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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.




Picks of the rear suspension installed using an F150 8.8.




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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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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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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Cool, I can't wait to see some action shots.
 

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i like the clutch pedal that stands out like a sore thumb. i am half intrested in finding a AWD van to build myself. i would find entertainment in having a rig with a cooler, bed, and generallly unique.
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I wonder how long that transmission will last behind the 4.0l? Should be a perfect test for it. Cool project.
 

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i like the clutch pedal that stands out like a sore thumb. i am half intrested in finding a AWD van to build myself. i would find entertainment in having a rig with a cooler, bed, and generallly unique.
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Don't forget the porta potty! Remember I have 5 daughters. RB
 

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I wonder how long that transmission will last behind the 4.0l? Should be a perfect test for it. Cool project.
It's like putting a 20amp fuse in a 30 amp draw. I'm never easy on things either so we will soon know. RB
 


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