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post #21 of 132 (permalink) Old 03-04-2019, 11:45 AM
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Not long after buying it I changed the oil, fuel filter, plug wires, spark plugs, and air filter. Gave it a good run through.

Also took the top off for the first time in its life!

My dad had an old scout project where he bought brand new 31" super stampers, but never drove the truck. So I took those wagon wheels and put them on the bronco. Those things literally shook it apart haha but looked cool and ripped up mud. So I ran. Those for a while.

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Hey guys, how nice to see your trucks.
I like all the pictures of your restoration progress and your experiences.
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Ditto - cool stuff. Thanks for sharing.


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Looks like a good month of Bronco porn! Wheelin' and wrenchin' - looking forward to it guys!


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After the summer I finally decided to lift it. 6" superlift kit.

The first pic is of the last time this bronco was ever stock

I cleaned up the frame and painted it, painted the coil springs Ford blue, and changed out all the bushings.

Im talking radius arm, sway bar link, axle pivot, the whole 9 yards

If you can tell, it had that look like it had to pee after we installed the lift. Needed an alignment bad

I'm sure many of yall recognize that smile I have on my last picture. Accomplishment and pride. Couldnt have done any of this without my dad and brothers helping me.

Thankfully, now im at the point where all of my friends ask ME to help them do something, like put on a lift kit or even ball joints

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Next I found a top with the awesome slider windows!


I continued to build it and wheel it like for a while so here are some pics for a trail called Rattle Snake



Getting flexy




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Found out the stock springs weren’t too happy about being stuffed to full compression with spacers under them

Also found the stock steering linkage to be a bit on the weak side, as well as my radius arms that I had extended using the wrong tubing


It was around this time that I had been watching some older Bronco Safari videos on youtube, and they got me thinking. While not a single video showed a fullsize Bronco there, I saw nowhere it said fullsizes were excluded. And I had been looking at the calendar and realized it had been nearly 5 years since I had taken a day off work or gone on a vacation. So the decision was made to throw a few hundred more dollars at the Bronco to get it Moab ready, and we were gonna crash their Moab party with the ugliest, cheapest Bronco they have ever seen
The tie rod was straightened and then sleeved with whatever pipe I could find lying around that fit over the tie rod

The bent radius arm was also straightened and then a piece of c channel welded across the back to try and keep it from happening again


Threw a set of Superlift 4” Early Bronco coils under. While the Superlift coils are a bit stiff in an Early Bronco, they are nice and soft and flexy for a TTB in a fullsize

Then I picked up a set of the cheapest 5.14’s I could find on ebay, NASCAR used take outs, and 5.13’s for the d44. Also picked up the cheapest 3.92 and up carrier for the 44 I could find, which happened to be an Auburn gear clutch style posi, and welded the diff on the 9”
Total cost so far-$1639.33
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A little bit of snow wheeling, always a good time!








A close call for my friend, had to drag him out


My pooch loves the snow


Broke the track bar bushing this day, that sucked




Luckily had a heim with me, got us home

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Bronco Safari 2015!!!
So last minute I had a buddy get a hold of me, he wanted to go with us to Moab but had no time or money to put together his own rig, so I offered up my fullsize as a loaner for him to use, and took my wife’s B2 along for us to use.
Our group of friends was off to crash Bronco Safari with my FSB, my wife’s B2, my buddy Tyler’s FSB(which I encouraged him to find and build when this whole Bronco Safari thing came to mind), and our other buddy with his Toyota

This first year we ran all the easy trails, “the basics” that you should probably run your first time in Moab to get acclimated to wheeling out there. Fins and Things, Hell’s Revenge, Moab Rim, and Kane Creek. On all of these easy trails every rig in our group performed flawlessly




Toward the end of the week we got brave and went to play in Area BFE and on Rusty Nail, so I kicked my buddy out of my fullsize so I could leave the wife’s B2 at camp, and we headed out to make some carnage


My buddy Tyler broke a front shaft in BFE, and on Rusty Nail he had some vapor locking issues, and I lost a fuel pump

Right here on the first real obstacle of Rusty Nail is where the fuel pump died

Luckily I brought a cheap electric pump we were able to zip tie to the frame and get back to camp

That was it for our first year or Bronco Safari. Looking back it was a very mild year with easy trails and light carnage. But it was a blast. And while I in no way claim any sort of credit for this Fullsize Invasioin going on this year, I’d like to think that what I started in 2015 and have done every year since has helped to give you guys some motivation to put that together and get your rigs out there
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After the lift i took it to the alignment shop with the stock tires on the front. That way my tires wouldnt run the edges off. Looked hilarious and squeeked the whole way.

Shop told me I needed new ball joints in order for them to properly align it, but they went ahead and set the toe.

My dad and I redid the ball joints, bearings, and all on the front end using the guide on this forum.

I learned a lot. I have since redone my wheel bearings 3 times by myself. I can do it pretty fast now lol. First time was because they were squeaking. Driving through creek trails had dried up the grease. Then because I wanted to install deaver coils and replace my abs sensor. The third time I dont remember but I know I did it hahahaha.

After the bearings and alignment I got to take her out to play and had hella fun in the few Tennessee snows we got that year. Didnt have many pics of me wheeling back then. I do have plenty though of more recent adventures so that will come later in the month

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I had a bunch of pics from the next phase of the Bronco on Imageshack which I can't retrieve so that part will just have to be skipped, but basically I bought a 94 Suburban diesel so I decided to make a restomod project out of the Bronco.

I started by tearing it down and pulling all of the good usable parts from it.







Off to the scrapper!


Bought a 79 body and frame for $400. The body was okay but the frame was in much better shape than my 78 was




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Really Dave, a 6.5 diesel Chevy??? Eww, just ewww. Hahaha

Anyways, on with my story

First thing once I was home from Moab was to do something about the departure angle. The trailer hitch did an excellent job of protecting the fuel tank, but it also drug over absolutely everything.

With my 2” body lift, I had 2” I could move the fuel tank up. So I sectioned 2” out of the factory fuel tank skid plate, which also holds up the tank, then made some hillbilly 2” extensions for the top straps


Then using steel from a workbench I had, but didn’t have room to use in the 1 car garage I was working out of at the time, I built a new skid plate

Oh, and I picked up a new mechanical fuel pump to replace the one that died in Moab
Total cost so far- $1660.79
While wheeling in that local canyon I broke a steering u joint, which took out the axle shaft, so I picked up a new one at picknpull as well as a d50 stub to install while I was there

Beam clearance for the D50 inner

So when the u-joint broke, the ears of the two shafts slammed together and pushed away from each other, burying the intermediate shaft in the slip yoke of the inner and breaking the welds I had on the dust cap. The spring I had in there got lost in the dirt, so I wanted to come up with something different since I figured that wasn’t gonna be my only broken axle shaft
Craftsman riding mower seat spring, part number 124181X

Cut the coil off the end

Installed on the OUTSIDE of the new shaft, with a small bead on the shaft to trap it. Now it can’t go flying off anywhere



Total cost so far-$1777.83

Once I got it back together,some celebratory hooning around in a certain speed parts house parking lot… Sorry for the old cell phone video quality
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What a cool and different set of rigs this month! Definitely cool to see guys


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Here are my first and second proms. Talk the bronco both times. First pic is when my brother drove his k5 Jimmy too.

Couple more pics of the bronco

I did the silicon vacuum lines using the guide on the forum.

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Yeah I know Nick, but it was clean, real clean, cheap and it got 20 mpg.

This is where it starts to get fun

Once I got the frame stripped down it went off to powder coating!





Nice and snug in it's home



Scored a set of 03 Superduty axles, complete with manual hubs




Starting on the radius arms and suspension





Zero rates to recenter the axle after the shackle flip

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Next big trail run for the rig was on a California trail near Bridgeport called Niagara Rim. This is where the fullsize started to really take on its raisin-esque appearance








So I had never re-enforced the passenger side radius arm, I only did the driver side when it bent. Well, on this trip I did in the passenger side one pretty good

Also peeled open the roller fairlead and put a pretty good tweak on the front bumper

Shortened the frame to set the winch and bumper back inside the grille. Also straightened the bumper the best I could, and switched to a lower profile Hawse fairlead

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Here's a fun post. I'm now going to describe all the times my bronco has broke down and left me stranded. We've all been there and it ain't the funnest thing ever. This thing has always been pretty reliable, just had some hiccups

1) the first picture is when my fuel pump went out. Kind of just unexpected. I had been trying to get this girl to go out with me for years though high school and one day she finally agreed. I pick her up from her house and plan on taking her riding dirt roads through some creeks and stuff like that. Anyways, I make it two miles from her house and it dies. Actually this breakdown ended up being pretty fun Lol. After a while my I called my brother and my buddy and they show up and help me tow it home, after we diagnose that it ain't gonna start back

2) second time i was on the way back to MTSU where I go to school. It was Monday morning and I was coming back from spending the weekend at home. Was going down a rarely used interstate and the thing overheated and blew the head gasket. It wouldnt have been so bad, but my cell phone plan had expired and wasnt supposed to renew until the next day (I was using prepaid phone) . I had to stand in the rain and try to wave down somebody to use their phone. After like 30 minutes a guy in a lifted obs f350 locked his brakes up and pulled over and let me use his phone. Dude saved my ass that day. Called my dad and he brought the trailer and we towed it home. Needless to say, I switched to full fledged Verizon right after that.

3) Brake line connected to brake hose blew out. I was leaving school and was slowing down to traffic at a red light. All of a sudden brakes arent working and I'm going 40mph toward a stopped car at a red light. I frantically start pumping the brakes to help slow down, move into the turning lane and whip it into publix parking lot still going like 40. Crazy thing. I remember driving it home after I filled it back up with fluid and then fixed it at the house.

4) Brake hose blew out. I was carrying my buddy up to Ashland city so he could trade some wheels with another dude. We loaded in the back of bronco and headed out. We meet the guy at McDonalds and when we go to leave, the pedal goes to the floor. Buddy got out and looked while I was pressing brakes and fluid was squirting out of the brake hose. Pouring down rain hard, and we are walking down to auto zone. They didn't carry any hoses so I had to buy some hose clamps and we clamped that sonuvagun. Made it home slow go. Attached is a pic of that hose that got me home.

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The chassis work continued, looked awesome!









Scored a NOS tailgate for $150!!!!


The plan was to restomod the Bronco using the red body, it wasn't in as good of shape as I thought






I gave it a shot, but then I found a Bronco in Las Vegas for $1000, which worked out good since we were moving there!
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