Before starting the story of how my Bronco came to be, I have to mention a few other Broncos.
Growing up, my dad had(and still has actually, thought it has seem to have turned into a very long term project), a 1969 Bronco. One wheeling trip, and I had come to know that a Bronco was the be-all, end- all ultimate wheeling rig.
Yes, that is lil’ ol me in the passenger seat, many moons ago
My first truck(which I still own) was a 93 F150, and while it has done a ton of wheeling, it was too pretty and too big to do what I would consider any hardcore wheeling. So while going to high school, working and doing odd jobs summers and weekends, I was able to scrape together enough money to buy one of the most rotted, rusted 67 Broncos you have probably ever seen. Being in High School still, I had big dreams, but very little time and money. After blowing it apart to rebuild everything and repair all the rust, I quickly ran out of money, became overwhelmed, and very regrettably( especially now seeing current EB prices, man I was dumb) sold it as an incomplete project.
But the fire was lit. I had spent too much time watching Youtube videos of all the different Bronco roundups and trail runs, too many nights dreaming of what could be. Poor white boy budget be dammed, I needed a Bronco I could wheel the piss out of
Fast forward a few years, and the local towing company I was working for got a call to pick up an abandoned 84 Bronco. As it sat in our impound yard for a few months I gathered up about $1000, hoping I was soon to have the cheap project I had been waiting for.
Once the previous owners never showed up, and the lein sale paperwork was complete, I picked it up from our yard for $300
The first order of business was getting it running. Upon first inspection I found the starter was burned out. Upon closer inspection I realized that the exciter wire on the solenoid was wired to direct battery power, and the ignition switch would not feed power in the start position. So it would appear that the ignition switch broke, the previous owner thought wiring the solenoid to be active all the time would fix it, then when that caused it to crank endlessly until the starter died, they determined the vehicle was unfixable and left it.
A new starter and a toggle switch is all it took to have it up and running. I also threw on some junk 33’s that I had laying around
Total cost so far- $366.39
While gutting the interior that appeared to have had unspeakable, terrible things happen all over the carpet, scored a bonus under the seat
Total cost so far-$366.37