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Well my rig has slowly been evolving into a more go-fast oriented build so I figured this would be the best place to get some feedback.

Ive had this Bronco since I was 16, it wasn't anything special, 1/2 ton axles and 39s with a mild 429. I started going through axles so one tons were the next logical step. I swapped in 03' superduty axles along with Bloody Knuckle Garage's radius arms/dual shock hoops etc and it performs pretty decent for what it is.

when I got it


one tons






Then I got stationed overseas for a few years, came home on leave and did this...

 

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So the motor build began...

545ci Stroker build specs:

-Lunati Voodoo forged 4340 crankshaft (4.5 stroke)
-Lunati Voodoo forged 4340 H-beam connecting rods with ARP 2000 bolts
-Diamond Racing forged pistons (.030 bore w/Cobra Jet valve reliefs)
-Diamond Racing file fit plasma moly rings
-King HP/XP bearings
-Ford Super Cobra Jet aluminum heads w/ bowl blending and port work
-Lunati roller rockers
-Lunati solid flat tappet cam/lifters
-High Flow Dynamics Street/Strip oil pump
-Weiand Stealth SCJ intake
-L&L 3/4 length headers
-Lunati 9-key billet timing set
-Full MSD igntion (pro-billet dizzy/6AL/coil/wires)
-11:1 compression















 

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while building the motor I also installed Autofab Bulged fiberglass fenders. Also, its now on 40x13.5x17 MTR's and Walker Evans Beadlocks.









then McQueen Products came out with their new front end and I dug it.





got some new butt holsters



And that's pretty much where it sits now. I've had about a month or two of time to work on it in the last 4 years, so its been slow going. I'm deployed currently but i'll be stateside for quite awhile soon and have plans to throw some parts at it.

Next up:
Full cage bumper to bumper
New 1150cfm Dominator Carb
full manual valve body
Paint/bodywork

Front suspension:
3.0 King double bypasses
2.5 King Coilovers
2.5" King hydro bumps
limit straps
axle truss

Rear Suspension:
Deaver leafs
Camburg +1.5" Shackles (and back to factory style shackle hangers)
King 3.0 triple bypasses
autofab 2-link
King 2.5" hydro bumps
axle truss
limit straps


The goal is ultimately to build something I can take out to the dunes/desert and huck around, and still hit trails now and then if I feel like it. I've been throwing around TTB ideas in my head, but I just don't see it holding up to the new motor. So for now I'll see how well I can get the Solid axle to perform.
 

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Really nice job, man! I love that you've had it since you were 16. My first truck was a '68 stepside and it pains me to think about the day I sold it. Hang on to your truck!

As a side note, thank you for your service!
 

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Nice! I'm looking forward to seeing the progress, the glass looks good!

And I second the thank you for your service!

Quick question, why spring all that dough on the 3" kings and only get two bypass tubes for the front?
 

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Badass build!! Looking forward to seeing some fab pics.
Thanks! looking forward to throwing some tube at it!

Really nice job, man! I love that you've had it since you were 16. My first truck was a '68 stepside and it pains me to think about the day I sold it. Hang on to your truck!

As a side note, thank you for your service!
Thank you Sir!

I don't think I could bring myself to sell this, I built it with my Father over the years so it has alot of sentimental value... more than what someone would pay probably lol

Nice! I'm looking forward to seeing the progress, the glass looks good!

And I second the thank you for your service!

Quick question, why spring all that dough on the 3" kings and only get two bypass tubes for the front?

Thank you Sir!

I'm by no means set on the double bypasses, i'm waiting to order shocks/coilovers until I get home and can cycle the suspension etc. I set this list up as the minimum setup I would like to run, I will likely go with triples front/rear even if it means I have to go without hydro bumps on one end until I can afford them. I try to buy the best I can afford the first time instead of kicking myself later, even if it slows down the build.
 

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I Tore the front end apart today and took some measurements for coilovers/bypasses. Looks like I need to Fab a new track bar bracket to push it forward. I moved the front end forward 2" when we did the axle swap, now the track bar makes contact with the diff cover and takes roughly 3" of available up travel. Should be able to cycle a Clean 14-15" with a new track bar bracket. The McQueen glass has clearance lock to lock at full bump with the 40's, if I ran the AutoFab glass it looks like I'll be having to trim the lower forward corner quite a bit.














 

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Things have gone in a different direction.









(Knuckles are just for mock-up)


 

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oooh fancy, CHO makes some killer products. who’s knuckles are you going to run?
Yes he does! I'm glad I decided to wait it out for these fully fabbed beams. Plan is to run Flight Industries knuckles, he's got quite the waiting list right now though so I may double shear these to get by for awhile, time will tell.




WOW, this build jumped up a bit!.. whats the plan for front shocks?
Yeah it definitely changed directions! It was always a multi-purpose rig because it was my only toy and I didn't want to limit myself on wheeling opportunities, but I finally got another bronco that will be a dedicated 4x4 toy so this one was able to go towards a more all-out go-fast direction. The front end will have those King 3.5"x16" 6 tube bypasses and 2.5" hydro bumps, all I'm missing is some 2.5"x14" coilovers.

The new toy is this BTW, 79' with a 545ci stroker coming, Nv4500, twin stick 205, 1-tons from the black bronco etc...


This is badass! :smokin:
Thank you!

Awesome! That BBF is gonna sound baaaad!
I had it all together and running for a bit, runs really hard!

https://youtu.be/LDpLE1s4_OU
 

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Yes he does! I'm glad I decided to wait it out for these fully fabbed beams. Plan is to run Flight Industries knuckles, he's got quite the waiting list right now though so I may double shear these to get by for awhile, time will tell.
nice.

isnt there is another guy i see on GFB that makes knuckles as well?
 

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nice.

isnt there is another guy i see on GFB that makes knuckles as well?
RMC on GFB is the owner of Flight Industries, Hollander Motorsports occasionally does runs of knuckles still as well.


I couldn't help myself, had to mock things up and see how its going to look.





 

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Got a little further into the TTB build during quarantine. Got the crossmember in its permanent home and added some ears to give it a bit more weld surface. Notched the frame and started cycling the suspension, this is where the issues started. From ride height I was only cycling 5.5'' bump travel when I should be pushing 9"+ even with a pretty serious notch. Turns out the later frames have more of a kick in the frame allowing them more bump travel with lower ride height.

this left me with 3 options. option 1: Pie cut the frame and kick it up a few inches. This would mean relocating Engine/Trans/T-case/Core support/Steering etc. Option 2: build drop brackets for the TTB. This leaves me with a taller ride height and more stress on the crossmember, which is a common spot for cracks already. And lastly, Option 3: Body swap onto a later chassis. This is a bit of fab to make new body mounts up front, but gives me a clean sandblasted chassis to start with/off the shelf steering options instead of designing a dual swing steering setup from scratch.

Option 3 was the obvious choice for me, so I reached out to my friend Rob who owns a tow company in town. He has a buddy Mario who he had given a 93 bronco years ago as a donor rig. He still had it and was planning on scrapping it next week, so he gave it to me for free. Can't beat that! Sometimes things just work out. So I got it torn down and cut/pounded 8,000 rivets out of the damn thing getting all the suspension hangers etc knocked off it, and its getting blasted this weekend. Plan is to box the frame and coat it in Steelit and start throwing all the suspension/drivetrain in it and do the clean install it deserves then throw the body on and start the tube work.












 
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