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Old 12/05/14, 05:25 PM   #1
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Tin and Tar - First Time 68 Bronco Resto

Hey guys I picked up a 68 Bronco w/ 80k mi this summer and want to fix her up. Everything on the vehicle is original and working condition. It was owned by an old timer who used her primarily for plowing his driveway.

My initial assessment of the vehicle is that the suspension is shot, the motor smokes a little at first when started but that dissipates and seems to run strong (had her up to 40 mph before I almost bounced off the road), interior other than bench seat is solid, and 65% of the body is toast but frame is solid. My plan or so I was told is make sure your mechanically solid ie drivable before going onto body work which is why so far I had the frame blasted, painted w/ por 15 and have replaced the suspension.

My game plan from here on out is to pull motor and have a basic rebuild on it so I know it's solid and not leaking any fluids. I also plan on adding power steering and an automatic transmission. I plan on doing most of the front clip tub work while the motor is out of the vehicle. IMO the majority of the work is going to be on the body and I've already ordered the replacement panels that I believe I will need. I have feeling that if I try to remove the body from the frame Im just going to end up with a pile of scrap sheet metal. Im going to include pics of the biggest problem areas which include, bed area, floor pan, kick panels, inner fender panels and tubs. Doors are pretty solid but post rear/front are toast, fire cowl is in good shape and so is front core support along with grill. Inner quarters are salvageable and lower quarters are iffy. I pretty much just plan on replacing it if its got substantial rust. Let me know what you think
lastly you can see where the floor channel support has rusted out and they replaced with a good chunk of a steel I-beam

I have actually ordered a whole new floor pan with tunnel and all floor channels and support brackets to replace this. I guess my plan is to strip her down to the tub weld in braces to support fire cowel to the front core panel. Measure my door post width and remove those then this is where Im kinda stuck. Do I replace the floor first or the kick panels, inner fenders, wheel tubs, and core support brackets? Im just trying to figure this out in order to keep it square! Is there anywhere I can find what the common dimensions or specs are as im sure things have shifted! any input would be awesome! I'll keep you posted with updates as they come along!
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Old 12/05/14, 05:26 PM   #2
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Heres some more pics now you guys don't have to go to my flickr page
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Old 12/05/14, 05:33 PM   #3
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Awesome, good luck! That's the same color my '67 was when I started. You're in the right place!

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Old 12/05/14, 05:57 PM   #4
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Measure , measure , brace , brace , and good luck
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Old 12/05/14, 06:49 PM   #5
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Update your tetnus shot!!! Good luck!!!

It's only money, I hope the government sends me more tomorrow!!!
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Old 12/05/14, 08:45 PM   #6
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@bronco jim- how do I brace this sucker when I practically have to cut the middle of the tub out? I know I'm going to have to remove the front door post which is usually a braceable area. I guess I'm going to have to get creative and figure out a way which will still allow me to drop in the pre-assemble floor pan ...ps bronco grave yard has a 10% online sale going on till Dec 23rd
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Old 12/05/14, 09:50 PM   #7
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Wow that rig looks eerily similar to mine when I started on it,not to scare you or anything but I'm on my 17th month of the restomod and had to replace almost every panel,but I usually work on it on weekends and sometimes during the week when I have the time.If I had to replace that much sheetmetal again I would seriously consider a new tub from Dennis Carpenter or even a nice used one.I have enjoyed the rebuilding process and built mine to be a lot stronger than factory,running full bead welds where originally were just spot welds and stuff like that,so you will want to take your time and take breaks when you get frustrated.Good Luck and enjoy the ride
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Old 12/05/14, 10:46 PM   #8
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@jmangi - I'm looking forward to it, should be fun and a challenge but I hear ya on the time line. I pretty much have every panel imaginable i think I'll need but that could change once i start tearing into her. I think right now I have about $2,500 in sheet metal ordered. This recent sale has helped, plus I'm only 2 hours from Jeffs Bronco Grave yard so I save money by picking the stuff up versus having it shipped!
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Welcome to the site, looks like you've got a nice project on your hands. I believe I looked at this EB up in Rockford this summer, same truck? Let me know if you need a hand with anything, just here in GR.

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Welcome to the site, looks like you've got a nice project on your hands. I believe I looked at this EB up in Rockford this summer, same truck? Let me know if you need a hand with anything, just here in GR.
It could be, I picked it up in GR early this past summer from a guy named Ryan. He said he had a lot of people looking but no one showed up with cash. I paid 5k for it and looking back I don't know if that was good price with all the work that has to go into it. The learning curve is pretty steep and fast, if I knew now what I didn't 6 mos ago I would have tried to find something with a more solid body. I have the vehicle up in Pentwater now near silver lake. My dads got a shop with all the bells and whistles so I kinda high jacked his shop. Ill def get ahold of you if I have any questions!
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On the body: do the math ahead of time, double it, and that is your body resto cost. Compare that to your other tub alternatives before you get into it. Body resto was a real can of worms for me, I would have been better off sourcing another tub on my project.

I don't necessarily agree with everything I say.
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On the body: do the math ahead of time, double it, and that is your body resto cost. Compare that to your other tub alternatives before you get into it. Body resto was a real can of worms for me, I would have been better off sourcing another tub on my project.
Cost? We are talking Cost? Who talks Cost on a Bronco restoration?? Time, this is the real factor!

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Lol, time and money is all it takes I hear, so if I got this figured out:
time+money = bronco and we all know that time = money so money +money = LOTS OF MONEY ....gotchya!
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First Time Bronco Resto

Heres a couple of vids shortly after we got her home
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bllu...ature=youtu.be

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLer...ature=youtu.be
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Went to bronco grave yard yesterday, knew you could fit a ford bronco tub in the back of a Honda element? Lol
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