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Old 08-27-2007, 06:11 PM   #1
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My BroncoII is too small for my whole family to go wheeling with so I decided that the BroncoII would become my "off road park rig" and that I would build a rig for the 7 of us to do the light wheeling in. So I bought a 93 2wd aerostar to build along with a 4wd aerostar and 4wd Ranger for parts. I plan is to use the stock 4.0L along with a Ranger tranny and a 1350 Doubler tcase. It will get a D44HP front axle with the steering from the donor truck and a FW8.8 in the rear. Here are some pic's of the project so far.

This is what it looked like bringing her home.


I riped all the stock suspension out and put leafs in the rear.




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I have a TK4, FM145, and a C5 to choose from for a tranny so I'm starting with the TK4. I know they are week but nothing is permanent.



These pic's give you a good idea of what she will look like when finished.

I still need to fix the problem of the door hitting the rear wheel, I need to lengthen the line going from the clutch master to slave. I need to build the doubler (next project) and need to get my front axle as the first one was stolen. I will post pic's as it gets done. I hope to finish it by spring. RB
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Old 08-27-2007, 06:32 PM   #2
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convert it to barn doors maybe.............. Looks good. definitely unique..... all the off road Aerostars I have seen were Aerostars on a F-150 frame. Good work.
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glad to see this project found its way to the new forums. lookin good, keep us updated
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Old 08-27-2007, 09:59 PM   #4
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convert it to barn doors maybe.............. Looks good. definitely unique..... all the off road Aerostars I have seen were Aerostars on a F-150 frame. Good work.
I feel that the aerostars frame is heavy enough to build on and that the added weight of the truck frame would be more of a hindrance than help. RB
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looks good! a little constructive criticism... those shackles look a little on the flimsy side.
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looks good! a little constructive criticism... those shackles look a little on the flimsy side.
I agree they need some gussets I actually have a better set but I'm just mocking it up right now. RB
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Cool man, I've been waiting to see more on this project. It looks pretty badass with those Iroks under it. How big are they?
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on the side -door issue, could you lenthen the link to clear the tire? have seen full-size vans with big tires that used a extented link to let the door be further out when open. or put enough of a lift on that the tie is completly below the door when open. (may need step-bars to get in though)
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Cool man, I've been waiting to see more on this project. It looks pretty badass with those Iroks under it. How big are they?
Those were 37" but i think I'm going to run a 315/75/16 as I have a set of 16" rims just like the ones the iroks are mounted on. RB
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When i was growin up we had 5 aerostars! And its the ONLY van i wouldn't mind owning. Expecially that one hahaha. Thats pretty friggin awesome man!
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