FEATURE TRUCK BY Joel Haywood
Joseph, we all know him as Nemisus, purchased his B2 in 2002 for a smoken good deal. But that deal has turned into quite the ride, as Joseph has done all the work himself. A lot of money and time has gone into the little SUV .Well its not little any more.
Here how the Bronco2 grew up.
After purchasing the truck Joseph set out to find a set of rolling stock to get rid of the steel pizza cutters. After purchasing a set of rims and tires, there was soon to be rubbing issues with the larger than stock rubber. A 3" TrailMaster body lift was purchased shortly after for the start of the lift. Now not being satisfied with that Joseph did some research on TRS and soon settled on a Skyjacker 6" class I lift. Now with 9" of lift Joseph was leery on how B2 handled, so the 3" body lift was removed. With the added height a new set of tires in the tune of 32s were added. The stock axles hold the wheels and tires to the frame. As Joseph found out that the 2.9L, backed by a Mitsubishi 5 speed and BW1350 T-case, needed a bit more to get the B2 rolling. With a bit more research again he found that an aftermarket intake tube from a 95 Neon fit the bill. After fixing the valve cover leak he soon realized that gas is really the only thing you need to add to keep a vehicle running, for 250 miles at a time.
The lift didnt stop there. A set of extended radius arms were ordered to make the 6" kit a full Class II lift. He was now satisfied with the truck or was he????
We all know someone who just cannot leave a good thing alone, well now you know another. The idea of a removable hardtop struck his fancy. That little devil on his shoulder kept telling him "Do It, Do It, Ill help". So with the advice from the little devil he set out chopping the top. After weeks of not hearing from the little helper, he was left to finish the project that was beyond going back. After time things worked out until it started raining. This is were things get interesting. Joseph put the hard top on hold and decided to shop around for a custom soft top. After the second top he was satisfied and leaned a valuable lesson. A proper chop top is a lot of work even for the average fabricator.
The interior swap was brought on by the chop interestingly enough. Out with the red Gen 1 interior and in with a gray Gen 2 interior.
From what I can tell the only thing this guy hasnt changed is the front quarter panels and hood. A front brush guard was found and installed. Well after the chop Joseph had no place to mount his spare tire, so a rear tire carrier from James Duff was bolted inplace of the stock rear bumper. Seems as though its a great mod for the ones who have chopped the top.
Well Joseph I hope those Sunny California days treat you well with your B2. If they dont then I know of a lot of people who will be happy to take that sweet B2 off your hands. But I dont see that happening in the near future. We will all be looking forward to seeing more of whats to come that my friends I can see happening in the future. ~TRS