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Old July 11th, 2010, 10:43 AM   #1
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Default ranger body on 78 bronco frame

Well i was thinkin about this alot and it doesnt seem all that difficult but what do i know. I have a 99 extended cab shortbox ranger (which is my DD)that seems to be barley livin. Basically the whole drivetrain in general blows! Then i have a 78 bronco mud truck sittin in the back fourty with a flawless drivetrain but barley even a body. Is it possible to put my ranger body on the 78 frame with all the drivetrain? Please let me know what you guys think about it and how itd be done. Thanks
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Old July 11th, 2010, 12:26 PM   #2
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shouldnt be all that difficult...build some new body mounts, weld them to the frame so they match up to the stock body mount locations on the ranger body, and bolt it togethor....take alot of measurements first...I would start by removing the body and setting it aside, then putting the two frames side by side so you can easily transfer measurements, and check clearences for the body to fit around the engine, tire locations, etc.

of course, there are going to be other things to consider...which master cyl to use, and if you decide to use the master off of the fullsize (best bet) then you need to figure out how to mount it (not difficult), radiator placement, wiring, etc....if the Ranger has power windows, locks, etc., then you need to figure out which way you want to resolve that, since they are run by the body control module...same with wipers, air bags, ABS, etc...

mounting the body on is the easy part, making everything function correctly is going to take alot more research and planning.
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Old July 11th, 2010, 12:32 PM   #3
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Tonka Toy and cheapthrillb2 have done it. Its doable
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hm doesnt sound to bad. bodys pretty easy like i thought but a few other little things. I dont have power windows or anything so no worry there. I was worried about the engine fittin in there but i think itll be alright. Thanks
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sawzall will make it fit
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Mostly depending on your motor and trans option, you will have clearance issues with the heater box, trans tunnel, radiator, and the steering set-up, other then that it is not to bad.
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i have the t-18 which saves me a little room.
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