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I finally found my first Bronco. Its '79 that was mis-listed on craigslist as an '84. The owner asked to make an offer after I saw it. So I made an appointment to take a look at it on Saturday but I was pretty sure I was going to do what I had to snag it.

Backstory was that he just wanted it off his property. He has owned his land in Lakeside, CA for 30 years. Had a tenant who rented a part of his house for a few years who had to split town in a hurry and said to keep the Bronco. That was 6 years ago according to him; judging by the '06 registration on the plates, it could be 10 years. He just wanted it gone and said that a little more than his cost to get a lien title on it and it was mine.

Now, its rough. But not, kind of. It has no doors and no top. Needs glass for the back window. Its been sitting outside for those 6 years in the elements and ran when parked. But I see potential. Short term plans are to get it transferred into my name, winch it out and onto a trailer, then drive it up to a friend's house who has many acres to put it. I will pay him and his landlord $30 a month until I get my BMW project driving, reliable and the 4Runner sold. This may take several months. Then I can get it running and over to my house where I can get to wrenching on it.

Plans are:
  • Flat desert tan paint job
  • New-to-me top
  • New-to-me doors and glass
  • 6BT or 4BT paired with a zf5
  • Wheel
Think I did pretty good for $300?















Gonna need floorboards. Not too worried about that.






















Many layers of paint on this thing.


















 

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if you've got the time, money and skills... that's a great price for a good start.
a good pressure washing will likely bring to light a lot of good and probably some more bad.
look forward to your build. :thumbup
 

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Appears to have been quite a looker back in it's hay day. All that chrome and dress up on the motor. It has some old school gumbo mudders and an odd looking set of drop brackets for the RA's. Whats up with the buttons over there by the glove box?

How about that Willy's parked beside it?
 

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Looks pretty damn good! How do the fenders look underneath the fender flares?
 

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Appears to have been quite a looker back in it's hay day. All that chrome and dress up on the motor. It has some old school gumbo mudders and an odd looking set of drop brackets for the RA's. Whats up with the buttons over there by the glove box?

How about that Willy's parked beside it?
Yeah that Willys is for sale too. Not sure how much he wants for it. I'll ask and get a price.

I do think that it was a good looking truck. It was definitely set up to play though. I know so little about it unfortunately, I wish I could tell you about the buttons at the glove box or anything about the weird drop brackets too.
 

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You don't need doors. I took the doors off our '79, bolted side mirror brackets to the door hinge, and wheeled it smiling and doorless.
 

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You don't need doors. I took the doors off our '79, bolted side mirror brackets to the door hinge, and wheeled it smiling and doorless.
Haha! For a daily driver, yes, I will want doors. If it was just for fun, then nahh.

I may have found a complete 78 for $200 with top, doors, grille, tail gate, everything. Crossing fingers.
 

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Haha! For a daily driver, yes, I will want doors. If it was just for fun, then nahh.

I may have found a complete 78 for $200 with top, doors, grille, tail gate, everything. Crossing fingers.
Wow... you're either getting really luck or these people don't know what they've got...
Looks to be a fun build! Excited to see it progress
 

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And believe it or not, I secured that $200 '78. I will get down there and look at it and see if it is in better shape than the '79. The '78 looks to have a lot of body filler on it where the '79 doesn't. Oh and the '78 won't have a motor in it either.

Preliminary parts I am going to pull are:
  • Complete Doors
  • Hardtop
  • Tailgate with glass
  • Dash (nicer shape than mine)
  • Looks to be a lot nicer seat
  • Wheels and tires
  • Chrome trim around windows
  • C6
  • Transfer case
Now, the wife doesn't know about the second Bronco. Gonna have to keep that on the down low until it shows up in the driveway.
 
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