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Old 02/20/12, 06:05 PM   #1
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**Will Build Thread**

Been a member for a long time, but haven't done much with my Bronco. It is time. So I bought my Bronco back in 2002 and have driven it off an on since. Sometimes it was my DD, sometimes seansonal ride (depending on where I lived, I was a Marine for 20 years and moved a lot). Based on my not so expert eye, it was “freshened” up in the 80’s. Since I have had it, most repairs were a reaction to a problem and done at a cheap and novice level (mine).
I replaced the engine soon after I got it with a reman’d one and it has less than 20,000 on it. Everthing mechanical is OK, but not great. Most things with seals leak. I upgraded the brakes to disc (D30) but master is leaking. The body work done years ago is bubbling and rusting up. No major cancer that I know of but it needs to be cleaned up.

So my plan is to take the body off, clean and repair the drive train. I want to keep it as stock as possible. I do not want to do any major upgrades. I like it the way it is. I want to clean, replace seals and paint the whole drive train to include the frame. It has a 302, 3 speed on tree, D30 front, SB 9 inch in rear, stock suspension and uncut.

I intend on putting the tub on a “body cart” that I found on CB (See below ) and clean the body up on that. Fortunately I have a 3 bay gargage and can take two of them to get this done. I have no body work skills, so I might have to resort to having some else do it.

Any help, input, advice that you could offer would be great.

This thread is an attempt to keep me honest and committed to restoring the Bronco, so if I am not posting updates, beat me up about it. I want to get this done and get it done right.

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Old 02/20/12, 06:09 PM   #2
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Got some work done today. Got everything pulled out of interior. All body to frame bolts removed. Radiator, steering column, and brake lines disconnected. Battery cables, grounds, throttle linkage and alternator wires all disconnected. Fuel fill tube disconnected. I think all I have left is the the emergency brake disconnect then the body can come off. I will build the body cart this week and hopefully the body is off next weekend.
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Old 02/20/12, 06:14 PM   #3
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Well, front fenders and grill are off. As expected I found a few surprises. The door post are rusted out at the bottom. The inner fender aprons had some weird "screen rubber, fiberglass" mix patch on both sides, you can see the square cut outs on each side. Core support is in great shape and front wheel wells, fenders, and grill are decent. Pics below.
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Old 02/20/12, 06:50 PM   #4
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Cute truck! Keep at it. A little bit every day.

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Old 02/20/12, 06:55 PM   #5
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Awesome work! i look forward to seeing the finished product.

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Old 02/20/12, 07:52 PM   #6
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Great start, looks like it has been painted a few times. I love the green on the inside of the tub. You'll have a great Bronco when your done and the satisfaction of doing it yourself. Thats a nice cart to set the body on also.

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Old 02/20/12, 08:05 PM   #7
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The tub was paint by brush. Not sure of the actual color. The exterior is a 1981 Lincoln yellow (cream). The orginal color was a new lime green, i think.

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Old 02/20/12, 08:38 PM   #8
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just doesn't look the same with out a ton of parts stuffed in it! i want that back at BYOB someday! and thank you for your service!
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Old 02/20/12, 08:43 PM   #9
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Randy,

I got to tell you, that was an interesting 2 hour ride. I looked like the beverly hillbillys wilth all that crap hanging out of the Bronco. The kick in the ass was that I had to carry almost all of it home, without a top, and it rained on the way back. I am glad most of the stuff found a good home with you.

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me too! it was a good time and has grown over the years.....much bigger audience now. Will be watching and let me know if you need the "boot" every so often!

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It is less about the "boot" than it is about 'whats next". Eitherway any input you want to offer, I will accept.

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Old 02/20/12, 09:56 PM   #12
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I have not posted here in a few years, I am amazed at the rapid response by all.

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Old 02/20/12, 10:58 PM   #13
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Subscribed!!! Looks like a great start, Will. And welcome back...
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Old 02/21/12, 04:05 AM   #14
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Nice truck man.. Definitely just a little bit every day, a little "more" time put towards it on the weekends, it'll come together quicker than you think...

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Old 02/21/12, 07:19 AM   #15
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Nice project you got there!! It looks like your upper floor is in decent shape going by the pics. I'm in the process of doing them now and they are a real PITA!!

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