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Old 08-07-2016, 10:58 PM   #1
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With all the great builds and interest in Early Bronco here lately, I figured I might chronicle my build.

I have owned this 1976 rig since 1996, it was my daily driver for years, then it became a weekend fun toy.

9 years ago, I tore it down with the intention of building up a really amazing trail machine. I got it torn down, and while I was buying parts and drawing up a plan, all my buddies sold their rigs, so I abandoned mine in the shop. It became a sad "catch all" and a bit of an eyesore. Recently, Mrs and I have decided that it is time to accelerate our plans to buy a small ranch, so I am building this back up with the intention of selling it.

I don't have any pictures of when I brought it home, but this is what it looked like when I drove it every day:



Then it bgot a little bigger, and beefier:



Then bigger, and beefier still:



Then, I tore it down.

The plan was to 4-link the rear, and build a really great cage. Money and interest dried up about the time all my wheeling buddies retired.

This weekend, Twerpasaurus went out and helped me get it back up on all 4's. The first time in years it has been off jackstands.



Next trip we will get the drive lines buttoned up, and new fuel lines plumbed. Then I will get it started back up.

Once it is running, I will sort out the cosmetics.

This is a project that will take weeks to get done, it is 130 miles from home, so I can only work on it on the weekends.



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Old 08-07-2016, 11:34 PM   #2
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Going to be nice, always liked those early ones. My dad had 2 different ones when i was to young to appreciate them.
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Old 08-07-2016, 11:35 PM   #3
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I came across this one the other day




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Old 08-08-2016, 07:28 AM   #4
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That is a super nice uncut. Where did you see it?


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Old 08-08-2016, 12:35 PM   #5
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That is a super nice uncut. Where did you see it?


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Just out side of Austin, in Cedar Park. I run calls all the time in that neighborhood and it has not moved in at least 5-7 years
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Old 04-25-2017, 07:25 PM   #6
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Well.

Not much progress has been made since deer season. I hunted a bunch, and have farted around not making much progress.

Twerpy came out, and helped me sort out the front end, stabbed the T-case, and buttoned up some more stuff.

This weekend is Twerpy birthday weekend, so no progress to be made.

I will get out there again next weekend, to get the brakes bled, steering pump installed, and try to fire it for the first time in years.

After it's running, time to make it pretty for the next owner.


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Old 04-25-2017, 07:30 PM   #7
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Turns out, I really stink at photo chronicles




Sometimes you uncover some treasures when rummaging through old parts boxes.



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More pics?
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Old 04-25-2017, 09:19 PM   #9
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I promise to take more pictures the next time I'm out.

I have done a poor job of taking pics so far.

It was torn down pretty far. The engine was all I had left in the body and frame when I began reassembling. I had removed everything in preparation to make major modifications that never happened.

When I tore this one down, I started building up a 1968 model, that was supposed to be for Mrs. she never took an interest in it, so I built and sold it as a good trail machine.

The 76 is an amazing rig, full of premium parts. I will have to sit down and find my list of upgrades.


Since I am building this to sell, I will have a few parts to sell off along the way. I will work on getting them listed.
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Here are some old pics
















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Old 04-26-2017, 07:08 AM   #11
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I have a 76 to fix up one of these days

Is the Reid racing stuff what is required to convert to power steering?
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Old 04-26-2017, 07:31 AM   #12
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I'm in the market for one with a 15k budget if anyone see's anything keep me in mind please.
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Old 04-26-2017, 08:10 AM   #13
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I'm intrigued...

Just how simple did that cassette actually make Spanish?
Also, noting "Tape 1" indicates that there are more. Do we have a lead on the others?
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Old 04-26-2017, 12:37 PM   #14
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Sweet bronco!!!


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Old 04-26-2017, 01:15 PM   #15
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I remembered your Screen Name and the bronco from the JNT and cowtown days...

Always liked your EB will be sad to see it go.
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Old 04-26-2017, 01:22 PM   #16
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Is the Reid racing stuff what is required to convert to power steering?


Reid Racing is where the knuckles came from. I am selling them. They are ultra high strength, and I planned to put them in with the steering cylinder. It takes a lot of force to move 36-38" tires when in a bind in the rocks. I didn't want failure.



PSC Motorsports rebuilt the box and pump. They also sell everything to convert to power steering. They are arguably the best in the business. You'll see their stuff on most of the big name off road cars. They are based in Fort Worth


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Old 04-26-2017, 01:43 PM   #17
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You wouldn't happen to have an extra front Dana 44 laying around would you?


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Old 04-26-2017, 01:57 PM   #18
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No sir, I sold my last one a couple years ago. Still have a complete D30 in the barn though.

If you can't find an EB specific one, you can grab some full width axles from a mid to late 70's Ford pickup. They are about 6" wider than EB, and really don't require much in the way of modification to mount them up. They will come with a big bearing 9", 31 spline axles, and usually disk brakes in the front as well. You may even luck into a high pinion model D44.

Some of the EB came with a small bearing 9", and all came with 28 spline axles. The 76-77 are the most desirable, with big bearing and big drum brakes.



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Old 05-07-2017, 09:59 PM   #19
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As it sits this week

My twin sticks ready to be installed




Engine bay, mostly all together. I just need to install the power steering pump, run a few feet of fuel line, and a battery. Then it's ready to fire













Just a few of the parts, ready to be installed. Still some more out in the barn. I will be liquidating them as I progress. Right now, I'm digging for my emergency brake bracket, that attaches the cables from the drums to the pedal. I know I put it away, just darned if I can remember where...




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I never lost anything when I had a 12x24 building. Now....I can't find a thing in my 30x40....and bought to build a 70x70!


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Old 05-10-2017, 01:54 PM   #21
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Couple of sweet old Broncos.I gotta tell you though..........it would drive me crazy to have a shop like that so far from home.I think a "man -cave" is in order.


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Old 05-10-2017, 03:54 PM   #22
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There is a living quarters in the shop. It serves as a man cave when I get to go out there alone.

It is a 40x60 building, we finished out a 20x40 as an efficiency apartment. There is a bedroom, a bathroom, a utility room, and the rest is wide open (kitchen and living area) It is very comfortable. The whole family will spend holidays out there, and I can spend time in the shop tinkering.


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Old 05-11-2017, 11:01 PM   #23
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Looking good bro! So if this EB gets sold, what are you going to have left to crawl around in??!!

The other day a question popped into my head that I wanted to PM you on, and now that I'm reading this thread I cannot remember it...figures.

Good luck!!
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I'm hoping to get a RZR, and build it up as a crawler. It'll be as awesome as I can make it without building a whole new chassis. That may take a while, Mrs has her eyes on a new house first.


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There is a living quarters in the shop. It serves as a man cave when I get to go out there alone.

It is a 40x60 building, we finished out a 20x40 as an efficiency apartment. There is a bedroom, a bathroom, a utility room, and the rest is wide open (kitchen and living area) It is very comfortable. The whole family will spend holidays out there, and I can spend time in the shop tinkering.


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Old 05-12-2017, 11:57 AM   #26
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If you get the yearn for a project after you sell the Bronco, there's an '85 CJ7 behind my shop....in the weeds , that needs the EB narrow track D44 & 9" installed, the 9" disc brake conversion mounted, and the 360 nursed back to running....I've got LOTS of tools.
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