Another Bronco Build

LPR_Bronco

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Since I'm going to be a bit lazy on a Sunday, I'm transferring my build from the Bronco forum 🤷‍♂️ Also, shameless plug, if you don't already, be sure to follow @luxuryprerunner on the gram and @LPR_Bronco

Now lets get to the truck.

I purchased an 86 Eddie Bauer Bronco with a 351w/C6 from a guy in Arizona. It was the cheapest clean title "running" truck I could find, and it came with added extra's that made the price justifiable. I bought the truck sight unseen, and took the sellers word on a lot of things that later I found out to be untrue, such is life.

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After making the deal, wired some money over, and got a transport lined up, it was on its way to me.
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One of the main selling points were the 37" Baja TA's, beadlocks and the beefed up cut and turned ttb's/ radius arms. Albeit, everything looks in rough shape.

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This is when I noticed everything was pretty bad. This truck was marketed and sold as "no leaks" to which I quickly found out was not true. One of the biggest head scratchers was the fuel tank inlet. Still to this day, I can't make sense of it. In his defense, it did seal the fumes in quite well.

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This was one of the first things on my list to fix, so I put in an order to Bronco Graveyard and got a new fuel neck.

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From here, it pretty much sat. After discovering more issues, I lost interest in fixing them and frankly did not have the time to put into the truck. It sat for about a year untouched and having me second guess my purchase and plans for it.
 
Now that I got a second wind, and sold my other desert truck, it was time to get this project back up and running.

First things first, order a new carb. The factory Holley leaked everywhere, and I wanted to get a carb that would eliminate the smog components (PO halfway deleted the smog systems) so I ordered an Edlebrock 1406 with a Holley throttle bracket.

Other things replaced that I don't have pictures of: water pump, power steering cooler, headlight switch, and replaced the rear window switch that was faulty.

The Edelbrock will be up for sale soon if anyone is in the market. Has about 1 min worth of idle time on it.

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The truck didn't come with a full interior, so new door panels were ordered from LMC.

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Before Christmas, I pulled the transmission and transfer case out to have rebuilt. The transmission was leaking from every crack, and according to the builder, had a lot of clutch material in the pan. The band was also in rough shape, and looked like the transmission had a lot of moisture/water inside of it. Would have made for a bad day if it went out while out on a trail.

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This weekend I was finally able to get the transmission back into place. I picked up a cheap Harbor Freight trans jack that has questionable welds, but did it's job.

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Now on to the good stuff. The piece de resistance. I gave a call to Radflo to get shocks ordered as they are some of the highest quality shocks on the market, and don't have year long wait times.

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I paired the rear bypass shocks with Threat Motorsports rear end that comes with a new shock mount, shackles, hangers, and Deaver Q80's. To complete the package, a Solo Motorsports engine cage was ordered as well.

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First things first, pop off the shocks and get rid of the U-bolts.

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Get rid of the leaf springs, factory shackles and hangers, then cut and punch the factory rivets.

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You have to drill the holes out a bit to fit the new hardware, then everything lines up as it should. Installed the rear hangers after a quick paint job. Don't pay attention to the wire loom, still need to re-wire and tuck everything.

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The shock mount was a PIA to get on with how tight the tolerances are, but that's never a bad thing. The shocks, springs and shackles were bolted into place. Everything was torqued, anti-siezed, loctite and then paint marked.

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Yes, my pinion seal still needs to be replaced 😅

Once everything was installed, and back on it's own legs, I realized I had a slight problem....

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While waiting on more parts to arrive, I was able to secure a new rear chase light from SacFab with the best lighting company on the market, Baja Designs. I also repurposed a set of XL80's that I took off of my Raptor when I sold it.

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The brackets for the XL80's are meant for the 92-96 body, so there will be some massaging to have them fit properly with the stock Bullnose fenders. I'm not as concerned since it will be getting fiberglass fenders down the road.

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Since I'm going to be a bit lazy on a Sunday, I'm transferring my build from the Bronco forum 🤷‍♂️ Also, shameless plug, if you don't already, be sure to follow @luxuryprerunner on the gram and @LPR_Bronco

Now lets get to the truck.

I purchased an 86 Eddie Bauer Bronco with a 351w/C6 from a guy in Arizona. It was the cheapest clean title "running" truck I could find, and it came with added extra's that made the price justifiable. I bought the truck sight unseen, and took the sellers word on a lot of things that later I found out to be untrue, such is life.

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After making the deal, wired some money over, and got a transport lined up, it was on its way to me.
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One of the main selling points were the 37" Baja TA's, beadlocks and the beefed up cut and turned ttb's/ radius arms. Albeit, everything looks in rough shape.

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This is when I noticed everything was pretty bad. This truck was marketed and sold as "no leaks" to which I quickly found out was not true. One of the biggest head scratchers was the fuel tank inlet. Still to this day, I can't make sense of it. In his defense, it did seal the fumes in quite well.

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This was one of the first things on my list to fix, so I put in an order to Bronco Graveyard and got a new fuel neck.

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From here, it pretty much sat. After discovering more issues, I lost interest in fixing them and frankly did not have the time to put into the truck. It sat for about a year untouched and having me second guess my purchase and plans for it.
At least you got a free beer in the deal! Beams look well constructed. Cool Build.
 
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