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It pays to research what type of plastic you're dealing with before using filler material (that's why I mention using a broken interior piece).
Most if not all of the plastic in a mid 90's Bronco is going to be ABS.
I think they make a clear ABS cement that also could be an option for certain types of repairs.

Great job on the interior refresh!
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Most if not all of the plastic in a mid 90's Bronco is going to be ABS.
I think they make a clear ABS cement that also could be an option for certain types of repairs.

Great job on the interior refresh!
Some can differ. It just matters when it comes to using filler material for plastic welding / fixing damage. It needs to be compatible.
As for ABS cement - it pays to test it on anything you are trying to repair. It actually melts the plastic in some cases to bond it - and many times in trying to repair a break or crack it actually makes it more brittle.

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Got a few minutes.
Took the pressure washer to the fr

Front and rear vinyl mats. Cleaned up nice.
Get the rear mat / trim and rear seat installed hopefully tomorrow. Juggling projects is killing me LOL.




The headliner and visors from the '93 was in better shape than I thought.

Couldn't get a pic worth a damn. But it's getting there


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Just as stuff starts rolling along so I can get the mechanical wrap up on this thing.... I should know better.

So I was greeted with a broken rear seat bracket bolt when stripped the '95 interior - from the previous owner. The bolt that holds the spring etc that seat rests on. Keep in mind this is no rust bucket.

I see it's not just me either:

https://www.fullsizebronco.com/forum...ing-bolts.html

It was unscrewed enough to be just about flush with the square nut welded to underside of the floorpan. So getting it out that way wouldn't work. Broke several bits drilling on it. Went and grabbed the best bit I could find at a local hardware store (it was getting late). Got most of the way through the broken bolt (using cutting oil) and the bit broke. At least I got it out of the hole.

Any recommendations on drill bit brand / type etc that can be bought local? Lowe's, Home Depot, etc etc. I figure Cobalt tipped.

I already picked up new Grade 8 bolts (1/2-20 2" long) from the hardware store. I'll clean the thread / tap all the holes before assembly.

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It appears Cobalt is a good choice. See here:

https://www.grainger.com/know-how/in...t-does-the-job

Are you starting with a smaller bit, maybe 5/32" or 1/8" and working into a larger hole size for the tap? That has worked for me in the past. Better that drilling it all at one time. Also, soak with penetrating oil like PB Blaster and give it some time to soak in. Another option is using heat (torch) on the nut side.

Slow and steady. Keep at it.

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I'm about to throw in the towel. This bolt was broken when I tore the interior apart - so it wasn't affecting anything.

Started with a small bit, drilled all the way through the bolt. Routinely soaking it, heating it, working my way up on drill bit size. There is just a thin part of the original bolt is left. And then I broke off a bit inside the hole.

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