Project Bronco Showroom

The Bronco Showroom # 20

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Al Neilson's 1979 Bronco, Honolulu, Hawaii


I started out with an '86 Jimmy which I traded straight up for a '78 2WD F-250 when I bought a boat that the Jimmy couldn't pull. Within six months I traded the 78 F-250 straight up for my '79 Bronco because I needed a 4X4. (So, did I get the Bronco for free or do I divide $16K by three?). This was in '93. Since then I have rebuilt just about everything but the differentials and the transfer case. I am in the process of re doing the interior with new doors, seats, rear side panels, and stereo sys. It has an Edelbrock 4bbl carb and intake manifold on a 351M, custom drive shafts front and rear, Center Force Clutch and runs on 33X15X12.5s. It is my daily driver, when it's running, and I'll be taking it with me to WA. Plans are to re gear the diffs with 4:10's I think and an ARB locker system when I win the Lotto.


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Mike Chamberlin's 1979 Bronco Ranger XLT, Westland, MI.

I purchased my Bronco in October of 2001 from a
retired firefighter. He has family in Arkansas and regularly makes trips to gather with his family, and also bring up southern trucks that he sells up here in Michigan. He always has old 70's Fords so driving by every day, well I just couldn't resist when I spotted this 1979 Bronco!!

Here are the specs; 95,000 miles, 400 / C6, NP-205, Stock Dana 44 3.50,
Stock Ford 9" 3.50, 32x10.50 BFG All-Terrain's, Locking Hood Latch, Cruise Control, Bench Seat, GT Bar and A/C.I believe the mileage is original because when I purchased it I had to remove MANY wasp nests. I mean everywhere, in the A/C duct work, under the hood, and the frame in many spots also. It seemed like it had sat down in Arkansas for quite some time.

I have tried to restore my Bronco and keep it basically stock although I did repaint it a darker midnight blue. I kept the white stripe down the side, but the hood and cap are now midnight blue. This was my first attempt at a paint job, but I think it actually turned out better than I thought it would!

So far I have replaced the following items: Radiator, fan shroud, alternator, voltage regulator,
water pump, all belts and hoses, new ford 2-bbl carb, master cylinder, brake booster, vacuum advance, front axle seals, new brakes all around, new carpeting, and most of the brake hoses and lines. I have also Herculined the rear cargo area.

All of these projects had help through many questions and posts from the members of! Thanks to Paul for a great site! Future plans include rebuilding / replacing the engine and getting the A/C up and running.

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Andrew Brightman's 1979 Free-Wheelin' Bronco Ranger XLT Trailer Special, Los Angeles, California

I picked it up last month in Yucca Valley California. I am the second owner and it's been in California it's entire life. When the cam cracked in '96 the previous owner kept the Bronco on his property collecting dust until he finally sold it to me last month. It was pretty sorry looking when I got it so I put on new tires and detailed the exterior best I could. It's got virtually no rust and only a couple quarter sized dings. Although the paint is faded in places I'll keep it the way it is to preserve it's original state. I plan on replacing the motor with a rebuilt 400m and keeping this Bronco stock. This is the most heavily optioned '79 Bronco I've heard of with 400m engine, cruise control, auto, power steering, power brakes, air, tilt, stock Ford CB radio, trailer package, luggage rack, privacy glass, spare A_Brightman_02.jpg (62467 bytes) tire gate, roll bar, vinyl quilted headliner, captain's chairs, wood grain door panel, steering wheel, dash and glove box accents and of course the Free Wheelin' body decals. The rims are American Racing but they look a lot like the wheels offered on Free Wheeler's in '79, they were probably swapped out at one point to handle larger tires. I've got 31 x 10.5 x 15's on now.

Hunter Wright's 1978 Bronco Custom, Oakland, Tennessee

This is my 1978 Bronco Custom, it has a 3 inch Body lift with 35x12.50 Xterrains. I bought this truck about 8 months ago and have been working ever since. It has a Factory CB, factory roll bar, 400m, Np435, NP205, Dana 44, and a spooled 9 inch rear. I am currently in the process of installing a 6 inch Skyjacker Rock Ready Lift.


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Andrew Stamp's 1978 Bronco Custom, Omaha, Nebraska

I bought this truck when I turned 16. I unfortunately don't have any good pictures of it back then but it was charcoal gray, and a sorry site at that. It has 168,000 miles and is just getting started. It has come a long way in the last 5 years since I have had it. Here is what she is now: Engine - 1975 Truck Block 460, completely overhauled and balanced. Transmission - Original c6, rebuilt with a mild shift kit. Transfer Case - NP205, original. RearEnd - Original 9", overhauled. Front RearEnd - Original. Rims - 15x8 American Racing Alloys Tires - BFGoodrich All Terrain T/A KO. Body - New doors, new front fenders, repaired rear fenders, new trim and bumpers. Paint - 1990 Ford Commercial Bright Red. Interior - Fiberglass Floor, new carpet, new bucket seats in front, new head liner and door trim. Stereo - Rockford Fosgate mp3 cd headunit w/ 2 250watt amps, 2 Pioneer 6" 3-ways and 2 12" Kicker Comp subs. Hitch - for my boat :)

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I drive it round trip about 75 miles to work and love it no matter the gas mileage. Cruise control is the next upgrade though.


Jason "Mudpig" Rich's 1978 Bronco Ranger XLT, Big Stone Gap, Virginia


She (BABY Ruth is her name) is running after I rebuilt the c-6 transmission and swapped in a healthy bored 0.30 over 351m. She rides on 31" BFG A/T's. Plans for her include to put a 6" skyjacker lift on her as well as a new set of 35" super swamper TSL's and a new Edelbrock 650cfm carb and a K&N air filter. Hope yall enjoy looking at her because I sure do!

Tommy Skyles' 1979 Bronco Ranger XLT, Snohomish, WA 

Tommy's 1979 Ranger XLT has a 400M (460 swap soon) with an Edelbrock 4 BBL Carb, Edelbrock Intake and Edelbrock Filter. Built so far on the 460 engine is a MSD Billet Distributor, 8.5 wires, blaster coil, Center force Dual Friction Clutch, Flywheel, Holly Truck Avenger Carb, K&N Filter, K&N Filter Wrap, Edelbrock filter case, Edelbrock valve covers, New water pump, starter, fuel pump, L&L Motor mounts and L&L Ultra Flow Headers. The drive train consist of an NP435 tranny and an NP205 transfer case. The front axle is a D44 with 4:88 ratio, Detroit locker, 30 spline Spicer axels & joints and Warn Premium hubs. The rear axle is a Ford 9" with 4:86 ratio, Full Spool and 31 spline Yukon axels. The drive shafts are a a rebuilt CV w/Spicers, lengthened to 27 1/2" in the front and rebuilt CV w/Spicers, Balanced, Lengthened to 42" in the rear. The suspension features a 6" Skyjacker System (Full Leafs w/coil, etc..), Skyjacker Nitro shocks and stabilizer, extended brake lines, etc.. riding on 35X12.50 BFG M/T w/15x10 American Racing Black Steel Wheels. A spare set of 37X14.50 TSL Boggers are also kept around.

Accessories include a WARN 9000I Winch, WARN Classic bumper, 4 pt roll bar, New Drag link and Tiered, Optima red top battery, Pioneer CD, sun roof and an adjustable Superlift Trac bar. 


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Jason Duckett's 1978 Bronco Custom, Hickory North Carolina

My Bronco has a 460 engine, 4" suspension lift, 3" body lift, stock axles and C6 trans, 42 " TSLs soon to be 38's (i hope) so I can get some more flex, the 42s were on it when I got it, B&M floor shifter, SRB lights on front since this picture was taken, custom made bumper out of 6" steel pipe to protect the front end on those wild nights in the woods. FlowMaster exhaust, Holley carb, drive shaft loop. That's about it.

Jane's 1979 Bronco Ranger XLT, Pennsylvania

I just got it for 9oo…. And its Great J My name is C5_CHICK. And usually drive my vette but she just found herself a good BIG brother.. you can see more of both cars at FORD TRUCKS RULE!!! (so does my chevy J ) 

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