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So, I have, new to me, a 79 Bronco that is in need of some TLC and then some.

Once I figure out how to post some pics I will get into a bit more detail!


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Gather 'round I have a story to tell.
It will be long
It will contain graphic images
May contain course language.....
Will involve blood, sweat and tears

So the story begins like this.....

A young man, in his mid thirties, decides after much research to purchase a used Bronco. The 1978/79 model year was his focus as they seem to have been built a lot like those military vehicles they call tanks. He proceeds to check every known source of classified media known to man and finds a worn out,sodium chloride covered beast on a site called Kijiji.

After meeting with a nice fellow who had no issue with exchanging cash for this pile of metal, this young man purchases his sought out prize and retrieves it from the spot in which it lay:



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In all honesty, I am glad I didn't go through it as thoroughly as I usually like to. I probably would not not have purchased it.

But I am glad I did. I had my heart set on this piece of s&@% and I am loving every scraped knuckle, slag scarred arms wrist and hands. But most of all, I love spending time with my little guy doing something I love and showing him the ropes.

Here we are hauling it out and dropping it off.




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A little bit of history on this:

I would likely be the fifth or sixth owner of this blue beast, however it wasn't always blue. It came out of the factory with a brown/sandy tan two tone with a cream/sand tan interior. The last twenty years of its life, prior to sitting for three years were I rescued it from, was spent as winter parking lot snow clearing device. The PO owned a gas station, never registered the vehicle and used it to clear snow. So it does have a lot of rot, most people likely would have walked away from it.

I am determined to not let it waste away as scrap.
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Now we begin to assess the depth of this undertaking. Below you will see the tailgate :)



This is only the beginning, but we will get back to the tailgate at a later time.....I haven't even tried to drop the glass and open it yet.

I pulled up some of the carpet behind the front seats at the foot of the back bench.



Pulled up more.



Some of the rot on the door frame:



Pulled up the rest of the carpet to find this:





It looks as though there has been some slight repairs to the floor in its past life. And if you notice the rockers on the drivers side.....oh yeah you cant because there is nothing there!!!
The drivers side seems to be the worst of it all.

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After seeing this lack of rocker on the drivers side I decided to open up the bondo ridden fender, just behind the cab and looked down what was supposed to be the inner rocker. This exposed the fact that the cab support rails out to the rockers were rotted as well.



So I decided to open the floor on the passenger side to expose those support rails. By doing this I was able to verify proper dimensions to fabricate new ones for all four extensions.




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Before I continue, I would like to explain that I am doing the following repairs before removing the tub in order to maintain proper support of the cab structure. I had feared that trying to remove it off of the frame while in this current status would result in unwanted twisting of the tub.

I did not get any pics of the fabrication process other than this one of the inner rocker panel:



In the picture below you will notice that once the rusty old repairs were removed there really was nothing to work with or from:



I was certainly glad I had the passenger side to work from, I was able to do this:



and this:

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From there I had slapped a few pieces of sheet metal together, somehow it formed this:



And after a few more hours.....quite a few more hours, it turned out like this:



And that is the drivers side done in respect to structure. There is still a lot of cosmetic blending and filling before it gets its final prep and prime and paint!

One foot in front of the other. Every day is a new task, and the final result inching closer.
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Thanks!

This beast has been sitting at my place of employment since I hauled it home.

I go into work an hour early, and stay until the moon is up. Try to work on it most Saturdays. So a lot of split up time to work on it. It sure would be nice to put a full days work into it. <- Although I do have the opportunity to come in over the holidays and use the shop ehemmm the overhead crane to pry the tub off finally!!!
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In the midst of all the chaos of cutting grinding welding and fabricating, I did find some time to get the boy out to give me a hand getting the engine running.

We dropped the oil, removed the filter, and renewed both. He helped re-install the carb I had just finished rebuilding. We removed the old spark plugs, put a few drops of oil down the chamber and spun the crank by hand. That was a relief :)

We installed new spark plugs, and new starter. Had to make new cables from starter to ground, with a new battery in between.

I think he likes the jungle gym:








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The passenger side is complete:




And this is where I am presently at until I can get the beast in the shop to remove the tub.

Steering column,intermediate shaft, brake booster and master cylinder removed:




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i like what your doing there . whats the total plan . you picked a good body style as the are getting harder to find
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Essentially it will be a daily driver that will take me a little further off road. Something reliable. As long as I replace every wearable part on it prior to driving it, it should be a brand new 40 year old truck. I plan to put 31's on it but keep the stock height. By the time it is done it will be more like a utility vehicle than a show stopper. A hunting rig that gets me to work
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Thanks for saving another one from the crusher. You're really getting after it. Make sure you take lots of photos! Bag and label every part coming off. I've been working on mine 5 years and I still run across parts I can't find. Also don't throw any old part away until you have a new one in hand.

Keep at it and post lots of pics. Look forward to following your progress! And keep that little guy around. Looks like he'll be handy to have working under the hood!
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Good to see another 78/79 saved from inevitable doom. Yea it's rough but it is obviously in very capable hands. Should be some great times for you and your boy for years to come.

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I don't know if I would you the word capable, unless we are talking about the damage I can cause :) I am quite capable of that!

It is one of my great father moments.....you know when they are small you think about all the cool things you two can do together, and to have it come to fruition is one of the greatest feelings. I sit back sometimes and just smile watching the lil guy!

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Its been a while since I last updated the build, so without further ado:

Some time before Christmas and before the snow flew I decided to get the Bronco ready for tub removal. I had a bit to go from where this was last left off and decided to start with the fender removal:


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Well, I am not sure if you can tell from the clouds in the last picture, I did not have much time before the snow came. I had spent a day or two (coffee and lunch breaks) digging it out and got to removing a few more things:






As you can see the hood and inner fenders were removed, along with the GT bar. The GT bar was actually dismantled a long while back, it was just sitting in the rear of the Bronco while the front metal was being redone. I have someone trying to talk me out of re-installing it, but I'm kinda stuck on it, It gives me extra piece of mind when one of the kiddos is back there.

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