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I'm removing radiator core and fender wells as one piece . I have all spotwelds drilled out and body mounts done . Was wondering about the two brackets that hold the fender wells to the firewall?

How best to get them off without much damage ? Thanks

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I would drill the spot welds from underneath the fenderwell (obviously with wheel off)

When assembly time.., it could  be bolted back together.

Or, a patch on the bracket & re-welded to/thru the wheel well holes.

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That's what I was wondering if there were spotwelds on the inner side of the fender well cause I couldn't see them with the undercoating. Thanks Bob!

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You're welcome.., shoot some pics if ya can.  Be interesting to see that all apart..!!  :-B

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Here's some pics of the detached feder wells and the bracket I was talking about

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I see progress.., I didn't go that deep.  I pulled off the dr. side fender & replaced the apron.

 

If you're going to pull the core, fenderwells, & aprons all in one piece.., there's going to be some floping

around of the aprons. They're flat & a bit thin.

Looks like you can clean-up/straighten, & re-use a lot of that.

BTW.., what's the reason/plan for all this removal..?

--- Some of those sheetmetal parts are pretty cheap as I recall. ---

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Well I was going to do a frame off resto mod and started finding a lot of rust so then I got sidetracked with the idea of building a rotisserie with plans I downloaded from redwing steel works . Then I found quite a few people saying the body on a bronco is really weak and can bend so it would be better to remove the core and fenders

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Folks attach braces across the top of the door pillars as the door entry floor area is the weak point

when body is detached.

Did you try searching "body removal" on this website..?  Seems a few guys posted picks of this some time back.

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Added some more pics. As you can see my space is limited, so I have decided to use a wheeled body cart then I can move it around as needed and even outdoors if I have to. By removing the front clip I gain about 3 feet of space

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WOW.., you got some work to do..!  B)

 

Nice dirty bike BTW....

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So I got the fenderwells and core out today not to bad!

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How 'bout a pic of the truck-front with all that monkey-motion removed... :-B

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I will try but sometimes it says file two big to send what's the fix for that

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You already have over 100 views on this thread.

You'll likely have a large following on this project.  You (& we) would be best served if you fill-in the rest of

your signature page with your goals/plans for this rig. These pages are fluid & can easily be updated at any time

with what's completed & what's next, etc. (see mine below)

This also gives you a documented history, along with the pictures you will be taking.

RU going to patch/repair the sheetmetal or replace or some of both..?

 

We're here to go thru it with you..,  restore on..!!!  :D/

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I'm doing both patching and replacing . I bought a welder last year and am learning as I go. I have had this truck since the late 80's

But pretty much just stored it. This year I got the bug to start tearing it down. So I will post things as I go and undoubtedly will have lots of questions for the knowledgeable people out there!

Thanks for the help so far! Wish me luck.

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KEWL..!!!

Remember to start a new topic for ea. question/project. Saves a lot of confusion.

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updated pics of my frame off restoration

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Preparing to lift the body off this coming weekend if I get the cart built

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Finished body cart up this weekend. Gonna try to remove body next weekend

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Looks good..!

You really are a bit cramped in there.....

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So today with the help of my brother we got the body off and frame out from underneath but all did not go according to plan . The body cart did not work well and the way the guy showed the wheels mounted to the bottom of the 4x4 was not a good idea . The wheels collapsed when I was up in the truck helping to mount the top back on and I ended up putting some blocks underneath the cart frame to hold it off the ground. With plan B done I said let's call it a day we were wore out wrestling that damn top around. How much does that thing weigh anyway?post-5309-0-05653000-1486854513_thumb.jpg

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Good job..!!

BTW.., sorry, I may not have been clear.  You don't need a "new topic" when adding info./updates on

a multi-function task. Like body removal.

 

Only when working on say, engine removal & re-building the front axle or the like. (ea. would need their own thread)

 

Example: Frame restoration project topic  --- could have several questions/posts/comments/suggestions,

                all added to the original topic.

 

Really having fun now...!!!  :D/

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OOPS...,  My bad...!   |-)  

  The posts ARE on one thread....!   Page 2 came up & looked like a new topic.

   Continue on..!!  :-B

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