Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Katy, Texas
Bronco Info: 79 Bronco Ranger XLT C6 35's
79 Bronco Katy Texas Build
*****Looks like the picture hosting site I've used for years has without warning kidnapped my photos. Photobucket now wants $399.00 to do what I have done for years. So to possibly see some photos from this thread jump to the last page and work backwards. I had switched a while back to a different image hosting service. For now it still works
Hello all! 79BroncoSpringTx here. Well here’s my 79 Bronco Build thread. If you’ve read my Introduction you know I had a 79 Bronco I bought new. I graduated Hign School in 76. Well the 79 was my first ever New vehicle to own. My family had been dealing with a Ford dealer in Huntsville Texas just north of Houston. So I rode up there and sat down with the sales guy and picked out what I wanted. What a thrill for a 21 yr. old. I waited about a month and they called and said it was in. My Dad and I rode up there with my trade in and did the deal and they handed me the keys. Here’s what she looked like. This isn't my actual one. Just a photo I found. It was Candy Apple Red and Wimbledon White. It was beautiful !
Here we are some 30 years later and I wanted it back. I was bitten by the Bronco bug again! So I started my search on Craigslist about a month ago. I was scouring the state of Texas looking for the right one. I found one close by that looked pretty good in the photos. Went to look at it in person and realized they had cut the fender wells on it. The engine was out and in pieces. It had been sitting with the back window down and rain and leaves filling the back. I decided this was not the one for me. So the search continued. I would check Craigslist in the morning and at night. Well on a Thursday night one was posted about 9pm. I texted the guy at 9:30 and was on the phone with him a few minutes later. He had one pic on line. He sent me more pics the next day. Based on the photos I wanted it. I had found a lot of 78’s for sale. I really wanted a 79. And this was a 79. So we did the deal on the phone.
Now for the fun part. Getting it home. It was 4 hrs. north of Houston. It hadn’t been inspected in about 5 years. The guy had been just driving it around on his property. He said the tires were old. Well I found a friend with a dually pickup and a trailer. We headed up and loaded it up. I liked what I saw when I got there. The body looked to be in good shape. He had to jumper it to get it cranked. Seem to run good. He drove it up on the trailer. We hadn’t gone down the road an hour and both tires on the driver side were flat. And it just did fit on the trailer. Got it back to Houston and aired the tires up and was going to drive it off the trailer. It wouldn’t start. So my buddy pushed it off while I steered. I had gotten a storage unit a block from the house to keep it till I can get it street legal. It’s going to need new tires, battery, brake job and perhaps carburetor rebuild. I’m hoping to have it on the street in the next 60 to 90 days. Here are some pics.
I pulled the carpet back on the passenger side to see how the floor looks. I was curious about any rust. It actually looks pretty good.
I was able to get a Marti report on it. It was actually sold about 45 minutes from where I live now. So it originally came out of the Houston area when it was new.
It was ordered with:
Your vehicle was ordered with the following features:
Regular and Deluxe TuTone Paint
Ammeter and Oil Pressure Gauges
Adjustable Steering Column
10.00 x 15-C Raised White Letter Tires
Illuminated Vanity Mirror
Bright Low Mount Western Mirrors
Dual Electric Horns
Auxiliary Oil Cooler
Increased Capacity Fuel Tank
Rear Stabilizer Bar
Quad Front Shocks
Heavy Duty Rear Shocks
So anyway follow along as I bring her back to life. I’m looking forward to it.
It has 2 battery trays in it. Anyone know what package that would have been a part of? It has the wiring for 2 batteries. It has a 460 which I don't think is original. I'm still investigating things on it.
Last edited by 79BroncoSpringTx; 07-03-2017 at 12:38 PM.
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