin on a low hanging door panel and cut it open. Got 4 stitches later that afternoon.

I was super impressed by the Ryobi sawzall I picked up a couple weeks ago- I had the two batteries that came with it and i bought an extra (the largest Li-Ion Home Depot carries) and not even one went dead after all that cutting. Also had the best luck with the Skil "Ugly" metal saw blades.


Donor Bronco after clearing out the whole interior. Rust free floor- exactly what I needed.
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Awesome! Are you in NWA? I met a guy at UPullIt on Saturday from Rogers who has a nice post-92 Bronco. We need to all get together sometime.
Nice find on the doner is it at upullit? And yea I'm in nwa!
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Nice find on the doner is it at upullit? And yea I'm in nwa!
Yeah it is at upullit. They actually have a '79 Bronco there too but it's been pretty much picked apart. I think the motor is mostly still there, but I'm not sure I'd ever trust any essential parts from one of those engines without rebuilding them. They used to have two other 90's Broncos there but I guess they shipped them off. Seems like they're moving through inventory pretty quickly right now, but I've only been going there for a little over a year so who knows.

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Yeah it is at upullit. They actually have a '79 Bronco there too but it's been pretty much picked apart. I think the motor is mostly still there, but I'm not sure I'd ever trust any essential parts from one of those engines without rebuilding them. They used to have two other 90's Broncos there but I guess they shipped them off. Seems like they're moving through inventory pretty quickly right now, but I've only been going there for a little over a year so who knows.
Were the leafs under the rear of that 79? If you noticed
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Looks a lot like the way my '79, called "Project Deepwoods," started off. She turned out to be a pretty sweet daily driver/off-road rig.
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I am definitely subscribing to this thread. It is nice to now im not the only one with rust problems!! How does the under carriage of the cab look?

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Looks a lot like the way my '79, called "Project Deepwoods," started off. She turned out to be a pretty sweet daily driver/off-road rig.
Welcome, there have been quite a few people over the years asking about that truck. Looking forward to seeing more of it.

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Were the leafs under the rear of that 79? If you noticed
I'm ALMOST sure that they they are. I remember looking at the suspension cause I'm considering a lift for mine. I ended up pulling the springs out of that same black donor bronco because it has what looks like a 4-6" lift kit on it. We'll see if I end up using them.

Either way, the $1 entrance fee is worth it to check it out, and you might find something else that's useful. I just hate driving up there from Fayetteville but it could be worse!

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I am definitely subscribing to this thread. It is nice to now im not the only one with rust problems!! How does the under carriage of the cab look?
It's not too bad under there aside from the floor pans. And the pans are only bad on the flat spots where water or dirt and crap has sat for who knows how long. So I'm optimistic about what I can't see.

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I'm ALMOST sure that they they are. I remember looking at the suspension cause I'm considering a lift for mine. I ended up pulling the springs out of that same black donor bronco because it has what looks like a 4-6" lift kit on it. We'll see if I end up using them.

Either way, the $1 entrance fee is worth it to check it out, and you might find something else that's useful. I just hate driving up there from Fayetteville but it could be worse!
It's a lot fort her for me ha I live past huntsville if you do lift yours and want rid of your old leaves holler at me.
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It's a lot fort her for me ha I live past huntsville if you do lift yours and want rid of your old leaves holler at me.
I'm going to be over there tomorrow or Saturday for those floor pans so I'll take a look and let you know. Suspension stuff tends to stay on the vehicles from what I can tell- people tend to go for interior stuff, engine accessories, and other stuff that's easy to pull off but not really suspension.

Yeah, I'll let you know either way. My springs seem to be in pretty good shape.

I love driving out to Huntstville, the scenery is awesome, but it is a bit of a haul.
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