Thanks for the warm "welcome's" guys.
Ummm... I really didn't intend for the Bronco to be a "project." However, it is turning out that way, in SPADES
(see my new thread post in this section). I think they look awesome, though, and I enjoy the outdoors a lot: hiking, hunting, generally exploring. The Explorer left me stranded several times because of electronic failures with the transfer case and transmission. Just before I traded it I had replaced 90 percent of the emissions system ($$$) and the "Check Engine" light still wouldn't turn off and here, in Phoenix, they won't even test you if your light is on. So, I decided I'm done with electronics.
Long story short: $2400 to get the Explorer running/driving well vs. $1800 to rebuild a bullet-proof '78 Bronco. I used to build street cars as a hobby back in the day and know the carb'd stuff fairly well. I've built motors, transmissions, and rear diffs for several people, shot some paint, and set up suspension (currently own a '70 Maverick that I'm modding for myself).
However, this Bronco I have now is the BIGGEST sh!tbox I've ever seen. The last owner lived in a small town and had limited access to parts and resources, so, much of the stuff is "hacked" in and the rest is mix-and-matched. I had no idea how bad of shape this thing was, really, in (again, see new post). Most of the sheetmetal needs replacing (cancer), including the floor-pan, mechanicals on their last leg, electrical gremlins running rampant, paint is gone. I've set a goal of six months to get her restored.
I'll try to post pics when I get a chance. Give you guys a good laugh and make you feel better about your rigs.
This thing might end up kicking my ass, but, not today.
Thanks for all your patience and help,