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Quader1 11-01-2017 10:30 AM


Welcome to FULLSIZE BRONCO OF THE YEAR for 2017 !!!

This year’s winning Bronco Owner/Member will receive:

(*** Winners may accept or gift-away this prize, as they see fit.)

(*** Special "Thanks!" to FSB Lifetime Member Quader1.)

(*** Disclaimer: Bronco Driver Magazine write-up display & 1 yr. subscription offered by Bronco Driver Magazine to our winning members and are handled by the staff of Bronco Driver Magazine.'s staff and ownership have no control or responsibility in attaining this prize, beyond our sincere apologies for any delays or hassles experienced in the past or future. 1 yr. subscription contingent on successful submission/acceptance of owner/winners detail written article, complete with multiple high resolutions pictures.)

This year’s winning Bronco will also be displayed on the F.O.T.Y. 2018 FSB Forum Theme/Banner & Home Page!!!

Your chosen contestants for FSB's FULLSIZE BRONCO OF THE YEAR for 2017:

January 2016 - Quader1

March 2017 - remco

May 2017 - greasemonger

July 2017 - '89Bronco302

September 2017 - cobrajoe

So let’s get this Awesome show rolling folks!!!!
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*** This poll will automatically close on Dec. 12th, 2017. F.O.T.Y. Contestants & Members, please remember that you have all agreed to FOLLOW the: RULES FOR F.O.T.M./F.O.T.Y.
We will not tolerate abuse of this contest, our rules or your fellow contestants. Make no mistake, you can & will be disqualified!!!
Thank you & Have a nice day.

Quader1 11-01-2017 12:34 PM

Hello all, the personal here is Fred

Many may already know my story but for those that don't here it goes

I'm totally honored to be here already so this is just icing on the cake to me, so thank you for putting me here.

Here is my story.

In 2012 or so I decided I wanted a new toy. My first thought was to get a Jeep (don’t hold that against me it didn’t last long). The main thing holding me back was I already had too many vehicles especially for living in the city. One of which was a 78 F150. This was my first truck that I had owned since I was a kid that my Dad had given to me. He was no longer with us so the truck has sentimental value, and was hard to let go (and I still have it). So what can I do other than find a 78 / 79 BKO and make a good one out of two.

Going back further in time in 1994 I was in the middle of restoring this F150 for about a year. Being a kid I started getting burned out on working on it, so I set it aside and bought a new truck. The F150 had been sitting on the side of my house for this long.

During that year though I did manage to put a new rebuilt motor, transmission, Partial interior and other things.
Skip ahead to 2013 I found what I thought was a no rust straight non running 78 BKO on craigslist for 3K. I went and looked at it and haggled it down to 2K and had it towed to my house.

Over this month I will take you through the Journey from the Beginning to end.

Here it is the day I brought it home:

3 days after bringing it home, I had the motor out of the F150, in the BKO and running even from sitting for over 20 years and pretty much worked on it every day for a year and 4 months. Here are some before and after Pics of my journey:

I have tons of build pics, and some pics and videos of wheeling I will be posting so stay tuned.


BikerPepe` 11-01-2017 02:11 PM

3 of my favorite rigs on the site and 2 others that are considerably well done.
This is going to be a run for the record books, to be sure. :thumbup :rockon


dash_cam 11-01-2017 03:27 PM

ok - so with recent rules for FOTY / FOTM threads, we can talk to each other?

because this is one of the best bronco pictures i've ever seen. i don't know if the bronco is FOTY, but the pic might by F-pic-OTY.

cobrajoe 11-01-2017 05:21 PM

As others have said, it is an honor to even be considered as a nominee for this competition.
That said, a lot of you know my back story but I'll give you a quick overview:
I have been a Bronco owner every single day of my adult life. Before I was old enough to legally drive, I had a 66 Bronco handed down from my dad (I actually got stopped for speeding down the dirt path at the end of our road at 14; different world back in the 70's ) That truck got a small lift and some Desert Dogs and carried me through until 19 years old when I sold it to buy a 74 Bronco Ranger which I plowed with and heavily modified. In the end it had a built 351C , the 44's that you now see on my 96 and four wheel steering. I ended up mostly doing more custom cars shows and less wheeling and plowing so I ended up buying a 78 Bronco in my early 20's. That too, ended up with a lift and 36" Dick Cepek Fun Country's as well as the plow. Fast forward a few years and I also ended up buying another '72 as well as an 85. In 1994 I bought my 93 Bronco which I owned up until last week. Sometime last November I bought the 96 that you see below and began it's metamorphosis from this:

To this:

I do mostly all of my own work and with the help of some talented friends which I owe plenty for their help.
As much as I want to put 100% into this competition, it is an extremely busy time of year for me and there's a 12 day vacation thrown in the middle.( I know, quit crying; sucks to have to go on vacation) Please understand that no excuses are being made, I just don't want to come across as ungrateful for the nomination by not adding fresh info into the mix or by not being here on a regular basis.
Once again, thanks and good luck to everyone.

'89Bronco302 11-01-2017 09:18 PM

I’ll do my first real post when I have time tomorrow. For now here’s 2 pics to start. One from 2006 shortly after I bought the bronco and took the top off.
And here’s a recent pic from when I was at rausch 2 months ago.

greasemonger 11-01-2017 11:31 PM

Whoops, missed the bus on this one, but things have been a bit a bit hectic (tore a fair bit of the tip of my thumb off and shattered the exposed bone in a freak crossbow accident, having an 8mo preggo wife, etc, etc). No time for too much back story tonight, but heres how it sat when I answered the CL ad
As it sits today

greasemonger 11-01-2017 11:36 PM


Quader1 11-02-2017 10:48 AM

So I got what I thought was a Rust Free and little Body work BKO home. I bought it off of a fellow and it had been left to him by his Father that had passed. We had similar stories of not letting go of our trucks and I had been looking for a few months for this BKO and the story of it had me sold.

It had been sitting for 8 years so had it towed home. The first thing I did was get it running with the OG motor it took about 10 minutes and it was running. It seemed to run fine but everything about this BKO was pretty much unknown and already had plans to stick the motor out of my truck and stick it in. The first weekend home I got the engine out of the old truck and into the BKO and running.

Here are some Pics of the swap. Some of them have my retired neighbor in them as he loved doing this sort of stuff and helped out a lot:

The two side by side:

Hoods off and ready to go:

Both Motors are out:

20 to 25 years ago, chrome was cool…. But I ended up changing this before the install:

Everything switched up (and had to tear back down later in the journey):

And then prepping the BKO for the install (pretty bad leak coming from the oil sending unit)

And then stabbing it in :

And it’s in:

Here is a sneak peak of something that very few on here know about ( I needed some more material for FOTY) I documented this little journey as well:

Next up I will take you with me to a little shakedown run after I first completed this Nice but Usable BKO Build so stay tuned

JGR 11-02-2017 11:29 AM

FOTY!!!!!!!!! :chili: HELL YA

greasemonger 11-02-2017 05:58 PM

'89Bronco302 11-02-2017 09:18 PM

So a little more detail.. I've owned my 89 bronco since August of 2006. Back then I wanted a cheap bronco that I could turn into an offroad rig. Found my '89 about an hour south of home for $1250. It was somewhat rusty from being driven on the beach a lot and didn't start without a jump. I stalled a few times on the drive home but made it. This is probably the only other stock pic I have.

'89Bronco302 11-02-2017 09:27 PM

So back when I bought my bronco it didn't take but a few weeks before I took it offroad. I ended up sinking it and it wouldn't start. We had to drag it out late at night behind a blazer and once we got to pavement, used a tow dolly behind my old f150. That adventure started the first axle swap since I ran into a tree stump that was hidden under some mud. Bent one of the ttb beams, spreading an existing hole open about an inch. Heres some of the pictures of the bronco I have from that trip.
I got the bronco started easily the next day. Next on the list was the skyjacker lift kit along with stock axles out of a 90's bronco with 4.10's(as opposed to my 3.55's) to replace the bent ttb beam.

Quader1 11-03-2017 10:55 AM

First Shakedown Run @ Table Mesa
After getting done restoring the BKO it was time to take it out for a small shakedown run. So I loaded up the BKO along with my wife, and 2 nephews and drove about 25 miles north of Phoenix on the Freeway and went to a wheeling spot (with all difficulties of trails) called Table Mesa.

I just wanted to see if everything was working as it should and it would not disappoint. I didn’t do anything too crazy as I was driving a new truck topped off with not being experienced at all on wheeling. I did manage to scare the bageezus out of everyone that came with me though. My Nephews loved it though.

Here is a little river crossing. It always has water in it but is pretty much always low unless a monsoon comes then it’s impassible.

Move over cow !!!!


Quader1 11-03-2017 11:22 AM

Here is a video slideshow with some Kick A$$ pictures of table Mesa shakedown run. I might also mention the Kick A$$ music as well !!!!!!

Thank you for taking a gander:

'89Bronco302 11-03-2017 10:17 PM

So next was the lift kit. I went with the 8 inch ttb lift because I wanted big tires. I should have saved my money and went right to the one ton axle swap.
The stock ttb beam was bent so we swapped axles at the same time as this lift. Found stock axles out of a 90's bronco with 4:10 gears. A few progress pics I have.

greasemonger 11-04-2017 06:04 AM

I went the other way. I wanted mine lower, with smaller tires:shrug In an earlier liife up 15ish? with 3" body lift on 44s
The PO had sold the rubber so I started by slapping 38s on it, but really couldnt stand the BL
While getting a bunch of stuff done I had it taken off and liked the look much more
Its still plenty tall (Im 6'1")

Quader1 11-04-2017 01:14 PM

After the shakedown run, I figured out I had an intake manifold leak, and rear main seal leak. This on a motor that has been sitting for over 20 years is totally understandable. I wished I wasn’t so eager to get it in and running and replaced these while it was on the stand. It would have taken just a few minutes but I didn’t even think of it.

So I did these changes while the engine was still in the BKO and it took a couple days of work.

Intake is off (truck ran kinda crappy EFI doesn’t like vacuum leaks)

Here is a short few second clip of the engine running:

Quader1 11-04-2017 01:21 PM

Anybody want to guess what's in the Box ?

Just one of the upgrades I got done since running for FOTM in January

and I'll also add another teaser that I already posted in my second post

I also wanted to throw this pic in. It's what the Blue on the BKO looks like when in person in the sun:

Thank you for looking

'89Bronco302 11-04-2017 08:08 PM

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