Re: Hello everyone
My name is Mark Thomas, I go by MarkT on this board. My current Bronco is an 86, 351HO engine, 3-Speed Auto, Holley 4-barrel, K&N
Gibson cat-back exhaust. Running 32 x 11.50 x 15 tires. Put on a warn winch and bumper (I use it most to pull up trees and bushes in the yard),
Have a 3 inch Rancho suspension lift. Lock-rite up front, original limited slip in back, but rebuilt and adjusted up real tight.
I bought it brand new off the lot, now have 90,000 miles on it. I go offroading in the Arizona deserts and mountains a lot, mostly up to Crown King and Coperopolis on the northwest side of Phoenix, and to the box canyon, Cockran coke ovens, Maritinez Canyon on the
Southwest side of town. I only take it offroading and hunting now, it sits in the garage mostly. I drive my new car to work.
Have had several other 4 wds
(Chev, Dodge, Misubishi) and this one is definitely the best.
I'm 52 now, and don't do much heavy work on the truck myself - more tyoical is doing the brakes
, troubleshooting electrical problems, and doing air-conditioning work, plugs, etc. is mostly it.
I have taken several rookie drivers on training runs to teach them about desert offroading. I belong to a local employee club here,
the Desert Rats, and we go out on expiditions as often as possible. Some published runs, like Axle Alley, are
axle busters, and we don't do them, although we go there and hike to the top. I have found that many of the difficult runs (level 4 or 5) also have easier roads beside them (level 2 or 3), and we often take those, and then a few challenging hills.
I like to see more people get into off-roading. Too many people have bought fantastic rigs, but never took them off road to find out.
I am currently looking for a 96 Bronco to fix up like my old one.