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Part 1: Transforming The Juice - Inside And Out! - Project Bronco

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Photographers: Perry's Fab & Fiber

We’re betting you’ve seen our project Bronco, often referred to as "The Juice." After all, we’ve been building and abusing it in the pages of this magazine for more than three years. We started out simple - a lift kit and some 35s enabled us to have some great fun, and encouraged us to continue working on the project. As the months rolled on, we slowly but surely replaced just about every conceivable part on or within The Juice. Now, the thing runs like a charm, and we’re ready to get into the more custom mods. This month, we’re going to show you how we transformed both the interior and the exterior, and we’re going to give you a sneak peak at the next step of the build.

1. The Juice, fresh out of the paint shop. This is the first time we’ve seen this truck look so fresh and so clean.

The Juice has been built in stages, utilizing more sophisticated parts and fabrication as time went on. We did this because we figure most of you are like us, and we certainly don’t have enough coin to go to a custom shop and have a high-dollar vehicle built to completion at the drop of a hat. Nope - most of us modify only as much as budgets and time constraints allow.

2. We’re sure glad we found these two. Leddy & Hall Auto Care Center in Hawthorne, California, is where we go when The Juice needs specialty work. These guys fixed a sticky power window, figured out a thermostat problem, and repaired the shifter column (which had snapped) without breaking a sweat. Thanks, fellas—we’re sure to be back before too long.

That being said, we’ve been working on this project for a damned long time, so we’ve been able to pretty much create the truck we daydreamed about when we started. There’s been a lot of frustration mixed in with the fun. Many of the modifications were the result of near-catastrophic failures. We’ve utilized the ol’ AAA tow service more times than we care to count. It was all worth it however, and this Bronco has turned out to be one of our best project vehicles.

We’ve been planning to skin The Juice in fiberglass since we bought it, and thanks to Perry’s Fab N Fiber, our Bronco now dons a wicked combination of ’glassed fenders, hood, and bedsides. We then turned to our attention to the truck’s interior and installed jet-black Corbeau seats in the front, and had the rear bench reupholstered in the same material to match. We also enlisted the help of two of our favorite mechanics at the neighborhood repair shop (Leddy & Hall Auto Repair in Hawthorne, California) to rid The Juice of some nagging problems.

3. We run 37-inch tires on The Juice, which is about 5 inches taller than stock. As a result, we had to constantly deal with clearance and tire-rubbing issues. In this photo, a hard landing after a launch in the sand actually bent the rear of the stock bedsides. It was time for fiberglass.

Our beloved black Bronco is finally becoming a performance-oriented machine. Check out the photos for details, and stay tuned for the next installment - we take The Juice over to Camburg Engineering to finally get the long-travel suspension installed. Don’t miss it!

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7. In the meantime, we had ordered up a new pair of seats from Corbeau. The Bronco’s stock leather seats had been nice at some point in the truck’s life, but those days were long gone. We chose to replace them with Corbeau’s wide-version LG1 recliner seats, in black Microsuede. We’ve used these seats in a few of our project vehicles already and really like them—they provide the support we need for high-speed desert runs, but are extremely comfortable at all times (even during long highway drives). Plus, they recline to an almost flat position—when we’ve had to spend the night in vehicles outfitted with LG1s, we’ve reclined them to the maxed-out position and slept pretty comfortably.

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11. Corbeau had us covered, literally. We wanted the rear bench to match the new Microsuede front seats, and Corbeau makes matching fabric and sew-in logos available to customers for just this purpose. We then went to a local upholstery shop, and they re-covered the rear seat using the Corbeau materials. The result was fantastic, and we were extremely pleased. Now, we retain the functionality of the stock bench, but it looks and feels much better. Corbeau makes seat materials available to consumers for this very reason.

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Sources

Camburg Engineering
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
714-848-8880
http://www.camburg.com
Corbeau Seats
Sandy, UT 84070
801-255-3737
www.corbeau.com
Leddy & Hall Auto Care Center
310-644-1142
Maaco Collision Repair And Auto Painting
King Of Prussia, PA 19406
310-533-6023
http://www.maaco.com
Perry's Fab N Fiber
San Diego, CA
619-463-1361
http://www.perrysfabnfiber.com

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