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Steve Wood's 1978 Bronco Ranger XLT


Steve has owned his Bronco for over 10 years. During the time he has owned it, Steve has performed a total restoration of the Bronco. The body has been completely redone and Steve did all of the body work himself. He also replaced the original 351M with a fresh 400M. The rest of the drive train has been completely rebuilt. Steve also added some factory Ford options and other aftermarket items to top the whole project off.


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-- I like his little "helper" helper too!

John Coit's 1978 Bronco Custom, Effingham, South Carolina.

John Coit of Old South Outdoors recently purchased this nice '78 Custom to chauffeur their clients around at the lodge and to do chores around the properties. Since he purchased the Bronco, he has come to respect it as one of toughest and best 4x4s ever built. John notes the usefulness of a full size Bronco in a commercial hunting operation, saying that they turn around on a dime, go anywhere, and can get right up close and personal to a stuck Chevy when it needs a pull. 

John's future plans for the Bronco include a cameo paint job and and new  winch so they can winch out some trophy-class Whitetails out of the swamp too.

-- Funny thing, I wonder how many other Bronco owners end up pulling out dead Chevy's & dead Whitetails every time they hit the trails during hunting season? There must be a pattern here somewhere....... :-)

Shane Gower's 1979 Bronco Ranger XLT, Grapevine, Texas.


Shane recently picked up this bad boy for just $1,500.00. This Bronco is equipped with a worn-out 351M, C6 trans, NP205 transfer case, D44 front, 9" rear, and 44" Ground Hawg tires. The body is in good shape but the rest of the tucks need some attention.


S_Gower02.jpg (86281 bytes)Shane plans on  replacing the old 351M with a 460 and swapping out the stock gears with 5.13s. 


-- 1.5K for this beautiful, rust-free Bronco w/44" tires was a steal! I'm tell'n ya, one day deals like this will be a thing of the past! Nice truck Shane :-)

Elizabeth's 1979 Bronco, Burleson, Texas.


This Bronco is Elizabeth's very first vehicle. The Bronco was her fathers and it sat unused for about 4 years. Now that she is 17 and is ready to drive, her boyfriend and her father got it running by changing out the carburetor and the ignition system. Other than a converted R134 A/C system, the Bronco is 100% stock.


The only plans in the near future for the Bronco is new paint job.


-- Ah huh, that's exactly what my first son or daughter will get -- A gigantic steel tank!

Jason Weatherholtz's 1979 Bronco Ranger XLT, Louisiana


Here are some before & after pics of Jason's '79 Bronco. It has a 460 engine with a Dana 44 front axle and a C6 automatic trans. Jason has installed a 4 inch suspension lift and 35x12.50 tires.


Jason says he still has a lot of work to finish restoring the Bronco, but from looks of the paint and the custom dash, he's well on his way.


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-- Nice work! Love the dash :-)

Charlie Solis' 1978 Bronco Custom, Pharr Texas


It's funny sometimes how things seem to happen strictly by coincidence, and two completely unrelated events intertwine to become one major event and a heck of a good time. Well, that's exactly what happened a couple of months ago the very night before I was scheduled to board a plane to McAllen, Texas. I travel to South Texas and Reynosa, Mexico 3 or 4 times every year for business, and just before one of my trips this summer I get an email from a fellow named Charlie Solis in Pharr Texas. I emailed Charlie back, asking him how close Pharr was to McAllen. He quickly responded by telling me that it was about 2 minutes from McAllen, to which I replied that I'll be there in less than 14 hours -- want to hang out? Charlie was kind enough to offer his hospitality to a complete stranger and I spent that Saturday evening with Charlie and his friends at one of their local hang outs, Rudy's Upholstery shop.


Before I go into detail about the gang in South Texas, let me tell you all about Charlie's unbelievable '78 Bronco Custom. He rebuilt his super-clean Bronco from the ground-up. It has a detailed 351M flowing through new custom dual exhaust. The entire Bronco, including the frame & running gear, has been repainted. The suspension features a 3" SkyJacker lift supported by 33" M/T Baja Claw tires. The Bronco's sound system features a CD player, amp and 10" woofers. The interior & exterior has been enhanced with all of the optional Ranger XLT trim. In fact, Charlie did such a good job on the XLT conversion that had he not told me it was it was Custom, I would have never known. Nearly everything on this Bronco has been detailed or replaced. It was almost like taking a step back in time.


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Now, back to Saturday evening. Charlie picked me up in his Bronco and we drove over to Rudy's to hang out with the guys and have some fun. When we arrived I was surprised to see two other super-nice Fords parked at the shop, a BIG '79 Bronco and really sharp 79 F-150 4x4.


Of course, me being the Ford nut I am, I had to look them over. First I looked over the big blue Bronco, which belonged to one of Charlie's friends, Jaime. It had a custom interior installed by Rudy's shop and a tricked-out 460 engine. The rest of the Bronco was completely restored and very finely detailed. Next came the '79 F-150, which belonged to Rudy himself. As might be expected, his truck had a 100% custom cameo-style interior that Rudy hand-stitched himself! He also made a custom "jump seat" in the center that folds up into the bench. The work was excellent and the quality very nice. Rudy then fired up the engine for me, which was a built-to-hilt 400. You could tell by the thunderous sound of that torque monster that it was indeed a VERY stout engine.


Later on in the evening we hopped back in Charlie's Broncos and drove over to one of local "water holes". Basically we just hung out with they guys, had some drinks, and shot a lot of pool until it was time to go home.


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So, to sum up the trip, I had a great time with Charlie and his friends. If there's anything you can say about the boys in the Rio Grande Valley area in South Texas, it's that they do indeed lover their Fords and they are very hospitable and friendly folks. And finally, just in case you were wondering, yes, Rudy can make up a custom interior for your truck. Their number is 956-783-9699.


-- My parents just purchased a new pool table, so I'm getting some practice so that the next time I come down you guys wont beat me so bad! :-)

Adam Holtz 1979 Bronco Ranger XLT Trailer Special, Mountain Home, Idaho

This is Adam's 79 Bronco Trailer Special. It has 4:10 gears, a 4-core radiator, dual batteries, A/C, and aftermarket cruise control. Adam purchased it in May of 2000 for just $1000.00 $1000.00 Adam spent another $1000.00 rebuilding the 351M and installed a 4" Trial Master lift w/ 6" Super Lift coils to raise the front end. He also installed polyurethane body mounts, c-bushings, radius arm bushings, rear spring bushings, and sway bar bushings. 

Adam's future plans for his Bronco is to install a new interior and give it a new paint job. 

-- Very nice! I love the color (it's rare) 

Matt Laurain's 1979 Bronco, Detroit, Michigan


Matt is a Welding Engineer at the Ford Michigan Truck Plant, which as you may know, is where most of the 78-79 Broncos were built. Matt's  Bronco has a 351M with an Edelbrock intake, Edelbrock carb, Headers, 3" exhaust, FlowMaster mufflers, 36" M/T's, Rhino lined floor, custom dash with Pro-Comp gauges, Racing buckets with 5-point harnesses. This truck was built for running at Silver Lake Sand Dunes. All this, and it it only cost about $5,000. 


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Matt says that this is the most fun he's ever had for that much money. You just don't see them like this every day. Oh, and let's not forget the entire Bronco is 100% waterproof!


-- Hmm..... I wonder what the engineers at Ford would have thought if you drove up to the plant in this thing in 1979? Maybe there would have been another special edition Bronco called the "Swamper Special"?




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