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Old January 6th, 2013, 02:55 PM   #1
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So this thing started off at a junkyard. Same situation but worse shape than the bronco was. Wish I had taken a pic of it then. Started as a two wheel drive, no rear axle, no front spindles sitting in the sand without a front clip.


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Old January 6th, 2013, 03:08 PM   #2
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I have spent what time I can spare. Working 60hrs a week and doing night classes is a killer.
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Old January 6th, 2013, 03:10 PM   #3
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I still have a lot more plans to do. Along with getting the motor to run. I was told its a strong running motor, but after looking in spark plug hole and under valve cover the amount of carbon is horrible. Front coils are ford ranger 4 inch. yeah gotta change that need a little more lift and some more support for bb. Rear coils are stock 70's full size ford.

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Custom made hood scoop. Turned out pretty sweet. Made the front end tilt. Likin it.





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Old January 6th, 2013, 03:19 PM   #5
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First time doing any exhaust work aside from changing a muffler turned out pretty good. Headers look awesome was a kit that I got from Speedway motors. Of the 8 tubes they give you I used 7 with plenty of spare pieces. Started mocking these up with a coat hanger. Yeah I know I'm awesome.













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Old January 6th, 2013, 03:31 PM   #6
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K so this is the last progress I have made as of new years. Exhaust plans are stacks. My plan was to keep it kinda low not a lot of lift and run as big of tires as I can. worried about water and not wanting zoomies, stacks are my best bet. Thinking 3 or 4 in with slits.

Going to start stripping the motor down and getting that ready to run. Motor is a 77 460. Stock as of now. Plans are a mild cam, intake, and carb.

Anyone have any suggestions on how to retain coils that would be easy for the 4 link? Original plans were to follow ballistic fabs plans. Flat plates that are retained by bolts. Yeah do to the shape of the coil that didnt work so well. Any other ideas?
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Old January 13th, 2013, 08:50 PM   #7
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Replaced the full size stocker coils that i had in the rear with the 4inch ranger lift coils i had up front. So now they are retained in the rear with the same setup the rangers used in the front along with full size ttb axles. The top of the coil is kept centered by a pipe I placed in the center of the coil and welded it to the bottom of the coil bucket. The ranger coils are a whole whoppin inch taller than the stock full size coils are. with those in the rear i gained an inch and a half of lift. Now I have to find a coil for the front that will gain me some ground. I tried a set of 6inch full size ttb springs and those honestly sat lower than my 4inch ranger coil did. Those coils measured 18inches. I dont know if they were just whoped out or what. Trying to find coils that are 22+inches. I would like to stick with a ttb style spring cause I made some plates to space spring inboard of original ones on the strait axle.
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Old January 13th, 2013, 09:16 PM   #8
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Lets see some more close up pics of the details. Lookin cool!
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Old January 15th, 2013, 05:42 PM   #9
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This is what I have come up with for the rear coils.





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Small flatbed just for the essentials. Was debating on putting the battery back there as well. Any cons to doing this?





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Another shot towards the rear end. I will admit this is a learning experience. I have never done a four link just axle swaps. This rigs purpose is strictly recreational.



Radius arm mount and cross member. Cross member worked out really nice just moved it a little.
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Old January 19th, 2013, 09:08 AM   #10
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Got 6inch fullsize ttb springs for the front. Going to get them installed today and get some pics. From what I found, underneath a fullsize compressed they are 19.5 inches. That's a half inch taller than what the ranger coil stands unloaded. Update latter.
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Old January 19th, 2013, 12:32 PM   #11
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K got the fullsize coils on the front. Need to add a few inches to the rear to level it back out. The coils mount on studs that are welded to a plate that attaches to the 77 ford radius arm. The original stud that attached the ranger coil was shorter than what was needed to mount the fullsize coil with the correct spring pad. Went to the junkyard and scavenged a set out of a 94 f150.







Now there is plenty of clearance for the boggers. Next up is to build some retaining tabs for front coils. Then to level out the rear.
Also my homemade bump stops/tubes that center the coil in the rear, i will correctly finish those. Cut top at slit angle to follow path of coil up and down. Also do some mods to them. Went to hardware store and bought some pipe caps that are rounded. Going to fasten a half inch bolt inside them, attach to the pipe and use that to bolt the tube up instead of welding. That way it will make it much easier if i ever need to remove coil if the ride isnt what i want.

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She's looking good cant wait to have that pulling compatition against you
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Old January 21st, 2013, 12:13 AM   #13
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looking good!
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Old January 22nd, 2013, 09:14 AM   #14
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Thanks guys. So how do you feel about stacks? I wanna keep exhaust up high and I didnt wanna do zoomies.



So something like this is what I was thinking. Have some turnouts, probably be out of 3 inch.
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JUST SAY NO TO STACKS
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Just run some bullet mufflers and be done with it. Would look and sound much better. but thats just my 2.
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Looks like a good start but I have a couple thoughts. First, fullsize front coils are gonna be WAY too stiff for the rear. There's no weight back there, it'll ride and flex like crap. Second, please for the love of all things holy, ditch the tractor links and do it right. Those things are junk. I've seen em bend and break on traction bars with leafs, let alone as the sole suspension mounts. I'd also beef up those radius arms and mounting points if I were you. And pleeeeease don't put stacks on a gasser. There's no reason for it and it'll sound and look stupid.
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Yeah i was concerned with using front coils on the rear, i must have forgot to mention they were ranger front coils. I swapped them out. These coils are about 11 years old maybe a year or two older. My first ranger started with ifs then had a jeep axle, then went full size. The coils have seen a lot of use. My plan was to test them if they did ride rough i have some really soft ones just they are no where near as tall.

The heims, i did some digging online before making my choice. After searching on pirate4x4 and fordtrucks, i found that among all the individuals that have commented the only downside to be found was they ware out quicker and become very clanky. There were stock rigs, bobbed rigs, even a fullsize truck with rockwells and tractor tires running these. You are the first person to mention any catastrophic failure. Mentioning that they bent makes me wonder if they tried to run these threaded out to far. I am no expert to four links just going off what i found.

Thanks for the input on the stacks cause honestly i didnt like the idea. Just my goal was to not worry about things such as water and i didnt wanna run zoomies. Will probably just run open headers or a small strait pipe and point at rear tire.

What did you have in mind for the radius arms? I have seen some people use just four link style mount, that was just like i have in the rear. one small bracket on each side with no cross support. yikessss. if you would like another pic or anything to generate ideas let me know.

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From what I see the radius arm mounts just mount in a very small area with 3 bolts. I'd weld it on the side and bottom plate and also gusset or box the frame in that area, but if you prefer leaving them bolted on I'd try and spread the load, use more bolts including underneath, and brace the inside so it doesn't bend the relatively flimsy C-channel frame. I dunno what kind of wheeling you plan to do, but that area has potential to see a lot of stress and I prefer things to be overbuilt. Looks like some fairly steep radius arm angles, do you have the offset bushings to try and keep the caster in check?
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yeah camera is tricky, there are two bolts on the bottom side of the mount as well. i will have to look and see if there is enough room to box frame by arm mounts. the transfer case sits inside frame rail. back by the link mounts, i was debating on boxing and building some cross supports. could never be to safe right? I try not to weld stuff to frames just in case you need to alter your setup. Mostly all i do is mud and screw around on my buddys farm. I might try to hit some trails nothing crazy.
I do agree with the over built opinion. will get more updates and pics when i get plasma cutter back. still got plans for rear to raise a little.
oh forgot to add earlier the ranger coils are made by bds. dont know if you have any experience with bds, but the full size ifs springs tend to get squishy. i was hoping this would be true for my ranger springs that they would be soft enough to accomplish what im looking for. the other coils i have compress to much for the brackets i made. the brackets would have to be built up almost a foot to make it what i need the rear to be.
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