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post #1 of (permalink) Old 06-04-2003, 10:59 PM Thread Starter
 
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Ideas on a new bronc (long)

One of the local sheriffs depts. is having a sale. At the last one I picked up a 86 ext. cab ranger 4x4 and a 78 f150 4x4, 351, c6. Things go really cheap as pretty much its me and a couple other guys that show up. Anyways at this upcoming sale there is a 82 Bronco, 351, auto. It is not much to look at but it runs great and drives very nice. I'm thinking about making a trail truck out of it. I love my current Bronco for a dd and hate the idea of beating it off road(I know its just an 86 but I love her) So as I lack the knowledge, funds, tools, and area to do the D60 FF10.25 thing. I was thinking of going another way. I was planning on removing everthing from the truck that is not important. cutting the top,fenders, doors, tailgate, bumpers, and of course removing the entire interior and replacing with a pair of racing style seats and an aluminum dash. My question to everyone is how much weight do you think I can save and will it make much of a difference in drivetrain durability. I'm sure the bronco won't go for more than $200. So I won't feel bad about hackin away. A few friends of mine are wanting to plan a trip to Moab and I'm worried at what all that traction will do to stock parts. Do you think a stock drivetrain can survive under a svelt bronco?
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 06-05-2003, 06:26 AM
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Absolutely. Just make sure it isn't circling the drain in terms of engine life already. A quick carb overhaul, and a compression test will give you good info as to the life expectancy. Since you plan on dedicating this to the off road life, a fluid change in the trans and diffs wouldn't hurt. At the very least you'll see if anything got pretzeled over the years, and prevent one of those trailside Mcgiver sessions.
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Take the Bronc body off and put on a truck cab! Take off the front fenders and you should be able to run 35's no problem. I'd regear it first though.
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post #4 of (permalink) Old 06-05-2003, 08:30 AM
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It's pretty much been done. Ironically, I took these pics in Moab [img]images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

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I figured that you lose about 500lbs if you take off the top, rear seat, doors, and tailgate. I heard if you go any bigger than 35's with stock gear you are pushing the stock gear hard with lockers. Cutting away more sheet metal and the dash might save you another 150 or so I'd guess. If you are going stock, I remember seeing a post about getting more travel up front by cutting down the bump stop.

Sounds like a shackle flip and a 4 inch front lift is an inexpensive way to go. You may find a used front lift from a guy like me who may go for the SAS. Gearing/lockers for the larger tires is the expensive part.
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That was my plan, to find a used 4 or 6 inch lift for the front then do the shackle flip. That pic you posted shilo was very close to what I have in mind. I sure wish someone would make some stout axles for the ttb. I'll keep you updated on what happens. Any more thoughts or ideas are welcome.
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That's a nice roll cage! [img]images/graemlins/goodpost.gif[/img]
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