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Please build that bike ! It is beyond cool.  The Bronco is too !

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Please build that bike ! It is beyond cool.  The Bronco is too !

Thanks Ray!    The bike will be built!  Some minor adjustments from that inspiration, but it will have a very similar look to it. I actually received the 1:24th scale diecast motorcycle that I'm robbing the tires from last night.   Everything is coming together so I can start on that soon.

 

Still working on frame cleanup and suspension, but knocked out the body and motor mounts last night...All in all it fits pretty nice, and should work.

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More frame work.... got the rear-end and front suspension somewhat sorted.   The rear end is from the bronco kit, the brake drums and backs are from the 29' Roadster and the wheels and tires from the custom 48 ford kit.   In the front its AMT viper control arms and spindles, then the same brake parts from the 29...the rest is all scratch-built...   Its a bit odd for me to still have drum brakes all around... I know this... but the finned ones look so stinking cool.

It was fun trying to get camber angles correct and believable at full "aired-out" position while keeping the track width in check... but it seemed to all work out okay.    Next up is making all the rear links and arms.

Its a shame they don't just make kits you can paint and put together.....:blink:...

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Some very tidy fabrication Eric.

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Man, all these crazy Bronco builds inspired me to pick one up for myself, but I don't think I'll be going as crazy as you have! What sort of craziness is in store for that old 302?

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Thanks JC and Joe! 

Man, all these crazy Bronco builds inspired me to pick one up for myself, but I don't think I'll be going as crazy as you have! What sort of craziness is in store for that old 302?

Joe its actually going to be powered by a hopped up flathead!  and the bike is going have the flathead 4cyl from a model A.... Trying to keep it all ford, but quirky enough to be interesting. ;)

 

Progress in the workshop has been slow... but its moving along.  I added the supports to the rear suspension, and then began the rear links/airbag setup.   The links are made from sandwiching a piece of .060 square between two pieces of cut .020... then sanded and drilled.   The airbags are (2) 5/16" OD orings around a custom aluminum piece I turned on the lathe.  The 5/16" OD works out pretty close to scale of a firestone 2600lb bag which is 8" diameter.  At this point I need to create the lower angled links, pivot points and shocks then the rear will be done. 

 

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Yep, it's a treat to just sit here and watch. I love those boxed suspension links. Can't wait to see what you do with the bike.

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Thank you guys!   this is a fun one for sure!

Made some progress on the rear suspension links, and back half of the chassis. 

Scratchbuilt pretty much everything...The air-tanks are a bit small in diameter, so I ordered some larger tubing to bulk them up a bit... basically just need shocks back there and the rear suspension will be done.

 

 

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Finally,a Bronco build worth following!

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It's really starting to come together now!!

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Wow !! That chassis is very impressive, not to mention all the components that are fitted and or going to be fitted to it.

Such a treat for you to share your builds and techniques.

I continue to look forward to seeing this build evolve.

 

Build on Eric 

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Thanks for all the comments and encouragement guys!!! It really means a lot!

I made some progress  on the push-rod front suspension this weekend... Hopefully I can get the front links and airbags mounted tonight.

 

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Then I started on the rack and pinion, still need to add the pinion part.. but its stacked tubing, RBMotion rod ends, and some mini orings from Banggood.

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Finished up the rack and pinion last night.... Chassis is pretty much done... Just cleanup and detail left to do!   Now on to the interior...

 

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Thanks bob!

Its been awhile since Ive updated... but mainly Ive been working on body cleanup, and fiddly little things that are time consuming but aren't very exciting.

I managed to skin the entire inside of the "bed" area with 2 pieces of .010 styrene, the first one was solid and the second had some structure elements in it for interest. Once this was installed i had to modify/remove the air tank mounts on the frame, things just got too tight back there.   I'm going to make some new brackets that bring them inboard a bit more.

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Then I played around with dashboards until i stumbled on this one from the old parts box... anyone know what this is from?   its molded in a metallic gold... needs some cleanup and repair, but should be pretty cool

 

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Finally I started on my skeletal tubular seat design..  the plan here is to have a "leather" piece with a plaid insert suspended in middle of this by thin wire woven around the outside.... hard to explain.. but hopefully it will work.

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Dash moulded in gold. May be from MPC. I know when i was a kid I had a Dodge from MPC 1966 I think that was moulded in gold.

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Top notch work going on around here !

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Wow ! some impressive work done and shown in the last couple updates.

Cant wait to see how the seats turn out.

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Outstanding engineering work in every part of this build is incredibly intresting.This is gonna be another bench mark build that will influence a lot of builders.

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Thanks guys!   I managed to get some time in on the seats and door panels last night.  I remade the seat frames in a smaller diameter "tube"  then designed the inserts and sent them to the cutter on .010 styrene.   Then I layered the pieces together and bent them to shape, once the glue is dried completely im going to cleanup the edges and drill the holes around the outside.   Plan is to have these a light natural leather color, with a darker flannel inset.

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I've been struggling big time with the colors on this build, but I think im finally settling in on a factory looking color option, the 1972 Ford winter green with a 2 tone tan/beige interior and maybe some gold accents.  I'm going to get some paint mixed up and start getting color on some of the pieces.

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