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Old 10-03-2016, 07:46 AM
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Love to hear a video Jess.
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Old 10-03-2016, 08:55 PM
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Love to hear a video Jess.
Ya, me too. I not so sure about my neighbors though.

I did make some caps for my cut outs, so the exhaust will be run through the mufflers now. Should help a bunch.

I plan to try to clean out my radiator as best I can tomorrow. Looks to be a bunch of deposits in it. But, it is a four core radiator, and I already have it, so it should do for now. After that is in a video shouldn't be a problem if Photobucket cooperates.

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Old 10-04-2016, 08:43 PM
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Radiators in, and I found out that the intake is leaking coolant in the front passenger side corner. So, I have to pull that and replace the gaskets. 3g alternator swap works good. Steering box leaks, lines I made are good though. With the mufflers on the bronco is not too loud, a set of tailpipes should get it where I want it.

As for the headers, looks like I wasted a month. Pretty much sounds like any other cammed motor. I guess unless I have the cut outs off and the motor at WOT there won't be a huge difference. Should sound good blasting through a mud pit though.

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Old 10-07-2016, 08:48 PM
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Guess I jumped the gun a bit, it sounds wicked, I just didn't wind it up enough.

First trip out of the garage under it's own power. I had to put the stock f350 wheels and tires on and let the air out to get the bronco out of the garage. Since I only have two of the big tires mounted I just did one side.

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My kids wanted to sit in the back.

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Old 10-07-2016, 10:09 PM
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may need to do hydroboost brakes if your cam is huge
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Old 10-07-2016, 10:27 PM
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Cam isn't huge, duration is around 255-265 @ .050", lift is in around .650". I can't remember exactly off the top of my head.

I grabbed the vacuum pump off of the diesel motor that was in the f350 before I scrapped it. I'm not opposed to the hydroboost swap. I did have a little trouble getting my hands on a dual diaphragm booster, now that I have one I am going to give it a go before changing stuff up.

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Old 10-15-2016, 09:26 PM
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Did rotors, calipers, and pads. Passenger side no problems. Drivers side had every one of the hub bolts rusted to the hub. I soaked them for a day with WD-40, tapped on them with a punch and hammer, tried a brand new wrench, no such luck. Had to drill them out.

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That was a bunch of time wasted, had to to it though. As a funny aside, mice had chewed through the rubber boot on the passenger side caliper pistons. I never saw that before. I can't imagine they were to tasty.

I made up some mounts for the radiator support. Still have to cut off the stock truck mounts.

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Welded them on. I had to angle the lift block a bit to get the angle of the mount to match the angle of the radiator support. They are nice and beefy.

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Old 10-15-2016, 09:31 PM
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Can't seem to fix the sideways picture. Sorry.

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Old 11-29-2016, 10:35 PM
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Got some progress on the rear floor. I cut the size I needed to make a floor with out of my donor truck before I scrapped it. I kept the end of the bed because, of course, that area on my bronco was rotted out too.

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I had delusions that I would be able to fit this in in one piece. Ha ha, wasn't going to happen. I ended up with three pieces. Sorry for the sideways pic again, I change it in Photobucket, save, post it here, and it is still sideways.

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Plug welded to the 2 x 3" tubing of the sub-floor.

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I still have to finalize the location of the bed sides on the floor, and weld it all together. Taillight area near the bed floor is a bit crusty. I might end up going back over that area in a few years.

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I also have to weld the bed sides to the bed from the back to the front. I have also made my rear seat mounts. A bit more welding in the back and I can move on to other areas of the floor.

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Got is running today. No radiator yet, so it was just long enough to set the timing and rev it up a few times. Sounds really snotty. Looks like I may have a fitting leaking a bit on my oil filter relocator. Other than that, no other leaks. Wiring was a mess. Was all cut up and spliced from previous owners. I will be sorting that mess out for a while. The alternator I am using is one of Fords 130 amp 3G units. That will eliminate the external voltage regulator. Photobucket for some reason won't upload a current picture of how things look. Next up add the radiator support and radiator.

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Im impressed and looking forward to following this build
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Great fab work! Hope to see more posts coming.
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Old 01-04-2017, 08:52 PM
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Progress has stopped. I got diagnosed with colon cancer in November. Half way though with chemo and radiation now. If surgeries go as planned maybe I'll be able to get back on the bronco in late spring. I'm still working now, but not really up for getting stuff done on out in the garage. Kinda sucks to have to deal with this at 39 years old, but it's not like you have a choice in the matter. It will get done, just going to take a little longer.

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Progress has stopped. I got diagnosed with colon cancer in November. Half way though with chemo and radiation now. If surgeries go as planned maybe I'll be able to get back on the bronco in late spring. I'm still working now, but not really up for getting stuff done on out in the garage. Kinda sucks to have to deal with this at 39 years old, but it's not like you have a choice in the matter. It will get done, just going to take a little longer.

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good luck with the cancer. Buddy of mine had test. Cancer. Said he could taste the radiation or chemo..forgot which one...everytime he rode past the hospital he stayed at.
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Wow, heal back up quick Ralph. Hope you get an all clear that it is gone soon.
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