a couple pics of it on my first trail ride camping with 3 little kiddos...momma stayed home!
on our 3 hour drive home at 70mph, my driver rear tire blew out causing me to fish-tail across 2 lanes of interstate traffic. as i am gaining control of my truck and pulling to the side, my 6yr old (at the time) daughter says while laughing, "ha, ha. i know what happened. you popped a tire!" this little girl has turned out to be lil miss adventurous and loves to go wheeling with daddy!
anyway, that caused the first upgrade...bigger rubber! i found a set of used 33x12.50x15 dunlop mud rovers for cheap and threw those on.
my next upgrade was doing the 6 litre tune-up, hoping mainly for better mpgs. no luck on the mpgs, but i had an obvious increase in performance. the motor simply just ran better.
a while later, i started hearing my brake booster hissing when depressing the pedal. luckily, while junking with my buddy rick (379sinvb) i found a hydroboost set up at a jy in a 1990 F-superduty tow truck. i scored the booster, mc, pump, and lines for $125! the whole thing bolted right in and was a huge improvement over the vacuum booster. (sorry no pics)
during this time, i acquired a few parts vehicles (not all at once). the first was a 89 bronco that i bought for the the aod, thinking i'd swap that into my rig to help with mpgs. i decided against that with future plans of swapping in a diesel so i parted out the running 302, aod, and some body/trim parts to cover my initial investment.
the next vehicle was a 79 bronco that i bought planning to use the d44 and front suspension for a sas. i ended up deciding on going with 1 tons, so i parted that one out and actually made some money. this is the beast
here are some pics of why i am happy with the decision to go 1 ton instead of 1/2 ton...
notice the pinion isn't pointing up as it should?
this is what i found. the pinion yoke pulled out by hand!
the pinion shaft sheared clean!
here is the video of the occurence. it is pretty obvious at 1.25min in
i did this on the same trip....it was a brand new steering link, too
also ripped a brake line...gotta love parts store parking lot repairs!