Definitely some fine looking rigs this month!
My Bronco came to me in 2004. My (soon to be) wife and I were in a really bad car accident while visiting her parents in California.
Ronald Reagan's funeral procession was going over and traffic in front of us came to a stand still. However, the person behind us didn't see it and we got rear ended at about 60mph.
So, vehicle-less and stranded, her father had an old Bronco that had been sitting on his property for about 5 years. Someone that was moving to the area from Washington asked if they could leave it parked on his property while they finished moving and come back for it "later". They never came back for it and so it sat, rotting in the hot California sun. (Hence my user name!) It didn't run and was filled with storage junk and spider webs (the windows were left open).
He said I could have it to drive us back to Idaho if I could get it running. I'd never owned a Ford, or a truck, and really had no interest in it. My mechanical knowledge was also extremely limited at the time. But hey, it was free.
I spent about two days and $150 bucks giving it a tune up, new fuel pump, and a few other odds and ends it needed. In my ignorance, I was initially disappointed it had a "little six cylinder" and figured I'd drive it for a little while and then get rid of it.
I took it for one test drive once it was up and running and still distinctly remember the smile that spread across my face. It's the same one I have now 12 years later when I still drive it every day.
Drove it 700 miles home and it drove like a dream, getting 21mpg the entire way.
Now it's my daily driver, camping, hunting, fishing, rig. I drive it to work every day and it drives like a dream at 80mph and drives like a Cadillac.
My goal has always been to build a dependable, reliable rig that's comfortable on the road, and takes me to the places that I want to go.