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Old February 9th, 2018, 06:20 PM   #41
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Man this new 12hrs a day 5 days a week schedule is really cutting into my wrench time! Feel like I'm hardly getting anything done lately but I'm still picking away.

Floors are all sealed and coated inside and out. Very happy how it turned out and should last a long time now.





Ready to test fit seats now. I also pulled a mint black dash pad out of my parts truck in backyard and replaced the busted up red one. Then I removed the passenger side cubby and used some cargo netting to make that space actually useable.




Then I dug out the 60/40 bench I pulled out of a 88 Ranger extended cab and pulled the seat track off. I have read that Ranger and Bronco2 seat tracks were not interchangeable but in fact these are. I am using 90s Mustang buckets and I pulled the tracks off and swapped the outside hinge mechanism so the Mustang seat still operated like the Bronco seats do when you flip it forward and slide it to the dash. I also removed the inside hinge bolt and used a Tbird seat belt latch that bolts to that location. This gets rid of the Bronco style inside seat belt latch that moves on that little slider track. Now I can use stock seat belts for street driving and I can use the torx bolts in floor to attach some old lap belt harnesses for off roading. I also test fit the new gauge panel which I fricken love. Speedhut just shipped out my tach yesterday so Ill be able to finish the dash soon.

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Old February 10th, 2018, 08:38 PM   #43
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Good day. Both seats are bolted in for good now,threw the console in then climbed in and tried it on for size. Love the way it feels, fit like a glove.



I also modified the stock tcase push button shifter to work with my D20


Threw in my storage box full of straps and such then welded some nuts to the floor pan to mount the jack.


Spent some time under the hood finishing up the front dress on motor and put the serp belt on.
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Old February 10th, 2018, 08:40 PM   #44
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Nice job, coming along nicely.


We were discussing our victory at snofari a couple weeks ago while we next to the victory hill, when we won the little contest drag racing through the field tied together.
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Old February 10th, 2018, 10:03 PM   #45
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That was such a fun weekend! Cant wait to do another trip up there.

Not sure Id have the balls to put this truck thru that kind of beating tho. I really want this one to last more than a few years
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Old February 11th, 2018, 09:48 AM   #46
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I probably wouldn't do it with my jeep either, for the same reason.

That field has 5-6' high trees now lol. Would definitely cause some damage.
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Old February 22nd, 2018, 01:28 PM   #47
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Old February 25th, 2018, 11:16 PM   #48
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Didnt get a bunch done this week due to some family problems this week. My 12 year old Rottie got diagnosed with a nasal tumor and after dropping about a grand at the vet over the last two weeks I had to put her down Saturday morn. Wrecked me.

Well today I got out to the shop and picked away at the truck,nothing picture worthy today. I got the track bar on, fuel tank and skid plate in,half the fuel lines on,installed the extended brake hoses and painted up a clean stock front bumper I had a just threw that on for now.
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Ordered my shocks last night but I didnt get them from Duff. I ended up getting them from Jeffs Bronco Graveyard just up the road from me and only reason I bought theirs is because of color. I know it sounds silly but I just dont want any blue bushings or blue anything on the truck and JBG sells grey shocks with black bushings and boots.

I grabbed a B&M shifter from a friend and Ill modify the shift gate for better use off road.


I also scored a set of old but perfect Advance Adapters v8 swap headers! Im welding V-Bands on for collectors




Also swapped out the throttle cable for a foxbody cable and replaced the broken hood latch cable.
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Forgot to add some pix from when I built the rock siders and the first pix of it on all fours





I now have the radiator mounted for good and the powersteering and trans coolers are on



The fan is on and I made up the hoses.



I also got the headers on,picked up a cover for the B&M shifter and to save me some time I dropped the c4 off at a local shop to just get it done. Guy only wanted $200 labor to rebuild it with all the parts I had bought so it was worth it to me since it will save me at least a weeks worth of work. Ill have the trans back on sunday.
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Took this vid yesterday but today I got the trans in and oil filter plumbed.

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Slow weekend here. But, I got the trans lines plumbed to the cooler with -6 Pushlock hose and -6 AN fittings. I picked up a Lokar dipstick for the trans and made a little mount for it since its extra long.




I cleaned up a stock Early Bronco trans crossmember and making mounts to the chassis was way easier than I thought it was going to be. I ended up setting the drive line angle pointing tail down -5*. I really couldn't get the tail up any higher,I was shooting for -3, since the tail housing was already getting close to touching the floor pan. I took some leftover brackets from my Duff kit that weren't used to make a small boxed section of the frame and welded some generic shock tabs to doubled up and welded together.






Fits like a glove and should be plenty strong.I also removed the speedo cable from the d20 and used a Ford plug to fill that hole since I'm using a GPS speedo.



So now I just need to figure out these 13 needle bearings that go in around the input shaft then I can stab the d20 in tomorrow.
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This thing is looking pretty good so far! They trans cross member looks plenty stout, and gives great clearance.
I have a question about the plug you used in your t case. Do you think it will fit in the tail housing of a Ford np205? I'm switching mine to a vss sensor so i can use it behind my 4l60e trans, and need to plug the oem speedometer hole.
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This thing is looking pretty good so far! They trans cross member looks plenty stout, and gives great clearance.
I have a question about the plug you used in your t case. Do you think it will fit in the tail housing of a Ford np205? I'm switching mine to a vss sensor so i can use it behind my 4l60e trans, and need to plug the oem speedometer hole.
I used a freeze plug to close my ford 205 speedo hole. I grabbed a few close sizes from the parts store and used what fit. But if the plug works, that's pretty trick.
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I used a freeze plug to close my ford 205 speedo hole. I grabbed a few close sizes from the parts store and used what fit. But if the plug works, that's pretty trick.
A freeze plug would be pretty slick as well. I might go that route since it's essentially glued in. My tail housing is on the bench right now too, so it would be easy to take up to the parts store and get the right size. Thanks
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Freeze plug would be cheaper,I think this plug is $9 at the dealer.

Im pretty sure Ford used the same size hole for all their speedo gears.
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Great progress. Make me miss my rbv vehicles. I look forward to your updates. keep it up
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Very cool!
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