I’m going to have an early start to work on Wednesday so I’m posting the day 24 update now. With a goal to finish the month strong sharing some more action shots, I wanted to use this opportunity to share some pictures that don’t quite fit in other posts.
Trimming the fenders meant my sliders are too long. I almost cut them but they came out too nice and will now be hand-me-downs for the 96.
With that and other projects stacking up, I ordered some steel. I am quite fortunate to have an industrial fab shop at the end of my road that will sell or order me steel. I also have a powder coater two doors from the fab shop. I still tend towards rattle can. So here is the steel I got this month:
This pic also shows the trailer I brought home in November. I’ve been talking about getting a trailer for 5 years or so. Between wheeling and buying crap on craigslist, my wife told me to shut up about it and just buy the damn thing. I find all kinds of uses for it.
This is the extra wide ‘buggy hauler’ with drive over fenders. The front tires go up and over but the rear wedge in tightly. Now that I am more mobile, I anticipate many more wheeling trips this year.
Trimmed and painted the rear bumper:
And I started lining the rear bed rails with 2x3 angle. I wanted to square them up after the dovetail, add strength and have tie down points. These are a work in progress.
Despite the axles and fab work on my Bronco, I felt like I was behind the other rigs in the club. I’ve been neglecting the basics. I started spending time under the hood. I wanted to make more room so I eliminated the non functioning AC, the smog pump (I almost only drive off road) the cruise control and stock air box. I’m not a huge proponent of cold air intakes but wanted the room. I also replaced a leaky master cylinder with a 1 ton mc and booster.
Going crawling with the club I’ve seen many broken driveline parts. I decided to raid the yard and stock up:
Right before the dovetail, I started adding brackets to my cage to carry spare shafts and my hi-lift. The 96 got to benefit even though I still haven’t swapped a D60 into it.
So a new cage is taking shape. This pic was from this past Sunday. We finally got some snow here in Flagstaff and I wanted a nice shot of it. You can see the start of a hybrid exo cage I’ve been working on this week:
Lastly, you might have noticed the steel Bronco logo adorning my garage here on the Bronco ranch. I free hand cut that out of a giant disk of ľ” steel. Here is what I did with the negative image: