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My grandson told my wife he wanted a Bronco for Christmas, she asked if he wanted a hot wheel, or Tonka truck sized bronco and if he wanted it remote controlled? He said “no grandma I want a real one with a stick shift and a clutch like grandpa’s. He will have plenty of time to help me get it all running right and looking good before I need to drive it.”
He’s 8 years old !! Gotta love the kid though. Now my wife has me looking for another project bronco. But if would have suggested it she would have told me I’m nucking futs!
You think 8 is to young to get a truck to start working on? He shows interest every time I’m working on mine, for at least an hour before he’s sidetracked and goofing off at the shop.
 

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MojoJojo, I picked up my first tool when I was 2. My first understandable word was”transmission”. I was given my first car at the age of 5, and my first bicycle at 8. I’ll be 41 next week, and I still look at cars as a blank canvas, and wish my grandpa could see me now.
The stuff you teach the boy now will stick with him for the rest of his life, even after we all are gone.


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Never too young. An hour is pretty good for an 8 year old! I had a full "play" power tool set as a 5 year old. A real lathe, real scroll saw, etc. Taught me about respecting power tools. That scroll saw woulda taken my lil fingers right off, if I wasnt careful.

Of course my dad also bought me a Red Ryder the month I was born. 31 years later it still works and is even in my safe with a 20 cal (not 22) Benjamin pellet rifle and a bunch of actual firearms.
 

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So this one the guy thinks he wants $300 fir.... L6 manual....it doesn’t run and I’m not quite sure it rolls!
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and yes it looks like the drivers window has been down a while and the tree that fell on it cracked the top
 

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That's great he has so much interest... My boy is very similar except for him, it's dirt bikes... He started the mania at 9 (late Bloomer ?). Now at 15 he wants to build custom cycle and be an engineer... It's in the blood, u can't deny them ?
That $300 bronco is kind of a hot mess... What aspect of the build does ur grandson seem most interested in?
 

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Eww let that thing just revert back to nature... it's already halfway there
 

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Then there’s plan B he wants the 351 and it has stock rollers on it. Maybe the weed mobiles frame and this truck? Tubs bent in the back though.
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I'd hold out for some better candidates if you can. Maybe a Bullnose that you am swap a 5sp M5R2 or ZF5 into. If not that then a 92-96 with a 351. I say get one if the opportunity arises. The two of you can work on it together and it will be a great learning experience for him.
 

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Search out here on the east side of the state Mojo. might find some good deals out here that we can figure out a way to get them a crossed the state
 

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Ya the frame puckered rig guy said $150 he keeps the engine. The other truck weedmobile, I think needs a ride to the crusher although weedmobile is a 300 L6 and it’s tranny and t-case will fit the 300 I just pulled from the F250... if I could swing them both for $150 each... 2 t-cases and whatever is salvageable?? Might be worth parts?? And the weedmobile is my scrap haulers dad so he knows it ain’t worth more the $80 in the scrap yard. Decision, decisions .... and now I get to start disassembling an 08 Outback.... my shop is going to burst at the seams, talk about too many iron horses in the fire!!!!!!
 

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$475 missing an engine, trans and transfer case, rear glass motor, rusting out over drivers rear wheel. 81says the rear end might be shot.
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$600 95 bad motor. He has the front end parts, would want to swap it out to the 300 we have in the shop.
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$1000 85 bad motor. Listed with really low miles. Not sure if it’s still available as they didn’t reply
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Once we pull the trigger on one I’ll post up and if anyone is interested in the others let me know. There all non running projects
 

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Cool thread. My grandson is 2 now and the bronco is imprinted in his brain. The other day while walking by it he hugged the rear and front tires like they were his best buddy. Cracked me up. He has a sense about tools and knows how to use some of them as well as an adult. At 2. Never too young.
 

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Yo Mo,
Someday your grandson will be driving you around in his Big Bronco and recalling the days with you.
At around when I was 5 and after my dad and uncle took me to junk yards as they swapped engines from Caddies into La Salles, etc.
My job was to sit on floor pan and rev an engine when directed. I saw so many parts swapped on various cars and trucks I dreamed of the day when I'd have my own.
 
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