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post #1 of 37 (permalink) Old 09-01-2019, 11:51 AM Thread Starter
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September Full Size of the Month 2019 Vote Here!!!

Here are your CONTESTANTS for September 2019 FULLSIZE OF THE MONTH !!!

1: @JohnnyBronco86


2: @NickOille



3: @not a jeep



4: @MS88Bronc






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This is going to be a GOOD ONE !!!

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Well, here we go, hope you all enjoy the story of my raisin of a fullsize. I ran for FOTM earlier this year, so most of you have probably seen all of this. I'm gonna try to cover the history of this build a little quicker this month, and get to some new stuff for you guys later in the month

The build starts in 2014, after a few years without a wheeling rig I had saved up $1000 to start a budget wheeler project. The local towing company I worked for had picked up an abandoned 84 Bronco, and once the owners never came back for it, and the lein sale paperwork was completed, I picked it up for $300



The first order of business was getting it running. Upon first inspection I found the starter was burned out. Upon closer inspection I realized that the exciter wire on the solenoid was wired to direct battery power, and the ignition switch would not feed power in the start position. So it would appear that the ignition switch broke, the previous owner thought wiring the solenoid to be active all the time would fix it, then when that caused it to crank endlessly until the starter died, they determined the vehicle was unfixable and left it.
A new starter and a toggle switch is all it took to have it up and running. I also threw on some junk 33’s that I had laying around



Total cost so far- $366.39
While gutting the interior that appeared to have had unspeakable, terrible things happen all over the carpet, scored a bonus under the seat





Next was to get it up a little bit higher, so I made some simple spring spacers from aluminum round stock, and swapped the longer front shock into the rearward front shock mount, which allowed me some more droop without buying new shocks. I also threw some 1" lift blocks under the rear



Also extended my radius arms with some junk HREW tubing I had lying around. 1 1/2” .120 wall sleeved with a piece of 1 ¾” .120 wall





On the first trip out I realized that the stock shocks were way to blown out to do anything, except keep the axles from drooping out too far and ripping the brake lines. So I spent some money on new shocks, and on camber/caster bushings to account for the spring spacers throwing the geometry off

Total cost so far- $528.51



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September Full Size of the Month 2019 Vote Here!!!

OK everyone, first of all, I'll send out a thank you to @youngDUMP for the nomination.

It has been exactly two years since I ran for FOTM, but with my first rig (the ole '88 - hence my handle). Sadly, I had to let that one go not too long after that. So, a few medical bills got paid off, my job started taking a $&#!, so I ended up moving my whole family northward for a new job. So, here I am now, in SE Michigan, and life is good.



After a few months of being here, I had some money in the bank again, and decided to start looking for a new rig. Of course, I never really stopped looking, but now I was looking with PURPOSE. So, after some serious looking, I found a rust free 96 XL model from Tennessee with the 5.8/E4OD/BW1356 setup. This rig had lots of upgrades installed on it already, and it was all the stuff I wanted to have on mine, so I went to look at it, test drove it (noticing a few things that I felt wouldn't be any huge problem to address) and pulled the trigger. Here are the pics from the day I bought it:











The seller had sold the softopper he showed in the ad as well as the winch, but oh well, we adjusted the asking price accordingly. It also had 35" Goodyear MT/Rs, 4.56 gears, Detroit locker in front, LS in back, custom fabbed front and rear bumpers, custom fabbed sliders/side steps, off-road lights recessed in the bumpers, swing-out spare carrier, 5.5" Deaver SuperFlex suspension lift with extended radius arms, manual shift transfer case, and Warn premium lockouts. This was a great starting point. I was back in the saddle now after a little over a year of being Bronco-less, and I was doin' good!


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post #4 of 37 (permalink) Old 09-02-2019, 03:08 PM
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I had a buddy with an 8th gen f150 who wanted a 7th gen front clip, and since I didn't really care either way I swapped with him. I also added a 2" body lift and picked up a set of used 37's, and did some fender trimming for clearance









Total cost so far- $753.31
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September Full Size of the Month 2019 Vote Here!!!

First I would like to thank @whitedragon for the nomination, it is an honor!

My story began 19 years ago after walking out the door to go to work and realized someone wanted my Dodge truck more than I did. I've been wheeling for many years and owned many 4x4's too so the only question was what kind of truck I was I going to buy to replace my missing Dakota. Keeping an open mind as to what kind of truck to get, my only criteria was a V8 and something cool that I could have fun exploring the trails and could accommodate my young kids. I knew someone with a dealers license so off to the dealer auction I went and low and behold there it was, a 1995 Ford Bronco XL. It had 60k miles on it and was perfect! Being my first time at an auction it was quite the sensory overload, things happen so fast, you've got the barker speaking so fast I couldn't keep up with who else was bidding and realized I was bidding against myself, lol. I was determined to take this sweet rig home, probably could have saved myself $500 if I had realized sooner! None-the-less I got the truck for $6k and Todd has been in the family since.

Here is what it looked like back then.

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Wow, I can see this is going to be another GREAT Month !!!

Good Luck to all and lets see watt you got.

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So, when I hand over the money for the new rig, the PO hands me a cardboard box full of random parts. You know, it's kind of funny - you can often get a good idea of what work you need to do based on what parts are in the box the PO gives you. In this box there are several things - adjustable camber bushings, a spindle socket, timken bearings and a grease seal (hmmmm - wonder where this is going?). There was also a pair of rear seat belts, a coil, oil filters, and other random things. He also gave me the trim pieces for the back cargo area that go on the bedside rails.

The cargo area was filthy, so that was first on the agenda.







Had one of my boys help me run the shop vac!




Then she got a good wash.



It's amazing how much difference a good wash can make!


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After some Craigslist hunting I came across a Belleview 6000 for $200. Using a mix of whatever random 1/8” and ¼” plate I had sitting around, I fabbed up a cheap winch bumper









Added a second battery at the same time too



Total cost so far- $1009.64

At this point my budget was spent, so it stayed like that for a little while, and I used it for mild wheeling on local trails, backroads and canyons. For local stuff like that it did great, but being open diffs front and rear, and only 3.54 axle gears left a lot to be desired





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So on my way driving this Bronco home (and during the test drive) I notice that the steering wheel isn't lined up correctly - driving straight it was off center to about the 10 o'clock position. It's not really a huge deal....except when you go to hit your left turn signal and it won't click down and stay down! Plus, it disengages at the wrong time when you straighten the wheel slightly - overall, just annoying. So I bring it in for an alignment - they say they can't align it because it has a bad wheel bearing on the front passenger side. Great. That explains some of those parts in the PO's "parts box."



At this time I wasn't very familiar with the inner workings of the Bronco hub and front axle, so I enlisted the help of fellow FSBer @sackman9975 , who now only lived about 15 minutes from me. We pull the entire front passenger side apart from the knuckle out. The bearings were toast, the rotor’s tone ring was destroyed from rubbing the ABS sensor which was also ground down, the Warn lockout insides were broken, and the spindle didn't look great either.







Looking through the parts I had, there was a spare Warn lockout (someone knew something ), some Timken bearings, and a grease seal - pretty much what I needed to do the wheel bearings here. We get all the old stuff off and pack and replace the bearings. We had a little bit of a hard time getting it back on all the way, so we suspected something was amiss, but finished it up anyway. Then we took it for a 20 minute drive. Upon feeling the hub, it was burning hot - something was wrong. We then went to take it all back off again and it was so tight, we couldn't get the lockout off. So we had to get creative.











When we took it all back apart again and the grease seal was destroyed. This is where we learned that the 96 grease seal is a two piece seal and the one-piece I had was for a 95 (and others). So sackman found a 95 spindle and 95 rotor in his garage (that still had a good seal on it) and we replaced mine with these. After this, all was good in the world again.



We also checked the ignition timing and it was sitting at 4° ATDC! No wonder it was sluggish! We set it to 10° BTDC and it was like a new truck.


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



And the stock steering linkage was a bit weak for 37's



Also my radius arms extended with junk tubing were a bit weak



After watching some youtube videos about Bronco Safari, and realizing it had been wayyy too long since I have taken a single day off work, it was decided I was gonna throw a bit more money at the turd to get it ready to go to Moab

Steering linkage straightened and sleeved with whatever tubing was laying around



And radius arm straightened and re-enforced with C channel





And some Superlift 4" Early Bronco coil springs. They don't make those springs anymore, but they were about the stiffest Early Bronco springs you could get, which worked out to be nice and flexy with a TTB 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”. She was Moab ready

Total cost so far-$1639.33
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After some time spent with this rig, I realized the ole' girl needed a name. The history behind this Bronco lies in the mountains of Tennessee as a fleet vehicle with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency - there was no console in this truck, but you could see some bolt holes in the space between the seats, holes under the dash for a radio, and an A-pillar police-style spot light. The state put around 160K on the clock and the guy I bought it from was the second owner who put around 6K on it. So, the name just kinda came to me...."The Tennessee Warden." I pondered other names, but I ended up sticking with this one.

So, like many Broncos, there was some play in the steering and some wandering when driving straight. The radius arm bushings were new with the install of the extended radius arms, so logically, the axle pivot bushings were next.

*deep breath* Here we go...

Ordered OEM-style Moog bushings:



They looked a little ratty:



Dropped the starboard beam lift bracket:



Tore it apart to get it out:



New one in:



Pulled the other one out:





And got it in:







Lift bracket reinstalled and all buttoned up:



So after all this, she drove better - not perfect, but better. Hey, every little bit helps.


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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.









Later in the week we decided to hit the more extreme stuff, so we left the wife's B2 at camp and I kicked my buddy out of my fullsize so I could have a little fun







Only issue I had was a fuel pump that crapped out, but I had a spare universal electric one with me





I'm gonna be absent from the FOTM competition for a few days, heading out for another adventure. If I find cell service I'll try to upload a few teaser pics, if not I should be back before the weekend is up
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September Full Size of the Month 2019 Vote Here!!!

As we all know, one of the first things you do with a new-to-you Bronco is change (or check) the fluids - the life blood of your truck. So, the transmission fluid was checked - nice and red and smelled good - no issues there. The oil was dark, and I had no idea how old it was or how many miles it had on it, so oil and filter was changed. Diff oil in front and rear was fine - no problems there. The coolant, however, was disgusting and dirty - flush time.

I picked up a couple gallons of Prestone concentrate, some Blue Devil flush additive, and a few gallons of distilled water. Then I grabbed a tote from the garage and drained everything out.



It was pretty bad. After about 30 minutes of flushing with the engine running, the water draining out was clear and I dumped in about a gallon of distilled water to flush out the tap water and then closed the petcock. I mixed up the concentrate with distilled water in a 5-gal bucket and started filling the radiator. Ran it, burped it, refilled it .....ad nauseum until the level stayed constant.



So now my coolant was a nice pretty green and not a muddy mess.

On another topic, my dash wasn't very pretty. It looked, well, a little cracked, a little stained, and faded.



So I ordered a CoverKing dash mat and it fit perfectly and made it look a little cleaner. These pics are from the moment I installed it - it has since been velcro'd down to stay in place and it has settled.





Now, remember earlier, when I cleaned up the cargo area and there were no bedside panels on the sides? Well, the PO did not have them - he just had the trim pieces. So I started looking for some. I didn't want the stock XL trim level panels - I was thinking about finding some from an XLT or EB Bronco.

I changed my mind.

I will MAKE some. Stay tuned.


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OK Boys and Girls, I know it's only been a few days but I only see two of the four Contestants running posting pictures and writing about their builds, not that I am not enjoying these two so far, just would like to see more participate.

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OK - bedside panels.....

I've seen some folks make them from wood and diamondplate, but I didn't want that. I wanted to reduce interior noise. So the first step was to make a template for the panels.

Empty bedsides:





Made up a cardboard template:



Based on the measurements of the template, I drafted up a figure for dimensions:



I went up to the local JoAnn fabric store and picked up some beige and dark green leather-grained vinyl - borrowed the wife's sewing machine:



Did some fancy cuttin' and sewin':







Checked it against the template:



Repeated this in the mirror image. Then I went to the Home Depot and picked up some 1/8" hardboard (basically pegboard with no holes), brought it home and started tracing and cutting;







Test fit the "mirror image" panel:



Applied 1/4" upholstery foam to the panels:



Pulled and wrapped, glued, and stapled it:



Looks pretty good!



Come back for the next post to see how they turned out!


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Alright FSBers, today is game day! Therefore, today's post comes now - I just put ribs on and I have several other items to prep for today's football watchin'! Go Tigers!

OK - wrapping up the homemade bedside panels.....

While I was at Home Depot getting the hardboard, I picked up some carpet padding and inexpensive indoor/outdoor carpet and laid it down in the cargo area as a temporary solution until I get some sound deadener and molded Bronco carpet.



Panels installed.





So next I painted the trim pieces with some Krylon Fusion after a Scotch-Brite scuffing:





Installed the trim pieces, but I'm still missing something:



The rear belts were in the parts box from the PO, as he recently had the softopper on it (that he sold seperately! dammit). The left rear belt was fine but the right rear one appeared to have been cut near the floor bracket, so I sent it "My Safety Belts" for a webbing replacement. Here's the link to them in case any of you guys need new webbing - they did a great job. https://www.mysafetybelts.com/servic...ent-p102264021

New belt arrived:


Installed:



Also picked up some generic 6x9 speaker grilles and "Christmas tree" push pins from Amazon:



Installed:





OK, that's it for today...stay tuned for more!


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Quick teaser pic from this weekend's adventures. I'll get all the pictures rounded up and uploaded as soon as I can



But back to the build history for now

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 I took an old junk workbench and cut it up to make a fuel tank skid plate




Doing some wheeling in a local canyon I managed to break a front axle U-joint, which wiped out both the inner and outer shafts when it went, so I picked up some junkyard shafts and a Dana 50 stub to swap in while I was there



Little clearance for the D50 inner



When the shaft had broken it blew the dust cap off my old inner and sent the spring flying never to be seen again, so I decided to go back together with a spring on the outside of the shaft so it couldn't get lost

Craftsman riding mower seat spring, part number 124181X



Coiled end cut off



Then assembled, with a small weld on the intermediate shaft to hold the spring from sliding up the shaft



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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So some of the things I have done to the Bronco are fun and exciting upgrades and customizations - others are just simple fixes that need to be done for operational and/or legal purposes. Here are a couple of those:

When I bought the rig, there was a cracked windshield on the passenger side and one crack had creeped all the way across to the drivers side right in my line of sight. So I called the insurance company and told them I needed a new windshield.



And now, a nice new windshield!



I ended up removing the wiper arms later and cleaned them up and painted them.



Next, the side window's wipes were brittle and cracked, you know, where it scratches your arm when you rest it on the open window sill? Yeah, so I put on new ones - nice and soft.



~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Later, when one day I was just looking around under the hood, I noticed that one of the vacuum line repairs that were made in the past did not look good - the hose was collapsed and could not have been working right, so I put in a better repair line.







And the new line:





I just wanted to also say that I am giving you all sort of a chronological progression of the things I have done to this rig during the time I have owned it. Some things are cool, some not so much - but don't worry! Things are about to get more interesting, and there will be some wheeling pics coming soon. As a matter of fact, I just signed up for a charity off-road festival that happens next weekend at a new ORV park that was a former mine site. Proceeds go to the Ronald McDonald house, so even better!


https://detroit4fest.com/

Until next time....


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Next trail run was to Niagara Rim, a trail in California near Bridgeport









Managed to put a good tweak in the passenger side radius arm, since I had only re-enforced the driver side one when it bent



And peeled open the roller fairlead and put a big twist in the front bumper



Straightened and re-enforced the bumper and radius arm, and shortened the frame and cut the grille to get the winch and bumper tucked in tighter





My old 37's had well outlived their life expectancy and were leaving rubber chunks and tread blocks everywhere I spun a tire, and I put a good 4" gash in a sidewall at Niagara Rim...
So I had to give them a proper send off


Then I picked up some new centers for some hummer beadlocks I had sitting around, and some used military 37x12.50 BFG Baja T/A's







Total cost so far- $2791.24
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Bronco Info: 96 XL, 5.8L, E4OD, 6" lift, 4.56 gears, 35" GY MT/Rs, front locker, rear LSD, rear disc conversion
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So at this time, it was approaching winter, and with this 99% rust free Bronco, I didn’t want to expose it to road salt if at all possible. I did, however, need to use it for work purposes for a few days at a former auto plant that had been demolished and was now being used to store thousands of brand new pickup trucks. I was out there to develop some groundwater monitoring wells so that the sampling team could come out the next week and get water samples for a routine monitoring program. The Bronco did great driving around this overgrown area – I just had to watch out for sinkholes!







Driving home on the last day, there was some snow melt on the roads, so she got a little dirty, so a good wash was in order before she went into hibernation.


There was NOT much room in my garage for this behemoth!




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For those of you that remember my old '88 from a while back, I had installed a custom roof rack that I had to sort of cobble together. I wanted to put one on this Bronco also - that's next!



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1996 XL with 5.8L/E4OD/BW1356,
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