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Bronco Ranger F-350. My build.

This my build thread for my 1979 bronco. I have posted up some of these pictures already, so some might look familiar. It looked like this when I got it.




Not too bad, a little rust in the drivers side quarter.

Then there is the floor. Well, what was left of it.







The whole floor was junk. I cut it all and tossed it out except for a little bit around the transfer case shifter area.



Subframe was shot too, so that also when. I just kept a little bit that went under the front seats. Then built a new subframe from 2 x 3" box tubing. With the bronco frame still under it.



Rockers were both gone too. I ran a length of 1 x 2" box tubing inside the rocker. Should add a good deal of strengh.









Then out with the frame. Because it had rot holed in it too.



Like my lovely pile of bronco bits on the floor? I have a wheelbarrow full of rust pieces of bronco. The tires I am going to run are in this pic too. ProComp 40 x 13.5 17"



Bronco frame with my donor truck behind it.




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Good gods! That's a ton of work! It looks awesome though. What was the wall thickness of the subframe that you installed?

Keep up the awesome work!
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Amazing work man, the sub frame looks fantastic.

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Donor truck was a 1987 F-350 diesel. I gave up its frame with axles and the floor of its bed. The bed floor will replace the back of my bronco. I grabbed the fuel filler too, because, surprise, mine was rotted out.

I am going to keep the F-350's leaf sprung front Dana 60 set-up, Rear is a Sterling 10.25". 4.10 gears.

I had to cut the frame down in two places because I couldn't get all 28" out in one place. 21" out behind where the cab used to mount, and 7" up near the transfer case. I sandblasted and ground down the frame as much as I reasonable could, from the back up to the motor mounts. Then I brushed on a rust converter and painted it in Rustolium Hammertone.



I used sections of the frame that I removed to box in the areas where I made my cuts.





Motor under the plastic is the 460 that was in my bronco when I got it. I used L&L diesel to 460 swap brackets and mounts to bolt it into the truck frame.



Time to put the frame under the bronco for the first time.



Doing this all by myself can sometimes be a challenge, my Jeep was wiling to help give a push. You can see in this picture also that I have replaced the front floor pans and body mounts. Both the pans and mounts were junk on both sides.



I had to move the front body mounts for the frame ahead 6 1/4" to mate up with the bronco mounts. I moved them forward and up a bit.



Brackets are bolted with an extra piece on top to support the top of the bracket. Then I added a few welds just for my piece of mind. Haven't cleaned up the welds of painted any of it yet.



This pretty much bring me up to where I am now. I have the front body mounts bolted down. Next up is doing all the rest, three more sets. Plenty more things to do after that too.

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Good gods! That's a ton of work! It looks awesome though. What was the wall thickness of the subframe that you installed?

Keep up the awesome work!
Thanks.

Tubing is .083" thick. I got it in 4' lengths that is why I have the weird part under where the rear seat goes. I had to add a bit of length, and still wanted it to be strong so, I kinda doubled it up.

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Figured I would toss this one in here too. I like the angle, it shows how the 1 x 2" in the rocker attaches at the rear.



I won't be using that 460. The motor is going to be substantially bigger. :)

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so very sub'd to this build.
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Holy hell that thing is a labor of love.

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wow,talk about jacking up the rad cap and installing a new truck under it!

hard to believe from the first pics of the bronco that rig was missing pretty much from the door striker down!
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I won't be using that 460. The motor is going to be substantially bigger. :)

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Bigger like diesel bigger?
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Wow. Love that paint scheme. You're going to a have a truck that will last decades... very nice job.

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Yeah, I gotta watch this. I can't wait to see what kind of power its gonna get. 1 tons are a good indication though...

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Bigger like diesel bigger?
Don't like diesels. It's a 545 stroker. Solid roller, tunnel ram, 10.7:1 compression. It was in my street/strip mustang which I sold as a roller to get this project moving. Well, actually pretty much to to be able to buy the tires and patch panels. That used up most of the cash.



I need to take of the motor plate and electric water pump stuff. Then swap in a more torquey cam. Going to stick with the solid roller but do something smaller that what was in the motor before. I have a couple 750 Carter carbs I can use or a couple Predator's too.

I got all the body mounts squared away that I can do now this evening. I think next will be the steering shaft, brake and fuel lines. It would be nice to get that stuff out of the way while there is no floor. Much better working from the top.

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Did the steering shaft today. I chopped off the end connected to the truck steering box, sleeved it, and welded it to the steering shaft that came with my bronco. It turned out good, looks like a straighter shot than the path that the stock shaft followed. I did screw up a bit and not pay attention to the position of the flange. I forgot that there was a flat on the splines so the shaft only goes in one way. I should be able to get the steering wheel straight later, it's only off about 1/8 turn.



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Flares or no flares?

No flare the wheel and tire package is perfect, just even with the edge of the fender.





Cut out flares.





I like the flares, but I will have to run a spacer to get the tires where I want them. The Dana 60 is a good deal wider than the rear end so flares and spacer route might help me get the tires where they need to be, so it could be a good thing. I might have to wait till I get the front sheet metal on to see how everything fits.

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With those tires, I vote no flares. Besides, you're like one of four people in the world whose wheel arches aren't swiss cheese :)

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With those tires, I vote no flares. Besides, you're like one of four people in the world whose wheel arches aren't swiss cheese :)
The drivers side was a mess. The bondo master that worked his magic on the rest of the bronco spent some time making that quarter look pretty. I can replace what I cut out to fit the flare if I don't use the flares.

I'm going to wait to cut the passenger side til I see how the front will be. I can't put the front tires on because I've run out of room. The beams for my garages ceilings are low. It would help if I could see how the tires will fit in the front.

I do like the look of no flare and I'm not crazy about using spacers.

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another vote for no flares... and this is coming from a guy who's going to be adding flares (on my '90).
I'm running 12.5's on 15x10's though and my state is real bitchy about excess tire width.
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Wow that's a huge endeavor bet that will be a solid platform when done.
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