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1972 Early Bronco Redux

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Christian Lee | Photographer
Posted December 1, 2011

Part I: Brothers 4x4 Magic

It started easily enough — just a conversation with a buddy who had a 1972 Ford Bronco that had been sitting in his mom’s driveway for 10 years. “Why not do something with it?” I asked.

With the Bronco being idle for so long, he explained, he struggled to get it running even with a fresh battery. The starter was turning, and even when it would fire, it sputtered out unless given heavy throttle. “Rebuild or replace the carburetor,” I told him. With new carb in place and a few spins around the block, the next question was inevitable. “What else should I do to it?” he asked. That’s when it got interesting.

Brothers 4x4 in Montclair, California, is a full-service 4x4 shop that can and will complete just about any type of repair, installation, or restoration service. I’ve spotted a wide range of vehicles in the service bays, including lowrider Impalas, minivans, hot rods, and even ice-cream trucks. But the steady flow of built 4x4s at Brothers 4x4 is what drew me in.

In business for more than 10 years, Brothers 4x4 owners Gaspar and Haik Galfayan, earned their stripes in the Jeep and 4x4 world stripping and building axles at their local 4x4 salvage yard. Eventually establishing their own business, the brothers added to their axle-rebuilding skills by expanding to 4x4 repair, parts installation, and fabrication. Though Jeep builds are their specialty, per the usual, the crew at Brothers 4x4 was eager to tackle something different, particularly a 1972 Ford Bronco.

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The Process
You don’t’ start tearing in to a 4x4 that has been sitting idle for 10-plus-years without cleaning things up a bit, and the crew at Brothers 4x4 went full tilt in this respect. After a complete power washing of the Bronco’s underbelly, the Brothers 4x4 crew dropped both axles and all suspension components and further blasted the frame with the power washer. With most grime removed the crew then got busy with the sanding wheel and polished up the frame, removing all surface rust, and then applied fresh paint.

With the axles on stands the crew again hit them with the power washer before systematically tearing them down. All the parts to be re-used then went to the high-temperature washer, which removed all remaining grime and prepared the factory Dana 44 front and 9-inch rear axles for the rebuilding process.

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Sources

Pit Bull Tires
St. Louis, MO 63103
800-645-2006
www.pitbulltires.com
Yukon Gear & Axle
Everett, WA 98204
888-905-5044
VIAIR Corporation
Irvine, CA 92618
949-585-0011
www.viaircorp.com
Black Rock Wheels
Ontario, CA
www.blackrockwheels.com
Reel Driveline
Pomona, CA 91766
1-909-629-9002
www.reeldriveline.com
Brothers 4x4
Montclair, CA 91763
1-909-445-8220
www.brothers4x4.com
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