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1979 Ford Bronco
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Hello, my name is Ryan. Long time lurker, figured I should join up so I can add my 2 cents when needed. I am out of Frederick Colorado (lotta Colorado folks on here!). I have had a 79 bronco which has been both a joy and the bane of my existence for many years. Used to be my daily driver for a time (then I opted for a shiney new f150 to make my commute in). I am now starting to gove it the love it deserves as I downsize the bulk of my "projects" in order to focus on fewer haha. I have been into classic cars since before I could drive, even back in high school my first car I bought was a basket case 69 firebird that I resurrected (it was the 90s stuff was cheaper then). If it has wheels I can get it running again. Happy to offer any insight that may be helpful.

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1979 Bronco Ranger XLT, 400m engine, C6 trans, D44 front with Dick Cepek manual locking hubs
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welcome !!! yeah Colorado is one of the Bronco places, meanwhile :)

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Welcome, and I think it's a great looking Bronco! My first Bronco was a 79, & I loved it! What motor/trans? Does it run, what is your goal for this Bronco, do you want it mint and painted nice, or are you looking to just make it roadworthy again?

I have restored many cars & trucks over the years. I always try to keep them in a drivable state, so i can at least enjoy them as i make them nicer over time. Once they are off the road, and apart, they tend to sit for much longer period of time than you intended them to.

Start with the foundation, and pick one area at a time, like scraping and painting the frame to make it look cleaner, or frt suspension, or steering, maybe brakes. Just tackle small projects, one at a time, where you are having success, achieving goals, and biting off small chunks at a time, that way the process keeps moving in the right direction, and improves the vehicle over time at a good pace in my experience. It satisfies that feeling of getting something improved each time you dive in to a new area, and soon enough the vehicle starts looking less neglected & you take some priide in your accomplishments.

Give us some more input on your goals for this 79!

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Yo Ryan,
1979 Bronco/F Series Electrical & Vacuum Troubleshooting Manual by Ford via member Ziggy⚠⚠⚠ @
1979 Ford Bronco Wiring Manual pictures, videos, and sounds |
It shows Electrical component location, operation, troubleshooting, with wiring and vacuum diagrams.

1979 Ford Bronco Wiring Schematics, Connector Pin-outs, etc by Ranger429 @ 79 wiring schematics

1979 Bronco Brochure @ Bronco_1979.pdf

1979 Ford Bronco vs. Blazer Article by Ford via Indybronco @ 1978 Ford Bronco Bronco vs. Blazer (79) pictures, videos, and sounds |

Ford Shop Manual Diagrams: 1978-1979 Full Size Shop Manuals, partial @ Technical Diagrams Archives
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Wiring Manuals & Diagrams Download PDF
This complete manual for the 1972-1979 Ford Bronco Includes Rear Lights Diagram
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This complete manual for the 1972-1979 Ford Bronco Includes Air Cleaner Diagram
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This complete manual for the 1972-1979 Ford Bronco Includes '78 Brakes Diagram, Gas Tank Setup Diagram
Body Manuals & Diagrams Download PDF This complete manual for the 1972-1979 Ford Bronco Includes; Upper Body Diagram, Front Clip Diagram, heater Ducts Diagram, Tailgate Diagram, Console Diagram, Front Clip Diagram, Grill Setup Diagram, Heater Controls Diagram, Interior Trip Diagram, Rear Sheetmetal Diagram, Tiltwheel Diagram, Tire Rack
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