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    I'm too old for this.....

    I have 3 early Broncos in various states of disrepair. Until this summer all ran, but one has died. Specifically a Holley aftermarket fuel injection system. Instead of replacing it for $1400 and who knows how many hours of work, I have decided to junk it out. I originally purchased it for parts anyway, but it was a solid rig so it was used for the last six years or so.

    So I'm swapping the axles and 35"'s, steering, transfer case, and bumpers onto my hot rod. By myself in the cold. Of course both rigs have different suspension configurations, so plenty of fabrication along the way. The good news is that when I get done I will finally be able to open that 418 up all the way.

    I have about a week of decent weather. I am currently having nightmares about jacks, hammers, torches, and welders. No way I get thru this without a smashed finger.
    "Back after 5 years. I thought you had died.

    don"


    Splitting my time between the montane and the mesas

    The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
    But I have promises to keep,
    And miles to go before I sleep,
    And miles to go before I sleep.

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    Big azz rusty bolts and everything weighs a ton.

    And the dumbest little things hang you up - like brake line fittings.

    So, the point of this swap is to replace sorta stock drivetrain components. The suspension lifts are different, so thats some cutting and welding moving brackets around. Sounds easy enough, but one set of gear has been cratered and beefed up. Bigger u-joints start at the pinion yoke and don't end until I get past the xfer case which includes the bigger output shaft. Not even the drivelines are the same.

    I knew this would happen. Down the rabbit hole I go.......
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    "Back after 5 years. I thought you had died.

    don"


    Splitting my time between the montane and the mesas

    The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
    But I have promises to keep,
    And miles to go before I sleep,
    And miles to go before I sleep.

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    Having them up on blocks like that would scare the hell out of me to be working under them.......


    A buddy of mine in elementary school watched his Dad die when a tranny they were working on slipped off the jack and landed on his head.

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    I'd use 2x4 and build a square stand. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-TXbUh25P4
    Fred

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    Those are big azz blocks. If you don't hear from me again, assume you were right.

    It won't be on blocks, but pulling the xfer case will require exceptional care. Having done it before, that's the one that scares me.
    "Back after 5 years. I thought you had died.

    don"


    Splitting my time between the montane and the mesas

    The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
    But I have promises to keep,
    And miles to go before I sleep,
    And miles to go before I sleep.

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    Now this looks scary. No way in hell I'm going under there without getting some trusty timbers in there.
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    "Back after 5 years. I thought you had died.

    don"


    Splitting my time between the montane and the mesas

    The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
    But I have promises to keep,
    And miles to go before I sleep,
    And miles to go before I sleep.

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