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What have you done to your Bronco today?

Howard2x4x4

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Been puttering about working on incidentals.
Onboard Air, quick access fire extinguisher, and I set up an antenna for my haam radio. At some point I’ll probably get myself a mobile radio kit, just not sure whether I want to go gmrs or dual band.
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Studly, I'd say! Nice job with the star!
 

Howard2x4x4

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Well, I think you also found that you can't pull a hard top with a fork lift against sheet metal and not break something.
The top cannot come straight up with the angle braces. Especially with the factory electric wiper motor attached.
Even with the motor loosened it can't easily come straight up, so you can tilt the top around the wiper motor and pull upward at just the right angle and not have the trouble you just experienced.

The good news is that this corner piece is not that hard to hammer back down to flat enough that nobody but you will ever know. Add a bit of re-sealing the seam and it'll work just fine when the top goes back on.
Is the top going back on at some point? If not you should still be able to fix that.

Or in other words... "That'll buff right out!" ;)

Paul
Yeah, Paul, no doubt about it. Haste makes waste. Not enough time to do it right, but plenty of time to do it over. That specific top will not be going back on, but another one in slightly better shape will be once I make a few minor adjustments. I will probably just remove the pocket stakes. Also have a brand new soft top, so I'll have some choice.
 

DirtDonk

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Yeah, a lot of people remove the stakes. I like the idea that they’re in there, but they do make life hard during the on and off process.
Even when you don’t pull up the corner plate, the chances of scratching the paint going in or out are at about 90%.

While you’re dealing with that though, it’s the perfect time to figure out a cover for that stake pocket hole.
Not necessarily for when you’re running the hardtop, but definitely for when you’re running the soft top.
With a soft top those holes are just open air channels all the way down to the area behind the rear wheels.
Perfect avenue for exhaust fumes and dust to get in to your nicely sealed soft top environment.
 

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I decided to add the air/dam tool tray from wild horses. I coated it with sharkhide first so it will hopefully stay looking nice for a while. I wish this was a one piece unit. I know I could probably have one made if I could find a big enough brake, but this one cleans up the front of the engine compartment a bit.

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56f100bbw

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I decided to add the air/dam tool tray from wild horses. I coated it with sharkhide first so it will hopefully stay looking nice for a while. I wish this was a one piece unit. I know I could probably have one made if I could find a big enough brake, but this one cleans up the front of the engine compartment a bit.

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For years I could not get the stock overflow tank to function consistently. The radiator would push fluid out (eventually some would overflow), however pulling back was minimal at best. New hose, hose at the bottom of the tank, blah blah.
Thought about the later model dual tank. Went this way. Been running for 4 days now in 90+ deg heat. Push/pull from the bottom; working perfectly. No longer (did I just say that) will I have to occasionally add nor keep the rad filled below the top.
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FordBronc

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I went to town for some over the counter maint parts and seen this...looks like the burger, tots and drink are in the back of a EB. Agree?
 

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Lawndart

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Pricey little thing ain't it.... (well I guess everything is pricey now :rolleyes:. ) Looks like it belongs though. Say it works pretty good?
'Tis pricey! It works just as expected. I am please with the performance and look. Maybe slightly better if black; 'twill work for now.
 

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'Tis pricey! It works just as expected. I am please with the performance and look. Maybe slightly better if black; 'twill work for now.
I have this one from amazom I like the bare aluminum but it comes in black also. And the price is reasonable sorry for the awful picture
 

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I find the 1L to be too small, 2L has been my minimum for sometime. 1L is probably fine if your not working your cooling system to the limits.
Interesting. I have had no issues at all with it. Running 408 stroker on 95 plus degree days. I guess that Ron Davis radiator and explorer serpentine fan are doing a good job
 

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Interesting. I have had no issues at all with it. Running 408 stroker on 95 plus degree days. I guess that Ron Davis radiator and explorer serpentine fan are doing a good job
And you probably won’t unless you play in the sand or do some serious snow wheeling. The issue I’ve found is not over heating but get warmer than normal for a little more expansion and it pushes some out of the reservoir, then it cools and it’s not got enough to refill the radiator, then it starts a vicious cycle with a steam pocket that keeps pushing coolant out more and more until it overheats. My truck has been modded to the point that if the radiator is more than 1” from the top it gets a steam pocket in the heads and just pushes the coolant out it doesn’t actually overheat until after it has done some serious puking.

Not a saying anything going on there is wrong, just sharing my experiences
 

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Moved it yesterday to new place to stay.
 

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New rear mat, "waiting on the front". Fresh paint on the roll bar, and rerouted some sound.... it's to freakin hot in Arkansas for anything else!
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