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Old 06-03-2010, 02:20 AM
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I know what to do with this!



I plan to chop this up and make this a light bar to hold 4 Hella lights.

Similar to this

http://www.randyellisdesign.com/FORD..._3_640X480.jpg

I also have to design in a place to use as a lift point for my Hilift jack and double as a step to gain access to the engine compartment.

Stay tuned......................
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Next to free speaker harness

I am finishing up installing my new speakers into the Bronco.

I donʻt know if anyone else has reused their OEM speaker parts, but here is what I did.

OEM speaker with connector that can be reused.
I used a soldering iron to unsweat the wires from the connector.


Here is the connector that is free from the speaker. I also cut back the
metal area where the wires attatch to the connector.


Soldering new wires and making a harness is a snap, I wrapped electrical
tape around the harness for safe keeping.

Harness soldered to the new speaker.

New speaker in stock location

Removing the grille and giving it a fresh coat of paint made a big difference
in the appearance. Soon the black grilles will match the new black vinyl flooring in the Bronco.
Grille before

Grille after


Reusing the stock connector saved me at least 30.00 on two sets of harnesses. Also I would have had to wait at least a week for the parts to make it here.

At least a small part of my Bronco is going "green".
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sweeet........
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Quick Tip

On replacing my two front speakers, the mounting points of the new aftermarket speakers did not line up with the OEM mounting points.

So I bought 8 new #10 x 3/4 self tappings screws to install the new speakers and I reused the OEM speaker screws to reinstall the door panel.



The OEM speaker screws are Torx heads with a larger washer.
These screws work perfectly around the lower door pocket on the door panel.



This worked out for me because over the years I managed to lose most of my lower door panel screws and all that time the passenger door panel was flopping around like a flag on a windy day.



No more floppy door panels for me, and with that I got some pretty good sounds in the Bronco.


I still think I need to find a place for a sub woofer - any ideas? (I need the cargo room behind the rear seat)
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now that is what i'm talking about, devils in the details.

I always wondered about a small sub inside of the little in the back by the gate, but it doesnnt leave much room to build a proper box.
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Tint removal

We finally were able to make an appointment to get the Bronco tint replaced.

So far I was able to strip the old tint off the 3 rear windows on the Bronco.

The back window has defroster lines on it, and the removal of the tint was a pain.

I was able to peel most of the tint off and the use of a razor scraper allowed me the remove the tint near the defroster lines.

The process took about an hour for the rear glass and an hour for the two side windows on the back.

I will post pictures of pre tint and post tint - I plan to use 5% on the 3 rear windows and 35% on the front windows and wind wings.

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A little late now, but when I had to remove tint from my old truck I found getting it started a bit and then spraying windex underneath of it worked great, softened up the glue pretty good.
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I wanted to avoid any cleaners that may have ammonia in it since new tint will be installed tomorrow.

I did use soapy water to get most of the glue off.

The tint installer will do a final cleaning tomorrow using acetone and a Brillo pad. (Iʻll leave the final cleaning to the pros, I know most of them are particular about the glass surface)

Thanks for your pointer though rollerstud98, I am sure someone will pick up on that tip.
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Hey Bra!!

Just wanted to say, nice job man!!!
Are you going to put some lights pointing to the rear? Incase of late night canoe extractions?
I really like the orange color of your canoe trailer
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Hey Bra!!

Just wanted to say, nice job man!!!
Are you going to put some lights pointing to the rear? Incase of late night canoe extractions?
I really like the orange color of your canoe trailer
Yes, I have the lights, all I have to do is create some brackets. I will do a write up on the light install.

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One great point about installing a center seat from a Superduty.

The rear mounting points of the center seat falls on the factory reinforcement
brackets(channel) for the stock seatbelts. I was able to secure the new center seat and center seatbelt with peace of mind. The use of 1-1/4" x 7/16" grade 8 bolts, washers and nyloc nuts tied up the install.

Iʻll get more pictures of the center seat after/during the installation of the vinyl flooring.

The center seat forward mounting bracket had to be modified. Pictures will
show how the bracket was cut.
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Nice thing about all Bronco floors from at least 92 up, they had the holes (threaded and everything) for both the bucket and bench seats and seat belts. Gives you a lot more mounting options for projects like this.
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It makes the modifications very simple, not to mention the large cabin space which makes life even easier.

The folded center seat makes a comfortable arm rest. I seems like I am locked into the driverʻs seat, almost NASCAR like now.

I canʻt wait to cover all the seats with Wet Okole seat covers.
Since the price tag for these covers are pretty steep, I have to save up a little
more coin for this item on the wishlist.

I think the next project will be the new flooring. It may take my wife, my son and I to tackle the project. I bet it will take a whole day to complete. I am not looking forward to cutting all the holes in the vinyl.
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I hate you for making me NEED one of those seats... damn... it will be hard to get one of those around here...
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I hate you for making me NEED one of those seats... damn... it will be hard to get one of those around here...
Six people fit nice and comfy in the FSB now, and everyone has a seatbelt.
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