I've been thinking of replacing the quarter panels on my truck, fixing rust on the doors, little rust here, little rust there, body work, etc... it started to add up and I decided if I am going to do that much work, I might as well start at the bottom.
Has anyone removed the entire body off of a Bronco before? I've seen it done to just the cab of an old chevy pickup with nothing more than a block-and-tackle off the top of a barn. Could it be possible to do the same to a Bronco body with only a barn and block-and-tackle?
Obviously there are many things to disconnect, like brake lines, electric wiring, steering linkage, parking brake, transmission / tcase linkage, any engine part attached to the firewall or interior fenders.... etc. Has anyone attempted this themselves? How long did it take?
My main goal is getting the entire frame blasted, cleaned, and painted to help protect the frame and prevent future harsh New England rust. Is lifting the body worth the effort? I suppose I could clean and paint the frame from underneath but I won't be able to get access to the entire frame and it will be much harder working upside-down. Should I take the body off or not? Or am I too concerned about the frame? should I not bother with it? I am not a serious off-roader, but I do plan on keeping this truck for a while.
Suggestions, ideas, or comments? I could use any information or advice. Also considering the costs to have this done professionally (price?). Mechanically, the truck is in great shape, just rusty... only 90k miles, everything works fine, the interior is in perfect condition, and the body is mostly good... good paint (new paint after ford recall years ago), many new parts, ... and I really like the look of the early 80's rigs, so I would much rather fix this one up and stop the rust problem than to buy a new one.
(info if this helps: 86 Bronco XLT, 302 EFI, AOD trans, BW1345 T-case, stock height & suspension)
please post your opinion,