Go Back   Ford Truck Enthusiasts Forums > Bronco > 1978 - 1996 Big Bronco
Sign in using an external account
Register Forgot Password?


1978 - 1996 Big Bronco SPONSORED BY:

Reply
 
 
 
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 02-14-2014, 10:18 AM
'86 F150's Avatar
'86 F150 '86 F150 is offline
Senior User
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Michigan
Posts: 404
'86 F150 is gaining momentum as a positive member of FTE.'86 F150 is gaining momentum as a positive member of FTE.
Big Block FE '83 Bronco Buildup

I went to the mud jam last summer and after I needed to build a truck for next year so I bought this bronco that was used as a mud truck for the past few years, and sat in a buddies yard for a while. I knew it was rough and needed a ton of work but it ran and has a 6" Skyjacker lift on it. Also has a 360/390 FE two barrel with a C6. Has stock 3.08 gears and dry rotted and thin 39" Mickeys.

Condition when I brought it home.








I also picked up a '80 Bronco for the fenders, doors, roof, tailgate and interior parts. Don't have pics yet.

I am in the process of rebuilding it into an on/off road driver. Ive got the the FE out and am working on gutting the interior.







Not sure whethelr its a 360 or 390 yet but Im trading my dad some parts for a 390 four barrel motor.




Ive pretty much caught up the progress to what it looks like now so the next posts will be shorter.
__________________
1983 Bronco 9" lift, 390 FE
1983 F100 XL awaiting 4x4 conversion
1984 F150 XLT sb, 302, AOD
1985 Bronco XLT 8" lift 351 HO
1986 F150 EFI 302, AOD
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 02-14-2014, 11:42 AM
Kemicalburns's Avatar
Kemicalburns Kemicalburns is offline
Post Fiend
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: OregonCity,OR
Posts: 13,367
Kemicalburns has a very good reputation on FTE.Kemicalburns has a very good reputation on FTE.Kemicalburns has a very good reputation on FTE.Kemicalburns has a very good reputation on FTE.
are you sure its an FE. the motor never came in that year bronco. Now it could be a
351m. sorry i am unable to see your photos, my work blocks photobucket for some reason.
__________________
-- FOR SALE g
94 XLT 357/E4OD/Warn HS9500I
6"ProComp Stage II 35x12.5x15 BFG AT's
4.88 gears/Aussie Front/rear open
Edelbrock efi intake JBA shorty,CustomY pipe/exhaust
http://www.supermotors.org/registry/...il.php?id=4158
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 02-14-2014, 12:33 PM
Bubba Jones's Avatar
Bubba Jones Bubba Jones is offline
Elder User
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Fort McDowell, AZ
Posts: 514
Bubba Jones is gaining momentum as a positive member of FTE.
Looks like you spilled a little coolant!

It seems no matter where I put the bucket under my truck, whenever I have to drain my coolant, it always finds a way to poor around it instead of inside!! I make sure to clean it up though because I have tons of animals.

Looks like you've done a ton of work too. I love seeing progress on builds like these. Are you planning on painting it?
__________________
Can never be too clean!

'96 Bronco XL | 302 | AFR 165 heads | M5OD | Saginaw PS | Bassani Headers and Y-pipe | Hooker Aerochamber muffler | Flex-a-lite 295 fan | MSD Cap/Rotor/Wires | 4" Rancho lift | 33" BFG All Terrains | 3G 130 alt
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 02-14-2014, 01:02 PM
'86 F150's Avatar
'86 F150 '86 F150 is offline
Senior User
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Michigan
Posts: 404
'86 F150 is gaining momentum as a positive member of FTE.'86 F150 is gaining momentum as a positive member of FTE.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kemicalburns View Post
are you sure its an FE. the motor never came in that year bronco. Now it could be a
351m. sorry i am unable to see your photos, my work blocks photobucket for some reason.
Yeah its a '74 motor someone swapped in some time ago and the intake goes over top the heads.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Bubba Jones View Post
Looks like you spilled a little coolant!

It seems no matter where I put the bucket under my truck, whenever I have to drain my coolant, it always finds a way to poor around it instead of inside!! I make sure to clean it up though because I have tons of animals.

Looks like you've done a ton of work too. I love seeing progress on builds like these. Are you planning on painting it?
Sure does. Its all cleaned up now.
Planning on different doors, quarter, fenders, entire roof, tailgate etc. Pretty much just keeping the basic tub. Going to have stock wheel openings too. Progress has been slow because of the temps in the teens for a while. Cant wait for nice weather.

Definitely planning on painting it. Going to be done up two toned like this one and will match my dads new '92 F250 you can see in the background of some of the pics.
__________________
1983 Bronco 9" lift, 390 FE
1983 F100 XL awaiting 4x4 conversion
1984 F150 XLT sb, 302, AOD
1985 Bronco XLT 8" lift 351 HO
1986 F150 EFI 302, AOD
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 02-14-2014, 01:13 PM
Bubba Jones's Avatar
Bubba Jones Bubba Jones is offline
Elder User
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Fort McDowell, AZ
Posts: 514
Bubba Jones is gaining momentum as a positive member of FTE.
That's going to be really nice! The temps here in Arizona have been really nice thankfully. I just got done replacing cyclinder heads/oil pump timing cover gasket and painting all the junk I took out to refresh my motor.

It took a long time because I've never done cylinder heads before but I got it done. The whole time the temperature has been high 60s to low 80s (fluctuated a lot within two weeks).

I don't think I'd be able to handle temperature below 40 for too long.. the mornings here can be like mid 30s.. and that's way too cold.

Will you be taking off the lift and going back with stock tires? I'm sure that would help with mpgs! My truck has a 4" lift with 33s, I think that's about perfect because it's not too ridiculous, but doesn't hurt the mpgs too much. Then again, I have a 302 with 3:55 gearing, so that's not the best setup, but the new cylinder heads on my motor help regain some lost power.
__________________
Can never be too clean!

'96 Bronco XL | 302 | AFR 165 heads | M5OD | Saginaw PS | Bassani Headers and Y-pipe | Hooker Aerochamber muffler | Flex-a-lite 295 fan | MSD Cap/Rotor/Wires | 4" Rancho lift | 33" BFG All Terrains | 3G 130 alt
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 02-14-2014, 01:33 PM
'86 F150's Avatar
'86 F150 '86 F150 is offline
Senior User
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Michigan
Posts: 404
'86 F150 is gaining momentum as a positive member of FTE.'86 F150 is gaining momentum as a positive member of FTE.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bubba Jones View Post
That's going to be really nice! The temps here in Arizona have been really nice thankfully. I just got done replacing cyclinder heads/oil pump timing cover gasket and painting all the junk I took out to refresh my motor.

It took a long time because I've never done cylinder heads before but I got it done. The whole time the temperature has been high 60s to low 80s (fluctuated a lot within two weeks).

I don't think I'd be able to handle temperature below 40 for too long.. the mornings here can be like mid 30s.. and that's way too cold.

Will you be taking off the lift and going back with stock tires? I'm sure that would help with mpgs! My truck has a 4" lift with 33s, I think that's about perfect because it's not too ridiculous, but doesn't hurt the mpgs too much. Then again, I have a 302 with 3:55 gearing, so that's not the best setup, but the new cylinder heads on my motor help regain some lost power.
Im going to leave the lift but I want to run 35s and 4.11 gears. Going to only really be an around town driver. Adding rear disk brakes too.
__________________
1983 Bronco 9" lift, 390 FE
1983 F100 XL awaiting 4x4 conversion
1984 F150 XLT sb, 302, AOD
1985 Bronco XLT 8" lift 351 HO
1986 F150 EFI 302, AOD
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 02-14-2014, 01:37 PM
peganit2's Avatar
peganit2 peganit2 is offline
Elder User
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Davison, Mi.
Posts: 999
peganit2 is starting off with a positive reputation.
Snow in your pole barn, yep you're from Michigan! Project vehicle work comes to a dead crawl during the winter here, unless you have a bucks up work place and are willing and able to keep the heat on in a place you're only using occasionally during the week.

I could tell at a glance it's an FE. INTERESTING swap, why not? 460's bolt in but FE's are smaller and lighter, look better, sound better in near stock form and make plenty of power.

What do the swap motor mounts look like though? I've seen some truly awful motor mount swaps. Are the headers ok?
__________________
Project truck "Dirty Beast" BBF Highboy

"Make things Simple, Not Simpler" - Albert Einstein
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 02-14-2014, 01:41 PM
'86 F150's Avatar
'86 F150 '86 F150 is offline
Senior User
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Michigan
Posts: 404
'86 F150 is gaining momentum as a positive member of FTE.'86 F150 is gaining momentum as a positive member of FTE.
Found these on my camera. The quarters on this are loaded with bondo plus the wheel opening are hacked, so that's the reason for new quarters.



This will be the most body work Ive done on a vehicle so far, but I want to see what I can do. Plus Im only 22. Ive done a few cab corners, wheel wells, and floor work but nothing this big. Good broncos for a decent price are hard to find in Michigan though. Paid $500 for this one.
__________________
1983 Bronco 9" lift, 390 FE
1983 F100 XL awaiting 4x4 conversion
1984 F150 XLT sb, 302, AOD
1985 Bronco XLT 8" lift 351 HO
1986 F150 EFI 302, AOD
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 02-14-2014, 01:53 PM
'86 F150's Avatar
'86 F150 '86 F150 is offline
Senior User
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Michigan
Posts: 404
'86 F150 is gaining momentum as a positive member of FTE.'86 F150 is gaining momentum as a positive member of FTE.
Quote:
Originally Posted by peganit2 View Post
Snow in your pole barn, yep you're from Michigan! Project vehicle work comes to a dead crawl during the winter here, unless you have a bucks up work place and are willing and able to keep the heat on in a place you're only using occasionally during the week.

I could tell at a glance it's an FE. INTERESTING swap, why not? 460's bolt in but FE's are smaller and lighter, look better, sound better in near stock form and make plenty of power.

What do the swap motor mounts look like though? I've seen some truly awful motor mount swaps. Are the headers ok?
Not really sure why the FE but seems to work ok. Motor mounts were both broke when I bought it. I think they used the perches off a dentside truck and bolted them to TTB cross member. I get some pics next time Im out there. Going to make sure they are strong before the new motor goes in. Headers were in pretty good shape. Going to sandblast them and coat them.
__________________
1983 Bronco 9" lift, 390 FE
1983 F100 XL awaiting 4x4 conversion
1984 F150 XLT sb, 302, AOD
1985 Bronco XLT 8" lift 351 HO
1986 F150 EFI 302, AOD
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 02-14-2014, 02:01 PM
peganit2's Avatar
peganit2 peganit2 is offline
Elder User
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Davison, Mi.
Posts: 999
peganit2 is starting off with a positive reputation.
Those headers may be off the shelf items for the "dents".

I modified some 460 headers for an 84 F250 that I put into a 77 Highboy by tucking the passenger side tubes closer to the motor. The driver's side header was untouched going into the Highboy.

That means that the later frames are wider at the motor than my Highboy was, so the narrower "dent" headers may fit without modifications.
__________________
Project truck "Dirty Beast" BBF Highboy

"Make things Simple, Not Simpler" - Albert Einstein
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 02-14-2014, 02:09 PM
peganit2's Avatar
peganit2 peganit2 is offline
Elder User
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Davison, Mi.
Posts: 999
peganit2 is starting off with a positive reputation.
Put aluminum heads and intake on an FE and they're lighter than a sbc!
__________________
Project truck "Dirty Beast" BBF Highboy

"Make things Simple, Not Simpler" - Albert Einstein
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 02-14-2014, 02:26 PM
'86 F150's Avatar
'86 F150 '86 F150 is offline
Senior User
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Michigan
Posts: 404
'86 F150 is gaining momentum as a positive member of FTE.'86 F150 is gaining momentum as a positive member of FTE.
The headers on this weren't modified and fit pretty well. Not going to put aluminum heads and intake on it for a while at least. Going to need the money for tires and trying to keep it lower budget.

Here is the donor bronco. Looks better on the outside but structurally it is shot and has the swiss cheese frame.


__________________
1983 Bronco 9" lift, 390 FE
1983 F100 XL awaiting 4x4 conversion
1984 F150 XLT sb, 302, AOD
1985 Bronco XLT 8" lift 351 HO
1986 F150 EFI 302, AOD
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 02-14-2014, 09:00 PM
1985 Bronco's Avatar
1985 Bronco 1985 Bronco is offline
Senior User
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 252
1985 Bronco is starting off with a positive reputation.
Subscribed! Looks pretty good so far
__________________
1985 Ford Bronco: 460 bored to 475, C-6, 3 in. body lift, 35" BF Goodrich ATs, 400+ hp
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 02-16-2014, 04:36 AM
peganit2's Avatar
peganit2 peganit2 is offline
Elder User
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Davison, Mi.
Posts: 999
peganit2 is starting off with a positive reputation.
Quote:
Originally Posted by '86 F150 View Post
Not really sure why the FE but seems to work ok. Motor mounts were both broke when I bought it. I think they used the perches off a dentside truck and bolted them to TTB cross member. I get some pics next time Im out there. Going to make sure they are strong before the new motor goes in. Headers were in pretty good shape. Going to sandblast them and coat them.
That's a huge bonus.
__________________
Project truck "Dirty Beast" BBF Highboy

"Make things Simple, Not Simpler" - Albert Einstein
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 02-17-2014, 09:05 PM
'86 F150's Avatar
'86 F150 '86 F150 is offline
Senior User
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Michigan
Posts: 404
'86 F150 is gaining momentum as a positive member of FTE.'86 F150 is gaining momentum as a positive member of FTE.
Yesterday my brother and I picked up a '89 roller chassis with a 4"rough country lift, 3" body lift, new body mounts and rebuilt axles with 315/75/16x10 dick cepek DC-1 rims and some parts. We had to swap some skinny wheels on it to fit on the trailer and since we dont have enough room inside to store it at the moment, I put his new wheels on my Bronco so they would be out of the weather.


Here they are on the Bronco. I think this is about the size tire I want to run on it.




Here is a pic (crappy, it was getting too dark outside) of the motor mounts.
__________________
1983 Bronco 9" lift, 390 FE
1983 F100 XL awaiting 4x4 conversion
1984 F150 XLT sb, 302, AOD
1985 Bronco XLT 8" lift 351 HO
1986 F150 EFI 302, AOD
Reply With Quote
Old 02-17-2014, 09:05 PM
 
 
 
Reply

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
New project: '83 F100 XL '86 F150 1980 - 1986 Bullnose F100, F150 & Larger F-Series Trucks 33 05-19-2014 04:04 PM
Help identify this front axle '86 F150 1987 - 1996 F150 & Larger F-Series Trucks 8 05-09-2014 09:15 PM
Found a set of Factory aluminum rims at a swap meet today '86 F150 1980 - 1986 Bullnose F100, F150 & Larger F-Series Trucks 11 05-04-2014 08:22 PM
My '84 F150 XLT "GOLD" buildup '86 F150 1980 - 1986 Bullnose F100, F150 & Larger F-Series Trucks 9 05-28-2013 01:20 AM
Junkyard find, 1980-86 bronco tailgate panel. '86 F150 1978 - 1996 Big Bronco 0 01-11-2013 10:26 PM


Go Back   Ford Truck Enthusiasts Forums > Bronco > 1978 - 1996 Big Bronco

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

Forum Jump


Participate In The Forums

Create new posts and participate in discussions. It's free!

Sign Up »





All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:08 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7 AC1
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Advertising - Terms of Use - Privacy Statement - Jobs
This forum is owned and operated by Internet Brands, Inc., a Delaware corporation. It is not authorized or endorsed by the Ford Motor Company and is not affiliated with the Ford Motor Company or its related companies in any way. Ford® is a registered trademark of the Ford Motor Company.

vbulletin Admin Backup