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Old 10/30/11, 11:34 AM   #1
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So i unoffically started on the 76 this weekend, unofficially because I still have a 72 Fj40 that I have been doing a TBI conversion on and I need to get out of my garage before i can get the bronco in there. However since i was waiting on a radiator for the FJ and haven't had a chance to really look over the bronco since i bought her I did a few things..

So this is how I bought her:



First thing i did was remove the fugly front bumper and winch. I was lucky to talk to the original owner when I flew up to get the bronco and he still had the stock bumper, so I swapped it in. I swear the bronco raised up a few inches without all that weight on it...



Then I removed the mud flaps... they must be required in Montana, but not here and they look kinda weird on a little truck

I noticed I have an aftermarket tow frame and electrical hookups, I think I will remove that as well, i really want to get the bronco down to the basics to track down my electrical gremlins and honestly dont' think I will ever tow anything.. i will keep the stuff around just in case.

Looking over the interior I decided to rip out he natty carpet and see what I had under there.. so started in the rear and worked my way forward.

Removed the rear carpet on the tailgate..


Gross carpet up front...



Ripped out the plastic covering in the back.. not too bad but pretty gross as well...



Rear seats out...



Hmmmmm not too bad so far.



rear floor carpet and rubber mat is out... doesn't look too bad...



Got the front seats out.. looking pretty good under there...



Looks like the build sheet if iam not mistaken? too bad its not in the rear like the later broncos.. might have been saved...





After a vacuum and a good wipedown the inside looks pretty good, found a few spots with what i hope is surface rust.. and ford went nutty on the glue ont he drivers side wheel well.. but other than that pretty happy so far...





















So thats where i left it last night.. I have a line on a new set of carpet and hold downs so thats great, however while i have the interior out I'm thinking i should have someone take a look at the little areas fo rust and see what they recommend. I'm really not a body guy and don't really know whats involved as far as rust areas and body work in particular so need some advice...

also I was thinking of using a wire wheel on the wheel wells to get the glue off but would hate to take the paint off in the process. Anyone have any idea on how i can dissolve the glue on there? since I'm covering it agian with carpet most likely does it really matter? should I look at other alternatives for covering the back?

I will probably take off the side panels since they are kinda hideous anyway and inspect the metal there however not sure what I will do with those side panels.. recover? replace? leave out?

The seats are in pretty good shape and honestly its not a high priority to have them recovered at this point but I dont think i want the original yellow paint staring at me in the face either, with the new carpet in i will still need to do something back there.. suggestions?

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Old 10/30/11, 11:41 AM   #2
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Lucky! That's the best condition floors I've seen from the factory.

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Old 10/30/11, 02:55 PM   #3
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I think that's what they call "a survivor" looks great! Have Fun with it.
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Old 10/30/11, 03:25 PM   #4
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OK I'm confused (normal) What color did it start life as White,or blue and where did the green Interior come from.
You look like a tool guy (Milwaukee) .Do you have one of the Ocilating (sp) tools ,like a Fein or Dremmel.Not a rotary tool but the latest craze,it ocilates 3 degrees,many uses ,but what would work on that glue is the scraper blade. I have a Bosch variety and use it all the time,
.I even scraped the hand painted stripe off my fiberglass motorhome without damageing the gel coat.
Your going to make a lot of guys sick with those floors...

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Old 10/30/11, 03:57 PM   #5
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OK I'm confused (normal) What color did it start life as White,or blue and where did the green Interior come from.
You look like a tool guy (Milwaukee) .Do you have one of the Ocilating (sp) tools ,like a Fein or Dremmel.Not a rotary tool but the latest craze,it ocilates 3 degrees,many uses ,but what would work on that glue is the scraper blade. I have a Bosch variety and use it all the time,
.I even scraped the hand painted stripe off my fiberglass motorhome without damageing the gel coat.
Your going to make a lot of guys sick with those floors...
well from what i understand i guess it was light green from the factory as the ranger with that interior only came in light green and dark green. The original owner had it painted blue later on... (he told me the original color was yellow but i guess hes color blind too, lol)

I picked up both Milwaukee tools from a sale a few months ago... my old cordless was not cutting it...

hmm i will look into using that dremel head.. i know the one you are talking about... i will be scratching the crap out of it no matter what i use..

The pan is surprisingly nice.. i couldn't believe it when i pulled the carpet out...

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Old 10/30/11, 04:01 PM   #6
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Check your vin plate in the glove box or the sticker on the driver's side striker post. Looks like Color Code U Glen Green?? Awesome color for a Ranger.

You got incredibly lucky on the rust on that one! As stated before, some of the cleanest floor pans I have seen.

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Nice. That light green was the original color of my 76. Floors look great! You got lucky!

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Old 10/30/11, 07:46 PM   #9
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wow, that tub is incredible.

What are your long term plans? If you want to keep a top on it and re-carpet it, consider doing the dynamat (or off brand version fatmat). I just did mine this weekend and carpeted over it and it is night and day difference from before in regardles to ride quality for rattle.

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Can I buy that from you?
sure how much you got

I know how lucky iam so far... i looked a long time for one that would need minimal body work, i have very very little experience in that regard.

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Check your vin plate in the glove box or the sticker on the driver's side striker post. Looks like Color Code U Glen Green?? Awesome color for a Ranger.

You got incredibly lucky on the rust on that one! As stated before, some of the cleanest floor pans I have seen.
the door tag and my glovebox don't have the color code on them that i know of.. i will look again but i think iam going to have to look on the frame rail as i believe thats where the other VIN tag is? I haven't even had a chance to get under the bronco but there is lots of grim under there...

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wow, that tub is incredible.

What are your long term plans? If you want to keep a top on it and re-carpet it, consider doing the dynamat (or off brand version fatmat). I just did mine this weekend and carpeted over it and it is night and day difference from before in regardles to ride quality for rattle.

Great looking rig.
Well iam formulating a plan now.. but I think long term I want to modernize it for reliability, safety and of course fun, maybe a LUBAR build. For now the top will remain on, iam sort of on the fence with doing anything like rhino lining or using POR so Dynomat might be a better option. One day I will do a body off paint job on it so I want to keep that in mind...

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Kleen-strip make a spray rust reformer that converts surface rust.I would try that.

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So i figured I would post up a couple more pics as I go so the thread isn't so boring. Found a little rust in the engine bay.. both on the sides above the wheel well..





I will pull the fenders off here soon and patch them up...

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the door tag and my glovebox don't have the color code on them that i know of.. i will look again but i think iam going to have to look on the frame rail as i believe thats where the other VIN tag is? I haven't even had a chance to get under the bronco but there is lots of grim under there...
Thre should be 2 VINs on the frame. Easiest to find is on the top of the passenger frame rail directly under the firewall. But this is only the VIN - no other info. Most of the door tags I've are missing the color code but all of the glove box tags should have it.

The rust on the inner fenders is very common. Even "rust free" CA Broncos will probably have some there. My 74 Ranger has it on both sides and it has no rust anywhere else.

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Old 11/08/11, 11:55 AM   #14
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Looking good I really like the green interior and blue paint! Keep up the work, the floors look great and that should be an easy fix to replace those rusty spots on the inner fenders

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The rust on the inner fenders is very common. Even "rust free" CA Broncos will probably have some there. My 74 Ranger has it on both sides and it has no rust anywhere else.
That's one of the only places mine didn't have rust, go figure.

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