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Old 09-23-2012, 07:28 PM   #1
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78 Fs frame ranger body swap

So I'm the proud new owner of a 78 FSB. I took it off roading for the first time up in Michigan. It performed very well except for the body mounts that were pretty much gone. The whole underside of the bronco shell is very rusty and structurally unstable, even to weld reinforcements on. So I was wondering, does anyone have any info/experience swapping a first or second gen. ranger body (83-92) onto a full size 78 bronco frame? Any information would be very helpful, thanks!
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Old 09-23-2012, 08:19 PM   #2
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NO DONT DO IT.
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Old 09-23-2012, 08:24 PM   #3
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Why not?
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Old 09-23-2012, 08:29 PM   #4
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Show us some pics.
You can cut and replace a lot of tin before throwing the body away.
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Old 09-23-2012, 08:45 PM   #5
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If I had to, I could do a lot of welding and reinforce it, but I like the idea of tires sticking out more then that almost 7 foot wide body, I'm building for tighter trails and if my tires are going to hit before my body does, then I can maneuver that much easier. My plan is to actually cut the front of the ranger bed out and the back of the cab and weld it together to make my own mini-bronco. I'm looking for any info to see how it fits on the frame before I buy a ranger body
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Old 09-23-2012, 08:55 PM   #6
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How do I post pics since I can't add attachments?
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Old 09-23-2012, 09:02 PM   #7
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You're a noob so I'm going to take it easy well maybe.

Here is where you post questions:
http://www.fullsizebronco.com/forum/...splay.php?f=21
Here is how you post pictures:
http://www.fullsizebronco.com/forum/...ead.php?t=6204

Maybe search a little and read a little before we go giving us your 2 cents.
I have not seen the Ranger on 78 frame but there is one in the General Section.
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Old 09-23-2012, 11:57 PM   #8
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moved to correct forum....
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Old 09-24-2012, 08:56 AM   #9
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Do a search for the user The Legend, he put a 80s Ranger body on his 77 frame. Its a pretty badass truck.
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Old 10-08-2012, 03:16 PM   #10
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Why a ranger body if you want to build a mini bronco? just use a bronco 2.
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Old 11-13-2012, 02:50 PM   #11
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Dont let them sway you, If its junk its junk. Mine was.....well, it might still be. But still.
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Old 11-13-2012, 06:55 PM   #12
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fix'en to do a '86 ranger on a '79 bronco frame. because the bronco is beat to crap rusted out . and has no title...
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Old 11-13-2012, 07:28 PM   #13
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Put a Bronco 2 body on it.
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Old 11-13-2012, 07:32 PM   #14
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the ranger body swap is not to bad at all we have done a couple of them the bronco 2 is alot shorter then the full size
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Old 11-13-2012, 07:43 PM   #15
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Put a Bronco 2 body on it.
i scraped and sold all my bronco 2 .. and even my rangers 2 years ago .. so i bought the ranger for a $100 that i am going to use.. and i don't what to use a big heavy body .. as mine will only be using a gutted out body.. i probably want use the front clip .. i will be building something like Dooley's dodge on Mudstruck.com
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