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Okay my turn! I've owned my Bronco since September of 1994, so I have a ton of pictures to go through and get ready to post. But I feel the need to tell my story first, so grab a cold one and get comfortable.

My name is Lance. I grew up on a large cattle ranch in Montana. I literally don’t remember a time when I wasn’t driving. At the age of 2, my Dad would take me out with him to feed the cattle, and would have me stand on the seat of the truck, put it in low range, and then he would hop in the bed and throw hay out the back while he would tell me which way to steer. My Dad preferred Ford trucks, he always felt they rode better than the competition. We had a ’69, a ’74, and a ’76. All were ¾ ton 4x4 rigs with a V8 and 4-speed. I vaguely remember learning to drive a stick, only because I had to be old enough to reach the pedals. The ’76 was my favorite. It was bright red, and unlike the others it had power steering.
So, my interest in Fords was planted early. The family of a good friend had an early 80’s Bronco, and it just seemed like the perfect mix of capability, comfort and convenience. I was really struck by the look of the reflective Chromatic stripes on the '79 Bronco with the Freewheeling package. I used to see them all over. Most of them were black, but I saw the occasional silver or white one too. Over time, I saw fewer and fewer of them.
I ended up buying a Mustang as my first vehicle, the need for speed outweighing the promise of off-road adventures. But the second winter of daily driving a Mustang was a particularly nasty one, and I ended up immobilized on multiple occasions. I stubbornly refused to part with my Mustang (I *still* have it 29 years later), but decided a cheap 4x4 vehicle was a necessity. After a couple of Jeeps and a Dodge, I finally landed what I really wanted, a '79 Bronco. It was maroon with a white top, 351M, C6, NP203. That thing would climb a tree, it just wouldn't pass a gas station. I had it two years, until the day I drove by a consignment lot and saw a Freewheeling Bronco with the chromatic stripes parked there. It took me three weeks of negotiating, and finally biting the bullet and going deep in debt to get it. September 1994, and I finally had my dream Bronco.

I'm jealous, that's a very special 4x4 right there

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post #22 of 266 (permalink) Old 03-01-2016, 10:23 PM
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Chapter 2:

Folks that know me would not be surprised by my 1st mod… I am a bit of an audiophile as such I needed some better sound from the Beast! Check it out:



First off you need a good headunit to control everything! I only use Kenwood!!!





Of course it is hard enough to see when backing with with the lift and huge tires, so a backup camera was a must.



Safety 1st! Microphone for some hands free chatting.



And what audio system would not be complete with out good tweets and mids. Here are my Focal tweeters.



Seeing how I purchased the Bronco for added cargo space, I had to ensure I would not lose space in the process. I decided to fabricate some fiberglass enclosures utilizing the rear fender wells.













Time to build the amp rack.



This is actually my 1st amp rack.





Turned out pretty nice I think.





So much better!!!





To be continued...

I want to do this type of sub one of these days, looks great.
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All you guys got great rigs, hard to make a judgement as to who has the best because all are unique and built to fit your own personality.
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Perhaps one of my favorite mods. Nothing like staying warm in the winter and cool in the Texas summer!!!




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Too bad ya'll can't feel the bass drop... But you can see it. Watch that mirror vibrate!




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There is a story behind all those tools, hell of a day.... I will share some other time, but AGAIN no pics... we where too busy getting it done.

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As of this morning, waiting on me to get home and chase a few large mouth

Uncle Ruckus is always ready, Always reliable, and always .... thirsty

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I left this group after some time. But loved helping people and not charging them $

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A few engine shots. The Bassani headers & K&N intake really opened her up. She can really suck now... No pun intended!







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Aschessla, do you plan to get rid of the stock air ducts? Would clean up that fipk install
The install calls for tying it in, so I wasn't planning to... Guess I could remove it but I figure it helps draw in cooler air.
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Chapter 4

All that audio equipment requires some increased voltage. In addition to the 250 amp alternator, I upgraded the stock battery terminals and wires. Wow, this really helped as my sub used to cut out. Also added an additional power distribution block for the fogs, horn and other accessories.


Now I don't have to unhook the battery and reprogram my radio everytime I need power for new mods!
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The install calls for tying it in, so I wasn't planning to... Guess I could remove it but I figure it helps draw in cooler air.
Didn't realize it utilized the factory stuff. I replaced the factory inlet for the 460/300 version that sucks in from lower in the core support.

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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.



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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.

See! It's these old bullnoses man... they can be left to rot, left in brutal servitude or neglected in general... then with a few things... boom! ready roll!



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See! It's these old bullnoses man... they can be left to rot, left in brutal servitude or neglected in general... then with a few things... boom! ready roll!
Couldn't agree more!

I lived on Moscow, Idaho at the time while I was going to school and regularly drove it around 900 miles every few weekends to visit my family in southern Idaho and it performed faithfully time and time again.

Well, except for my very first trip to visit my parents. I took it up camping and then while driving back, I learned how important quality tires were while doing about 70 on the interstate.




Even though it was a front tire, fortunately I never lost control and simply pulled over.

I then got my first set of new tires. Even though they performed well, the guy at the tire shop looked up my Bronco in the computer instead of looking at the door sticker, and put on the standard 215 75R15 tires. I always thought it looked like it was sitting on little stilts.





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My first trip out by myself camping was the first time I learned I wasn't invincible in my Bronco. (At least not then, I am now!)
I came to quickly respect mud. I also learned how comfortable the back seat can be overnight, since I tried to dig myself out (without a shovel or a jack) until it got dark and spent the night in the back seat.
I had a lot to learn at the time. This was in 2005.

I hiked out the next day and my friend came back and helped pull me out.




It was some sooooft stuff. The frame was sitting on the ground. You can see how far the jack lowered before it finally gave us some lift. (You can also see the old mirrors that I quickly got rid of)






It also lead to my first mod on the Bronco:



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Aschessla, Licence to Ill was the very first CD I ever bought. LOVE IT and your Bronco too!

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