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Old 05-14-2018, 08:03 AM
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I used the driverside bracket with the u-bolt to position the entire set up before welding on the bracket. I used the stock passengerside bracket and measured and i kept trimming and shaping the inside contour so it would fit half way on the trac bar mount and welded that on as well. Remember though I set everything up so it could be li8ned up before burning it it. Sorry but the posted pics were the best I had. If there is a way you can take a look at a 78 bronco and studied it a bit, you can see what I did. Kinda see it still buggery welds before I cleaned it up. The outermost part of the bracket is what you need to trim. or get some channel and shape your own, would not be that difficult.
 
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Old 05-14-2018, 09:43 AM
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I think that the pic issue is from the NEW changes to FTE. Your old pic and new pic are here now. I had lots of problems up loading pics this weekend too. They must be doing "updates"....all that makes is so much easier to get off the damn computer and get in the shop and work on my projects.

I'll ck my parts Bronco for that pin.
 
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Old 05-15-2018, 05:57 PM
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Ok sorry I had to get new pics so you can see what axle cast ends looks like.

Theres the pin thsts found only on the cast ended 78-79.


Pass side cast end has the pin and the lower trac bar mount cast into it was well.
 
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Old 05-16-2018, 08:07 PM
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Hmmmm......thanks for the nice detailed pic's! Answers a lot of questions. Raises others and as well as lets me look into some solutions. One option is getting a '78 or '79 axle and swapping it. The other I'm thinking of as I really don't want to pull my axle out as it's all set up with a limited slip unit etc...and has been completely rebuilt just a tad over a year ago.

What would you guys think if I made a collar that would clamp/bolt around the axle. On the collar would I would machine a locating pin. Properly locate the collar onto the axle and once everything is in the proper place tighten up the collar. Then properly weld the collar into place. I know about welding on the axle and being careful about how much heat being applied and warping the axle etc...

I work in a machine shop so making/coming up with a collar system wouldn't be to hard. Always easier said then done right! My thoughts for now.
 
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I like the collar/clamp idea and make it wide enough to encompass the square tab on the top of the axle. The square tab on top could work in the same function as the pin (keep the clamped anti sway bar from rotating on the axle).And make the sway bar function like it should. You do have the square tab on the top of your axle, on both sides?
 
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Old 05-17-2018, 01:19 AM
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Whatever you are most comfortable with. Fir me, I had the brackets, so I just made it work and if handles great. He took it to spring break down in Fl. without fail and at soesd( I have the ticket to prove it.
 
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I like the collar/clamp idea and make it wide enough to encompass the square tab on the top of the axle. The square tab on top could work in the same function as the pin (keep the clamped anti sway bar from rotating on the axle).And make the sway bar function like it should. You do have the square tab on the top of your axle, on both sides?
If you are referring to the rectangle tabs on the top on both sides? No mine doesn't have them.

Yes I would make the collar wide enough to machine the pin as part of the collar assy. as well. Here is what my axle looks like on both sides.
 
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Interesting that you do not have the pin or the tab.
 
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Pins only on the 78- 79 that's not his yr. Truck just the parts. I like over kill, but you are over thinking this. You don't really need the pin if you weld your bracket directly to the axle. Since you do not have cast ends you don't have to even worry about welding on cast anything. Get some 1.5" x 3" rectangular. Tubing and make the brackets weld them on and you are done.
 
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