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Old 12/07/18, 11:52 PM   #1
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Cost Building New Bronco From Scratch (Hint itís in the 80ís)

So this isn’t a question but a statement. I’m a private builder, building a new Bronco from scratch as a project with my son, who is way into cars. We have a 53 Chevy Pickup, a single owner 2004 TJ Unlimited 2 door, a 2015 WRX and a 1969 beetle that we are about to put in a brand new engine we built, 125 ponies!!!.

When my 2016 Golf R died, saving my sons lives that were in the car when it was hit (everyone is totally fine, car totaled) we decided that my much loved 2004 unlimited was rusting away and my son with 1.5 years left at home wanted us to do something fun. So bronco build from ground up. I’m sure I’ll have tons of questions but I also know I see people asking how much this whole thing costs. That’s what I’ll be reporting.

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Frame Krawlers Edge
Body LAL Customs
Engine Blueprint 347 stroker with Eddlebrock Pro Flow 4
Trans AX 15
Transfer Case Atlas 2
Disc brakes (not willwood)
1” body lift built into frame
1.5” suspension lift (this is a daily driver for mostly street use)
Ford 9” rear end with LSD
Dana 44 front open differential. (This is one of the few rebuild components in the vehicle)
Lots of other nick nacks, mostly from Wild Horses, for the rolling chassis. Stainless large capacity fuel tank, in tank fuel pump, Hydro boost, willwood master cylinder, leaf springs rear, Bilstein all around, anti axle wrap from Wild Horses.

As I get info I’ll keep adding to this.

One question I have is best headers for 346 stroker with AX15 trans. Most seem like they have to be modified to work. Just checking.


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Old 12/08/18, 03:56 AM   #2
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That should be around One Billion Dollars!
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Old 12/08/18, 04:14 AM   #3
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Doing that much work put a Coyote motor in it.

IMO WH shorty headers or the best fit for regular motor
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Old 12/08/18, 05:25 AM   #4
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I’m guessing you will be in the $40k range. What’s your plan for obtaining a title? Can you get a kit car title or will you buy someone’s title for sale with junk Bronco?

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Old 12/08/18, 09:40 AM   #5
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Yes, title questions are in order.

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Old 12/08/18, 10:16 AM   #6
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Doing that much work put a Coyote motor in it.

IMO WH shorty headers or the best fit for regular motor

Iíll check out the shortly headers. Thanks.
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Old 12/08/18, 10:20 AM   #7
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And I wish I could do it for $40k!!! Reality is probably closer to 2x that. $40k could be done but you would need a donor vehicle for quite a bit of it, not the route I’m going. I’m buying the tub assembled and installed by someone else to make sure it fits properly. You could save maybe $8k-$10k in the process by doing the whole tub assembly yourself. Not something I have the skill, time or interest in doing.
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Old 12/08/18, 10:34 AM   #8
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Welcome!
I will be following along. I, (like many others), investigated going this route. Personally, I chickened out and bought a donor to work with. It was the million little pieces that I did not want to chase down that made the difference.
Please keep us up to date on costs.
I think you will be $75 to $ 100K mainly dependent on what you have to pay for outside labor vs doing it yourself

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Old 12/08/18, 12:26 PM   #9
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At least 75k in my opinion.

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I will be following along. I, (like many others), investigated going this route. Personally, I chickened out and bought a donor to work with. It was the million little pieces that I did not want to chase down that made the difference.
Please keep us up to date on costs.
I think you will be $75 to $ 100K mainly dependent on what you have to pay for outside labor vs doing it yourself
This is a fact. All the little parts are crazy... like stainless blots and nuts. The locals at ACE hardware know me by name now.

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Old 12/08/18, 01:42 PM   #11
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My next update on this will be the beginning of January. Will have all the costs for the rolling chassis, plus tub, top and paint finalyzed. Then all the small things. . . . . I’ll be happy to keep it in the $70k-$80k range.

Coyote added a level of cost increase and assembly complication that wasn’t worth it to me. Going fuel injection on the 347 eliminates most of the issues with old engines that would bother me.
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Old 12/08/18, 01:48 PM   #12
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This is a fact. All the little parts are crazy... like stainless blots and nuts. The locals at ACE hardware know me by name now.
A normal Saturday is one trip to ACE.

Two trips happens often...

Three trips occasionally.

Our local ACE has a phenomenal selection of hardware.
I talked to the wholesaler who was stocking the bins one day and he said that our store was his number two retail outlet in the state

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Old 12/08/18, 01:48 PM   #13
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I wasn't planning on it, but I ended up basically building mine from scratch. I spent more on the motor than I shouid have and used the frame and most of the body, but I'm not quite done yet and am clocking in at about $80,000 in receipts so far, for the base Bronco ($7500) and with me doing most of the labor.

It's the little things that add up, and shipping.

Barn Find 73 going through a nut and bolt Restoration/Upgrade. Follow along at:
http://classicbroncos.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=217635

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Old 12/08/18, 01:48 PM   #14
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In CA you are probably looking at 15k for paint alone. A 347 is going to be $7500. That’s 22 just for engine and paint. I’m guessing this would be 75-100k
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Old 12/08/18, 02:00 PM   #15
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7k total for paint. Epoxy primer, raptor line bottom, engine bay and inside bottom. From a very good local paint shop (near Chicago). Engine was $5,700 with the fuel injection.
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