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post #41 of 63 (permalink) Old 01-07-2017, 10:01 PM Thread Starter
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Good work. Keep it up.

It took me 3 years to find a Centurion without that kind of rust or worse, that the seller wasn't asking way too much.

It's crazy the conversations these vehicles start with strangers when pumping gas "Uh...excuse me....what is that?"
Thank you! I saw your post on this morning about starting your build, I'm looking forward to it!

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I see by the sticker on the tailgate cover that the truck was sold at one point by a dealer about 40 miles from me. No longer open though.

Missed it until I checked out the thread at your link.

I'm not sure I would order stuff from Tabco given the issues you wrote about.

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I was feeling bad about cutting the rust free quarter panels off of mine, but then I had a blow out and bend one up.
So that took a little weight off my conscious.
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Sweet build!

Gotta have the love for the 80-86 bullnose! One of the nicer years in my opinion
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Very nicely coming along. Tagging this post to follow.
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Great work on your restoration .


What scares me about this thread is facing the possible reality of my '94 having similar cancer. Your thread clearly illustrates some serious cancer/rust possibilities of our FSBs. Ignorance is bliss !

Both my rear upper wheelwell lips have extensive rust similar to yours and the base of all 4 corners have various degrees of rust as well. AM fiberglass quarter panels are definitely in my future.

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Sweet build!

Gotta have the love for the 80-86 bullnose! One of the nicer years in my opinion

Thanks everyone!

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Nice to see someone converting TO a bullnose, rather than the other way around.


Looking for dad's 1984 (Sold in 2004)
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Got it out of winter storage a week ago, and drove it out to school. In the past week I have replaced the IAC, fixed some bulbs that were not working, added a temporary pinstripe to match the existing paint job better, painted the fuel door to match the quarters, replaced the drivers door hinge pin and bushings, and painted some stuff with POR15 that we didn't have time to get last year.

New IAC



Old one sitting next to the box



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My new polyurethane body mounts showed up the other day too! Turned in 3 core batteries I got for free, and used my employee discount, and ended up only paying $35 for them! I will probably only replace the rubber radiator mounts for now, and maybe do the other ones later. I also ordered the metal mount patches from JGB the other day.



I've been spraying these crusty looking mounts everyday with PB Blaster


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Holy shit those mounts look bad. I do love a centurion though. I almost bought one with a 460 for 3k. Still kicking myself in the teeth for passing that up. How much did the poly body mounts set you back?
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Holy shit those mounts look bad. I do love a centurion though. I almost bought one with a 460 for 3k. Still kicking myself in the teeth for passing that up. How much did the poly body mounts set you back?
I work at an auto parts store, so with my discount they were about $65, but I turned in 3 batteries I got for free, and that dropped the price down to $35. A quick Ebay search says the Energy Suspension brand kit (which I have) is about $80. The Prothane Motion Control brand kit is about $55.

I didn't realize it when I ordered these, but they are just for the cab and front clip. But that's alright because I only plan on replacing the core support mounts right now.

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I changed out the serpentine belt and idler pulley the other day. The belt was cracked and the pulley didn't really want to spin, and had wear marks all over it from the belt sliding on it. I used this write up: Serpentine Tensioner and Idler Pulley replacement

It saved me a bunch of time looking for tools, since I didn't have a T50 socket




Pic is a little deceiving, pulleys are the same size.

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I always thought these things were a myth! I've never seen one in person.

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I always thought these things were a myth! I've never seen one in person.
I actually had never seen one in person either until I bought this one. I looked for one locally for 4 years, and 6 months after I bought this one, I found another one 4 miles from my house that was bought at a local dealership. I may try to buy it this summer. www.fourdoorbronco.com is down right now for some reason , but check it out in a couple days if you want more information about them.

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Were they a Factory Ford option? Or like a conversion from another company? Like Southern Comfort or someone else.

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It's a conversion, Bishop. The most popular was from the Centurion company but I believe there was one more big player in the conversion game for this particular model.

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Mine is a Centurion, Magnum Motor Coach was the other big company that built them. Their version was called the Metropolitan, and they made them from 87-91. Centurion produced them from 86-96, and was later bought out by Southern Comfort.

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There's a dude I see in Southwick Ma a few times a week at Dunkin in the drive through with a four door diesel, looks like a 92-96, super clean, white. Always want to stop and ask him about it, but being in the drive through makes it tough. It's the only one I've seen in the real world. I would LOVE to find an 86, that's my favorite body style and favorite year as well.

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Finally completed my front clip swap!

Here is how I did it:



Unbolt the front clip. Save all the bolts, you will need them later. I was able to snake the core support out without pulling the radiator or trans cooler.



I had to cut the head off the core support mounting bolts with a plasma cutter in order to get them out. I replaced these mounts with one I got for free from a junkyard (Still waiting on another one) and new polyurethane mounts.







Here they are all laid out, also pictured are some JBG frame savers I didn't need.



Here is the sandblasted and painted core support from the 84 above the old one. They look very similar.



While I had it apart, I painted the front half of my frame with POR15



Also did my battery tray and coolant/air box mount



The 84 radiator won't work with the newer truck, because the inlet/outlet holes are on opposite sides from the 95 radiator. So I modified the 84 core support to work with the 95 radiator.
The lower radiator mounts are spot welded onto the 95 support, drill them out, and attach them to the 84 support. Here is what they look like removed and sandblasted:



Here they are painted and bolted to the new support. I should have welded them on, because the bolts caused interference with the battery tray bracket.



I used the 95 battery tray, and had to drill a big hole in it so the nut would fit through, and I couldn't use the lower bolt hole on the tray.



The upper radiator mounts are also farther spread apart on the 95. I didn't get a picture, but I used a hole saw and a smaller bit to replicate the factory holes, and inserted the clip from the 95.



Once you have the radiator mounts made, you are ready to put the new core support on the truck. I needed to use the 95 center hoop, but you might not need to if you don't have a trans cooler or AC. I also needed to trim the upper mount on the left side of the hoop a tiny bit to work with the 84 hood handle. You need to use the 84 hood latch. The cable from the 95 worked fine. Leave the core support bolts loose until you have the front fenders lined up.



Then start fitting the fenders. You will need to modify the lower mounts. Some people just use L brackets. I cut mine, oriented them, and welded them on the correct way. Then I mounted the front fenders. USE THE 80-86 INNER FENDERS. I thought I could use the 92-96 ones, and they do not work. I chopped mine up to fit in there, and I will have to go back later and replace them with 80-86 ones. I also used an 87-91 cowl panel, since it was an upgraded design from the 80-86 style. The 92-96 cowl won't work. The hood lines are not the same.



Spliced in the older headlight wiring. Turn signals and marker lights were the same. Just needed a smaller bulb for the marker lights to fit in the older housing.



I made sure I had all the grounds reattached, hooked up the battery, and made sure it still ran.



The air box mount/overflow tank doesn't fit very well inside the older fenders. I need to go back later and modify them to work better. The hood bolts right on, and I put on my grille, headlight surrounds, and clear turn signals I saved from my last bronco.



I haven't made new bumper mounts yet. The 92-96 F150/Bronco frames have a crumple zone that sticks out farther than the older frames. I'm going to have to cut a few inches off the front of the frame to make the bumper fit right. I just made some Z shaped brackets that use the 95 mounts to temporarily mount the bumper.

Here's what it looks like:







Still needs paint and a better passenger fender, but it is done for now

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Awesome...

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