Holy chit! Can't believe it's already time for FOTY!
Guess I'll start at the beginning . . .
I guess my fascination for everything Bronco goes back to my high school days when a friend of a friend had a Bronco (a 66??) and would do 4-wheel burnouts in the parking lot. I always thought that Bronco was really cool. Fast forward to 1980 and I bought my first Bronco - a 69 - and it was my daily driver for almost 8 years. I bought it in Eureka, CA when I was in the Navy and took it to Austin, TX to go back to school. I sold that one in Houston as the family expanded and got my first FSB - a brown and tan 82. Great vehicle but I only had it for about a year. I got transferred in my job and was assigned a company car and could not justify keeping the Bronco. (One of those decisions you regret!)
I got back into Broncos in 1999 when we purchased a 74 Ranger from my wife's Grandmother's estate. She had bought it new and it was still in very good condition. Soon after getting it I took it to Paragon Adventure Park and proceeded to bend the front bumper and ding up the front fender! My wife said no more wheeling in Granny's Bronco so I talked her into letting me get an early Bronco trail rig project. Which I did. We still have both of those EB's but I had been wanting another FSB for some time - just how to convince the wife??? (And the 78-79's were really growing on me!)
At the SuperCelebration in 2008 I showed my wife a REALLY nice 79 and remarked how I would like to have one and how it would make a great tow vehicle for our trail rig. To my surprise she agreed that having a big Bronco would be nice - the hunt was on!
So here is what I found in Newport News and drug home!
78 Bronco Custom
351M / C6 / NP203 (converted to part time by original owner)
AC / PS / PB
Front bench seat
Bright Yellow w/ Black & Silver interior, black top, factory pinstripping
White wagon wheels w/black centers