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I don’t know, I’ve seen the square ones and they’re in the LMC catalog, but mine have the rounded ones.


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I am going to throw another monkey in the pile.
Why not try a pair of these mounts. They are for 92-96 but will fit 80s models will slight fitting adjustment.

Add a set of these mirrors.

They will not interfere with opening the vent window.
Interesting but definitely not my cup-o-tea there. Tow mirrors on anything less than 3/4 ton just looks odd to me.


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Yeah I thought the same thing, I wasnt sure about the look, but once I put them on, I liked them more than my stock ones. They are more convenient with folding them in. I don't mind the look of the new mirrors on my bullnose.

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Yeah, I’m leaning towards doing the aero mirrors, the. If I changed my mind I could always redrill holes and put the swing outs back on.


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You could always do what I did & buy a spare set of rust free 92-96 doors for $50 each at the junkyard, with all the glass, mirrors, seals, power lock actuators ect... and paint them & your originals too. Then you'll have a choice of doors if you decide to change. If you have room for an extra set of doors somewhere.
 

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I really wish we had good junkyards here but if it’s over 20 years old it’s hard to find. I called all them when I got my bronco last year and they had a few of the 90’s fords (no Broncos, but f250 and f150) but they were beat up and picked clean. They told me if they are over 20 years old they usually get dragged across the street to the shredder to make room for something newer they can make more money off of. At least he was honest about that.

I used to have to go to Dallas quite a bit for work and they had lots of older fords, but that’s a 10 hour round trip for me now...that 50 dollar door gets expensive when you add it all up.

There’s a few sitting in some yards I’ve scouted out but they never seem to belong to the people who live there, “oh that’s my cousins, he gonna fix it when he gets out of prison”


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Aero holes are bigger.
Yeah I’m aware, and I have to make a square hole for the support too.


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What I'm saying is if you put swing out style mirrors on an aero mirror door there is a hole under the top mirror mount that shows.
Wow that looks awful, i knew there was some size difference, but seeing it like this really brings it into perspective. I'll probably just be keeping the swing outs. Since im going through the trouble of putting the orignal wheels and going for that "new factory" look this makes the most sense, and its the cheapest route too since i already have the mirrors. Thanks for the pic.
 

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Starting to look like a Bronco again...



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New two row aluminum radiator from the internets...it fit but the shroud had to be made to fit, probably a shroud off a newer one may have correctly but I made what I had work.

Also I spent all evening reconnecting my wiring and stuck the battery in and nothing...I googled pictures and looked all over and read my Haynes manual...it was the solenoid wasn’t grounded good.


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Old G2 wiring, got my G3 wires up today, used the painless wiring kit, not 100% painless but not too bad. Very nice kit.


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Decided to start a thread, to help document my build. I purchased this 86 a few weeks ago with the original plan to just patch it up and enjoy it for a while, but i am really terrible at just patching something, it eats at me. My last patch job turned into a 2 year bumper to bumper restoration of a 67 mustang. I have this "while im in there" attitude that wins over every time and i just cant help but make something look new before i put it back on. So, after some digging through forums, catalogs, discussions with the wife (she is the mental tie breaker when i cant decide if i want to do one thing or the other) and my son (who the bronco is ultimately for) here is the plan, as it sits today.

- I want the bronco to remain as stock as possible in terms of looks. I just know i don't want it to be the original Brown on tan. I initially wanted to keep it factory-ish and paint it with the dark blue on tan EB paint scheme, but my son didn't really like the dark blue (no matter how much i tried to sell him on it). My wife liked red and immediately i saw a red / white / red paint scheme in my head and was charging forth with that idea...but my son again, struck that down. We decided on a Bronco color, just not the correct year, Medium Blue Metallic 3P. Solid, and adding the XLT trim, that was my condition if we was painting it that color and not Eddie Bauer scheme.

- The interior is in really tidy shape, i think this thing has 122k original miles and the seats aside from one small puncture in the drivers seat look amazing, the carpet will clean up nice, the door panels and interior plastics are going to get a fresh coat of SEM to bring them back to life. The wiring is still in good shape, the metal is in good shape, no rusted floors or anything like that, just a bashed in door and fender that will get replaced. Going to update the electronics a bit, bluetooth radio, backup camera in the rear view mirror, but not much else beyond that.

- Mechanical- engine runs as good as an 86 is expected to, it leaks like crazy. I plan on pulling it out and just inspecting it, resealing it, and maybe do some mild port work on the exhaust and maybe bevel that darned ledge on the inside of the combustion chambers, then delete the AIR system, put some headers and free flowing Y pipe and exhaust on it and be done with the engine, don't want a hot rod just a dependable engine. The transmission (AOD) works, but it hasnt been rebuilt in 35 years, plan on sending it off for an overhaul for good measure.

-This thing still has the original shocks under it, OR they were replaced with original shocks, but they look original. I just plan on replacing any worn bushings (still drives pretty dang good honestly), tidying up the undercarriage a bit and not getting too carried away, maybe replace springs and shocks, maybe give it a 1-2" lift while im at it, havent decided on that yet.

Anyway, i plan on doing all this work myself (aside from the transmission and debating doing the final paint job), going to get my son to help me (he's 10) maybe he can learn a thing or two and be one step ahead in this world.

Here is what it looks like right now:
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This is my first big bronco, i have ZERO experience with these or any other ford of this era, I grew up a Chevy guy, have restored a couple of old Camaros, and the mustang i mentioned earlier, and actually a couple of tractors. I welcome any sage advice you may have to offer on these beauties. I am nearly finished with a 74 Ford 5000 tractor, i made a promise to myself to finish it and get it out of my shop before i start working on anything else, and if all goes to plan ill be done with it in about 2 weeks. Then i plan to just start tearing this thing down, pulling the interior out, pulling the engine, trans, removing the fenders, hood, doors, roof and going to work.
So I didn’t get squat done this weekend on my bronco except air a low tire up. My new tailgate has gone MIA was supposed to been delivered last Wednesday, kinda was looking forward to swapping that out over the weekend, oh well.
I did manage to get a ton done to my old ford 5000 that I vowed to get finished before I start doing any real work to the bronco.


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oh man that frame & intake are looking sweet, its making my OCD twinge a bit thinking of what i could do to mine!! Make me not do that yet!! Lol
I’m stubborn and cheap.

Also I had to spend my new engine budget on a dang deer stand for Mrs. robbz28. Which one deer has been killed so that meat came out to 67 dollars a lb so far....oh well happy wife happy life.


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New two row aluminum radiator from the internets...it fit but the shroud had to be made to fit, probably a shroud off a newer one may have correctly but I made what I had work.

Also I spent all evening reconnecting my wiring and stuck the battery in and nothing...I googled pictures and looked all over and read my Haynes manual...it was the solenoid wasn’t grounded good.


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Where did you pick up the radiator? Will stock hoses fit or will it require custom or modified ones?

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Got it off eBay, 120 bucks, hoses and bolts and coolant lines all lined up great the only thing I had issue with was my fan shroud didn’t fit correctly, it was an easy fix but still was an issue to deal with


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Discussion Starter · #156 · (Edited)
Fun fact, GM window switches work in an 86 Ford !



This can be a really good band aid for those like me with broken window switch bezels that are really hard to come by, and they fit in the door panel hole with just a little bit of filing (not enough to hurt if you go back to original Ford bezel.

Oh yeah, and for 10 bucks.


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Fun fact, GM window switches work
Good to hear, I've been waiting for this reply.
What year/model GM switches did you use?

Mine were fine until I removed the door panel just a few weeks ago, and they crumbled like they were made of powdered pixy sticks.
 

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This is for the passenger side, not sure the number for the drivers but my drivers side originals are in good shape.

There is a tall post on the backside of this, you will need to trim it down to the height of the others. Also only 5 pins on this and 6 on the others so you have to have it turned the right way, apparently the 6th pin on the Ford is not used for anything.


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Swapping out my drivers door for the donor, changed my pins and bushing whilst at it


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Got my Y pipe in today, looks like a quality item




I actually got it loosely bolted up, looks like it’s going to fit just fine, rest of the exhaust should be in tomorrow.

So far I think this was well worth the 240 bucks.



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