Found 2 issues. 1 was the inner axle was not fully seated into the CV head. Not sure how RCV expects you to do that given their instructions. Also as mentioned the seal was in to far and past where the sahft is the right diameter.
SO anyone else doing these, I would suggest assembling the units out of the axle. On these Ford axles the knuckle hole is large enough to put the assembled CV threw it. This is unlike most.
Front is back togethor minus the steering, driveshaft, and putting in fresh gear oil.
Front axle done. I even drilled the nut and bolt for the steering stabilizer for a safety clip this time around. I do not think enough attention is paid to these kind of little things (my self included).
With that wrapped up onto the next thing, I now have both bumpers off.
I like the look on the front with the lower front fenders trimed I think it looks nice. However likely it will get a tube type bumper much like the 91 f-150 has. They are kind of the same shape, actually.
simple but works great on that truck, its also fairly light wieght for having a beefy receiver and frame tied in d-ring mounts.
78 Is done for awhile, as waiting to get bumpers made. In the mean time got the 92 out as its been warmer here and nice (not snowing). Still needs really detailed but its not too bad after a quick cleanup.
Been driving it to work. Also been thinking about swapping out the rocker arms but might be more trouble then its worth.
Working on the Mustang since 78 not in garage. New Heat exchanger (VMP Triple pass with electric fans), upper and lower grilles, bumper support bar, front k-member brace, few other things. Also had time to clean it up.
Finally done with the break in miles on the clutch, so will get to see what it'll do at the first test n tune on the 28th
Gonna drive it a bit before starting on the engine swap.
Been too long since the real set of tires has been on it. New bumpers look great. For whatever reason truck looks a bit taller now too, however the only thing that has changed is the bumpers themselves, so in that sense just hte wieght savings, maybe....
what did you do with your transmission cross member, have you changed it yet. What trans pan are you using, my pictures have been deleted from the prior post so can you send me some to my email, [email protected]
Still have the stock crossmember in place, though it has few small things added to it, like drive shaft loop for the front and some brake line clamps. I run a moroso C6 pan. Moroso Transmission Pans 42060
Clears the stock cross member, and also gives me extra clearance for the y-pipe, which is 3" off the headers. At the same time increases the capacity a little too.
I will likely stick with the stock cross-member for a bit now. It is in the way at times though.
Poser shot from the back, I dont miss the swing out at all, much prefer the clean look. This also has all the fuel cans full, and the water too. Maybe slightly lower in the rear, but I am ok with it.
Took the 78 to work this am.
First time really driving it since trans, cage, bumpers, wheel spacers, front axle rebuild, fuel tank fix, etc... Everything was good, Bronco is amazingly quiet now, as far as rattles on the inside go, the new cage additions stiffenend the whole truck up very noticably.
Wide ratio gear set in the new C6 really made a noticeable differance. Especially in 4lo, but I suppose that only makes sense. Drove it to work agian today. Its not good, but the dramatic decrease in traffic has been a little nice for me. Typically this road/hwy is kinda busy at this time of AM.
I know the LED lights somewhat kill the look on this 78, but do they ever work much better then the stock style, check it out. This is not on brights, just the normal half of the housing.
Game changer for me to be able to drive this more. I am kind of happy didn't start engine swap as I can now drive this while gas is less then it has been, lol. I guess I need some kind of excuse to drive it.
Also got notification that my new wheels will be here next week. Excited to see what those are gonna look like on here.
Well, I'm not sure how much of a build this is going to be, but I think I could benefit from recording my progress over time fixing up my Bronco. I'm going to try to list things I need to work on and then go through and get them done one by one. I've taken pictures of many of these things and...
So, as some of you know, my '81 was rear ended a few months ago.
I am obviously extremely late on getting this done but I figured better late than never! I acquired my first ever Bronco about one year ago. I bought it sight unseen based on a craigslist ad from Michigan. The guy I spoke with was very nice, very informative and he was a engineer...
Here is what I finally could work out!
It was a Wimbledon white car once a day, now it needs a new interior for sure (I will order this with the seller in NC - he is close to NPD).
It has a 400 engine from stock, a c6 trans, seemingly not leaking. I have a small vid of the engine...