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Old 04-02-2012, 02:18 PM   #21
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Awesome Bronco!!!! That's the generation I've always wanted!!!!!

Thanks for showing your progress on the makeover. I have two of those in storage that I was about to get rid of because they look like crap, but you are inspiring a renovation/restoration instead of building a keezer.


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Old 04-02-2012, 04:57 PM   #22
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Thanks for the comments on the Bronco guys. Not to derail this thread too far off topic but here's a wider shot of it so you can see more than just the tire and fender. Like many of my projects the Bronco still isn't finished even after years of tinkering on it. It has a fuel injected 5.8L engine, full width axles, custom suspension, fiberglass body panels, etc. I still need to build a cage for it, finish up a few other odds and ends, then paint it. This one's actually my wife's Bronco, mine sits out at the back of the property in pieces, waiting for some attention LOL.

OK, now back to the kegerator build


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Old 04-02-2012, 05:03 PM   #23
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Awesome Bronco!!!! That's the generation I've always wanted!!!!!

Thanks for showing your progress on the makeover. I have two of those in storage that I was about to get rid of because they look like crap, but you are inspiring a renovation/restoration instead of building a keezer.
Well haul them out and get to work on em!

I'm not sure why, but for some reason the keezer idea hasn't grabbed me yet. i don't care for the idea of the faucets coming out the front or side of the collar, and for some reason I can't quite get into the groove of the whole tower or coffin flipping up when you open the lid.

I think when I outgrow this little kegerator I'm going to keep my eyes on Craigslist for a used commercial keg fridge, like the Beverage Air ones with two doors, a couple of towers and room for about a dozen corny's inside
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Old 04-09-2012, 03:33 AM   #24
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Got a little more done on this thing today. Went to MoreBeer yesterday and picked up their 3-faucet tower. I had them trade out the stock faucets for Perlicks. Also grabbed one of their 3 outlet gas manifolds and a few other goodies.

Then i went to Home Depot and picked up some stuff to make the counter top. I got this kegerator cheap and didn't want to put much money in it (other than the plumbing, which I can move to another kegerator if this one dies on me), plus my lack of good woodworking skills and tools didn't merit using high end materials, so I just used some cheap pine. I picked up a piece of their laminated pine tabletop stuff, and some stuff to use for the edges.

I got two pieces of the same size out of the laminated pine piece, so I glued/clamped/nailed them together to make it thicker and heavier duty. Then simply added on the side pieces all the way around. A little taller on the sides and back to form rails. I decided to just use some long stainless sheetmetal screws to attach it to the top of the fridge. Then cut the hole for the lines and test fit the tower.

It all looks pretty good for a quickie job. I've already disassembled it and put some wood putty in the nail holes and other imperfections. Next I'll sand it down and put a couple coats of polyurethane on it. Should be ready to put it all together next weekend.
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Old 04-11-2012, 01:47 PM   #25
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nice job on the top, I am working on a bar in my basement and planning to do about the exact same thing to make the top of my old kegerator to the new bar top. Keep up the updates, great work.
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Old 04-22-2012, 04:00 AM   #26
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Finally had some time to put it all together and I think I'm done with it for a while, other than adding a drip tray which I'll do this week. I still want to do a wrap on the exterior and powder coat the steel base frame I made (and maybe take a second crack at making a nicer top for it at some point), but all of that can wait until phase 2. For now its all done, plumbed, got two kegs in there now and a third going in as soon as its done carbonating in the next few days (I have it in my other fridge on a carb stone). So as of right now I've got a milk stout and a honey pale ale on tap, although the honey pale ale will probably kick by tomorrow. I hope I can make it last until I get the third keg in there just to say I had three going at once
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Old 04-22-2012, 02:08 PM   #27
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Nice work - I like how you made the steel dolly underneath too. By the looks of the adjacent cabinet, your beverage station is now complete!
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Old 04-22-2012, 06:36 PM   #28
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Now we're rollin with 3 beers on tap: Double Barrel Ale, Milk Stout, and Honey Pale Ale
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Old 04-22-2012, 06:56 PM   #29
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Awesome work!
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Old 04-29-2012, 04:24 PM   #30
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Not really part of the kegerator build but it goes with it. I added a dry-erase board to the wall for a "What's On Tap" sign. It's not actually a dry erase board. I went to the thrift store and found an old picture with a frame I liked. Removed the picture, covered the backing board with fake pine contact paper, and slid it back in behind the glass. I think it turned out nice except that the dry-erase markers don't lay down that well on the glass. I may swap the glass out for a black chalkboard (keeping the frame) at some point.


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