This seems to be a great site for what is most likely a laundry list of questions I will have as I build through my newest find. A little history, my father purchased a 78 Bronco the year I was born brand new and it is the only long term vehicle I ever remember him having. I remember playing with my hot wheels cars in the back of it as we went down the road, long road trips with him, and family trips all without a backseat lol. He passed away when I was still pretty young and for the last few years I have been trying to locate a 78-79. The search always would end up at a point of finding a total rebuilder for 3/4k or a pristine original in the ballpark of 15k. As luck would have it I showed up at an auction to purchase a tractor a few months back and sitting there with an elderly gentleman on the tailgate was a 79. The wife and I walked over and started talking to the man and after a short discussion I learned he was the original owner. He purchased the vehicle less than 10 miles from where we were standing and the Bronco never really left the area. He had a slightly higher reserve at the auction than I was willing to pay and after dropping 13k on a tractor I left and headed home. It just kept bothering me that I didn't stick around and buy the truck so I reached out to the auction house and they actually knew him and gave me his number. I gave him a call and he was actually trying to get ahold of me. He wanted the truck to go to someone who would appreciate it and after a quick 15 minute call I agreed to buy the truck and set out to get it. I didn't really go over it with a fine tooth comb the day at the auction knowing that we were not there to buy a toy so I had some questions when I pulled up to this house. He wanted to drive the truck onto the trailer and at that time I asked how many miles the truck had. To my surprise the miles were original. I also noticed the astroturf carpet on the floor and asked when it was installed and was it "glued down" to the mat. Less than a week after he bought the truck he layed the astro carpet over the original pad......no glue! When I pulled the carpet up and looked at the pad it was pristine! The truck is now sitting here and I am figuring out what I want to do with it. Anyways that's the story of how my new 79 and I came to be. Its like going back in time when I was a kid to just sit in the truck.....and that's good enough for me.