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88 Bronco Build - Utility/Vacation/DD

Buddy of mine sold me a bronco this bronco for $500. 88 with 351 and C6 sitting on 33x12.50R15's.

Would love to keep it at stock height, haul my "in case of emergency" tools discreetly, and have it as a daily driver/fun vacation driver/all-around utility, vehicle.

These goals are more or less in order:

Short term goals (6-7 months) (would LOVE to take this to a week long vacation in July - but would also LOVE to drive it before then around town)
-clean and spray paint all rust covered areas
-replace fuel tank & filler neck
-if necessary - replace fuel lines
-repair/replace brake lines (hoping just rear)
-repair floor/bed rust
-replace rear spring perch & shackle
-repair back-up lamps
-install locking hubs (junkyard pull - buddy's idea)
-repair passenger door lock
-repair tailgate
-install fog lamps
-possibly new tires (if I take it on the trip)

Whenever goals/ideas:
-with the rust issue - considered building permanent storage fore/aft of wheel wells
-construct a removeable locking tool storage for the bed
-construct a bike shelf
-heavy duty bumpers - front and rear

Ideas I've thought about but probably wouldn't actually do:
-do a body swap - older ford body on bronco chassis (wife LOVES older trucks - 50's)
-frame-off
-solid front axle swap
-engine and/or tranny swap
-5.0 wiring harness swap (buddy's idea)

Pictures I've taken so far: https://goo.gl/photos/yE5yNu5CdTBsop3i9

Rust in the rear end - started the discussion on the bed rust here: 88 Ford Bronco Bed Rust & ideas
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I was recommended to use this paint to help with the rust:
Rust Paint - Rust Proofing Products - Rust Protection - Corrosion Control - Eastwood

I was planning on trying this paint from NAPA which I haven't researched - it's just available:
https://goo.gl/photos/dpoHS1mdxaSVANeS6


Just remembered something else - another goal:
I'd really like to change out the pivot bolts in the front axle, as well as anything else that might need changed. - that would definitely be on the short term list.

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I keep remembering details.

I'm a maintenance supervisor, so I have access to a shop in the evenings and weekends.
Within that shop, I have access to a plasma cutter, industrial bandsaw, mig & tig welders, a personal chop saw, and personal tools.

I didn't want to, but I'll probably end up removing the fuel tank, plug the lines, in order to rebuild the rear of the vehicle. I was hoping to redo the floor and cross member and be able to drive in and out of the shop under it's own power, but I think that'd be more of a hassle than picking it up with the tow motor and hauling it in and out...
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Last weekend I was able to change the oil, oil filter, air filter, repair the air filter box (the 4th screw is missing and the other 3 weren't fastened in...), and plugged in a wayward vacuum line.

I will probably replace all the vacuum lines with rubber lines: PCV Reroute for 5.0\5.8 EFI (Pre-1993) - Ford Truck Club Forum


I was also able to cut out the vinyl floor covering, remove the interior wall panels (saving the arm rests), pull the body up and temporarily support the body with the bed using a 1-1/2 x 3-1/2 tubing.

I'm going to making a trip to my steel supplier in Indy, I'm thinking I might get something like this:
6' 2x6
32' 2x4
16 gauge steel sheets - would probably get two 4x8 sheets

I've also already ordered rear spring perches and shackles, as well as a fuel filler hose.

I will probably remove the floor, remove the fuel tank, cap the lines, and clean up the rear through the floor area. Not sure how to support the body why I do this...unless the tailgate will do the job, since it appears to have been doing it all along...

I know the recommendation is to buy a new tub and install vs constructing new.. OR buy another bronco and not mess with this one, but I've already bought this one and there's really no guarantees to anything bought.
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looks like you've got your work cut out for you, but im glad to see another bronco being saved from the scrap yard.

not sure if you saw this or not but that same guy in the link is a member here and he wrote this writeup on swapping the vacuum lines for rubber ones:

Replace Plastic Vacuum Hoses with Rubber

best of luck to ya with the rust repair. lord knows i dont have the patience for it.
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Seems like I had seen that write-up as well. And I'll subscribe, just as I am subscribing to all the threads that I think might come in useful.

I'm hoping there's a way to organize my subscriptions, because I'm collecting quite a few of them.

Just came across this page: 87-91 Ford Bronco Bed Panels Body - might look into that after i get the inside squared away. But my exterior panels are not an issue for me at this point.

This will be more work than I've ever put in a vehicle, but as I was telling my co-worker, I think I'm at the period in my life where I'm ok, and a little excited, about a project that requires some patience.

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I ended up not getting 2x4 tubing. Rather, got 3 pieces of 2x2 tubing and a 3 or 4x6.

Also got a 4x8 sheet of 16 gauge and a 4x6 piece of 18 gauge. Along with some miscellaneous pieces of 1x1, which is probably going to come in handy for wheel wells.

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There is a guy restoring a 4-door bronco here.
Four Door Bronco Build Thread - Ford Truck Enthusiasts Forums
He used pickup box inner wheel wells to repair his.

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There is a guy restoring a 4-door bronco here.
Four Door Bronco Build Thread - Ford Truck Enthusiasts Forums
He used pickup box inner wheel wells to repair his.
Thanks - he makes it look almost easy, haha.

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the good news about doing rust repair on these broncos is that you can buy pre-molded pieces for almost every part you need. its probably cheaper though to make your own using sheet metal though.

those pieces you found are a little bit cheaper but you might want to check out LMC:

LMC Truck - 80-96 Ford Truck and Bronco - Page 15

thats just one page of their catalog but they sell all kinds of stuff for our broncos.

not sure how familiar you are with this site but i thought i might share a few links:

BRONCO CATALOGS You Should Get....

Baba Looey's Favorite FSB Links (lots and lots of tech links) - this one is stickied at the top of the Noobie Bronco tech section. tons of cool links and great ideas.
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Seems like I had seen that write-up as well. And I'll subscribe, just as I am subscribing to all the threads that I think might come in useful.

I'm hoping there's a way to organize my subscriptions, because I'm collecting quite a few of them.

Just came across this page: 87-91 Ford Bronco Bed Panels Body - might look into that after i get the inside squared away. But my exterior panels are not an issue for me at this point.

This will be more work than I've ever put in a vehicle, but as I was telling my co-worker, I think I'm at the period in my life where I'm ok, and a little excited, about a project that requires some patience.
Wow this link was what I have been looking for. Good luck on your project. I'm putting in new rear break lines this week on my 87 FSB
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sharpshooter109 - thank you! Those links to links will definitely help me out!

I think I'll be starting this weekend. My goal will be to remove the remaining bed behind the seat latch, possibly before the axle body mount, build a wooden support between the bed rail and frame, and start getting into the rear cross member.

The goal is - if I find out I don't have the material to fix the cross member, than I'll weld up something to hold the body up better than the boards. Than, if I have time, I'll divert my attention to the rear shackles/mounts, and rust removal.

If I am able to build a new cross-member, than I'll build that, set the body down, and decide what's next at that point.


What a daunting task - SO MANY DIFFERENT CHOICES - yet so psyched. There's just something about being about to build stuff!!

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Cut out floor above the fuel tank, considered replacing the rear cross member of the floor, but couldn't figure it out without removing the one thing keeping the sides tied together, which is the tailgate.

Therefore, building supports from the mid floor body mount rail and hoping that'll hold the width, as well as hold the bed up..

88 Ford Bronco Bed Rust & ideas

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The photo with the jack stands - the metal is just laying there. Nothing will be fastened down till I have more framing in there.

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I've got some flat stock at my dad's house that I plan on putting between the vertical tubing and bed rails. I plan on welding the tubing to the flat stock and fastening the flat stock to the bed rails somehow... Might weld it, but we'll see...

Considering on cutting out wheel wells and building new wheel wells with 1" square tubing and the same sheet metal that I'm going to use for the floor.

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This past weekend I removed the back seat and the carpet/padding under the back seat. Found quite a bit more rust there as well.

There is a hole in the floor about 1-2" wide all along both sides of the front seat - along the door frames. The passenger side, around the mid cross-member, is completely rusted out as well. Looks like I'll either be looking for a new tub or doing a little more welding than I had planned..
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that sucks man. if you go looking for a new tub, probably best to come down south and pick one up. i imagine it would be cheaper than buying a rust free one up there since everything up there is rusted out. it might cost a little extra for the travel expenses but rust free tubs are much more common down here. ive seen some on craigslist in the $600 range at least, you could probably find them even cheaper. of course thats without an engine and trans but you could swap yours in easy enough.
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that sucks man. if you go looking for a new tub, probably best to come down south and pick one up. i imagine it would be cheaper than buying a rust free one up there since everything up there is rusted out. it might cost a little extra for the travel expenses but rust free tubs are much more common down here. ive seen some on craigslist in the $600 range at least, you could probably find them even cheaper. of course thats without an engine and trans but you could swap yours in easy enough.
Thanks - I have been trying to refrain from that because of the travel expenses and trying to find a body. But, it may come to that.
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A friend of mine helped me weld in a new rear support and patch in new floor and wheel wells. We left the old underneath.

I'm testing the welds by driving thru bumps instead of around them as I did before the weekend, haha.

Once the welds prove to hold then I'll seal the rest and line the entire bed with wood.
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Interesting idea about lining the bed with wood. Looking forward to seeing it!
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