73 Bronco stretch proj - Pirate4x4.Com : 4x4 and Off-Road Forum
 
Pirate4x4.Com : 4x4 and Off-Road Forum  

Go Back   Pirate4x4.Com : 4x4 and Off-Road Forum > Brand Specific Tech > Ford
Notices

Reply
 
Share Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-28-2011, 05:51 AM   #1 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Ponyracer1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Member # 45172
Location: Los Anchorage, Alaska
Posts: 268
73 Bronco stretch proj

Well I've been hanging out over on classic bronco.com for awhile, made a good bit of progress on my toy so I figured I'd see what you guys thought.

Bought a stock 73 bronco, floors had been badly replaced, looks like it was rolled on it's drivers side at one point because the drivers side door, top, 1/4, was filled with bondo up to 1/2 thick in some places. Rockers were rusted out and just filled with bondo. So all in all $3500 for a bronco that "mostly" had a fiberglass tub was a prety good buy .



Had stock "good running" 302 in it when I drug it home, had a bad dist in it, swapped that and it fired. after 30 sec or so it started ticking badly. Ya no oil pressure. So pulled the 302 and it was flat wore out anyway.

Just about got rid of the truck at this point. The seller saw me coming from 10 miles away, I paid way to much and bought junk. So what do we do? Put a ton more money into it!!

After cutting it in half of course.


Decided to make into a half cab but I don't like how disproportionate they look when done that way so I decided to stretch it 15 3/4".

Made some 1/4" angle inserts and added a piece I got from another frame.



Got it all welded and stuck some diamonds on the inside of the frame.


Found a 65 ford truck in the upull it and took a saws all to it. The bed has the same body lines as the bronco, who knew?

__________________
88' Chevy V30 crew with a 12v swap and a 10 foot flatbed

Last edited by Ponyracer1; 04-28-2011 at 07:19 AM.
Ponyracer1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-2011, 06:01 AM   #2 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Member # 155033
Location: Nebraska
Posts: 18
Thumbs up Who knew?

That's actually pretty good to know about the 65. Always like to see Bronco builds, especially when it is something different.
nedceifus is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Old 04-28-2011, 06:02 AM   #3 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Ponyracer1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Member # 45172
Location: Los Anchorage, Alaska
Posts: 268
Oh yes, the flares and tires, I put those on after I bought it. Originally when I brought it home it was uncut and had 235's on her.

Then I cut the half cab down.

Made a bulkhead



Got rid of the rusty rockers, they were filled with about 40lbs of clay, each.

Stuck some 2X4 back in, only prob is, like a dumbass I used 1/8 wall stuff, because "this isn't gonna be a crawler"


About this time I swapped out the rear leaves and hangers for some 56" 2000 E250 rear springs/hangers. Mine were shot like everything else on this junker.

Braced these with 4" 1/4 angle


Trying to get it all one color.


Converted the D44 over to discs. Also stuck in a 4x4x2 steering box.
__________________
88' Chevy V30 crew with a 12v swap and a 10 foot flatbed
Ponyracer1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-2011, 06:14 AM   #4 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Ponyracer1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Member # 45172
Location: Los Anchorage, Alaska
Posts: 268
Replaced the floors properly.



About this time I swapped to full width d44/9"

Got the front all set up.


Built the Rear shock hoops. At this point I was thinking prerunner/rock crawler mix.





Got the fronts done.



Went to hydro boost.
__________________
88' Chevy V30 crew with a 12v swap and a 10 foot flatbed
Ponyracer1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-2011, 06:19 AM   #5 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Ponyracer1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Member # 45172
Location: Los Anchorage, Alaska
Posts: 268
I also started buying stuff from ballistic.


I built some 2" .250 wall sq tubing radius arms with a ruffstuff 1.25" heim in the end. Flexed like shit but got it back on the road. Enter 3 link planning stage.

Getting the rear ready to go.


Got it rolling/driving/stopping on full widths and 35's.



Got a bumper built.




FINALLY got it all one color. Rattle can kakhi, for the win!


__________________
88' Chevy V30 crew with a 12v swap and a 10 foot flatbed
Ponyracer1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-2011, 06:25 AM   #6 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Member # 155033
Location: Nebraska
Posts: 18
Leg room

My little rig started out as a 66 Bronco pickup. Im 6'2" and I remember not liking having my knees up against the dash. This thing looks good with the stretch and I'm sure it is way more comfortable.
nedceifus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-2011, 06:29 AM   #7 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Ponyracer1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Member # 45172
Location: Los Anchorage, Alaska
Posts: 268
Once I got it on the road, drove it for a few months, never really did much wheeling. Then I found out I was going to alaska after a tour in korea. Did some reading about wheeling up there and figured I needed to go to 40" plus tires. Figured now would be a good time to go to tons.

Sold the c4/d20 combo and the d44/9", and the 35's.

Bought a 93 BJ HP60 and a sterling, also picked up a 435/205 combo and a bunch of .250 wall dom. Called up dan at ruffstuff for some more 1.25 heims.




Took the sterling and cut the bottom off it...



Also did some cutting on the 60.

__________________
88' Chevy V30 crew with a 12v swap and a 10 foot flatbed
Ponyracer1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-2011, 06:50 AM   #8 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Ponyracer1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Member # 45172
Location: Los Anchorage, Alaska
Posts: 268
60




Sterling




Used stainless welding rod, pre/post heat, no heat and short runs letting it cool in between, nothing worked. Every weld would crack right down the center. So with no pre post heat I just started welding with the good old
E7018 rod. No cracks.

Some more of the 60, notched the spring pad and welded the tubes and the notch to the housing.

__________________
88' Chevy V30 crew with a 12v swap and a 10 foot flatbed
Ponyracer1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-2011, 06:57 AM   #9 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Member # 182723
Location: maxwell ontario
Posts: 419
ive always loved these trucks and the stretch looks sick good job.
kris97ranger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-2011, 06:59 AM   #10 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Ponyracer1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Member # 45172
Location: Los Anchorage, Alaska
Posts: 268
Making the sterling diff cover, 3/8 ring, 1/4 cover. Same was done on the 60. Don't have any completed pics loaded but I'll get some.



60 shave completed.

Sterling


Getting the 3 link done.





__________________
88' Chevy V30 crew with a 12v swap and a 10 foot flatbed
Ponyracer1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-2011, 07:08 AM   #11 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Ponyracer1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Member # 45172
Location: Los Anchorage, Alaska
Posts: 268
60 ready to go



I got the links painted, the 60 and sterling installed, the hubs on the rear and some rollers on her. Put the hubs on the front so I can get it rolling. Working on my coil buckets now, welded on a piece of pipe that will act as a coil locator and guide, also hold the bump stop.

I'm trying to get it down on to the tires so I can install the 435 as soon as my bell housing shows up. Once installed I'll do a 2" engine lift to match the bodylift and get starter clearance from the upper link. Once that's done I'll be building 1X3 .250 wall crossmembers and a 1/4" skidplate.

Still need to order gears (5.38's), have driveshafts built, get the brakes finished, exhaust (fenderwell headers), remake front shock hoops and mount shocks (due to the fenderwell headers). I'm trying to get this thing as far along as possible beacause I'm out the door in 45 days for a yr tour in korea.
__________________
88' Chevy V30 crew with a 12v swap and a 10 foot flatbed
Ponyracer1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-2011, 07:15 AM   #12 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Ponyracer1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Member # 45172
Location: Los Anchorage, Alaska
Posts: 268
Quote:
Originally Posted by nedceifus View Post
My little rig started out as a 66 Bronco pickup. Im 6'2" and I remember not liking having my knees up against the dash. This thing looks good with the stretch and I'm sure it is way more comfortable.

Ya I'm 6'4" and I have plenty of room. I'm not happy with how the half cab came out, I also built a fuel tank that sits right behind the bulk head and I'm not to happy about that either. Will be doing some design work while I'm away and hopefully finish it up around xmas time.

Also, think I forgot some info, current engine is a tired 351w, will be replaced with a 4bt someday. Links are 37" long eye to eye, center of adjustment, upper and lowers are the same length, lowers are slightly longer from centerline with the axle mounts. Vert sep at the axle is 7", frame is 4.5".

Here's the final calc I built from, hope it works!!

__________________
88' Chevy V30 crew with a 12v swap and a 10 foot flatbed

Last edited by Ponyracer1; 04-28-2011 at 07:16 AM. Reason: Can't spell
Ponyracer1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-2011, 07:28 AM   #13 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Ponyracer1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Member # 45172
Location: Los Anchorage, Alaska
Posts: 268
Quote:
Originally Posted by kris97ranger View Post
ive always loved these trucks and the stretch looks sick good job.
Thanks man, I'm liking how it's coming out. Just need more time and more $$$$.
__________________
88' Chevy V30 crew with a 12v swap and a 10 foot flatbed
Ponyracer1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-2011, 07:31 AM   #14 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Member # 184942
Location: Callahan,FL.
Posts: 19
that is super f'n sexy, I had the same idea for a bronco II.Actully have 3 b2 all waiting to be transformed into one. Man I love your ol bronco that stretch is wicked, im also a big fan of khaki paint.
have one question, Are u gonna truss the bottom right of that pumpkin, isnt that where they are known to fail after a clean shave?
__________________
transexuals and vicodin
fischerry is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-2011, 07:32 AM   #15 (permalink)
Wheeler
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Member # 108105
Posts: 122
great job. i love the look of the extension.

subscribed.
__________________
97 TJ
12 RAM
03 Road King
"shall not be infringed"
tj4xfun is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-2011, 07:56 AM   #16 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Ponyracer1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Member # 45172
Location: Los Anchorage, Alaska
Posts: 268
Not sure, on the truss, that would kinda defeat the purpose of the shave. I've done it to a 14 bolt and it had no probs so we'll see I guess. The 60 is
3/8's thick and the sterling is 1/2" welded inside and out.

Anyone else heard of them failing? I can punch some holes in some 1/4 with the iron worker and surface weld it to the shave and the housing, tieing it all together. May not be a bad idea and I'd only give up 1/4". I'd hate to drop onto a rock and fracture the diff, that would be a bad day.
__________________
88' Chevy V30 crew with a 12v swap and a 10 foot flatbed
Ponyracer1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-2011, 08:05 AM   #17 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Member # 184942
Location: Callahan,FL.
Posts: 19
u dont have to throw a rock hanger in the mix, actually if u plate it around the raduis...yeah ur idea sound pretty stout.
was'nt try to bash just help out...
__________________
transexuals and vicodin
fischerry is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-2011, 08:23 AM   #18 (permalink)
Granite Guru
 
SAY789's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Member # 88573
Location: Springfield Oregon
Posts: 637
Send a message via AIM to SAY789 Send a message via MSN to SAY789
That thing is Saweet!! id kill for an eb and if i do get one, i think im gonna strech it. Keep up the good work!!
__________________
'94 F350 CC .030 460 Auto 4x4 "Tow Rig"
'78 F350 Sittin Pretty On 39.5 Boggers R.I.P.
'94 Ranger 3/4 ton 5.8L 38.5 Boggers

Taylor

Quote:
Originally Posted by ChiScouter View Post
I think I heard that the model with the rear blocks and neg arched fronts was the super rare model called a Medium Boy.
SAY789 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-2011, 08:31 AM   #19 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Ponyracer1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Member # 45172
Location: Los Anchorage, Alaska
Posts: 268
Quote:
Originally Posted by fischerry View Post
u dont have to throw a rock hanger in the mix, actually if u plate it around the raduis...yeah ur idea sound pretty stout.
was'nt try to bash just help out...
No bash'n felt, thx for getting me thinking. I did some searching on here and theres alot of shaves running about and I can't find one that failed yet. Anyone else?

I may say the hell with it and pull the axles out and do it just for piece of mind.

I'm building this this as stout and as bullet proof as possible so I can go into the ak back country and not have to be the dumbass that comes out on a strap. Hence why I'm waiting on my full mechanical bellhousing and linkage to show up instead of using a hydro one with an autozone slave cyl.

Man thanks alot fscherry, making me pull these heavy f'king axles again.
__________________
88' Chevy V30 crew with a 12v swap and a 10 foot flatbed

Last edited by Ponyracer1; 04-28-2011 at 09:05 AM.
Ponyracer1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-2011, 09:19 AM   #20 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Member # 182723
Location: maxwell ontario
Posts: 419
hey pulling them now in the driveway is gonna be alot easier then when/if it breaks in the middle of nowhere. like you said theres nothing bad about being overbuilt
kris97ranger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-2011, 09:58 AM   #21 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Ponyracer1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Member # 45172
Location: Los Anchorage, Alaska
Posts: 268
Quote:
Originally Posted by kris97ranger View Post
hey pulling them now in the driveway is gonna be alot easier then when/if it breaks in the middle of nowhere. like you said theres nothing bad about being overbuilt
Too true, I'll prob pull them this afternoon and make some patterns so I can make the "skids" tomorrow at "work"
__________________
88' Chevy V30 crew with a 12v swap and a 10 foot flatbed
Ponyracer1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-2011, 10:02 AM   #22 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Member # 70453
Location: Wasilla,Alaska
Posts: 230
Send a message via Yahoo to yellowk20
So when do you come north? can't wait to see it on the trails up here!!
__________________
[QUOTE=ffdustyw;13449095]I've been pepper sprayed so many times by women it doesn't effect me anymore.
The bear spray idea is retarded. Trip wires with claymores are more effective. Plus it will keep the hippy squatters like Chris McCandless out of your cabin.[/QUOTE]
yellowk20 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-2011, 10:24 AM   #23 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Ponyracer1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Member # 45172
Location: Los Anchorage, Alaska
Posts: 268
If they don't cancel my orders then I'll arrive up there mid Jul of next yr.
__________________
88' Chevy V30 crew with a 12v swap and a 10 foot flatbed
Ponyracer1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-2011, 05:46 PM   #24 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Member # 189210
Location: johnsburg NY
Posts: 5
Send a message via AIM to Welder94
Drool
__________________
if its too loud your too old.. keep it on 4 wheels and to the floor!! talk shit get hit..
Welder94 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-2011, 08:02 PM   #25 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Member # 184942
Location: Callahan,FL.
Posts: 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ponyracer1 View Post
No bash'n felt, thx for getting me thinking. I did some searching on here and theres alot of shaves running about and I can't find one that failed yet. Anyone else?

I may say the hell with it and pull the axles out and do it just for piece of mind.

I'm building this this as stout and as bullet proof as possible so I can go into the ak back country and not have to be the dumbass that comes out on a strap. Hence why I'm waiting on my full mechanical bellhousing and linkage to show up instead of using a hydro one with an autozone slave cyl.

Man thanks alot fscherry, making me pull these heavy f'king axles again.
Well I live in callahan fl if T were closer than 311 miles id give u a hand.Ive seen em fail myself, but have seem many off em last threw the ages.I just like to think that if it were me id take the added strenght and 2 hours labor than one pissed of wheeling trip. either way u build is supurb and i love it.
__________________
transexuals and vicodin
fischerry is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 05:02 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0 ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.