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Old 11-28-2010, 02:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
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TRC-79 bronco build thread

I recently added another 1979 bronco to our driveway, and I figured I'd start my own build thread. It will be a slow build, I'm a high school student working part time. But I will update it as progress is made.

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-1979 Bronco Custom

-1970 T-bird 429 28,xxx miles with dove heads, RV cam, edlebrock performer intake and 750 carb, blueprinted and balanced with hardened valves etc.

-C6 tranny rebuilt with a shift kit, 28,xxx miles

-6" lift, radius arm drop brackets and superlift coils, 4" blocks and 2" lift leafs

-39x18x15 mickey Thomson Baja Belteds

-lots and lots of other new parts on it, alternator, radiator, exhaust etc.


When I bought it, the 9" was grenaded, so I threw a new one together with some gears etc we had lying around. However it only lasted 3 wheeling trips (no big surprise there) so its time for some upgraded axles obviously.

The plans include (roughly) ;

-Sterling Rear, ditching the blocks and going to either Deaver 6" lift springs or a sky shackle flip kit and smaller blocks

-Dana 60 front, converting it to radius arms, with Cage Offroad arms. and either FOA coilovers or Cage progressive coils


Well here's some pictures of the bronco and what little progress has been made so far, any opinions or advice are appreciated.









Thanks for looking

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Nice Bronco. I really want to pick one up for a DD.
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Nice bronco. Sounds like you have a good plan for it.
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Thanks guys, its got a long ways to go, but its getting there

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After I broke the rear end I decided I would wait on the 1 ton swap until I have everything ready, and just build a 9" for it for now. So I put together a 4.88 posi rearend for it out of spare parts.

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and back in the driveway...



I should be picking up a Dana 60 front and sterling rear this week for my 1 ton swap, so we'll see how long this rear end stays under it.

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looks good. looks like my place as i have 5 of the broncos

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Cool looks like a good truck to start with.
So you are going with the d70 in the back or sterling? You mentioned both..
What year d60 are you picking up?
Do you rub at all with those tires?
Can't say they'd be my first choice but they look cool!
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Thank you

I'm going to go with the sterling

Its a 2002 f350 Dana 60, which I know isn't ideal because its a unit bearing/balljoint front end, but its too good of a deal to pass up and I can always upgrade.

And the tires are not my first choice at all, they came on it when I bought it, and yes, they rub on coils, shocks, radius arms and the fenders before i cut them.

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i have the same size tire on this chopped down long bed truck that i only payed $400 for all for tires. there around 60%-70% and it has deaver 6'' springs on the front. but i have 12'' wide wheels. it looks like i have a little more lift then ya got . just a spring set up for ya to think about.

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With the longer arms you will deff be in the fenders while flexed. Get ready for some fender trimming. Also with the way that carrier broke it may have been due to a bent housing, might want to check it... Sounds like you got a good plan and everyone that I know the run the 6'' deaver packs like them. Good Luck.
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I like the way your truck sits on those, do they rub much? Mine are actually 6" coils, but are probably sagging down to a 4" or so now.

When I do my 60 swap I'm going to Cage radius arms so they shouldn't rub there, and possibly coilovers instead of the coil springs like I said earlier, so that would eliminate that rub aswell.

They really aren't a bad tire, I bet they do great in sand/snow, but for the stuff I do here in the PNW they aren't ideal. And going to a 13-16" wide tire would eliminate my rubbing issues.

How do you like the Deaver Coils? All the ones i've ran are Cage Offroad's besides these and they work great.

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With the longer arms you will deff be in the fenders while flexed. Get ready for some fender trimming. Also with the way that carrier broke it may have been due to a bent housing, might want to check it... Sounds like you got a good plan and everyone that I know the run the 6'' deaver packs like them. Good Luck.
Yeah i'm prepared to do some trimming when I get longer arms on it, we have another 79 with cage arms and it tucked 37's, but 39's or bigger are definitely going to rub.

Alright, when I have the the axle pulled ill have to inspect it, I had assumed the carrier breaking like that was because the bearing caps broke in half and allowed the carrier to move, but a bent housing makes more sense.

Broken Cap

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I like the way your truck sits on those, do they rub much? Mine are actually 6" coils, but are probably sagging down to a 4" or so now.

When I do my 60 swap I'm going to Cage radius arms so they shouldn't rub there, and possibly coilovers instead of the coil springs like I said earlier, so that would eliminate that rub aswell.

They really aren't a bad tire, I bet they do great in sand/snow, but for the stuff I do here in the PNW they aren't ideal. And going to a 13-16" wide tire would eliminate my rubbing issues.

How do you like the Deaver Coils? All the ones i've ran are Cage Offroad's besides these and they work great.
i like them i have another set awaiting to go on a bronco truggy. the deaver 6'' coils give 8'' lift . i have no rubage even on the radius arms but i plan to do duffy arms when i get the coin . but if i have rubage i figured it want be much. and ya i will be moving to LTBs as soon as i get the good of these tires . just got them because they where cheap and had lots of tread left.
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Looks good man, Gots to love them ol broncos.Makes me miss mine.
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Lookin good man! Looks like a fun build.
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Just in case you dont know that 02 D60 is metric bolt pattern for the wheels.
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Thanks for all the compliments guys

Oh and Hyde, i'm aware that they are the 99+ 8x170mm pattern

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Good deal, like where its heading
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Thanks, I appreciate it.

I've been searching around but cant find anything about putting the brake system from a Superduty onto another truck, has it been done or did I overlook a thread somewhere? Thanks
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You talking about swapping the hydroboost over? If so ya theres been a few threads on it. Nice bronco i wanna get one some day. Good to see another local from the PNW
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Yeah Id like to swap the hydroboost over, ill have to look better.

And thanks

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Nice truck. Have you considered ditching those lift blocks in the rear?
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Yep i'm planning on ditching them and doing a shackle flip

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Well I've been busy with school so I haven't got much done, but here's a little update. I recently got some money to throw at it, first off is new brakes front and rear for my 1tons, then Cage Offroad Radius arms, then swapping it all in. I also acquired some 35's for rolling stock when I swap axles.

I also made some half doors in my spare time





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