Did some more cleaning today and started to put in the new headlights. Other then the core support, all the other metal looks ok, so I washed, dried, and installed new speed clips. It was nice to get 25 years of dirt off the headlight support, lots of areas you could never get to with it installed. I hadn't planned on new lenses, but it's just so easy with everything out so I pulled the trigger.
More progress! Just about all the parts are in, so next steps will be clean up the engine compartment, refinish some metal parts (brackets, battery tray) in chassis saver, then put it all back together.
Got the water pump off today (and thermostat housing), it was really gross. I'll need to spend some time cleaning before putting the new one in.
I also attempted to pull the coolant plug from the engine block and it promptly rounded itself. It's a 1/4 inch pipe plug style, so I have no idea how to get it out. Any thoughts?
Got in a bit more work recently. Finally got the engine coolant plug out, what a pain...
Other then that delay things are going back together pretty easily. New core mounts are in along with the new support. All hardware is being replaced at the same time. Finally starting to look like a truck again!
Not much action here for a bit, but I have a bunch of parts with my local sand blaster, should have them back tomorrow ready for coating. Nothing fancy, just a brush on product. It's mostly random brackets, the mount for the airbox and the battery tray. Other than surface rust and junk they're in good shape.
I picked up a nicer heater for the garage too, so it should be easier to get out there and work more often.
I used a very similar kit, but I basically had to drill all the way through the plug to get it out. I later tried the extractor on a smaller bolt I broke on the core support and it promptly snapped... Guess some of those bad Amazon reviews were right. Oh well, it served its purpose.
Starting this thread for my son as he's having trouble signing in.
Started off by knocking some ugly off this thing. Removing the rusted out smittybuilt bumpers and that awful, leaky, siliconed sunroof. After reading through 79broncospringtx's build, we decided to follow his lead and...
EDIT: There is a huge gap in time between this post and the next. I lost several photos and will likely not put them back. But that is ok, its like a TV show this way, where all the sudden its done ( well they are never done but further )
The truck went from being a cheap $1200...
Howdy folks -
If you've been following the boards lately, I'm sure you've seen a lot of posts from me asking random questions here and there. The Bronco is finally starting to come together, so I figured I'd start a thread to show the before and after, and keep track of it all. I guess you...
Getting my all my build thread info into one thread - since I hope to God I'm not buying anymore Bronco's anytime soon.
So last Summer - I'd been on the lookout for something to throw together for my son in college. He's got a 2WD '11 Silverado, and while it's been a good truck, he tends to...
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