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Old February 4th, 2015, 08:13 PM   #1
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For as long as I've been browsing this sight I figured its time for a build thread.. I've wanted to build a bronco 2 for a few years now and always ended up going a different route. Then I finally came across a good enough deal on a B2 for less than the 3 Grand that people seem to think they are worth for some reason. I picked up an 88 with a 2.9 and a 5 speed in the ugliest color I think they were ever made.. And for 500 bucks This is what I came home with









Plans include going full width 44 and 60 out of a 70s truck
40x13.5x17 Toyos
DIY beadlocks
Leave the motor/tranny/case until problems arise or it goes boom
Build bumpers
Not a crazy amount of lift and trim the fenders so they dont look haggard

So right away i made the doors removable and drilled the hinges and used a hinge pin kit from a 90s dodge ram so they still had replaceable bushings in them.



Then I took it on its maiden voyage and this is how it came back, being towed by a Chevy :cry:



Thankfully just ended up being a junk inertia switch so that got bypassed and has been awesome ever since.
Cruised around in it all summer like that and loved it



Once the snow came i threw it in the garage ( and pulled it out and put it back in about 10 times to work on plow trucks) and once i finally had some spare time, started tearing into it.



Here it is with the 40X13.5X17 Toyos that will be going on it







Finally got time to tear into it and got the front end out of it





going with a 44 front for 2 reasons.. 1 is because I don't have the ching for a 60 right now and 2 is this was laying in my parts stash so I figure I will leave it open for now and go easy on it and see how it holds up.. I have a few sets of spare shafts for it so I should be able to make it a while with it..



More to come!

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Old February 4th, 2015, 08:34 PM   #2
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Almost have the frame taken care of.. Got the buckets off and one of the TTB brackets off. The other one has 4 of the lovely Ford rivets holding it on and didn't feel like dealing with those at the moment.. Also still have to take the crossmember out for the original trailing arms yet with more lovely rivets.



and made the box for the drivers side of the frame where the steering box hump is, to have a flat are to mount the coil bucket.



Had to use what was layin around so I ended up cutting this in half which was fun









Got that welded in (just tacked in the pic)



Also plated over the big hole in the frame for a spot to put a track bar mount

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Old February 4th, 2015, 09:31 PM   #3
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Nice paint job hopefully you'll take better care of yours


Year or two later....


I had a lot of fun. Looking forward to watching your build.
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Old February 5th, 2015, 07:55 AM   #4
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I like it.
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Old February 5th, 2015, 12:24 PM   #5
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Nice paint job hopefully you'll take better care of yours


Year or two later....


I had a lot of fun. Looking forward to watching your build.
Holly smokes!! Hahaha Looks like there was quite a bit of fun in that year or two!! and nice paint job to you too
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Old February 5th, 2015, 12:29 PM   #6
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I like it.
Thanks!!

Also got these in the mail.
5 1/2" EB Superflex coils from Bronco Graveyard

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Old February 5th, 2015, 12:38 PM   #7
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I ran the same ones. They do pretty well.
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Good to hear! I made it through 10 pages of your build so far... I noticed you made your lower coil mounts inward of the trailing arms.. I never even thought of doing that, I was gonna extend my buckets off the frame so they line up over the trailing arms.. I was either gonna make my own buckets if I can borrow a plasma cutter from work, or maybe go with the Ballistic buckets and avoid the hassle.. I think they move the coil out about an inch and a half.

Waiting on some parts to sell on craigslist so I can buy my DOM for the trailing arms and Flex joints, and that stuff..

I must say I have no complaints about this fine piece of equipment! Would recommend for anyone that doesn't want to run a full fab shop out of they're garage!



Also im thinking this isn't all that far off of where I would want it to sit once the springs settle, and do some creative cutting from there

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Early bronco coil buckets or F150/bronco buckets work well to. And can sometimes can be found cheap.
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Old February 5th, 2015, 08:31 PM   #10
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Early bronco coil buckets or F150/bronco buckets work well to. And can sometimes can be found cheap.
x2. I just bolted them right down on the new brackets on my 44 for an xj.
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x2. I just bolted them right down on the new brackets on my 44 for an xj.
Are you talking about uppers or lowers?
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I was referring to upper buckets on the frame. Lowers work to, but would change how they are secured within the pockets.
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Ok Yea that's what I was talking about too
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I did a Explorer Sport awhile back. You can see on this page I did a slightly different style lower mount, but used f150 (late 70s) upper mounts.

http://www.greatlakes4x4.com/showthr...=216284&page=2
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Nice build
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I like what you did with that! That's the exact trailing arm set up I'm gonna go with. Did you make that track bar bracket?
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Thank you! Hopefully everything comes together decent
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Here is a bronco 2 build I did a couple years back too.

http://www.greatlakes4x4.com/showthr...402&highlight=
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On the frame side, no, that was also late 70s Ford f150. You should read/look through kyle m. Build on his ranger. He did some much gooder fab. Probably find some better ideas.
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On the frame side, no, that was also late 70s Ford f150. You should read/look through kyle m. Build on his ranger. He did some much gooder fab. Probably find some better ideas.

I remember looking at a lot of that bronco thread a while back, and I'm pretty sure I read every single page of your ranger build Kyle... Very nice work!! I was gonna build a 93 ranger until I stumbled across the B2.. I'll have to go thru all of these threads and pick out some ideas
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