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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-12-2017, 12:53 AM Thread Starter
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Got a 78 Bronco Ranger XLT today

New guy here....
Bought this today for 5k here in Canada.

Package came with new winters on original rims, new rear quarter panels and 2 new doors.

Has 79,000 miles on it, 351M motor and Automatic transmission.
The steering is pretty sloppy but i seen a thread about new steering boxes available so i will be looking into that.

In all honesty i've never been a mechanic but looking forward to playing with this with my 13 Y/O son.

According the second owner he did the brakes and suspension and after the 50km drive home the truck seems great.

So with being said anyone wanna put some input into what should be my highest priorities?
Work has always supplied me with a vehicle so this is just for fun with my son.

Thanks in advance for any input

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I always go for mechanical and electrical problems first then body and interior. Looks like you have a great vehicle for a start up.
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Yo Don,
Welcome and great choice (we had a 78 too!)!
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Welcome to FSB and what a great find. Yes start out mechanical to where it's safe to drive. Then move on to cosmetic stuff. Keep it on the road as you fix it up. Don't do what I did and start taking things apart. It's been 5 years and I'm still working to put it back together. Oh and don't throw away any old parts until you absolutely don't need them. Look forward to seeing more pics and hearing more about it.

Enjoy!
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you sir have good taste and welcome
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I always go for mechanical and electrical problems first then body and interior. Looks like you have a great vehicle for a start up.
Thanks, looking forward it it.
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Should be able to have it like new by the time your son can drive!
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Welcome Don!

Nice find! I am also partial to the 78-79s. I think they are the best looking and are pretty easy to work on. Not as much electronic stuff compared to later years. As was mentioned before do not throw anything away until you have a different part to replace it whether a new part or a used one. It is hard to find some parts and easy to find others. A lot of parts from 73-79 ford trucks will work on our Broncos. One of the biggest gremlins for these BKOs is operating the rear window. I am still chasing mine!

Lots of great info on this site and great guys to help guide you so don't hesitate to ask!

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Very nice!!

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Welcome to FSB and what a great find. Yes start out mechanical to where it's safe to drive. Then move on to cosmetic stuff. Keep it on the road as you fix it up. Don't do what I did and start taking things apart. It's been 5 years and I'm still working to put it back together. Oh and don't throw away any old parts until you absolutely don't need them. Look forward to seeing more pics and hearing more about it.

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Very nice!! I have the same truck in Red/Cream. It's been a very fun project and perfect for learning (I've only been tinkering a short time as well). Your son will the the talk of his school when this is ready for him to drive!

Make sure you check the floor pans for rust. Mine were absolutely terrible and I had to replace all the floor from the bed forward.
So far I've had fantastic luck with my 351m/C6 so I don't have too much to tell you there- I saw huge performance benefits just from a good tune-up (plugs, wires, dist cap, etc).
Looks like most the rust isn't too bad except the drivers rear quarter panel. I used patch panels for those areas on mine and instead of welding them used some 3m Body Panel adhesive that is pricy but extremely effective. It's holding up great so far.
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Welcome Don!

Nice find! I am also partial to the 78-79s. I think they are the best looking and are pretty easy to work on. Not as much electronic stuff compared to later years. As was mentioned before do not throw anything away until you have a different part to replace it whether a new part or a used one. It is hard to find some parts and easy to find others. A lot of parts from 73-79 ford trucks will work on our Broncos. One of the biggest gremlins for these BKOs is operating the rear window. I am still chasing mine!

Lots of great info on this site and great guys to help guide you so don't hesitate to ask!

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Thanks Mule,
Ya, always been a big fan of these years.
Pretty sure body work is a ways off as suggested above i have a few mechanical items to address first. Luckily the rear window on this works, albeit with an aftermarket switch mounted under the dash.

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I love this gen, looks like a good foundation to start with.

Start working on the easy jobs first with an emphasis on safety and reliability. Maybe you know someone who can look over your shoulder once and a while to offer advice, especially where safety is concerned. But nothing is really all that hard if you apply yourself.

I'm right in the middle of full quarter panel replacement myself. Once I get my pics organized I'll start a build thread of my own.

Oh, and as others have said try to keep it on the road as much as you can... it's much more enjoyable driving it than wishing you were. Mine's half disassembled and scattered across my shop, I hope I can drive it before the end of summer.

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Very nice. That looks like my 78 in terms of paint scheme. Good luck and welcome aboard!!

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