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Brian R.
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** working of fixing all the dead links, sorry***

I hope not to bore you but this is my newest project,nothing over the top just a nice daily driver I can pretty much wheel where ever I want within reason.Some of this is old news but I figured I put it all in one new post so others can follow along,seems there are a few other Bronco2 owners on here also.

I picked up this 90 Bronco2 back around Oct for 300.00 for a parts truck.I was told it had a broken flywheel and other small issues but had a James Duff stage 3 lift I could use on my 84 B2 so I bought it. When I picked it up I was happy to see it was in way better shape than my 84.
My 84.



This is what it looked like the day I brought it home.I took the wheels off the 84 and sold it for 900.00



Within 48 hrs I had found out the gas tank had a rust hole,4wd didnt work,starter was falling out from a stripped bellhousing{flywheel wasnt broken},trans was a fresh rebuild,valvecovers were pissing,shocks were junk,powersteering pump was leaking and all brake hoses and lines were bad.

The next week was spent fixing the gas tank,starter,oil leaks,swapped new wheels and tires on,installed Belltech 2" shackles to level rear and cleaned the piss out of it.Turns out the truck was in great shape other than some minor rust.




At this point I started daily driving it taking on the other small problems as I went.
 

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Brian R.
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The next thing I did was figure out the 4wd. I found online how to fix the shift motors and repaired mine,very easy.As is the case most of the time it was just the plastic stop inside the motor that had broke apart.Replaced with a piece of rubber and it was good to go. I also swapped on a set of manual hubs with the D44 locking nuts.


All fixed.




I also swapped in a 7.5 T-lok I had on the shelf for now.

I have a 31 spline disc brake 8.8 out of a Explorer on the floor waiting to go in also.I also picked up a AUssie locker for the D35 front axle.
 

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I added a nice sound system with a new cd player,amp with sub,iPod mount,Sirius satellite radio,cb,Pilot light controller with lights and trimmed up the bumper for now until my winch bumper is done.




Sliders ready to install...

Then took it out for the first time to see how it did. Everything works flawless so far.



Me and my buddy were alone so I didnt get to get into anything nasty and played it safe until I can find some other guys to go out with.Im dying for a Mounds trip now.
 

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I have a long list of things to do still while Im off work. Get my sliders welded on,make two bumpers,mount my winch,upgrade my altenator,upgrade rear driveshaft,get the 8.8 in it,rebuild all the front shafts with better u-joints and do all the D35 mods like the c-clip eliminator and full snap rings. Then I am putting the 15" Soft8's back on it with some 33x12.50 Cooper STT rubber.My Buckshots have been good tires but the sidewalls take a beating and are all cut up now.
 

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Brian R.
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nice build so far. how is it on the road?
I really thought this thing would ride like a death trap.Tall,narrow,short,big tires....I couldnt have been more surprised! It rides so nice I cant believe it.It must be the Duff springs and shocks cuz it rides way smoother than a lifted truck should.

My 99 Ranger has cranked t-bars up front, a add-a-leaf in the rear,ProComp ES9000 shocks and it rides like a brick on square wheels compaired to the B2.I just replaced the front four shocks last night and its even better today.And I made new front brake lines and got extended hoses.
Before.


After.

 

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Brian R.
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that's awsome. you going to do anything to the body? add some bumpers or anything along that line?
Yeah like I mentioned above I am making new bumpers with good recovery points and a winch mount up front for my winch.

The body will get a patch panel where the one rust hole is and I will repair the doors.Once thats done it will be shot in a semi-gloss silver two tone again.No shinny paint for me,I dont like washing trucks and dont care about scratches and dings so it will be a budget/low maintenance resto with a focus on preserving whats left in good shape and not so much about makin it look pretty.
 

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Yesterday I drove the truck out past Ft Wayne to pick up some parts from a friend,deal was too good to pass up!

I picked up a matching rim for my other set that will be going on soon with a 33x12.50 Swamper on it for a full size spare.I had to replace the studs in the tire carrier with some 3" Moroso wheel studs to mount it up.It was a straight trade for the full size 245/75-16 spare I was using.




I also bought a set of bumpers off my friend for dirt cheap.I couldnt have bought the tubing to make my own for what I paid for these. They were off his 99 Ranger so I will need to make a new front mount and add my winch plate. The rear will bolt right on but I am adding a receiver before I mount it. They are made from chromoly and all tig welded.

Here they are layed out with my sliders,winch and plate ready for todays project.




 

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Got the rear reciever in , sorry no sexy tig welds. I wont be pulling any car haulers or campers with this bumper but it should make a nice recovery point for my D-ring. Paint was still drying on my killer brush job and the flash made it look kinda shitty.





I think I might go back tomorrow and add two gussets on the reciever,one on top the other on the bottom.
 

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Im going to build a plate inbetween the framerails for the winch and then I will moun the bumper to that.
 
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