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Old 06-17-2011
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Got the exhaust manifolds coated and baked. Also got on a new water pump.
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Also got the water pump pulley, balancer, and some MSD wires I had laying around. They're a tad on the long side.
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Tomorrow, thermostat housing, intake manifold, and prep the engine bay.

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Old 06-17-2011
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Forgot I had bought these Vatozone wires when I bought the Bronco. They do fit much better and they have lifetime warranty. Also got the ignition coil back on and switched the cap adapter on the distributor from blue to black.
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Intake and exhaust manifolds on.
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Something will have to be done down the road about this single barrel carb.


Motor should go back in Friday.

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Work had kept me from getting any work done on this. I have 1 1/2 months vacation so I need to get this running and on the trail. Shooting for 4th of July as the first outing.

Finally got the trans pulled which allowed the motor to go in within a matter of minutes with new motor mounts.
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As you can see, I didn't clean up the engine bay due to time constraints.

Trans is on the stand ready for a mild clean upland shift shaft seal and o-ring replacement.
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Also taking this time to install the bracket and lever needed for a B&M Quick Silver floor shifter.
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Pulled the bench seat and started figuring out the height needed for the seat risers for the bucket seats.
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Tomorrow, looking at some 35s locally, ordering new wheels, locking trans dipstick, trans mount bushings, and maybe starting on the half door build.

Not pictured is the Walker y-pipe that came in for the efi exhaust manifolds.

Fred

Edit :you may also notice I removed the dash, AC crap, and one of the fenderwells so far. Going to do a bare bones rewire and going to mount all the ignition module inside the firewall.

The stock oil filler cap has seen better days as had the pcv valve and grommet so I replaced them with some cheepy Spectre Vatozone chrome pieces.
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Old 06-17-2011
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Well, I picked up 3 decent 35's fro $30 a piece. Need one more. Going to have to wait on the new wheels until next month. Trans dipstick and trans mount bushings are on order from Bronco Graveyard.

I cleaned up the trans a little bit and sprayed it with some extra cast iron paint I had laying around.
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Pulled the Bronco back in and started on the.... I don't know whether to call these 1/2 doors or 1/4 doors or 5/16 or 3/8 or 7/16 doors so I will call these fraction doors. LOL Taped out more or less what I wanted and made an initial cut. I put the tires beside the Bronco to see what it was going to look like more or less.
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Wasn't real happy with the way it looked near the door handle and with the door handle. Looked a bit odd to me so I did away with it.
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Pretty happy with this door so until I can get a sheet of 18ga sheet metal, I will be gutting and cutting the passenger door.
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Once the mounts and dipstick come in, the trans will go back in.

Tomorrow, passenger door and driveshaft u-joints, maybe oil pressure, water temp, and voltage gauges.

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Old 06-17-2011
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This thing is beautiful. :) Makes me want to get outside and be working on my truck. MAN I wish I could find some new 35's for 30$ a piece. FRIG.
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Old 06-18-2011
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Don't feel too bad, these are a baby step above spares just to start wheeling ASAP.
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i would of cut out more of the front of the door that way you still would of had an arm rest and door handle
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Progress was slow today. I finally picked up a cart for my wire feed welder so I put that together then got around to making up the templates to finish up the half door.
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After that I decided to run the wheels down to a tire shop and get the 35s mounted.

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Stopped by Vatozone on my way to the shop and picked up all new u-joints for the driveshafts. They also needed a good cleaning and some paint.
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Pulled off the old joints
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This contraption was a bit interesting to disassemble
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A good scrub with some degreaser and some black rattle can powdercoat
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And new joints
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While the paint was drying I also decided to cut up the passenger door and since the cutting wheel was out, I took it to the driver side fender.

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Back at it again today.

Finished the drive shafts.
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This thing fell out while I was cleaning up the engine bay, any ideas what it is or where it goes? LOL
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Time to get the creative juices flowing.
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Cut up the passenger side fender
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Then started work on the rear driver side panel.
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How it sits as of the end of today.
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The dipstick and trans mounts were sitting on my door step when I got home but rather than wait around all day for them, I ran down to the shop and got some more wrench time in on it.

It was about time to get rid of that hideous grill guard.

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In an attempt to get this party going, I turned it into a topless party. This would have been a great picture is not for that stupid tailgate window.
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Off with the tailgate window!
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Much better
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Pulled the rear bench seat to remove the carpet and the 28 years of crap that gets trapped under there.
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Seat back on. To be replaced down the road with a Beard bench seat.
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Trans and drive shafts go back in tomorrow.

Also, spotted this thing on my lunch run today. May try to pick it up tomorrow if the owner is willing to part with it.
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After an hour of cursing, busting knuckles, crying, questioning my manhood, and a snap of a finger, its out.

I wish my wife were this dirty.
This build is worth watching just for the amazing narration lol
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This build is worth watching just for the amazing narration lol
Thank you. I try to make it interesting.
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Old 06-24-2011
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No luck on locating the owner of the Falcon. Will try again next week.

The transmission parts I had been waiting for finally came in.

These Broncos came equipped with some crap *** rubber bushings as transmission mounts which happen to be out of production and ridiculously overpriced IF you can find them.
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The solution; late 70's Bronco NP 205 t-case poly mounts. At $15 a piece x 2, you can't beat it.
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Only one problem, the original bushings filled a 1 1/2" hole in the crossmember and these bushings are for a 1 1/4" hole.
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I picked up two 1 1/4" ID washers and welded them to the crossmember.
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Tacked them in after they were centered.
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Flipped the crossmember over as laid down four beads.
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Repeat with the other hole/washer
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Some paint and Vioala
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Until I can push the Bronco back into the shop to get the trans back in, I'll keep working on the doors. Had a friend press these out for me using the templates I had made.
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Today I was able to get one door completely assembled and tacked all together.

Piece by piece trimming as needed
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And it opens and closes very well (click on pic to see video)


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Old 06-29-2011
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Crunch time. I have 2-1/2 more days to get this thing running and on the trail.

Pulled the Bronco into the shop and while I was waiting for the other guys to get some free time to help with the trans, I decided to do something about the air cleaner. Air cleaners for 1bbl carbs are hard to come by and every adapter I came across did not fit because of the electric choke.

Took the stock air cleaner and cut out the centers to turn it into an open element air cleaner. I know, I know, hot air, gets dirty faster but down the road this will be addressed.

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Top
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The top had some funky vacuum valve on it. Took it off and welded it closed.
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Here we go
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The highly anticipated and dreaded moment
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In. The trans dipstick I ordered was for a SBF which shares a bolt pattern with this motor but it would not clear the intake so I had to get creative put an additional bend in the dipstick tube which ended up working out great.
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Rear drivehsaft
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Y-pipe


Looks like I have my work cutout for me these next couple of days.
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Its coming together
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Old 06-30-2011
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Started today by installing the front drive shaft. Then moves onto the shifter.

Its crooked on purpose. Because of the seat, it makes it awkward to shift with it straight.
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Moved onto the exhaust. The y-pipe was already in place. Had a dynomax race bullet lying around so I decided to use it along with an Autozone turn down. All 2.5".
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90% done. Just need to add a hanger.
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Cut the last fender.
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Trans cooler with dedicated fan.
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Doesn't look like I'm going to meet my intended finish date.

After removing the AC these rather large openings were left in the firewall.
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Made some patch panels out of 18ga sheetmetal.
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Internal voltage regulator alternator. The main plus is facing the engine though so I had to clock it a bit.
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All the electronics will be relocated inside the cab on this panel.


Panel will be mounted inside the firewall.
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I'm making progress but it looks like I'm going backwards sometimes.


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Tuesday:

Got the trans cooler lines run.
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Wednesday:

Got started on the wiring and moved the battery to the rear of the vehicle.
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Thursday

Got some Vatozone gauges and tach and mounted them.

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Friday (Today)

Mad wiring scramble. No pictures to show though. Phone died and wasn't able to snap any pics.

I did however pick this gem up today. 76-77 F100/150 Dana 44 HP. No plans on getting it in anytime soon though. I wanna build it up along side a matching 9" and maybe have them ready to be swapped in next summer. Plans are 3 link in the front and 4 link in the rear.
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It's alive!!! Got the pig running today. Started up fairly easy. Idles fine, and sounds pretty good IMO with the Walker y-pipe feeding into a Dynomax race bullet. I was worried it would be too loud but its actually perfect.

I nailed all the electrical wiring with no need for adjustments or corrections. Electrical fans ran, light all worked, gauges all lit up.

There are some leaks:
#1 from the engine dipstick tube base, going to need to be replaced or sealed up. Graveyard wants $75 for it, so unless I can find a good one at the junkyard, it will need to be repaired.

#2 from what appears to be the PS box. Didn't have a chance (time) to take a closer look but I couldn't see any fluid coming from the lines so it is a guess for now.

Another issue is the throttle sticks as I found out during a moment of lack of better judgement. I took it on a shakedown run up and down the street. As I was pulling it back into the shop, I stopped at the main gate which is gravel/dirt, the guys were watching so I decided to kick up a little dust. Shifted it into first gear manually, and pinned the throttle for a second, when I released it, it stayed down. The truck took off headed straight at a fully restored 1962 Oldsmobile Starfury at WOT. I stood on the brakes and tried shifting it back into neutral but the ratchet shifter made it difficult so I killed the ignition switch just in time. I ended up about 5 feet from the car. Feel free to give me **** about it. I deserve it. That was stupid.

Lastly, it picks up a real bad bounce around 30mph. I'm thinking this is due to the **** ***, well worn 35s I picked up. The street is pretty bad too but it was a bit excessive.

Now its just detail stuff which usually tends to be the biggest headaches.

Here is the engine on initial start up.


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AWESOME!!!
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Well, gave the Bronco to my wife for her birthday. So not many more mods planned for it. The solid D44 will now be going into the Ranger I had originally planned as a tough truck. More on that build later.

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Time for a little bit of picture whoring.

After running through a little bit of mud.



Tire obstacle

Proved to be a little too much for a basically stock Bronco on 35's


Was really disappointed with the tire obstacle and it is crying out for lower gearing. Just ordered a full spool for a 9" rearend I am building for it with 4.88 gears. And also putting together a high pinion D44 over the next couple of months.

Fred
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Old 10-16-2011
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Nice. What gears does it have right now? Still, not bad for a Bronco with what seems stock suspension. How's it handle in the mud?
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