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  2. Bob Rosadini

    Coming Soon: Bronco Warthog

    New wings? Hogs or 52's? either way when you look at what the new stuff costs makes sense
  3. probowler

    Coming Soon: Bronco Warthog

    With their brand new wings, that shouldn't be hard at all.
  4. Bob Rosadini

    Coming Soon: Bronco Warthog

    To all you Hog fans, Mass Air guard used to have them and they were based at Barnes Airport- a small field right along side Mass Pike west of Springfield. One day I saw two take off at same time, side by side. Quite a sight! Article in yesterday's WSJ about keeping B-52's in service until at least 2050 with all kinds of upgrades-new engines, instruments-all analog now-and new weapons systems. By then the oldest will have been in service 90 years! I guess airframes are the key. Get a feeling the Hogs will be in that same boat-they tried to kill them once and John McCain testified in congress in defense of the hog and told the opposition they basically were full of shit!
  5. PREMiERdrum

    Coming Soon: Bronco Warthog

    I'm 75% sure we're getting Guard Green from F-Series, but I'd love to be surprised with Olive or Boxwood.
  6. Today
  7. probowler

    Coming Soon: Bronco Warthog

    Didn't ford mention we'd be getting a new green? Perhaps it's a nice olive drab.
  8. fuzzymoomoo

    Coming Soon: Bronco Warthog

    I see them flying up and down the coast of the Detroit River now and then coming out of Selfridge ANG.
  9. fuzzymoomoo

    Who`d a Thought....

  10. atomcat68

    Coming Soon: Bronco Warthog

    And for dessert, some Kkkkkkrrrrrrrrrrrsshh! (it is holding missiles)
  11. cal50

    Who`d a Thought....

    Too bad the union staff that endorsed the idiot that caused it are not out of a job as well. " More than 190,000 miles of liquid petroleum pipelines traverse the United States. They connect producing areas to refineries and chemical plants while delivering the products American consumers and businesses need. Pipelines are safe, efficient and, because most are buried, largely unseen. " (Moving a liquid thru a pipe is safer , cleaner and cheaper than using truck or rail.)
  12. mackinaw

    Coming Soon: Bronco Warthog

    Saw a few of those the past few days, courtesy of the Michigan National Guard base at Grayling.
  13. PREMiERdrum

    Return of the Thunderbird?

    Failing to maintain the Futura trademark is probably their most public lapse, as Pep Boys was offering a tire called Futura in the mid-00's. That's why the new-for-06 sedan was named Fusion at the last moment.
  14. Decker

    Who`d a Thought....

    How many union trades and laborers are hitting the unemployment line, in Texas and Arizona? Construction stops Friday on the border wall.
  15. fuzzymoomoo

    Return of the Thunderbird?

    That was a different situation. They didn't let that trademark expire, they flat out sold it.
  16. fuzzymoomoo

    Coming Soon: Bronco Warthog

    Brrrrrt with a side of Brrrt
  17. ausrutherford

    Coming Soon: Bronco Warthog

    Yeee hahhhhhhh!
  18. blksn8k2

    Doing some updates to my '75

    New subject. I started looking at an issue I'm having with the track bar (panhard bar) on the front suspension of the Bronco. That's the yellow bar in the photos. I was kinda planning to buy a new one because I noticed that the old one was at the minimum length of it's adjustment and the axle was still not centered under the frame. It is shifted almost 3/8" toward the passenger side. Back when I first bought the truck it had 5 1/2" of suspension lift plus a 2" body lift which was pretty ridiculous. Not long after I bought it I replaced the 1/2 ton truck snowplow front springs with 2" shorter progressive rate units and removed the 2" lift blocks from the rear axle. I also replaced the old what I assume were Rough Country brand shocks with the correct length remote reservoir Bilsteins for the now 3 1/2" of suspension lift. As I said, the problem now is that the front axle is no longer centered under the truck. When I lowered the truck 2" it moved the axle that 3/8" toward the passenger side. Because of the suspension design, as the suspension compresses or extends, the axle actually shifts from side to side as the suspension moves up and down. That is because it is pivoting on the ends of the track bar. You can't prevent it but you can minimize the effect it has on the steering, known as "bump steer", by trying to keep the track bar as parallel to the intermediate link bar of the tie rod as possible throughout its travel. The way they did that on the older designed Bronco lift kits was to add a drop bracket to the driver side frame rail to mount that end of the track bar. By lowering the upper end it brought it closer to the angle of the link bar. However, they discovered that wasn't such a great idea because it put a lot of extra stress on the frame rail. On some of the newer kits they use a taller bracket that attaches to the passenger side of the axle that instead raises the lower end of the track bar to accomplish the same thing. BTW, the original factory installed track bars were not adjustable. Whoever installed the lift kit on my truck did the right thing by including the adjustable track bar. They just went a little too high for my taste. Being an older kit, my truck naturally has the frame bracket. If you look at the first photo, you can see that the upper end of the track bar is now a bit too low. I'm going to try removing the lowering bracket from the frame rail. By doing that I can go back to the hole in the original bracket which will raise that end of the track bar and effectively shorten it thus pulling the axle toward the driver side. I doubt it will be perfect and I'm hoping it actually moves the axle too far in which case I would then be able to adjust the track bar by lengthening it to center the axle. As I said before, the track bar is at its shortest possible length right now which means I am out of adjustment with the current setup. The center-to-center length between the track bar bushings right now is 28". I checked the length of all the currently available adjustable track bars I could buy and they were all the same as the one I have now. In other words, I can't buy one that will adjust to a shorter length than what I already have. The way I see it I have no choice but to remove the lowering bracket from the frame rail. If the angle of the track bar is then too far off in the opposite direction I could buy one of the newer lowering brackets that has multiple hole locations. However, that might not be the best solution since it would put me right back to the frame stress issue although it would be lessened by the fact that the bending arm would be shortened by using a higher mounting point. I did look at the possibility of drilling an extra set of holes in the existing lowering bracket but the sides are tapered in the area where I would need to add holes so that probably wouldn't work very well. I could also try adding the newer style lifting bracket to the axle but the way it mounts would interfere with a u-bolt that attaches the front sway bar. One thing I will say about the suspension modifications that were on this thing when I bought it is that whoever did it apparently just threw every possible big, beefy part under there that they could buy at the time. I guess they were going for the monster truck look that was popular back then. It has override traction bars on the rear leaf springs, axle trusses and huge anti-sway bars on both axles and giant polyurethane bump stops on the front axle. It also had a set of link bars tying the rear axle to the center of the frame rails but I removed those because I believed they were restricting the movement of the rear axle too much. I still have not removed the front mounting plates for those but I plan to as they serve no other purpose now than to reduce ground clearance. I'm not exactly sure what they were trying to achieve with all that but it certainly made it ride like crap and took away most of the suspension articulation, or wheel travel. The only purpose the springs seemed to serve was to get it as high as possible because all the other crap wouldn't let them do anything else. Suspension technology sure has changed for the better since this one was built.
  19. We knew it was coming, but it is coming SOON. After nearly getting pushed to MY23, Warthog will now be unveiled within the next few months as a MY22 option. Annual production is expected to be around 16,000 units. How soon will we see it? A handfull of Warthog units will be built at MAP in the very, very, very near term. Those of you up that way, keep your eyes peeled in the next few weeks. đź‘€
  20. rmc523

    2022 ford expedition

    Absolutely. I think they finally realized the profits that can be made on it when its kept updated and selling well because of that. Why that took so long while they look across the street at the GM triplets, I won't understand. I'm also pleasantly surprised that it's getting a new non-F-150 dash.
  21. I'm just curious why they discontinued this Sabre color? I think it looks great! Was there a paint quality issue? Or was there not enough orders for it? Gary
  22. paintguy

    Return of the Thunderbird?

    Not sure it means anything. Look at what happened to GT40. Ford did not keep up the trademark and hence the "Ford GT", a much more generic name.
  23. Yeah, I'm going to check back in the middle to end of next month to see if it's been updated.
  24. Congratulations! Hell of a build. Would love for you to swing through and meet up. Plan on it.
  25. Yesterday
  26. Got the final permission from the boss to go ahead and place the order! Can’t wait! I ordered through Stephen’s Auto who is one of the below invoice mass sellers. Will keep you guys posted if anything goes sideways. So far they’ve been a pleasure to work with. @PREMiERdrum going though CBus on the way back only adds half an hour onto my trip home. If things aren’t too crazy maybe the girlfriend and I will swing through to buy you and the family dinner as a thanks for feeding me Bronco information all these years.
  27. Harley Lover

    Mach-E Delay

    Van Dyke: https://www.autonews.com/manufacturing/ford-make-some-electric-motors-its-van-dyke-plant
  28. tbone

    2022 ford expedition

    Which is a positive change for once. Give people a reason to buy a new one.
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