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Well haven't had her long, a couple of weeks and work is progressing pretty smooth on her.

The facts:
1979 Bronco Build date 9-78.
Ranger XLT
Light Blue and White with Dark Blue dash
Non-Ac version
Bought it on Ebay, ad said it had 92k miles and a 351m.
Surprise who knows how many miles and it has a 460 in it that runs pretty damn good.
The headlights didn't work, the rear window didn't function and it had a different key for every lock. (including both doors). Radio was none functional and the interior was falling apart at the seams.

These are the pictures from the Ebay Ad:




There were many more but on to when I picked it up and moving forward. The heck with the past.


The plan: To be my new daily driver with most of the comforts of a modern car but not all or well lets be honest it would be cheaper to just buy something new.

Some of the parts list to date:
Procomp 15x10 polished rims
Nostalgic Heat and AC system (mated to my factory heat controls as much as possible)
New door panels
New Interior, seats, dash, vinyl floor, transfer case boot and headliner.
Heat and Sound deadner for the entire interior
All new seals.
New door threshold chrome
Automatic headlight controller (I will have 15 dead batteries otherwise).
New/Old Gauge cluster
Blue LEDs to go in the gauge cluster
New door lock cylinders
New light switch
New dome light
New plastic glove box
new door speakers
New coolant sensor
New Sending unit
New headlights
New Clear tail light covers with led bulbs
Plus about 12 more boxes from LMC that I can't even remember at this point.


The first stop after driving it over 700 miles home:

It got new wheels, I wasn't found of the american racing spoke style that was on it. Went through the brakes while the tires were being changed someone did manage to put new pads all the way around so it does stop. Did an alignment on it while I was at it.

It goes to the paint shop tomorrow for a complete interior paint job. (4/1/2015)

New Wheels


Embroidery going on the center of the front seats.


Right now the truck is pretty much stripped on the inside:




When removing the dash I found rust, I dont like rust.
So first was to fix the rust on the wiper assembly.



Now I am working on the Steering column support:


I also cut the holes in the dash today for the new AC/Heat so I wouldn't have to worry about scratching it up after the new paint is on it.

Started cleaning up some of the wiring also.

Hopefully I will have completed pictures of the Steering Column support before the end of the day with it back in the truck.

It is pretty good start but lots left to do.
 

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Support Bracket completed with new Rubber.




All reinstalled under the dash.



Most of this likely will not be seen by many people but at least I will know it is there and it was done.
 

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Jumping right in there huh? Right on! You're already bypassing the work I've done on my ol' lady's 78 XLT, we picked up for her last summer. OK... maybe not bypassing but closing fast. ;)

Keep up the good work and sharing the pics. Love seeing new life put back into these old rigs. :rockon
 

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Jumping right in there huh? Right on! You're already bypassing the work I've done on my ol' lady's 78 XLT, we picked up for her last summer. OK... maybe not bypassing but closing fast. ;)

Keep up the good work and sharing the pics. Love seeing new life put back into these old rigs. :rockon
As long as mine remains drivable during the project it will get completed pretty quick. My projects seem to stall once they quit moving.. Ha.
 

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Looking good!

If you really want to know what vintage the engine is, pulling the starter will reveal the casting number of the block. If you pull the intake, there is a casting date, in the middle of the lifter valley.
 

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Looking good!

If you really want to know what vintage the engine is, pulling the starter will reveal the casting number of the block. If you pull the intake, there is a casting date, in the middle of the lifter valley.

The engine block has d0ve-A
The heads have d0ve-e

If I decoded it correct it should be a Ford 460 from a 1970 Lincoln.

I suspect it has been rebuilt but no way of knowing without tearing it apart. I guess I could do a compression test.

It also has a Edelbrock 1406 Performer 600 cfm.



 

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Actually, the block was DESIGNED for the Lincoln, but was also used in Fords, and Mercurys. The only ways to tell a 429 from a 460 is to either get the casting number off the crank, or measure the stroke. My 429 is a D0VE block., but it was cast in late 69.
 

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Actually, the block was DESIGNED for the Lincoln, but was also used in Fords, and Mercurys. The only ways to tell a 429 from a 460 is to either get the casting number off the crank, or measure the stroke. My 429 is a D0VE block., but it was cast in late 69.

Looks like I will be pulling the starter when it gets back from paint. :)
 

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Well today I picked up my seat frames from the upholstery shop before he puts everything back together. Wire brushed and sanded all the metal that will show down then primed and repainted everything.

Will drove them back off tomorrow and hopefully have the front seat back by the end of the week.

I received my Nostalgic Air AC/Heat system today in the mail and a bunch of other boxes. Kinda feels like Christmas.

Added to the list of things ordered for this Bronco is a USA-230 Retro radio.



And some new headlights.




I have also come to the conclusion I really don't like the wheels and tires at ALL that are on it. The new ones or the old ones.

So I am trying to decide on well not decide but get the other boss to decide to let me order a set of these to put on it. (bad photoshop job but your get the idea).

Red Dirt Road 22x10's wearing either 35x12.50x22 M/Ts or 33x12.50x22 M/Ts



Wait to get it back from the shop hopefully friday evening so I can start putting it back together this weekend.
 

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Ur truck looks good as it sits now.

But... That's just my opinion.
I agree,i think it looks great the way it is
classic

I personally do not like oversize wheels on our yr broncos,no any modern wheel you can buy now


15'' with big fat tires look best to me

plus,the wheels you are looking at probably will not fit as the bronco needs a huge hole in the center of the wheel for the front hub and not much anything new has a need for that
 

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I love your Bronco. Looks so classy :thumbup..those black spoke lookin things?...might as well get spinners...wrong era. Like Jane Seymour wearing a thong. Just my opinion. :shrug
 

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I love your Bronco. Looks so classy :thumbup..those black spoke lookin things?...might as well get spinners...wrong era. Like Jane Seymour wearing a thong. Just my opinion. :shrug
At a minimum I will have to go to M/Ts, those ATs look like big round donuts under there.
 

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At a minimum I will have to go to M/Ts, those ATs look like big round donuts under there.
don't think mt's will help the visual
lift looks too large for tire size

for me ,white letter tires really help with the look
not a fan of blackwall tires, even my 62 Cadillac convert has white letter tires:thumbup
 

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don't think mt's will help the visual
lift looks too large for tire size

for me ,white letter tires really help with the look
not a fan of blackwall tires, even my 62 Cadillac convert has white letter tires:thumbup
I think the o.d. of the tires is fine. 33" or 35" are great...it's the wheel size that's to big..22" shows wayyyy to much air. 17's would be good...although they can look forced even on the newer lines of an obs Bronco. I think it's the smaller wheel well size of earlier Ford's in general :shrug
 

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Nice Bronco man, I have the same stereo you ordered and I also have the Nostalgic AC kit, love them both!

Can't say I approve of taking off the turbines, they look great on it, just need some bigger rubber.
 

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Nice Bronco man, I have the same stereo you ordered and I also have the Nostalgic AC kit, love them both!

Can't say I approve of taking off the turbines, they look great on it, just need some bigger rubber.
Glad to hear on both. Are you running that radio with or without an amplifier? I am not a huge sound person I just like to be able to hear.

I installed new 6.5" door speakers and Kicker 6x9's going the new side panels.

They are at the upholstery shop now.



I did decide against installing the ashtrays in the back. Instead I replaced that location with a pair of these:



I figured the kids would need a place to put their drinks since 5 and 7 is a little young for smoking.
 

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So here is the inventory of parts waiting on the truck to get out of the paint booth.

47-4472 DOME LAMP BODY-CHROME 1 REQ 1 19.95 19.9 In Stock
47-0230 BULB-DOME LAMP-CLEAR 1 REQ 2 0.95 1.9 In Stock
40-0441 SCREW-STAINLESS STEEL A/R 5 0.65 3.2 In Stock
47-0411 SOCKET-WHITE A/R 2 7.95 15.9 In Stock
47-0419 SOCKET-BACKUP 2 REQ 2 6.95 13.9 In Stock
36-0225 BULB-CLEAR A/R 4 0.95 3.8 In Stock
47-0190 SOCKET-INST PANEL BULB A/R 4 1.95 7.8 In Stock
36-0224 BULB-CLEAR A/R 4 0.95 3.8 In Stock
40-2593 HEADLIGHT KNOB-REPLACEMENT 1 9.95 9.9 In Stock
49-6130 GLOVE BOX DOOR CHECK CABLE 1 1.95 1.9 In Stock
47-0229 BULB-CLEAR A/R 1 0.95 0.9 In Stock
40-1830 GLOVE BOX BUMPER 2 REQ 1 1.95 1.9 In Stock
40-3116 SPRING-GLOVE BOX DOOR 2 REQ 1 0.95 0.9 In Stock
49-9342 DOOR SEAL-UPPER-ON DOOR 2 REQ 1 29.95 29.9 In Stock
40-0769 RETAINER SET-DOOR PANEL-16PCS 1 12.95 12.9 In Stock
40-0435 SCREW-CHROME A/R 12 0.55 6.6 In Stock
47-4291 DOME LIGHT LENS-CLEAR 1 REQ 1 6.95 6.9 In Stock
43-4034 SENDING UNIT-33 GALLON 1 REQ 1 59.95 59.9 In Stock
40-0483 HEX BOLT-W/WASHER HEAD A/R 4 0.60 2.4 In Stock
47-3600 SOCKET-TANK SENDING UNIT 1 REQ 1 9.95 9.9 In Stock
43-3420 FUEL LINE CLIP SET-8PC 1 REQ 1 4.95 4.9 In Stock
49-6195 DASH TRIM-GL/BOX BLACK CHROME 1 59.95 59.9 In Stock
49-6210 DASH BEZEL-BLACK-W/O AC 1 99.95 99.9 In Stock
49-7712 THRESHOLD PLATE SET-FRONT-SS 1 19.95 19.9 In Stock
40-0160 BENCH SEAT HARDWARE KIT-SS 1 4.95 4.9 In Stock
49-7740 DOOR SILL PLATE SET-ALUMINUM 1 59.95 59.9 In Stock
48-2340-LL RETRACT LAP ST BLT-BL(WGU 2339 2 59.95 119.9 In Stock
48-2349-LL LAP SEAT BELT-BLUE 2 24.95 49.9 In Stock
40-0304 SEAT BELT/SPARE TIRE BOLT A/R 2 4.95 9.9 In Stock
38-5120 REPLACEMENT REAR VIEW MIRROR 1 11.95 11.9 In Stock
49-9342 DOOR SEAL-UPPER-ON DOOR 2 REQ 1 29.95 29.9 In Stock
49-7150 WINDOW CHANNEL KIT 1 REQ 1 149.95 149.9 In Stock
49-9465 TAILGATE WEATHERSTRIP-OUTER 1 39.95 39.9 In Stock
49-9466 TAILGATE WEATHERSTRIP-INNER 1 29.95 29.9 In Stock
40-0485 SCREW 2 REQ 4 0.20 0.8 In Stock
49-9468 CORNER SEAL-LH 1 14.95 14.9 In Stock
49-9469 CORNER SEAL-RH 1 14.95 14.9 In Stock
49-9475 TAILGATE WEATHERSTRIP 1 REQ 1 49.95 49.9 In Stock
49-6030 GLOVE BOX 1 REQ 1 14.95 14.9 In Stock
29-0309 SCREW A/R 7 0.50 3.5 In Stock
49-7644 WINDOW HANDLE-W/O KNOB 2 REQ 1 12.95 12.9 In Stock
40-2620-CL WINDOW HANDLE KNOB-CLEAR A/R 1 4.95 4.9 In Stock
49-5490 SEAT PIVOT COVER-LH 1 24.95 24.9 In Stock
49-5491 SEAT PIVOT COVER-RH 1 24.95 24.9 In Stock
40-0435 SCREW-CHROME A/R 6 0.55 3.3 In Stock
47-3918 WIPER ARM 2 REQ 2 17.95 35.9 In Stock
49-5370-LL DOOR PANEL SET-OE STYLE-BLUE 1 129.95 129.9 In Stock
49-5432-LL ARMREST SET-BLUE 1 99.95 99.9 In Stock
40-2535 LIGHTER KNOB & ELEMENT 1 REQ 1 5.95 5.9 In Stock
49-6140 CIGARETTE SOCKET & RETAINER 1 4.95 4.9 In Stock
49-9338 DOOR WEATHERSTRIP SET 1 REQ 1 59.95 59.9 In Stock
47-0696 DOOR LOCK SET-W/KEYS 1 REQ 1 39.95 39.9 In Stock
49-7646 FRONT DOOR HANDLE-INSIDE-LH 1R 1 9.95 9.9 In Stock
49-7647 FRONT DOOR HANDLE-INSIDE-RH 1R 1 9.95 9.9 In Stock
49-7644 WINDOW HANDLE-W/O KNOB 2 REQ 1 12.95 12.9 In Stock
40-2620-CL WINDOW HANDLE KNOB-CLEAR A/R 1 4.95 4.9 In Stock
40-1910 SHIFT LEVER BOOT 1 REQ 1 29.95 29.9 In Stock
40-2253 PEDAL PAD-BRAKE-AT 1 REQ 1 3.95 3.9 In Stock
40-2240 PEDAL PAD-ACCELERATOR 1 REQ 1 7.95 7.9 In Stock
38-1238 FASTENER REMOVAL TOOL 1 5.95 5.9 In Stock
33 Gallon tank

This should be enough stuff to keep me busy a few days.

The 79 has the 25 Gallon tank, upgrading to a 33, new lines(depends on the efi kit), new sending unit in prepreation for a Throttle body EFI kit.

Still undecided on which system.

Been reading on the Holley's, Edelbrock E-street , Fast Ez and the MSD Atomic seems interesting.

Nothing against carbs but with a DD I prefer more reliability under the hood.
 
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