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  • lifeizhard102205

    Votes: 34 39.5%
  • Scoop

    Votes: 42 48.8%
  • Ewgoetz

    Votes: 6 7.0%
  • magnumpi

    Votes: 1 1.2%
  • tstimson

    Votes: 3 3.5%

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What happened to tstimsons name in the poll above? However fitting as the emoticon may be for Terry, folks outside of Dixie chapter may not know him as Smiley thumbs up LOL.
 

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yeeeaaaaa.....well i gots a little story i'd like to tell, about cool little bronco you know so well....
ok enough of the Beastie Boys. lol. here's how the bronco started out when i first got it 3 years ago...















the very first upgrade i did was remove those steps you see in some of the pics.

and here's a few pics of how it sits now from my most recent outing with it...









i'm going to post a little bit everyday on here. so this is the most amount of pics i'm probably going to post in one day but stay tuned for the full story about the bronco and the fun it's had.....
and the full story on this as well....
 

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so now that i've teased you a little bit....here's some background info on the bronco....
it's a 1993 Eddie Baur that i bought for $2800 in 2010 after selling my jeep. it's the second bronco i've owned. the first was a 94 with a 4" tuff country lift and 35's. this is by far the most i've ever built any vehicle. This is the 6 vehicle i've built and every time i've done a little bit more and more until i gained the confidence to do the things i've done to this one.
it had 147,000 miles on it when i got it. it's got about 170,000 on it now. being an Eddie Baur, it came with a 5.8L, automatic trans and transfer case, leather, captains chairs, power everything. i've since ditched the TTB for a solid 44 from a 79 bronco stuffed withh 4.88's, lockright, chromoly shafts and 79 f250 outers for an 8 lug conversion and brake upgrade. the rear is a sterling 10.25 full floater with 35 spline shafts, 4.88's and lockright out of a 1990 f250. prior to the SAS i had a dick cepek class 2 6" lift on it. i've also swapped in a zf5 speed to get rid of the E4OD along with a manual tcase. i did a 6Litre tune up on it as well (second upgrade i did). I want to say thanks to the many people on FSB that helped me along the way and for the knowledge this site has in it. Without either, the bronco would not be what it is today. Fox Bravo, Brochoncho, Rusty Shackleford, Swat, Shadowfax, Hefty, Wilson's Off Road in Fayetteville, NC, Tanner 4x4 in Colorado Springs thank you. Anyone else that's helped along the way thanks as well. Don't be mad if i left you out, it wasn't intentional. And a big thanks goes out to Norfolkff0 for nominating me....again.
 

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How did you remove the door with all those wires in there? Did you do a quick disconnect or something? Looked once and there's 18 or so wires in there.

All this assuming you have the all power doors.
 

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In the Beginning . . .

I guess my fascination for everything Bronco goes back to my high school days when a friend of a friend had a Bronco (a 66??) and would do 4-wheel burnouts in the parking lot. I always thought that Bronco was really cool. Fast forward to 1980 and I bought my first Bronco - a 69 - and it was my daily driver for almost 8 years. I bought it in Eureka, CA when I was in the Navy and took it to Austin, TX to go back to school. I sold that one in Houston as the family expanded and got my first FSB - a brown and tan 82. Great vehicle but I only had it for about a year. I got transferred in my job and was assigned a company car and could not justify keeping the Bronco. (One of those decisions you regret!)

I got back into Broncos in 1999 when we purchased a 74 Ranger from my wife's Grandmother's estate. She had bought it new and it was still in very good condition. Soon after getting it I took it to Paragon Adventure Park and proceeded to bend the front bumper and ding up the front fender! My wife said no more wheeling in Granny's Bronco so I talked her into letting me get an early Bronco trail rig project. Which I did. We still have both of those EB's but I had been wanting another FSB for some time - just how to convince the wife??? (And the 78-79's were really growing on me!)

At the SuperCelebration in 2008 I showed my wife a REALLY nice 79 and remarked how I would like to have one and how it would make a great tow vehicle for our trail rig. To my surprise she agreed that having a big Bronco would be nice - the hunt was on!

So here is what I found in Newport News and drug home!









Specs:

78 Bronco Custom
351M / C6 / NP203 (converted to part time by original owner)
AC / PS / PB
Front bench seat
Bright Yellow w/ Black & Silver interior, black top, factory pinstripping
White wagon wheels w/black centers
 

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First Mod

First repair I did was a complete brake job. First mod was installation of a 23" Lokar floor shifter.





When I first installed it I was thinking I had made a mistake in getting the 23" instead of a shorter one. After using it a while I really like it. It's about the same length as an NP435 shifter and most people taking a quick look think it's a manual tranny.
 

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so the first few mods i didn't pics of.....removing the steps, 6Litre tune up and replacing all the fluids.....but the next one.....



i did.
this was completed over a week's time at the auto shop on bragg while i was recovering from knee surgery. i don't recommend doing this in the same condition i was in. not a fun experience. very painful. i did learn alot though.









rear complete. the original bolts that hold the leafs to the hanger were rusted in there pretty good and required a pry bar, punch and hammer to remove. i used new grade 8 bolts and a little bit of axle grease on the bolt body itself.



got the front end off. i tried drilling the rivets out at first....big mistake...it led to this....



the third piece bounced off my cheek and i couldn't find it afterwards. needless to say, i didn't have to be reminded to wear saftey glasses when drilling anymore. lol.











yes, the radius arm is not in the mount yet. i didn't quite trust myself measuring from where to where yet so i assembled everything else first. then measured, used a jack to confirm, then measured again. but it came out great in the end.

pre alignment..




post alignment...




and one of my favorite pics....


the tires piled up at the rear of the vehicle are the original tires so it gives a reference as to how big a 6" lift and 35's really are.
 

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Got to give mine to Scoop. He surely saved another 79 from the wrecking yard and has a lot of work and time into the resurrection of that Bronco.
 

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How did you remove the door with all those wires in there? Did you do a quick disconnect or something? Looked once and there's 18 or so wires in there.

All this assuming you have the all power doors.
yes i have power doors still....

for now....


they are being stored in the garage



and i just clipped the wires. make sure you disconnect the battery first though. there are a few hot wires going through there. i've contacted weatherpack to try and find a 16 wire (you weren't too far off) disconnect but all they say is "we manufacture the parts and wholesale them to retailers for resale" when asked if they can help locate the nearest authorized retailer they refuse to respond. needless to say, i'm going to explore the local electronics shops when the time comes. right now the weather is great though and i dont need doors....
 
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