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Old 07-25-2013, 11:20 PM
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Truggy or Bronco?

I have been doing a lot of thinking lately about the direction I am going to go with my Bronco.

The Bronco body is not beyond saving, but is pretty rough. I have already cut out the fender wells. The 67 cab that I have is in good shape and has a pretty sweet patina going, no rust damage, besides the floor.

So, what do you guys think? Keep the bronco body and have internal gear storage abilities, and a back seat. Or, should I go with the truck cab and a short flatbed and cage to store gear and equipment?

I have 4.56 gears front/rear and a Detroit for the rear. I need a front locker. I am undecided on tires and engine. Engine combo will probably be a rebuilt 300/NP435 that has less than 5000 miles on it. That would be cheaper than rebuilding the wore out 400/auto that's in the Bronco already.

So, let me hear some ideas, or if anyone has suggestions, or pics then post them up.
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Old 07-26-2013, 12:24 AM
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Considering I've owned both, I'd go for the truggy. The Bronco was fantastic with the top off and had some great off road presence but my zombie F-150 took the crown for ultimate range. The rear articulation alone (and potential for more with the dove tail type frame) is far more than what could be reached with body panels above. Not to mention you can really stuff the tires into gen 5 & 6 front fender wells.
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Old 07-26-2013, 12:27 AM
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The way Rosa was built was pretty good for gear storage on a trail run. You could easily fit a plastic tub, some gas/water cans, etc in the mesh 'baskets' in the tube bed. I actually prefer this to a flat bed. The mesh is a big plus - you can strap anything from any point.

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I'll take the coverage any day...keep the Bronco. Unless you're planning on getting wild with articulation, the bronco will have enough room. Cut the fenders to keep a lower center of gravity and call it done.
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I'm with Ben... Love an SUV. True, you loose some flex compared to a pickup but the benefits are worth it.
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There are so many benefits, either way. Maybe I will just have to build both...

Seriously though, I am so torn...

Ben, the fenders are already cut on the Bronco. At stock height, I could probably fit 37s with no rub unless flexing.
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Get a 4" lift...with cut fenders...you could clear 38-39's pretty easy and I think you have good start to a go anywhere expedition rig. With the rust forming on the rear quarters of mine...I really think that's the route I'm gonna go...keeps the center of gravity low with increased benefits from larger tires...and with the Bronco, you have the option of keeping your gear or bed dry.
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Maybe I will keep the bronco body and put the cab on a different chassis i have...
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For now, I think I am for sure going to stick with the Bronco body. The deciding factor is the fact that the Bronco has factory AC...
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^^^Good call...but does the ac work???
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