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Who will be your MAY 2015 F.O.T.M.?

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Here we go....

My name is Phil and I'll be sharing the builds and trips with my 1996 Bronco over the last 3.5 years. I have two Broncos, the other is a 1986 on 1 tons. I bought that one first as a toy but I liked it so much I sold my late model F-150 and bought the 96 to be my daily driver. As I work through the last few years in this thread, its funny to look back and remind myself that the sales pitch I gave my girl was "the red Bronco will stay stock, it's my DD, the black Bronco is for fun". As you'll see, and most likely relate to, I wasn't able to leave well enough alone!


Here was day 1:


And here we are now:
 

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After searching Craigslist for a while I came across my Bronco. It's 1996 XL so it is very basic. Rubber lined interior, roll up windows and manual locks. No cruise control or other amenities beyond AC. The ad listed 126,000 miles on the stock 302 backed by a 5-speed. Perfect! The truck was about 2 hours away and they were asking $3500. It was living on a AZ ranch and was covered in an inch of dust but I could see the beauty underneath. I was only able to get the owner to knock $100 off the price but I knew it was worth it.

These next pics are after I got her home, gave her a bath and maybe the first ever wax!




 

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This one aught to be a really, really good one.
Good guys, awesome Bronco's. Looking forward to it. :thumbup
 

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This one aught to be a really, really good one.
Good guys, awesome Bronco's. Looking forward to it. :thumbup
Thanks Pepe! :beer

This will be a good month. I have checked out everyone's build threads and they're all awesome! Not looking forward to competing with 3 of the 70's trucks.... hell, I'd vote for them.

When I brought the 96 home I couldn't help get a comparison shot next to the 86. At the time the 86 seemed really big.... now they are both bigger than that!

 

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Woo-Hoo.....we have three 78-79 Broncos this month, gonna be a good one !!

Deez, glad to see you got the winch on the front, let's see more.

All the best guys
 

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Here is "The Mess" as I called her when i got her, $900 and I drover her home.


And where she is now


Drove it stock for about a month or so

She had a nasty case of mirroritis:toothless

The engine was tired but ran pretty good, I drive it daily for about 9 months before I started the frame off. I rebuilt the top end, head gaskets, intake and TBI, new valve guide seals, etc.



This all helped to make it reliable but of course that was not and never will be enough...
 

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Even worse in person Rick, lol, someone bought them for $50 though hahaha

Started digging into the oil leaks, the oil pan gasket and rear main leaked like a motha!



Then I started in on some of the body clean up
Took the front core support apart and cleaned it all up and painted it with POR 15, still on there today and holding up well. I have since sprayed undercoating over it.



I also have never been a fan of chrome, so I picked up a new grill shell and front bumper, scuffed them up and painted them grey.
 

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Can't tell it's leaking oil at all Dave :toothless.



I'll try and keep this brief. My Bronco was turned into a beach buggy in 2001.


She had been sanded down and then painted with a garden sprayer using oil based exterior paint. The body and frame were both coated quite well. The above pictures were provieded to me by the then owner.

I found it sitting in a yard at a beach cottage in Carova Beach NC. Where my parents have a house. It was the summer of 2010 when I left a note offering $200 for it. I got a call two months later and went to get it. One issue, it wasn't drivable and needed to be towed off. I helped my dad move into his new house and barrowed a trailer to haul the Bronco away. Well she was loaded up and ready to go. All we had to do was beat the rising ocean tide. That didn't happen! :banghead Almost lost the trailer and Suburban in the surf. The tide had come in too far and the trailer was high centering in the wash outs. Pops yanked the Bronco off with his truck and left it in the surf. I pulled the trailer and Suburban to safety and prepared to watch the Bronco go out to sea. When along came the contractor building Pops house on a Backhoe. He pulled the Bronco to safety and later put it on the trailer and pulled it off the beach to town for me. I returned two days later with my brother inlaws stupid duty. An injector in #7 & 8 cynlinders clogged and it had to be towed home. So two days after that I barrowed another stupid duty and tried again. All hooked up and away we went.



You guys like the hood latch and top fasteners?

That's it for today guys. Come back with a vote for me tomorrow. :beer
 

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Suppose I should do an introduction, I assumed most everyone knows me but that is probably not true :toothless

My name is Dave, I grew up in Salt Lake City and relocated to Las Vegas 2 years ago for work. I grew up working on cars with my neighbor and spent most of my time at high school in the auto shop. I was awarded a 2 year scholarship by VICA my senior year but never used it.

I have owned this Bronco in shape or form since June 2011, I had a '78 in high school but like a fool I sold it to buy a '74 Olds Omega, that was a fun as hell car though. I owned 5 total Broncos, counting this as one, even thought I bought 3 to build it, more on that later.

A sneak peek at what's next:
 

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It's like The Night Before Christmas for Bronco Porn! :hump:notworthy:twotu:
 

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Here is "The Mess" as I called her when i got her, $900 and I drover her home.


And where she is now


Drove it stock for about a month or so
WOW :beer That is a impressive transformation. I actually like the white on that set-up. This has the makins to be a "stiffee" month...good luck to all :rockon
 

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Dang, I'm behind already!!



As mentioned above, my plan with this truck was to keep it mostly stock. It is my daily driver and I should be treating it as such. Still though, I can't keep my hands off the truck so I tried sticking to cosmetic projects. The grille seemed faded and dull. With a ton of taping I tried some Fusion paint on the plastic:




Here is the result, not bad for a few hours of taping on a Sunday morning.
 

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Here is where it became obvious my plan to stay stock might not be realistic. I just couldn't deal with the 235 tires. I talked myself into a small 2.5" lift with the idea being it would satisfy my urges without changing the truck too much.




The Rough Country 2.5" lift actually turned out to be a great lift. I know they get mixed reviews but I wanted to give them a shot considering the mild change I was going for. As for tires, I also wanted to take a chance and bought some Treadwright re-treds in 31-10.5-15. We have a handful of guys at my work that swear by them and I liked the idea of something a little different. I ran these tires for about a year and they balanced, rode and performed great. My only complaint is that they are heavy! I think the re-capping must be the reason.

Here we are with the lift, tires and tinted windows:


 

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I agree CS, stock is just plain boring lol

Not long after I got it I wanted bigger tires
33" tires fit well with no lift, but didn't last long, so up she went. I got a 6" lift from JBG.




Of course once the lift was on I needed even bigger tires :haha
Found a set of Super Swampers in Idaho Falls, about 4 hours away so we took the Bronco for a ride!
 

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So I had lots of questions about my "steps" lol, they were 20" long lengths of chain bolted to the rockers, they worked great and cleared out of the way for the trail.


Now I had an issue with steering, IT SUCKED!!!
Wonder why??
 

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If you've seen any of my threads in the fabrication forum you'll know I am a scavenger at my local landfill. One day I brought home a big pile of rusty channel iron and these galvanized sections of thick diamond plate. As soon as I saw them heaped up in the steel pile I had one thing on my mind... RTI ramp! I hurried home and built a 20* ramp and tested out my lift. Not too bad in the rear but the TTB didn't flex too much. Still respectable all things considered.


 
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