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Custom, Ranger, Ranger XLT and Lariat

Here are the differences between these models. I also have found out that for the 78/79 Bronco it was available as a Custom or Ranger XLT model only. They did not offer the Ranger package only on the Bronco.

Custom:
Pretty much your stripped down version although it could have been ordered with just about any individual option you wanted to put on it. A Custom model included: low back bucket seats, vinyl floormat for the front only, 25 gallon gas tank, manual steering, 4 speed trans with the 351 motor and the 205 case.
Exterior features were:
hub caps, black painted bumpers and the stainless mirrors.

Ranger:

Not offered on the Bronco, only available in the F-series lineup. Those upgrades were:
The bench seat had a chain mail vinyl seat upholstery, it also included a color matching vinyl floormat, sunvisors, seat back covers in the regular cab model and white headliner with chrome trim.

Ranger XLT:
The front seat used a combination of cloth and vinyl, insulated woodgrain door panels, carpeted flooring, woodgrain around instrument cluster, passenger dash and the glove box, woodtone on the steering wheel horn button, chrome trim around taillights and halogen headlights. The XLT also got the body side trim.

Exterior:
Chrome bumpers, chrome molding around the windshield and side windows in the top, chrome molding around the drip rail by door, chrome wheel well lip molding, rear T-gate chrome pieces, and the body side trim.

Lariat:
Not offered on the Bronco, only available in the F-series lineup. Those upgrades were:
Full cloth seat trimmed in super soft vinyl, door trim panels that included padded inserts, map pockets on the lower door, button quilted padded headliner and extra insulation.


Options available:

These are the only options that I have prices on. Below are some additional options.

400 engine............................................ .....................$165.00
included 12 inch diameter clutch and 53 amp/hr battery
Traction lock front axle.............................................. ...$175.00
Traction lock rear axle.............................................. ....$175.00
Automatic trans............................................. .............$197.00
came with oil cooler and 53 amp/hr battery
Power steering.......................................... ..................$211.00
Heavy duty suspension........................................ .........$104.50
Forged aluminum wheels............................................ ... $218.30
Forged aluminum polished wheels....................................$304.30
When combined with the free wheeling package................$129.10
White painted styled steel wheels...................................$175.20
when combined with the free wheeling package.................$43.20
Rear seat.............................................. .....................$287.20
Quad front shocks............................................ ............$74.00
Swing away tire carrier Ranger XLT..................................$60.60
Swing away tire carrier Custom.......................................$81.6 0
Skid plates............................................ ......................$123.10
Rear stabilzer bar............................................... ...........$25.00
Tilt steering.......................................... ........................$72.00
Free Wheeling pacakge on a Custom................................$558.45
Free Wheeling Package XLT...........................................$385 .05
Ranger XLT package........................................... ...........$668.90


Additional options:

Appearance:

Chrome bumpers

Wheel well molding

Body side trim

GT bar with foam padding

Grilles. There were 3 different options for the front grille. Black, Silver or Argent with chrome accent. I have seen Black on an XLT and the Argent with chrome on an XLT. I am not sure how they decided what grille to put on what truck.

Audio:

AM radio

AM/FM mono radio (1 speaker in dash)

AM/FM stereo (speakers in door panels)

AM/digital clock radio

40 channel CB radio with antenna. This was available on all radio options. A simple way to tell if it had a CB originally if all wiring is gone look for an ash tray on the driver side cargo panel. If there is no ash tray it originally had a CB.

Comfort/convenience:

A/C

Comfort vent heater ( I think this was also the HI-LO option)

Insulation package

Rear floor mat (Custom only)

Front captain chairs (available in 79 only)

Front bench seat

Rear seat

Center console ( only available with buckets)

Convenience group ( intermittent wipers, map paockets and 12 inch day/night mirror)

Lighted visor mirror passenger side only

Privacy glass for top

sliding windows for top

tinted glass all

Western mirror, low mount(normal folding style mirror)

Recreation mirrors (towing mirrors)

GT sport steering wheel with simulated leather wrap ( not available with cruise)

Simulated leather wrapped steering wheel

Cruise control

Light group (ash tray, glovebox, underhood, instrument panel courtesy lights and dome light with map lights)

Swing away spare tire carrier ( stock when ordered with (5) 10x15 tires) with vinly tire cover

Performance:

Quad shocks (gas filled)

Handling package (rear sway bar, quad shocks up front and dual gas filled rear shocks)

Automatic trans

600 watt engine heater

Heavy duty suspension (HD front springs, HD rear springs and front sway bar)

Rear sway bar

Gauges (oil and amp)

32 gallon gas tank with skid plate

Skid plates for 25 gallon tank and T-case

Trailer towing package

Protection:

Tow hooks (front)

Locking hood release

Exterior protection group. Consists of door edge guards, front bumper guards and front bumper rubber strip.

Security lock group. Consisted of locking gas cap, locking hood release, spare tire lock and locking glove box.

Free Wheelin:


Standard features were:

Black bumpers front and rear, Dual black low mount western style mirrors, (5) 15x6 painted steel wheels in either white or chrome yellow with L78x15 raised white letter tires and of course the custom chromatic tape stripe found on the black Bronco. There were also 2 other stripe color combinations, Orange/Tan/Creme or Blue/White/Green.

Trailer Special:

There were 2 categories for the Trailer Special.

Light duty trailer towing package:
Good for towing up to 2,000lbs.
This package included a heavy duty radiator, external oil cooler, seven lead trailer harness, heavy duty turn signal flasher and the Trailer Special emblem on the T-gate.

Heavy duty trailer towing package:
Good for towing up to 6,000lbs.
This package included a heavy duty alternator,heavy duty battery, HD rear shocks, bigger radiator, rear sway bar, swing out recreational mirrors, amp meter, oil pressure gauge, HD front springs, external oil cooler and the Trailer Special emblem on the T-gate.


Transfer Cases

The T-case on an NP 203 (full time chain driven case) will have a shift pattern like this.

4 low lock
-
N
-
4 high lock

The NP 205 (part time gear driven case) will have this shift pattern

4 low
N
2 high
4 high


Almost all of this information was taken from various books and brochures. If you find an error somewhere post up and I will correct it. I am only human.

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any more info on the free wheelin' package?


also


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sweet one quick question though whats the differance between the custom and xlt spare tire carrier?
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Sweet, now I know what my 78 crew cab should have.

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any more info on the free wheelin' package?


also


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sweet one quick question though whats the differance between the custom and xlt spare tire carrier?
That is a very good question. I do not know what would be the difference. This is how the price list showed it.
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What about the racetrack trim being on the exterior of the Ranger XLT? Are you talking about the thin trim that usually separates the 2-tone colors? My solid red Ranger XLT and my solid black Ranger XLT neither one have this trim on them. I wish they did. I think that I've seen the thin trim and the wide trim with the rubber in it both referred to as "racetrack" trim depending on where you're reading it.
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The 78 did not have capt. chairs as an option. It was added in 79.

25 gal. gas tank did not come with a skid plate... only the 32.

Awsome post!:

I have seen some pictures "Bronco Lariats" that were dealer made or by a custom shop. Your right it was not factory, but people still claim to have owned them.

The first 2 78-79 Broncos I ever looked at buying were at a U.S.Forest Service/government auction. They both had I-6 300s in them. At the time I did not know that was not a factory option or I would have looked at the VIN numbers. To this day I wonder if that was a special order or if they had both been swapped.

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Yep Mike the racetrack trim was standard on the XLT also and has been corrected above.

The captain chairs show above as being available in 79 only, 1st year they were released. And the book lists an optional skid plate for the 25 gal tank, I personally have never seen a skid plate for a 25 tank.


EDIT: The trim on the side of the body is called body side trim, not racetrack. The racetrack trim is the lower trim that usually surrounds the tu-tone paint. Some Bronco and F-series trucks recieved the lower racetrack while being painted a solid color.

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Did the regular cab trucks have an emblem where the crew cabs have their "crew cab" badge?
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I always thought the "Race Track" trim was the trim that went over the fenders and came back up. It was on 2-tone paint options. Dennis Carpenter refers to the small stuff as "Race Track Style". The large trim with black rubber they refer to as "upper molding".
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Yep Mike the racetrack trim was standard on the XLT also and has been corrected above.
mmmm, my ranger xlt does not have race track trim
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My XLT did not come with a swing away tire carrier. Should it have or did I read that wrong?

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You read it wrong. In bold print it says options available.


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Did the regular cab trucks have an emblem where the crew cabs have their "crew cab" badge?
I am not sure where the crew cab badge went originally Audra. Maybe it was on the front fender below the racetrack trim? The regular cabs had the badge on the cowl like this:


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I always thought the "Race Track" trim was the trim that went over the fenders and came back up. It was on 2-tone paint options.
I have always reffered to the racetrack trim as being the trim in the body line of the truck like shown on my truck above. The lower trim I always call it the tu-tone trim.

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mmmm, my ranger xlt does not have race track trim
Just because the racetrack trim was a standard item on an XLT Audra does not mean that the original buyer ordered it with it. That was the nice thing about buying a car back then it was not required to take every option in the package if you did not want it.


See post #9 for racetrack trim and body side molding trim.

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Scott, Is the racetrack trim the wide stuff with the rubber insert, or the thin stuff that separates the 2-tone paint? Also, I have a skid plate for a 25 gallon gas tank. Well never mind,I just pulled my head out and read your post above about the trim.
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I have the Tire Carrier and I have a XLT Ranger.
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Scott, Is the racetrack trim the wide stuff with the rubber insert, or the thin stuff that separates the 2-tone paint? Also, I have a skid plate for a 25 gallon gas tank.
Yeah, the racetrack (body side trim) is like what is shown in my pic above Mike. Thanks for confirming the 25 gallon skid plate.

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I have the Tire Carrier and I have a XLT Ranger.
The exterior or interior carrier? The interior was standard and the exterior was an option.
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You read it wrong. In bold print it says options available.




I am not sure where the crew cab badge went originally Audra. Maybe it was on the front fender below the racetrack trim? The regular cabs had the badge on the cowl like this:




I have always reffered to the racetrack trim as being the trim in the body line of the truck like shown on my truck above. The lower trim I always call it the tu-tone trim.



Just because the racetrack trim was a standard item on an XLT Audra does not mean that the original buyer ordered it without it. That was the nice thing about buying a car back then it was not required to take every option in the package if you did not want it.
ah, by your definition I have race track trim. My xlt crew cab ranger is trimmed just like yours. (upper thick trim, but no tu-tone trim) The crew cab badges go right below the front marker lights, mine are still attached to the truck.
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You can add to this that the 4x4 trucks were all F250's
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Any way to look up what you have by vin? Thanks for all the info!
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