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410Fortune 1988 Ford Bronco II Eddie Bauer 4x4

Discussion in 'Bronco II Registry' started by 410Fortune, January 9, 2007.

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    Use RTV instead of seam sealer if you can. The seam sealer is great to paint over, but it gets harder as it gets older, so it cracks and lets water into the seams(rust under any chassis). I used it on the inside in places of my 93, which was rolled and had some openings where frame work was done(pulled the right side body out). Ultra Black filled those and looks like new after 15 years.
     
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  3. 410Fortune

    410Fortune MUD SEASON 2.0 Staff Member Moderator

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    Lots of pictures, try to follow along :)
    Bedside install / rust removal

    Rust removal, old repair failed:
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    Now can hang bedside and check fitment
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    much trimming required
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  4. 410Fortune

    410Fortune MUD SEASON 2.0 Staff Member Moderator

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    better
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    Now need to enlarge wheel well opening to match fender
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    oh yeah I use weld through primer on all parts before welding for corrosion prevention
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  5. 410Fortune

    410Fortune MUD SEASON 2.0 Staff Member Moderator

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    cut out factory flare, leave enough metal to close the hole
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    bottle jack will open up the fender a little and close the gap
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    combo of rivets and welding was used, then fiberglass over the whole she bang on the inside. I covered all welds and gaps with 2-3 coats of Chassis saver, the painted the quarter panels black because they will be hidden
    Black silicoln was used to cover everything else to make sure water stays out!
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    Tabs were coated with chassis saver and silicoln
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    I also bent up some metal to fix the hole removing the rust had left behind.
    The entire carpet kit was lifted up because it was soaking wet underneath
    So the time had come to fix my floor pans as well, you see when you twist up a Bronco II off road for 20+ years the floor pans crack. Water gets in and your carpet kit gets soaked, then the rust comes.
    So I took this opportunity to fix ALL THE RUST, close the holes and give her new life!
    Lots of primer, lots of welding, lots of chassis saver, finally rust stop black paint and put it all back together
     
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  6. 410Fortune

    410Fortune MUD SEASON 2.0 Staff Member Moderator

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    soaking wet under here for too long
    I have aftermarket heat/noise mat and a Ranger rubber floor kit here. Before:

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    Cleaned all surfaces, removed all rust and began the repairs
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    410Fortune MUD SEASON 2.0 Staff Member Moderator

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    While I had the welder out I helped stepson remove a broken stud from his 5.0 sport trac project, thermostat housing bolt snapped
    We used a piece of flat stock with a hole drilled in it to grab onto the broken stud with the weld, worked like a champ:
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    Chassis saver:
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    More holes/ body seams were repaired, welded shut. fiber glassed and chassis saver'd
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    Big rust spot under pass floorboard
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    This was covered a few more times then all painted black

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    I replaced both door seals on both sides

    I also repaired all rust in the rest of the truck and drivers floor

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    410Fortune MUD SEASON 2.0 Staff Member Moderator

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    410Fortune MUD SEASON 2.0 Staff Member Moderator

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    So it looks like I did not get pics of the finished floor on both sides but it came out awesome. All black no more rust, no more holes.
    Then I went back and finished the bedside install. I installed a fold and tumble rear seat from a Samurai and converted the passenger seat from power to a manual slider so its easier to get kids in the back

    Looks like this, new door seals! Hooray the old ones were still 1988
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    Bedsides were attached for the final fit and all gaps and holes were covered, I fabricated inner fender guards from rubber conveyor belt materials
    The drivers side rear quarter had more rust so I have to build a new inner bedside, I used some beefy 14ga steel for this repair and a plasma cutter. Again weld through primer, chassis saver, then finally black paint and silicoln to cover it all up

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    This was all fiberglassed and chassis saver'd also painted black before interior went back in

    getting to know my new welder, I LOVE IT
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    the new gaps:
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  10. 410Fortune

    410Fortune MUD SEASON 2.0 Staff Member Moderator

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    Time to fix the gaps:
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    Cleaned up the wheel wells and re coated with bedliner and flexible undercoating
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    Done:
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    I also took some time to finally fix my custom coil buckets/shock mounts. On the passenger side the bucket had to go forward 1.5" the coil used to hit the bucket and drove me nuts
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    My neighbor gave me his old Samurai seat, I recovered it for $20 at wal mart using new memory foam padding and a cheapo seat cover. This seat will only be needed for a few seasons, soon the kids will be too big for it
    However the fold and tumble seat in a BII is pretty awesome
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    So if it stays I may re cover it like a pro
    I fabricated the brackets to make this work, seatbelts came from a 05 ranger (not pictured) and use factory BII seat belt bolt locations

    While the interior was out I also dropped the headliner and re sealed my roof rack bars (bolted to truck)
    the old Yakima cross bars were rusted out so I replaced them. I have had this roof rack since I was 18 years old (46 now) and it was installed on several cars before the BII. cross bars replaced with new from Yakima, new end caps and added my 50" curved light bar (matches the wifes FJ roof bar)
    Pass seat was converted to a manual slider
    drivers seat was fixed, I cut the old 2000 explorer feet off and welded them back to the seat in the correct location for the BII floor/seat attachment points

    There is a bunch more that happened I did not get pics of BUT I can get some pics of the final interior and truck this week

    Bedsides will be removed again so I can monstaliner them, at that time I will smooth the edges, fix the gel coat, etc
    But for now the BII is back on the road with its Duff rear bumper, new roof rack, no more rust and no more holes!!
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    So I have to replace my drivers rain gutter, that is the last spot of rot on the truck

    I have a whole other BII roof a pillar section to use
    After that (spring) I will re coat the whole truck in Monstaliner one more time
    This winter is time to build sliders, front inner fender guards to match the rear
    The side mirrors will get re coated, work continues always on the BII

    Back to work!
     
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    BKennedy Elite Loser Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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    I like the fiberglass and have considered it off-and-on over the years. The reason I don't do it is because I know I will crunch them the first trip out. The short wheelbase of the BII makes it easier to save the body.
    Nice job on the rust repair. I had my floor and firewall split several years ago and I repaired it with stitching flat bar across it, like you did with your floor. Then I filled the crack in with silicone.
     
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  12. 410Fortune

    410Fortune MUD SEASON 2.0 Staff Member Moderator

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    Thank you!

    If the BII still saw trail duty (very much) it would have been no go on the glass sides, instead I would have removed the top and boat sided it!
    But years ago we got rzr's and do our hard core stuff with those now (sold my 96 explorer and boat to get into the utv's)
    The BII instead gets used daily on our nasty trail of a driveway, it is my main transportation during snow season, mud season, dust season and my daily driver/show truck.
    In coming years I will use it (wife in the FJ) to take the family and explore our new stomping grounds; hundreds of thousands of acres of roads and trails all over North Idaho.
    Due to the amount of mud and snow she will see I figured tire coverage + rust removal = cool wide body kit

    Silicon to the rescue! I used a couple of tubes in the caulk gun on this repair....it is nice to have a complete dry interior again with sealed up weatherstripping and the tire is on the back! These are things I have not had on the BII for many many years. Time and money.....time and money Fall in love all over again with the truck that started this all

    Right now I'm building a 07 Ranger, doing 5.0 in 98 Ranger and I have a 01 Sport trac that will be getting a explorer 306 engine I have with a 4.2 M5OD HD and 4406m :) So I had to sneak the BII in before the snow hits

    3 years since I daily drove her much! Sure is nice to cruise to town in, I had to check at the stop light last week, the 302 runs so smoothly I could hardly tell she was running and that's with the solid engine mounts!

    As weather permits I will wash her up and get some final pics of the interior and exterior, I like that the rear matches the front ....the fenders cover the tires much better now, overall I am pleased with the new looks. Of course it will be better when shes all one color again.

    Eventually I want to pull the 302 to re seal it and get an atlas.
    I will do the comp cam and possibly aluminum heads
    I want the holley PCM in this truck
    The front coil/shock setup is on its way out the door, coilovers with hoop/engine cage will be one of my next upgrades.

    Other considerations are full width d44 ttb
     
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  13. 410Fortune

    410Fortune MUD SEASON 2.0 Staff Member Moderator

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    pics all together

    need to come up with some more utility mat for under the new back seat

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    Need to paint the metal dash mocha still and swap to 05 ranger steering wheel, build center console shifter cover/boot
    Notice pull strap seat recline lever, no broken metal
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    I will be getting a sealed battery very soon
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