Progress today. Chased all the threads on the knuckle studs, replaced the axle U-joints, greased the spindle bearings and mounted them up. Still need to extract a couple broken bolts and then the outers and calipers go on.
So. Doing a little reading and learned, the 86 E150 came with a Ford 9” with a 69.25” WMS. The 79 Bronco 44 has a 67” WMS. I happen to have a set of 2” wheel spacers that fit. That leaves the front 1.75” wider than the rear. Pretty ideal.
Here’s how it sits as of this morning. Wheel spacers are bolted up. Calipers and tie rod as well. Learned with the Reid knuckle and hi steer arm, the brake line port on the caliper is slightly obstructed. I’ll pull the caliper once I’m installing and mount the brake line. Radius arms should be back from powder coating today and then I can mount them up with the new 7 degree C bushings and trail gear drop brackets. Mount up the Duff lower coil buckets and it’ll be time to put the van on Jack stands. Bananas.
Got the Raduis arms back from the Powder coater. Turns out, he got in a pretty bad car accident and couldn't complete the job so, i'm going to spend the weekend wire wheeling and painting them so this project can keep going. Hang tight. Updates coming soon.
Finally some free time and progress. Half a days worth of tear down. All that’s left is radius arms and hangers and the old shocks. Then it’s clean up and start fitting the 44. Stoked to get some time in on it this morning before it got too hot.
Well. I’m stuck. The lower coil buckets are a few inches narrower than the upper towers and the Moog coils contact the frame. I thought about redrilling the lower buckets to scoot them out a bit but there is about a half inch to gain between the lower bucket and knuckle. So, I either need to fab up all new lower buckets that are taller and hover over the knuckle a little, or go with coil overs.
I don’t think the holes are centered on those lower coil buckets. At least on factory Ford ones they aren’t. So you might have them the wrong way and offset inward.
If not, I would just make some adapters Fromm 1/2” plate to offset the buckets out