Figured it was time to start a build thread. As my friend says, for the amount of money I put into this I could have probably bought a nice f250. But eh? Thats no fun. So far I don't know how much i've spent, but I'm waiting till I'm finished to total that up. I have a feeling it will give me a heart attack....
This has been a work in progress since Feb 2013.
I've wanted a bronco for wayyyyyy to long. So when I came home from working a year in Alaska, I took to craigslist and found this for 1000 bucks in Gulfport, MS in Feb 2013....
No rust, No major dents, and drove it all the way to New Orleans. PERFECT.
Then the fun began.....
First thing, get it down to the frame!
Decided to get it powdercoated. Was considering going with the typical black, but decided to be a little different and go with a silver vein.
Next was the decision as to what to do with this thing...
And instead, decided to just all around replace it with a 4BT.
I decided to keep the E4OD. It actually was just finished being rebuilt this past week. I've got the Baumann US shift controller for it, and Purchased an adapter plate and flexplate from diesel conversions. I've also got a winters shifter.
Here's how she sits now...
30HP Injectiors from DAP, Piston lift pump upgrade, Denny T stage 1, 3200 RPM spring, all new gaskets and fuel lines, harmonic balancer, ford 6.0 starter, valve job and cleaned up the head, ARP bolts and studs, Waterpump and belt tensioner changed... Basically any life limited part changed out. it needed some love.
I also called Dawna and Ken at Autoworld Conversions (Cumminsdieselrepowers). They have everything, and I mean everything to make this job easier. Engine mounts, A/C bracket, Tach Kit (which works with the stock dash tach), tensioner, dual pulley, etc etc. I called them, told them what I wanted to put my 4bt into, and they already knew exactly what was needed. GREAT people.
Begin assembling the frame.
New fuel tank for diesel, JBG Shocks (front and rear). 1.5" lift shocks and coils in the front. New JBG leaf springs. when the Dana 44 is back on its getting new ball joints and such up front. In the back Is a Eaton Elocker, brand new ford racing 3.55 ring/pinion and bought both axel rebuild kits from JBG. the Dana 44 has a new Auburn gear LS.
YET TO COME:
-All chrome bumpers
-Older style chrome mirrors
(My goal is to elimitate ALL plastic... I hate plastic!)
-Headlight housings (Possibly HIDs)
-2" Body lift (to help the 4bt fit easier)
-Either Vinyl floor or just bedline the entire thing
-black and dark grey interior plastics and seat covers
-smittybilt 9.5k winch
-Digital guard Dawg keyless system
-MAYBE a roll cage
-All New fuel lines
-Havent decided on mechanical or Efan
-Dual Battery Setup
-Daystar poly body bushings
Oh... and these of course. 5 cooper s/t 33x12.50 on 15" American racing
Man, that took a while. I'm sure theres a thing or 2 I've forgotten, I'll update as I remember.
So.... does this count as a "Go big or go home" yet? My wallet sure thinks it does.