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Old 09/04/06, 10:04 PM   #1
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My latest Bronco rebuild project has begun

Fellas,

I picked up my next project vehicle today.

This one is a 1976 Ranger model. I found it here in Florida, but it's actually a California Bronco. The 23 year-old girl who sold it to me bought it when she was going to college and living in Malibu. After she finished school she had it shipped here to Florida. It has all of the goodies that come on a '76....PS, power disc brakes, but it also has A/C that works.....and not one ounce of rust! The best part was that she was asking $4,500 and ended up taking $4,000.

I will now begin the Frame-up restoration and will drop by from time to time to share progress photos.

Here are some images I took today:
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'76 Sport, Frame-off Restoration, modified '69 351w with Holley Sniper fuel EFI, 4R70w, 2 1/2" lift and 1 body lift, Hydratech hyroboost, Painless Harness with multiple adds, 33's on 17x8.5 wheels. http://classicbroncos.com/forums/showthread.php?t=88493
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Old 09/04/06, 10:09 PM   #2
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Pete...you suck Just kidding. Looks like you scored a super deal on that one. What are the plans for it as far as suspension, paint (actually looks good now), etc. Did you figure out a motor choice. Let us know. Hope all is well. What ever happened to the royal blue Bronco that you had when I met you guys at the BBQ place near Lakeland a couple years ago? Keep us posted on the progress.

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Old 09/04/06, 10:16 PM   #3
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Quote:
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Pete...you suck Just kidding. Looks like you scored a super deal on that one. What are the plans for it as far as suspension, paint (actually looks good now), etc. Did you figure out a motor choice. Let us know. Hope all is well. What ever happened to the royal blue Bronco that you had when I met you guys at the BBQ place near Lakeland a couple years ago? Keep us posted on the progress.

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Hey Andy.....hell, you can't have every Bronco in the South.

I sold that blue one to an attorney down in South Beach. He called a few days after he bought it to tell me that he gets more girls in that Bronco than he does in his Ferarri.

I plan to take it down to the frame and add a 2 1/2" suspension lift from Chuck. I'll run dual shocks on hoops up front, but leave the singles on the rear. Of course I'll replace the engine with the 351w (after modifications have been performed). I'll defintely take it down to the metal and have it re-painted....but the color selection is a multiple choice right now. Completely new interior after the bed liner has been applied. New flares and a Best top. I'll also fab up a redesigned dash and I have a new design for a custom console that will look sweet. Centech, Tuffy, electric fuel pump with disconnect switch....you know my drill.


'76 Sport, Frame-off Restoration, modified '69 351w with Holley Sniper fuel EFI, 4R70w, 2 1/2" lift and 1 body lift, Hydratech hyroboost, Painless Harness with multiple adds, 33's on 17x8.5 wheels. http://classicbroncos.com/forums/showthread.php?t=88493
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Old 09/04/06, 10:25 PM   #4
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I vote for keeping the green outdoor carpet!

JK, nice score.
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Old 09/05/06, 04:05 AM   #5
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Good find Pete.That one looks to be in decent shape. Not much metal to replace. Keep us updated.

'75 Ranger- with assorted parts
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Old 09/05/06, 06:09 AM   #6
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Been anxiously waiting for you to start another one LSUPete!
The seller could have doubled what she wanted if she listed it on ebay (shhhh).
Looks like a great base to start with

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Old 09/05/06, 06:21 AM   #7
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Great find, One of these days when I am in Tampa I am going to have to run into all you Tampa Bronco Owners

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Old 09/05/06, 06:26 AM   #8
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pete - I was driving mine on saturday, but it did not want to run on monday.

When you going to start taking it apart? We are going to try and have a meet/greet mid-oct. Will it be in pieces then?

gonna frame off in your carport or do you have other plans?

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Old 09/05/06, 07:12 AM   #9
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Brian,

You know me.....it will all be done right there in that little carport....except for the painting. Once the body is off and the chassis is disassembled, I'll sand-blast the frame and begin the POR-15 process. You know the drill from there....don't you. The body is in such good condition that there won't be ANY metal replacement. Hell, the floor pans aren't showing any signs of rust at all. Whomever had this little dawlin kept it nice and dry.

There's no way this will be ready by mid-October, so I'll have to bum a ride off you this time. I'm hoping to be done by the first of the year.


'76 Sport, Frame-off Restoration, modified '69 351w with Holley Sniper fuel EFI, 4R70w, 2 1/2" lift and 1 body lift, Hydratech hyroboost, Painless Harness with multiple adds, 33's on 17x8.5 wheels. http://classicbroncos.com/forums/showthread.php?t=88493
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Old 09/05/06, 07:22 AM   #10
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What a deal. Thats all ive got to say about that.
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Old 09/05/06, 07:36 AM   #11
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What a good deal Pete, keep us posted. It is a lot better than this one http://classicbroncos.com/forums/sho...863&page=8ne;D
Good luck with the build up as of course it will be sweet.

Tried True Ford Blue RIP my brother Mstark
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Old 09/05/06, 07:43 AM   #12
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where you going to store the body when it is off....how you going to get the body off?

Let me know if you need some help with anything.

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Old 09/05/06, 07:50 AM   #13
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where you going to store the body when it is off....how you going to get the body off?

Let me know if you need some help with anything.
Once the body is off, it will be taken to the farm in Ocala. I'll do the body work up there on weekends and have it painted up there by a "guy I know". The only thing being worked on at my house will be the chassis.

I could absolutely use some help lifting the body. I'll holla at ya when I determine which weekend that will be done.


'76 Sport, Frame-off Restoration, modified '69 351w with Holley Sniper fuel EFI, 4R70w, 2 1/2" lift and 1 body lift, Hydratech hyroboost, Painless Harness with multiple adds, 33's on 17x8.5 wheels. http://classicbroncos.com/forums/showthread.php?t=88493
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Old 09/05/06, 07:54 AM   #14
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nice looking project base there pete. you should enjoy working on that one being in such good shape. great score!

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Old 09/05/06, 08:09 AM   #15
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Yeah, sweet Astrotuff, Pete!
Just kidding. Looks like a real nice score. It's the right color too.
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