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Old 12/13/10, 11:29 AM   #1
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Southeast AL 1976 Bronco Wagon Build... Updated 3 April 2016

I have been a member here for a little over a year. I have been too cheap to spend the $12 to become a contributer until last week. So, with contributor status I figured now was as good a time to start my own build thread.

My intentions with this build is to have a dependable truck that I can drive when and where I want but also having it offroad/trial capable. I want it to be something that is fun to drive and something that I'm not worried about it getting damaged or scratched if I were to take it on a trail or in the woods.

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Old 12/13/10, 11:31 AM   #2
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*EDIT 12/13/2010* - I forgot tell ya'll the specs on the truck.

1976 Wagon
302 ci 2 barrel carb
3 spd on column
Dana 44 front with factory pwr brakes 3.54 (factory to my knowledge)
9" rear bb 3.50 gear
3.5" suspension lift
315/75/16 BFG MT KM
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The truck has some rust in normal spots: front floors, rear floor......other places TBD

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Old 12/13/10, 11:35 AM   #3
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Here are some pics of the truck when I bought it around September/October 2009.
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Old 12/13/10, 11:41 AM   #4
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One of my neighbors and I went and looked at the truck before I bought it (when the above pics were taken). When we raised the hood, there was a full grown opossum right between the passenger side air box and the air filter.

The opossum looked pretty pissed off when we opened the hood and started messing with his 'house'. He didn't hang around long. He quickly dove between the pwr brake booster, firewall, and block and hit the ground running.
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Old 12/13/10, 11:58 AM   #5
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Decent enough rig.. Good luck with the project, look forward to the progress & pics

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Old 12/13/10, 12:08 PM   #6
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Wow ! We don't find any that nice here in Michigan.
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Old 12/13/10, 12:19 PM   #7
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Looks great, Keep those pics coming.
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Old 12/13/10, 12:25 PM   #8
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When I rescued this rig, it had been parked for 10 yrs! (about 4 yrs under barn, 6 yrs at the edge of the field and woods as seen in pics above) When I bought this rig, the truck was about a 1/4 mile from my house and some neighbors down the road had owned the truck since around 1979. All three of the neighbor kids drove it. I purchased the truck from the youngest son which was the current owner at the time. The purchase also included some 16" X 8" black steel wheels that were brand new still in the box that the youngest son had purchased with intentions of installing on the bronco.

When the bronco was parked in 1999 it was under an OLD rickety barn/shed. It sat under this shed until the barn/shed was about to fall in on the bronco. The middle brother pulled the bronco out from under the shed to keep the barn from damaging it in case it fell. He moved it to the location that you see above.

My neighbor (Mark) and I took Mark's tractor and lift pole and drug the truck home.

Here are some pics after I got it home.
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Old 12/13/10, 12:31 PM   #9
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The truck had been sitting so long that it was covered in mildew. The first thing I did was pressure wash the truck and then I cleaned all the leaves and sticks and stuff that the opossum had 'moved' in his house
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Old 12/13/10, 12:37 PM   #10
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Mildew pics

More pics. First pic is of mildew on the hood. Second is on the windsheild. Third is me pressure washing that crap off.
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Old 12/13/10, 01:05 PM   #12
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Cool, nice rig for a field find, what are your plans with it?

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Old 12/13/10, 01:07 PM   #13
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Coming pretty clean!
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Old 12/13/10, 01:18 PM   #14
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It looks like it. You aren't even going to have to do anything to it.

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Old 12/13/10, 01:30 PM   #15
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After I got the truck cleaned up I started trying to get the truck running. After a carb rebuild, spark plugs, plug wires, fuel filter, couple of battery cables, starter, fresh gas, and a hot battery.......it fired up.

I ended up taking the gas tank off and buying a factory style poly tank from delconick out of the classifieds.

After getting it running I pulled it in the shop because it didn't have any brakes on it. I had thought about selling the new rims that I got in the package deal but then I decided to keep 'em and use 'em when a friend of mine gave me his used set of BFG 315/75/16 Mud Terrain KMs.

Here are a few pics of the used tires mounted on the new wheels installed on the bronco (before and after pics).

BTW.......I forgot to tell ya'll that the bronco already had about a 3 1/2" suspension lift on it. There is a skyjacker sticker that the P.O. stuck on the dash.
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