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Does anyone have a process for removing the whole front clip as one assembly? I found this for sale for a good deal and mine is all dented from offroading so I want to swap in a solid one. I see writeups about swaps but the details arent there and if they are its about taking it off piece by piece. I want to find the process for pulling it or installing it as one full assembly.

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Yo mantooth,
For now, see first part of HOW TO: Change a 87-96 Front Clip [email protected] HOW TO: Change a 87-96 Front Clip to 80-86 by 1985 Bronco

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[IMG alt="body-mount-parts.jpg These are the basic parts of Ford truck body mounts (cab, NOT bed). Note that the necked portion of the upper sleeve (alone at the bottom of the photo) is designed to lock onto the lower sleeve (on the R end of the bolt) to hold the rubber in place on the frame on the assembly line. But it funnels dirt & water in around the 2 parts & the bolt threads, usually rust-welding them together. So the longer they're soaked with penetrating oil before disassembly, the more likely they are to come apart.
Once the bolt is backed out a few turns, spray more penetrant down into the upper sleeve to rinse the rust off the threads, and use a hammer & drift on the bolt head to separate the sleeves. An air hammer can save some fingernails. They sometimes have to be cut apart and replaced. Always make the cut as HIGH as possible above the frame (close to the body).
The core support mount is different, and the bolt threads into it from below. It's virtually impossible to unscrew the bolt intact because of battery acid &/or road salt eating the bolt away, as shown later in this album.
See also:
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These are the basic parts of Ford truck body mounts (cab, NOT bed). Note that the necked portion of the upper sleeve (alone at the bottom of the photo) is designed to lock onto the lower sleeve (on the R end of the bolt) to hold the rubber in place on the frame on the assembly line. But it funnels dirt & water in around the 2 parts & the bolt threads, usually rust-welding them together. So the longer they're soaked with penetrating oil before disassembly, the more likely they are to come apart.

Once the bolt is backed out a few turns, spray more penetrant down into the upper sleeve to rinse the rust off the threads, and use a hammer & drift on the bolt head to separate the sleeves. An air hammer can save some fingernails. They sometimes have to be cut apart and replaced. Always make the cut as HIGH as possible above the frame (close to the body).

The core support mount is different, and the bolt threads into it from below. It's virtually impossible to unscrew the bolt intact because of battery acid &/or road salt eating the bolt away, as shown later in this album.

Front End Clip Parts Break-Out Diagrams, F Series & Bronco, 92-96
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Source: by Steve83 @ 1983 Ford Bronco Diagrams picture | SuperMotors.net

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Thanks! Seems easy enough especially after picking up the assembly. Much easier than completely disassembling it.
 
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