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400Bronco
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'O' to be the first.

Unread post by 400Bronco » March 11th, 2009, 3:43 pm

Well I've been reading these forums for some time and this new section has prompted me to get involved. My Bronco is my 3rd 'F' series and I just can't let it go despite the fuel prices. Anyway Im glad we've now got our own section.
'85 Bronco, 400, C6, 4.11 Trutrac, 33 BFG, 2" Body 4" Lift.
'99 PE Courier DC TD.
'08 Buell Ulysses

Tyce
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Unread post by Tyce » March 12th, 2009, 2:09 pm

G'day mate. That's great news you're holding on to the beast! Have you got some photo's for us to take a look at?

400Bronco
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Unread post by 400Bronco » March 13th, 2009, 4:42 pm

These are all the picks I can find for now.
We've owned the Beastly (named by my wife) for 14 years. In 2001 I completed a nut and bolt resto, the interrior was re-upholstered and a 40l Waeco takes place as the centre consoul. The 400 was built for torque and runs an RV cam, roller rockers on ported closed chamber heads.
I made the tuned length extractors and had them ceramic coated. They feed a twin 3" system with straight through truck mufflers that makes it sound deep and is not too loud....unless the secondaries of the 700DP Holley are opened up.
It's an absolute blast to drive especially on long trips.
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'85 Bronco, 400, C6, 4.11 Trutrac, 33 BFG, 2" Body 4" Lift.
'99 PE Courier DC TD.
'08 Buell Ulysses

400Bronco
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Unread post by 400Bronco » March 14th, 2009, 1:09 pm

Found a couple more pics.
One showing the original colour all stripped and ready for paint.
The other showing part way through the assembly.

These are brillant trucks to work on, everything is available at very reasonable prices if you shop around.
Originally there was some rust in the front guards, it was easier to fit new ones than to repair, at the time they were only $130.00 ea.
The C6 auto was changed over to suit the big block bolt pattern and was fully rebuilt plus large oil cooler for only $1000.00.

A few years earlier I imported the Superlift suspension kit complete with shocks, body lift and poly bushing kit landed in Aus from the USA for only $1,800.00 even with our exchange rate at about AU72c.
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'85 Bronco, 400, C6, 4.11 Trutrac, 33 BFG, 2" Body 4" Lift.
'99 PE Courier DC TD.
'08 Buell Ulysses

Bronco351
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Unread post by Bronco351 » March 17th, 2009, 4:40 pm

Hey good to see your Bronco on here. I have still got the old blue 81 Bronco, its retired at the moment only done 600,000 k's and still goes strong. But the rust has got to her. The 85 Silver Bronco sits in the shed and is only taken out once a month on average but only if its not raining of course. Still has only 59,000 k's on it and drives like a brand new car. Original shockies, exhaust, spare trye is from new, never seen the road, original everything basically. All I need to do is change the ignition leads, spark plugs and oil filter back to 'Motorcraft' parts and she will 100% original as from factory which is how I want to keep it. Of course the tyres have been replaced. I also have the 2001 GU Nissan Patrol, good thing but I just wish it had the motor and brakes off the Bronco! Catch you soon 'K'.

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Unread post by 400Bronco » March 18th, 2009, 7:23 am

Welcome Bronco351, great to hear from another enthusiast. Can you wack some pic's up, these machines are worth showing off!!

It would be great to hear from any other Bronco owners, to get this forum rolling.
'85 Bronco, 400, C6, 4.11 Trutrac, 33 BFG, 2" Body 4" Lift.
'99 PE Courier DC TD.
'08 Buell Ulysses

Bronco351
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Unread post by Bronco351 » March 18th, 2009, 3:50 pm

Thanks 400. Here are a couple of pics.
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Unread post by Tyce » March 20th, 2009, 7:10 am

Great looking Bronc's fellas, keep the photos coming!

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Unread post by Bronco351 » March 23rd, 2009, 4:52 pm

Ok, found another couple of pics...........
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Unread post by bronco1 » July 7th, 2009, 4:41 pm

bronco351 id have to say you may very well have the neatest original bronc in the country love it mate. have had my 86 for about 15 years now although shes morphed since then.
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Unread post by bronco1 » July 7th, 2009, 5:42 pm

400bronco have a question about your lift kit from the states as i have purchased a 6" dick cepek for my truck and was wondering about the drop pitman arm will it fit right hand drive and also the controll arms the left and right ones are different lengths will this be a problem?

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Unread post by 400Bronco » July 9th, 2009, 1:24 pm

400bronco have a question about your lift kit from the states as i have purchased a 6" dick cepek for my truck and was wondering about the drop pitman arm will it fit right hand drive and also the controll arms the left and right ones are different lengths will this be a problem?

Howdy bronco1, with my dropped pitman arm I had to file one of the raised locating keys to the same shape as the rest of the splines otherwise there is no difference between L & RH. I used a 200mm triangular file.

With my kit didn't have to replace my control arms only the dropped support brackets, so I'm really not sure why yours are different lengths.
The only modification that was made during the wheel alignment was adjustable camber bushes were installed.
I guess the only critical measurement before you remove your original set-up is the centre wheel distance from front to rear and compare both sides. Then with the lift kit fitted if there are any difference maybe one of the control arms can be packed to suit.

My original drop brackets were then used to help brace the rear diff to prevent axle wrap, worked very well.

Good luck with mods, great to see another Bronco enthusiast.
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'85 Bronco, 400, C6, 4.11 Trutrac, 33 BFG, 2" Body 4" Lift.
'99 PE Courier DC TD.
'08 Buell Ulysses

bronco1
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Unread post by bronco1 » July 9th, 2009, 4:56 pm

thanks brother, better to get good info than a bum steer

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Unread post by djv91 » August 3rd, 2009, 5:47 pm

Hey guys. just bought a bronco as my first car. love your rigs. im converting my c6 auto to a manual. If theres anyone out there who wants to do an auto conversion or if you have a 4x4 4speed manual for sale let me know.

I also have bronco xlt side steps, badges and chrome trimmings, spare wheel carrier etc. tailgate garnish off my 85 model. will be putting them on ebay soonish.

I been told my bronco has a 3inch suspension lift. you guys know if ill have any troubles with 33 x 13.5 mudzillas? (Scrubbing etc.)

Cheers,
Daniel

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Unread post by steelo » August 11th, 2009, 10:05 pm

Some prime machinery here guys, bloody well done :thumb::D
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