1973 Bronco Beater - Hot Mess - 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 LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 05-07-2019, 08:20 AM   #1 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Member # 158308
Location: East Texas
Posts: 217
1973 Bronco Beater - Hot Mess

This build started with a frame I bought in 2011. I kept it around until fall of 2013 when I had a friend media blast it and we put a coat of primer on it. It stayed in my garage as I gathered parts for the next couple of years. Then progress started being made again when I took it to my friend's shop who has a restoration business. He moved the rear axle back 4", added the parts I hoarded like a Wild Horses 5.5" suspension lift with spring perches for the rear and heavy duty U-bolts, Wild Horses trac bar riser, BC Broncos steering box reinforcement kit, James Duff coil sping towers for a full width axle and James Duff long radium arms, F250 shock towers, full width D44 and 9" from a 78 Bronco, and Ruff Stuff 1 ton steering. I had a 460/C6 that I kicked around putting in but decided I didn't want to go that route, too heavy and not the best choice. Saving the 460 for my 75 Highboy that I can post too. I donated the body from my 76 Ranger that is being restored there since it has rust and would be perfect for a trail build. Now the goal is to get it going using what I have around, low budget have fun get it running/driving build. I may have to drop some coins on a few things but overall make it go.










__________________
73,76,78 Broncos, 77 F150 4x4, 93 C350.

Last edited by Prizefighter; 06-29-2019 at 01:36 PM.
Prizefighter is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-07-2019, 08:21 AM   #2 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Member # 158308
Location: East Texas
Posts: 217




__________________
73,76,78 Broncos, 77 F150 4x4, 93 C350.
Prizefighter is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Old 05-07-2019, 08:34 AM   #3 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Member # 158308
Location: East Texas
Posts: 217
Phase 2 I'm calling started at my shop and includes a running 302 I bought from an older gentleman I've known for years who is retired. He buys old Ford trucks and parts them out to keep himself busy, mostly 73-79 dentsides. He had this engine on a runstand and took video of it with good oil pressure and vacuum. It's from an 88 so it's roller cam. I had a rollerized C6 from another project and NP205 so bolted them all together and in they went. There was a bit of clearance issue so I put a 3" body lift on for now that I will cut down later to give me a little room but be as low as possible.



__________________
73,76,78 Broncos, 77 F150 4x4, 93 C350.
Prizefighter is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 05-07-2019, 05:23 PM   #4 (permalink)
Wheeler
 
1975f100's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2016
Member # 716946
Location: Van isle
Posts: 212
Looks good. Nice to see a new build on here
1975f100 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-09-2019, 09:03 AM   #5 (permalink)
Rock God
 
snowracer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Member # 141697
Location: Great White North aka BC Canada
Posts: 2,151
i like it, keep the updates coming
__________________
PLAN-B F250 on 44s

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
snowracer is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-25-2019, 10:02 AM   #6 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Member # 158308
Location: East Texas
Posts: 217
Floor pans. I got distracted with a 75 F250 project that has taken some time away from this build. Need to get back on this because there's a Bronco event near me in September that it would be good to make for a first time out.



__________________
73,76,78 Broncos, 77 F150 4x4, 93 C350.

Last edited by Prizefighter; 05-25-2019 at 10:02 AM.
Prizefighter is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-25-2019, 03:01 PM   #7 (permalink)
Pirate4x4 Addict!
 
Join Date: Jun 2000
Member # 1056
Posts: 5,998
Keep going I love Early Broncos. Happy to see the build progress.
ToyotaJeep is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-25-2019, 05:08 PM   #8 (permalink)
P.B.A.
 
RANGERROD's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Member # 172656
Location: Your moms
Posts: 4,168
In
__________________
Official policer of all 348 forums.
RANGERROD is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-27-2019, 05:24 PM   #9 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Member # 539746
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Posts: 138
Looks like a great project! In for updates.
bulletpruf is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-30-2019, 11:27 AM   #10 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Member # 604297
Posts: 70
The older I get the more I appreciate this Broncos. In for progress
Cool Hand Luke is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-31-2019, 04:42 PM   #11 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2019
Member # 868862
Posts: 5
It looks like all kinds of fun work haha good luck!
mitch@wildhorses4x4 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-28-2019, 08:23 PM   #12 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Member # 158308
Location: East Texas
Posts: 217
Thanks for all the support, I didn't expect that! My goal is to keep updates once a month and be more focused. I have some ADD since I have several trucks that all need attention so this helps. It's hot and humid here in east Texas and mosquitoes are rampant after all the rain lately. So I gathered a few more parts and haven't done much wrenching. I decided to go with a set of Cooper Tire STT Pro 37x13.50x17 on 17x9 wheels. I found the passenger side exhaust manifold I needed that goes straight back. The one from this engine like most applications turns downward, and this will not work because the frame is right below. I also wrapped up my 4x4 box to ship to West Texas Offroad in San Angelo, TX to convert to 4x4x2, port and tap, and send me hydrualic steering assist. I used this on another Bronco I sold and it worked great. Below is a picture of that Bronco with the set up. Lastly, I picked up some recovered seats for $300 for the Bronco.





__________________
73,76,78 Broncos, 77 F150 4x4, 93 C350.

Last edited by Prizefighter; 06-28-2019 at 08:24 PM.
Prizefighter is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-29-2019, 05:52 AM   #13 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Member # 539746
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Posts: 138
Sweet deal on the seats. Those aren't cheap.
__________________
69 Bronco; 01 Suburban K2500; 66 Fairlane GT convt; 68 GTO convt; 71 Javelin; 72 Alfa Romeo GTV
bulletpruf is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-13-2019, 06:22 AM   #14 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Member # 158308
Location: East Texas
Posts: 217
Some bling.
__________________
73,76,78 Broncos, 77 F150 4x4, 93 C350.
Prizefighter is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-26-2019, 01:37 PM   #15 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Member # 158308
Location: East Texas
Posts: 217
I have been Bronco'n, just not with mine. My sister has wanted one forever so I've been helping her search and we snagged one two months ago. I put all my free time into it for an event I mentioned earlier. We went and had so much fun. She sent me these so that's why there's hearts and "Me" on the last one.







To give an update, I've been messing with mine some since returning. I won a dash accessory switch panel in the raffle from Wild Horses so I will add that to my dash that I just got back from my friend who did a few mods to it. He deleted the ash tray, filled in the radio hole, and moved the glove box door over. Looking forward to cooler temps this fall.
__________________
73,76,78 Broncos, 77 F150 4x4, 93 C350.
Prizefighter is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-26-2019, 04:20 PM   #16 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Member # 178200
Location: Somewhere in Texas
Posts: 951
More pics of your sister!
SLOWPOKE693 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-28-2019, 05:23 AM   #17 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Member # 158308
Location: East Texas
Posts: 217
I would've been disappointed if someone didn't say it
__________________
73,76,78 Broncos, 77 F150 4x4, 93 C350.
Prizefighter is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-28-2019, 07:20 AM   #18 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Member # 40131
Location: The Real South Texas
Posts: 9,347
Quote:
Originally Posted by SLOWPOKE693 View Post
More pics of your sister!
X2!



Where was the event? Looks like a solid showing.
__________________

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Motorsport Syndicate:::Edinburg TX

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


Quote:
Bitches today are too fucking uptight.
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
72blazer is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-28-2019, 08:20 AM   #19 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Member # 158308
Location: East Texas
Posts: 217
Quote:
Originally Posted by 72blazer View Post
X2!



Where was the event? Looks like a solid showing.
Hot Springs, AR at Hot Springs Off-Road Park. The annual event is called OCBR (Oklahoma Classic Bronco Roundup). An Oklahoma Bronco club coming to Arkansas for their yearly get together is a little confusing to some but it's a tradition they've done for a very long time. It's not the biggest Bronco event by far, but one of the best because of the people who host it and them treating everyone like family.
__________________
73,76,78 Broncos, 77 F150 4x4, 93 C350.
Prizefighter is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-09-2019, 09:43 AM   #20 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Member # 158308
Location: East Texas
Posts: 217
I want to pull the 9" 3rd member to look it over and put a mini spool in for now. This is what I found when I pulled the axle shaft. The splines look like they are covered in oil and looking down the tube the 3rd is not rusty. I will soon find out. These axles are from a 78-79 Bronco that was being parted out so as to be expected. The drum brakes look like rusty seized shit so I will make a decision as to replace or go with discs in the rear. I'm curious about the front axle too. Make this thing go is still the theme of this build. I can upgrade gears, lockers, etc. and fix stuff as I go so I won't be in wrenching/building state forever.


__________________
73,76,78 Broncos, 77 F150 4x4, 93 C350.
Prizefighter is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-10-2019, 05:53 AM   #21 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Member # 158308
Location: East Texas
Posts: 217
Thoughts on this? Clean it up and send it?


__________________
73,76,78 Broncos, 77 F150 4x4, 93 C350.
Prizefighter is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-12-2019, 07:38 AM   #22 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Member # 158308
Location: East Texas
Posts: 217
The condition of the front Dana 44 ring and pinion will determine what I do with this. If the D44 is fawked then regear time with 5:38. I'll pop the cover today and inspect inside. If the front ring and pinion is okay then I'm going to run it. There's still a lot left to do and I don't want to get bogged down and spend a bunch of cash on gears and lockers just yet. The 9" isn't a problem since I see whole used set ups ready to go all the time around here mostly from racing guys. 31 spline with spools or lockers and every gear set possible. Mostly, the D44 is the hold up. I've never set up a ring and pinion so I've have been doing some reading in case. I'm willing to learn and be patient with the set up, just don't want to dive into it yet with all the other ends to wrap up. I want to be wheeling a lot in 2020.
__________________
73,76,78 Broncos, 77 F150 4x4, 93 C350.
Prizefighter is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-12-2019, 03:08 PM   #23 (permalink)
finally fuckin in
 
sterlingfire's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Member # 232666
Location: Michigan
Posts: 3,920
Send it brother. You'll be fine until you aren't lol! Get the grime and rust out and it will last quite a while. Gears aren't hard to set up. I had never done it before my old work truck needed gears and bearings. It looks harder then it is, just have to keep your trials written down showing backlash and shim sizing for each side. It takes a bit of trial and error at first, but after a couple times you get the idea of where it needs to be. I can do full regear on a Dana 60 in about 4 hours start to finish now. That's with the axle in the truck. Not including the tear down of the outers.
__________________
Originally Posted by 03f350
... Well first off FUCK JEEPS..
sterlingfire is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-12-2019, 05:26 PM   #24 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Member # 158308
Location: East Texas
Posts: 217
Quote:
Originally Posted by sterlingfire View Post
Send it brother. You'll be fine until you aren't lol! Get the grime and rust out and it will last quite a while. Gears aren't hard to set up. I had never done it before my old work truck needed gears and bearings. It looks harder then it is, just have to keep your trials written down showing backlash and shim sizing for each side. It takes a bit of trial and error at first, but after a couple times you get the idea of where it needs to be. I can do full regear on a Dana 60 in about 4 hours start to finish now. That's with the axle in the truck. Not including the tear down of the outers.
Thanks man, something I want to tackle and learn how to do. Just not today cause I got a big win!

The Dana 44 is friggin mint!! The oil looked like new honey and this has got to be the cleanest inside I've seen. That means clean up the 9" and send it like a boss. Pulled the rear housing out completely and powerwashed it and sprayed it down with brake cleaner. It was so gross on the inside with some rust/mud? gooped up on the bottom like grits. Will clean this bitch up and bolt it back in and go!! Ordered rear discs from Ruff Stuff since they are having a 17% off sale right now!!


__________________
73,76,78 Broncos, 77 F150 4x4, 93 C350.
Prizefighter is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-13-2019, 08:06 AM   #25 (permalink)
Pirate4x4 Addict!
 
Join Date: Jun 2000
Member # 1056
Posts: 5,998
Cool. Its easy to get caught up in the latest and greatest and the spiral of building. Nice to see your focused. That spiral can go for years and years and next thing you know you're the president of the jack stand 4x4 club.
ToyotaJeep is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Pirate4x4.Com : 4x4 and Off-Road Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

** A VERIFICATION EMAIL IS SENT TO THIS ADDRESS TO COMPLETE REGISTRATION!! **

Email Address:
Insurance
Please select your insurance company (Optional)

Log-in


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may 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


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Bombastic Big Buck Bronco Boobjob Build cobyhughey General 4x4 Discussion 297 12-07-2015 02:06 PM
1973 Bronco Truggy - 39.5's American Vehicles and Trailers For Sale 136 08-21-2013 12:31 PM
Twisted Customs Bronco Released Version kbebs General 4x4 Discussion 118 06-22-2013 08:13 PM
1973 ford bronco broncomikey Vehicles and Trailers For Sale 2 07-08-2012 03:00 PM
1973 Ford Bronco beater Shain Vehicles and Trailers For Sale 7 03-23-2012 12:19 PM


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 01:04 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0 ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.