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Old 04-30-2012, 01:03 PM
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08 bronco idea build

Hey guys I'm new herr and I have been reading forums here for a while. I have an idea, I am thinking about building a 08 bronco. I have been looking a buying an 08 f250 but still saving up at this point. I was wondering about two methods of building this bronco.
1-Finding a wrecked excursion cutting the rear off and mounting it to the truck,removing the back window welding it all together sanding it and bronco. but I can't remove the top so its really more of a suv.

2-Buying a reg cab truck,buying a camper shell remove the back of the cab making it one. putting a seat in the bed. so than i can remove the top. question am i going to have leaks and a draft. solution ideas to that maybe a seal? but i want it to look like it belongs there.

Idea tips all would be great! my uncles and I are planning this build now. due to the fact at the shop i help out at for a little extra change I am building a 50's chrysler than i have to help with a chevy truck.

thanks alot guys,this will become a daily driver and mud, trail toy.
if you would like to hear more on what i plan on doing to the bronco let me know guys!
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Old 04-30-2012, 07:51 PM
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I'd just start with a good excursion and cut it down to a 2dr. That would be the easiest way.
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Old 04-30-2012, 07:57 PM
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I'd just start with a good excursion and cut it down to a 2dr. That would be the easiest way.
We thought about that route still a possible way but Jean(my boss) said be just about as much work as the 08. Thanks for the input though! I really appreciate the idea,i'll keep that in mind.
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Old 04-30-2012, 08:05 PM
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btw i was reading your thread love that year of truck! it'll be sweet when you finally finish.
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Old 04-30-2012, 09:14 PM
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We thought about that route still a possible way but Jean(my boss) said be just about as much work as the 08. Thanks for the input though! I really appreciate the idea,i'll keep that in mind.

No matter what it's going to be a crap load of work.

What's the benefit of the 08? I'm not a Super Duty expert. So I don't know what years had what changes/improvements.

Starting with a good Excursion gives you the complete vehicle to work with. No adding parts, Just removing.

If you likes the looks of the 08 better ( if they are different at all ) you can swap on the 08 front clip with a little work.

If you want a removable top you can make a sub structure for the Excursions rear roof and cut it off.

Slapping a topper/camper shell on a truck is going to look like a truck with a camper shell. What makes the Bronco a Bronco is it's short wheelbase and it's unique B-pillar. It has the nice slant to it, not a vertical one like a k5 blazer. The Excursion top and rear side windows have the right look. But it will still take a lot of work.


But if you are dead set on starting with a truck to make a Bronco. You'll want to shorten the wheelbase, shorten the box, Weld the box sides to the cab, cut out the rear wall of the cab, create/modify the B-pillar. Then you have the fun of the removable top. I would still go with an Excursion rear clip for parts. The Excursion rear doors set up is a lot more user friendly then a tailgate set up.



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btw i was reading your thread love that year of truck! it'll be sweet when you finally finish.
Thanks. Hopefully someday I'll get it done.
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that sounds awesome!!

i'm sure youve checked but isn't the drive train going to be quite long in an '08 superduty. making your driveshaft quite short. thus limiting your axle travel in offroad situations.

and i agree with the topper idea being quickly dissmissed. you don't want something slapped together.

above all, i say grab an excursion, a plasma cutter, and a welder. see what happens. its bound to be cool.
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How soon do you plan on starting this? Sounds like a really cool project.

If you plan your cuts right, you may be able to make the removable part without many problems.

I would love to help build something like that.


Keep us informed...
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Old 07-11-2012, 11:49 PM
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Maybe you could cut down the excursion and use a soft top. Or cut the section from a bronco where the top mounts and graft it onto the excursion.

Or maybe even take a bronco and figure out how to graft the front clip from a SD.
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