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Old 10-17-2011, 09:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My Build (Gt Sum 2.5)

After trolling, I figured I’d add my Bronco build up. I had an ’84 in College on 40” Hawgs, and after a long weekend drinking, mudding and seeing pavement pounders, named it Git Sum. Custom painted that on the tailgate in krylon. Ran it for a while, but needed a more reliable truck for traveling, so I got rid of it. I’ve always planned to get another one, but life got in the way. Too much traveling, no place to build a truck, no money, etc etc etc. Last September, I became a bachelor again, and oddly enough had more disposable income after the divorce than while still married, even with a shitload of child support. As I’ve always wanted another Bronco, I started trolling Craigslist. Found this, an ’86 with 6” lift and 35” Mickeys for a song.

This one had 4.10’s, 351W, C-6, BW1356, 9” with a spool, big ass bumpers and a cage. After looking it over, and crawling under it, I noticed the frame bent at the drop radius arm bracket. The body was a POS as well; I put my hand through the roof climbing into it one afternoon. Some of the rust…

Further trolling on Craigslist netted an ’89 with a 302, AOD, 4” list and most of all, a pretty straight body. So I picked it up, backed it in the garage, and got ready for a drive train swap.
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Old 10-17-2011, 09:27 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I had both trucks nose to nose, pulled them both down past the core support, and swapped the 351W and C-6 out of the ’86 into the ’89. Motor out…

I also dropped all of the front suspension for parts, and to re-coup some of my money.
Motor swapped into the ‘89

I also used the serpentine belt system off of the FI 302

After getting everything off of the ’86, I had it hauled off for scrap
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Old 10-17-2011, 09:28 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I did a lot of this by myself, and am not really good at remembering to stop and take pics. So my story will have to do. The wiring on the ’89 was hacked up in a few places, and I wanted something that would be trouble free, so I gutted all of it. Got a painless kit, and wired it up. Added an Eldebrock Performer manifold, a Holley 750, headers, and an MSD box. After considering the power needs, I ordered a 150 amp (I think) alternator. I found a 10K # winch on craigslist, and picked it up. I also got a receiver mount for it, handy since both bumpers had receivers. I found a set of 38.5” Swampers TSX’s on CL and picked them up. Added a body lift, and installed the cage. I got some racing seats from Summit, real comfy. I wanted to keep mud out of the motor, so I built a skid plate.
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I had it good enough to go day wheeling, had my trailer, and was getting ready to load it up whne the trans took a shit in the drive way. Apparently 5 fluid changes (leaking ass trans pan) removed the clutch material for me. So I had the C-6 rebuilt by a friend of mine with E4OD planetaries and a few other goodies. In the meantime, I added a 2nd battery in the rear, and wired front and rear winch plugs, with a switch in the dash to operate it from the driver’s seat. Here’s a shot of the (mostly) completed interior
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Old 10-17-2011, 09:29 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Finally got the trans back in it, clearanced (Clarence) for the tires, buttoned up a few odds and ends, and took it to General Sam’s for a shakedown run. Surely you’ve heard about the drought in Texas. It hit Gen Sam’s too. Fucking dustbowl.

After riding around for an hour, I finally found a fairly innocent looking hole. It wasn’t very far across, I figured it couldn’t be too deep. Wrong. Stuck it.

Sidebar here – the front had a lock rite locker in it, so I couldn’t put the c-clip on the stub shaft for the passenger side axle. It kicked out of the diff pretty quick. The ground was so hard under the mud that I got the front wheels hung at full lock left.


Winched myself out, and assessed the damage.
Carnage included:
E-fans roasted. I had an override off switch wired up, just didn’t hit it. The skid plate, with no holes, acted like a scoop, and pushed a ton of mud into the fans, and burned out the motors.

Front axle – broke driver side u-joint, and the joint in the stub shaft on the passenger side.
Steering box – blew the pitman seal out.
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Note the mud line across the headlights. Hood sat @ 5’ off the ground.

Also found a Natty light can in the front suspension…


Fast forward a month or two, I found a great deal on a rear Rockwell, found another bronco with 44’s, and got an opportunity to work in Colorado for 6-8 weeks. So, I dropped Git Sum off at The Shop Offroad in League City, where it’s getting rocks with leafs, pinion brakes and full hydro steering for the front. I should be getting pics in the next day or so, I’ll post as I get them.
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Old 10-24-2011, 03:09 PM   #7 (permalink)
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So they finally got all of my parts in, goth e 44's mounted on the new wheels..



got the front axle in...



And the TTB out, for the most part...



More to come as I get it.
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And, since I was told I'd wind up with enough room to fit 54's, I figured I'd be on the lookout for them. Arranged to get these today...
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And, since I was told I'd wind up with enough room to fit 54's, I figured I'd be on the lookout for them. Arranged to get these today...
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Building a bronco on 54s huh? Sounds oh so familiar lol
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Building a bronco on 54s huh? Sounds oh so familiar lol
do you have one? Pics please.
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do you have one? Pics please.
Not yet. Building a 89 on planets with a tube frame on 54 boggers in spring. Should have all the parts by then, close now.

I'll enjoy this build though
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So what type of suspension? Liking it so far
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So what type of suspension? Liking it so far
I am going with leafs for this. Its gonna be a mostly mud, some muddy trails. It will have a traction bar, probably to the top of the axle to limit wrap.
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I am going with leafs for this. Its gonna be a mostly mud, some muddy trails. It will have a traction bar, probably to the top of the axle to limit wrap.
I was just thinking that looks like florida. Bloody shame

Gl anyways
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I was just thinking that looks like florida. Bloody shame

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It may wind up there.
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Stopped by the shop today, they have the front axle in place.

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It doesn't look as funny as the pic shows. Ought to be ready to go out in another week.
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wow that thing is tall. ya it definitely looks like you will be able to fit those 54s
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Picked up my Boggers today, and dropped them off at The Shop. Truck is about at ride height.

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looks sick cant wait to see it all done!
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Holy crap those are huge! I think its kinda odd they don't have very deep tread from the factory.
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Old 11-14-2011, 02:49 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Finally rolling around. I am going to get drive shafts tomorrow, should finish welding this week, and have anti-wrap bars installed. Hopefully, I can take it out this weekend. It is still sitting on the 44's, easier to roll than the 54's.

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Looks kick ass man. First trip, need pics!
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Looks kick ass man. First trip, need pics!
I plan to have pics and video.
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