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Old 01-27-2012, 08:44 AM   #1
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Ok short story, kind of. In February of 2009 my father gave me an 89 Bronco XLT, it would eventually end up being my daily driver when I got my license in march of 2011. Over the coarse of those 2 years I had build it pretty well. Here's a spec list of it.

302 ci
AOD Tranny
BW 1356 T-Case
D44 TTB
8.8
4 inch lift
33's
E-Fan
Racing seats
Y-Style Harnesses
Tuffy Box
Hella 500ff's
A-Pilar mounted 100w Lights
CB Radio
Aussie Locker in the front axle
Welded Tubes (8.8)
3" exhaust with a lowback race muffler
Custom Rear Bumper
8k Winch
striped interior
300w Sony Amp
Dual Deck
VR3 3 Channel 6x9's
Siren
Dual Batteries
Clearenced Wheel Wells
Super Cooling Radiator
HD Steering Drag Link
Warn Standard Hubs
Serius Satellite radio
Over Head Storage Visor

Stuff I have but haven't gotten around to:
Ford 9"
6" coils
1 ton leafs (to be sorted and repacked with 1/2 springs to make custom 2" lift springs)
2" drop shackles for a shackle flip
Sony Explod 12" Sub
Shorty Headers

This is what it looked like pre rear bumper not that its that big of a difference.
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But unfortunately this happened.
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Old 01-27-2012, 09:21 AM   #2
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That sucks man! Are you going to try and rebuild it? Did it destroy you winch? Howd that happen?
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After the accident I was dead set on rebuilding, I got the rest of the front clip, which I had most panels but had to get my hands on a radiator support, grill and head lights. But, after 5 months of the bronco sitting it had gotten water in the fuel and also into the cylinders. Quite simply, it wouldn't run. After going under the truck to look for a pinched fuel line (at first I thought that's what it was) I found that the frame was twisted and the numerous spots of the body were cracked from the force of hitting the tree. So it was time to find something else.

I talked to my step mothers, brother in law about doing some work on his ranger and in return he would give me a truck. The ranger needed a water pump, brake lines and a tranny filter. That was $140 out of my pocket plus my time and I had myself a free truck.

It was a 4.9 with an m5od 2wd when I got it.
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That sucks man! Are you going to try and rebuild it? Did it destroy you winch? Howd that happen?
I ended up scrapping it. And the winch plate was destroyed but the winch looks to be in workable condition. It happened because I was driving to fast in the rain and when I went around a corner I cut the turn to close and the tires didn't keep up with the steering, I found myself sliding straight forward.
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The first thing to address was the cancer on the front wheel wells. So I did a full nose swap using the parts for the bronco.

All striped down
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Got the rad support on
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Then a fender and a headlight
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Then the other fender, headlight, grill and lower trim
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After driving around the yard for a day I decided to put the hood on. Click the image to open in full size.

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cool! what's up next?
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Then it was time for the important stuff.

The aussie locked d44 ttb out of the bronco with the 4inch lift springs and tough country brackets. Also the other 2 33's (I had 2 on the truck for s&g's), new rear spring mounts and the 3/4 ton steering
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Got lazy.
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cool! what's up next?
The next step is finish the steering set up I have on it now so both links are sleeved. I'm just posting stuff that I finished already.
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Heres the truck with the 6" springs and the shackle flip which is about 3.5 inchs of lift on the 33's

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And now the 4" springs with that same shackle flip.

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Also just because I took the pictures.

Top is stock obviously and the bottom is a 1.5"-2" lowering shackle (lol 2wd rear springs)

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And the hanger and shackle after the flip

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I ended up back with 6 inch springs after some frame repair and the new rear axle.
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After dealing with the front axle and lift I finally got my hands on a 4x4 m5od and got a free bw1356 with it. Only paid $170 for it. While putting it in I found that there is a 4x4 specific crossmember for the tranny. So I reused the 4x2 crossmember and made provisions in the floor so I could get some extra ground clearance. But had to shorten the t-case shifter and bend the tranny shifter to make everything not hit the dash.

Everything in its home.
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A picture of the clearance from the transfer case.
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The shifter for the 4x4
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