Originally Posted by 68Mercury250Ranger
Nice build thread and valuable info.
are you serious at only 5100lbs?
you have a pretty nice balanced Bronco front/rear for that torque monster up front.
I put a 6.9 diesel and C6 into an 88 Bronco back in 2000 and was very happy with the "balance" with the diesel up front. it was a very simple install, all Ford parts from an F250.
that is a very solid Bronco and worthy of a nice OEM look body/paintjob, it already gets enough attention with an oil burner inside.
Yep, 5100 lbs, without me in it, and with 3/8 of a tank of fuel.
It handles like a stock truck, the steering is nice and tight, and it'll do the speed limit around corners with no problem. It's a brute in the snow, too. I'm considering a set of General Grabber tires in the same 35 x 12.50, but according to the brand comparison chart, they'll be quite a bit better in dry, wet and snow than my Mud Terrain T/A tires, with only a slight loss of traction in mud. The Generals are $161 a piece, which isn't bad at all.
I thought about a nice normal paintjob, but it would be a LOT more money to do it right, and I'm pretty strapped right now. So I figure I'll weld up the rust spots, do some body filler, scuff it down, seal it, and just roll on the gray and black camo with cheap equipment paint. If the truck gets scratched up, it's an easy fix, too. A diesel Bronco with 4" exhaust and muffler, that's lifted 9" with 35s on it definitely does get attention. I get a lot of guys walking up and staring at it, listening to the rattle. I wouldn't suggest anyone building something like this unless you really like B.S.-ing with strangers on a regular basis.. haha
1978 Bronco Custom, 6" skyjacker & 3" body lift, 37x12.50R16.5s, posi front diff, 3.50 gears, Dynamic Racing C6 w/billet 1200 rpm converter, upgraded brakes, '91 Cummins 12V, Denny T fuel pin, injection pump maxed out & timing advanced, 3800 gov. spring, 60# valve springs, ARP head studs, 4" exhaust.