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Old August 16th, 2009, 05:26 PM   #61
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I love that front license plate
It is pretty classy. I just might have to save that!

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i love those old full size broncos,cant wait to see it finished.
Thanks, I've got a lot to do, but it's motivating seeing some progress for a change. I'm hoping to at least have it rolling yet this summer.



Well, I didn't get a chance to get back out there today. So no more updates, but I did get some pics of the wheels.... They're a bit too blingy, but for the price, I couldn't pass them up. I'll probably end up getting them powder coated black sometime...





Sorry for the crappy pics.... there not usually that bad off my phone..
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Old August 22nd, 2009, 10:19 PM   #62
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The front axle will move another inch or two forward, and the width will be a couple inches less.... I'm liking the wheels more now that I'm seeing everything together. Still a ton of work to do, but it's good to see where It's heading. I'm not sure if I'll leave it as high as it is, or drop it a couple of inches. I'll have to wait and see how everything comes together.
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Old August 23rd, 2009, 09:21 AM   #63
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nice hubs
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Old August 23rd, 2009, 06:31 PM   #64
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yeah.... unfortunately, either the hubs or the wheels will have to get turned down a little more...
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Old August 28th, 2009, 12:03 PM   #65
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yeah.... unfortunately, either the hubs or the wheels will have to get turned down a little more...
Or I might be getting some different wheels. I think the current bling has too much back spacing. The rear tires clear the inner fender wells by about an inch on each side. I thought I might have to run spacers, but by the time I get spacers and inner bead locks, I'm probably pretty close to some bling bead locks (spyderlocks). We'll have to see how it goes.

I did get the rear lifted up close to actual height. This thing is going to be way to tall. The front will definitely be coming down.



I got some more ballistic joints and poly joints last week, so I need to pick up some tube and figure out my mounting points and brackets. I'm 80% I'll be switching the front to a 3-link too. So another order to ballistic will be coming soon.

Anybody want some extended radius arms? I have brand new wedges from JBG too...
http://broncograveyard.com/bronco/i-...arm_mounts.htm
$200 for arms and wedges. No Joints.
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Old September 29th, 2009, 01:04 PM   #66
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seeing cheapthrillsb2's radius arm break, pretty much put me over the edge on the 3-link, so I ordered up some more ballistic joint, bushings and inserts. I'm picking up the dom for the links and some square tube for brackets and stuff tonight. I also got some mounts for the coils and links for the front axle, so I should have everything I need to get started.

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Old September 29th, 2009, 01:14 PM   #67
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Wow that is tall....gonna fit out of the garage?

with the changes I made to the arms when I repaired them, I do not see a future failures from the arms themselves. But when I can I to will be going to a 3 or 4 link front.

Man gotta love those 1st gen big broncos
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Old September 29th, 2009, 01:17 PM   #68
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seeing cheapthrillsb2's radius arm break, pretty much put me over the edge on the 3-link
Not trying to sway you one way or another, but that cracked radius arm was a classic example of a stress fracture. With that design, ALL of the rotational leverage on the arm is concentrated at the seam of the tube to the "C" on the axle. It broke right there. Radius arms don't all break, some designs are stronger than others. Cheapthrills is sleeving his and adding some additional gussets to the bottom of the arms where they attach to the C's to distribute the forces.

As he said, his had been broken long enough to rust in the bottom half (maybe even the top too!) before they failed completely.



3 link is cool too though
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Old September 29th, 2009, 01:41 PM   #69
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Yep failure on my part to miss the cracks on my pre-trip inspections. But the pass side did crack and I caught that prior to total failure.
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Old September 29th, 2009, 02:11 PM   #70
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Wow that is tall....gonna fit out of the garage?
Not even close. the roof is above the garage door when it's open. Even if I drop the suspension 2-4", I probably still won't fit. I'll deal with that when the time comes.

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Man gotta love those 1st gen big broncos
Thanks, I'm hoping it fits my needs, but I'm a bit worried about her size. I see a lot of rubbage in my future.



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Not trying to sway you one way or another

3 link is cool too though

too late for that anyway. The old arms are gone and the new parts are here.

My original plan was to build some nearly identical to your design, with a removable short link. I just stumbled onto the rad arms while buying some other parts and figured it would be the quickest and easiest way to get the truck together. They were pretty much identical to John's. I agree, they don't all have problems, my concern was really how much more stress they would be under on my truck. I know John drives hard, but I have a lot more weight with a fsb and a big block, and I would hate for one to fail with the wife and two kids riding along. Overall, I think the 3-link will work better and should be easy to maintain.
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Old September 29th, 2009, 02:40 PM   #71
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yeah-- I hear ya on the safety aspect of fabwork... it's why I don't like rushing things

What are your plans for steering?
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Old September 29th, 2009, 02:54 PM   #72
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I'm not sure if I'll go with chevy tre's, or heims, but either way the drag link and tie rod will be heavy. And I'm currently looking for a 2" x 8" cylinder for hydro assist. I'll probably flip the drag link, and run high steer arm on the passenger side only.
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Old September 29th, 2009, 02:59 PM   #73
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Ruffstuff has CHEAP heims, love em. Packaging the drag link and trac bar to maintain the same angles throughout the range of travel is the key.
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Old October 8th, 2009, 08:29 PM   #74
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oh boy do I have severe A.D.D......... Updates this weekend.
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Old October 10th, 2009, 09:47 AM   #75
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i think your going to have to drag it out on its axles,to get out of that garage, looks awesome.
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Old October 11th, 2009, 09:07 PM   #76
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New body...

Soooo... I really need to stay away from CL. I've always wanted an Early Bronco project, and finally found something in my price range that has some potential. Hence the fore mentioned A.D.D. There's no way I can swing both Bronco projects so I'm keeping the axles, links, doubler and cage, and the rest is going up for sale.

I'm curious if anyone recognizes the new ride. I was told it was pretty competitive back in the late 70's early 80's.

Here she is. Long term I'm planning to keep the 3-link and 4-link from the big bronco. Tubing a lot of it. Basically hanging the skins off of a tube body. Probably end up with a 5.0L and C6. Engine, trans, t-case and wheels and tires are for sale. I'll add them to my ford parts listing. Let me know what you think.


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Old November 2nd, 2009, 10:22 AM   #77
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Well, I have someone interested in the 33's that were on the truck and had to put something on to keep it off the ground.

It's pretty rediculous though, I can't even straighten out the wheels. They hit the 351C's headers on both sides

silly narrow axles....



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Old November 2nd, 2009, 10:34 AM   #78
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now thats a look


nice bronco for sure - so youre keeping both or building just this one ?
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Old November 2nd, 2009, 12:26 PM   #79
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The red one is for sale, but I'm also looking for some stock axle to throw back under it. If I can put some money back in the savings, and get it out of the garage, I think my wife will let me keep if for a mild family wheeler. I'm thinking I'll put that one back nice, and it can be her truck.... then maybe she'll cut me some slack...
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Old January 6th, 2011, 09:40 PM   #80
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holy crap, over a year since my last update.... Unfortunatly, the only thing I've really accomplished is getting a new kitchen in the house.

Let's re-cap....

I bought a parts truck to go with the 70 bronco, then sold both early bronco's as well as all bling parts... doubler, sx2's, built 9 and dana 60, shocks, springs, 460.... all to accomplish the above mentioned home improvements. Now that the budget is depleted, I'm slowly putting things back together. I traded one of the eb's for a set of 60's, and some duff radius arms. I picked up some used 40's, and some different wheels. I picked up some different coils for the front and used stock rear leaves. a different 460, rebuilt and bored .030 over.

Basically it's going to be a budget build now. no links front or rear, mainly stock axles for now, 5.5" eb coils in front and shackle flip in the rear with stock leaves. fender trimming.

I need to get wedges and radius arm caps for the front, the shackle reversal kit for the rear, tie rod, drag link and track bar, then update brakes, clean out the fuel system and patch some floors. I'm sure there's a ton of issues I'll run into along the way, but I need to get something going. After looking through this thread, I've been way to long without something to play with.
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