1977 Ford Bronco Resto-Mod
The Bronco project was a slow going, rough/rocky project from the beginning. I mean that in the sense of the entire project was very labor intensive. It was brought to us as a “basket case” with a steel shell of a body that another shop started and stalled out on without finishing any of the parts or pieces. There was issues from the get go with panel fitment, gaps, body lines etc and that was just the beginning of the issues that we would run into when it got to the computer, wiring & sensors we had a totally different battle to fight. But our first task was to make the bottom side of the truck durable and ready for anything. We removed the body from the frame, flipped it over and sanded the entire underside to prep for proper epoxy primer and topcoat. We then applied a bed liner to the underside of the floor and wheel houses for rock protection, sound deadening, and overall durability. While the body was off of the frame a few issues were addressed that were left unresolved by the previous shop. We fabricated new brake lines for the upgraded brake system, new fuel lines for the modern EFI power plant and restoring the parking brake system. Once the body was back on the frame we took after the interior and finished the sheetmetal off with the factory 1977 Ford Red we later used on the exterior. While on the interior we installed virtually everything new from padded carpet, new door & quarter interior panels, new front and rear Corbeau suspension seats in a custom red and black configuration, new steering wheel, power window conversion, and the cherry on top was a Retro Sound Bluetooth Radio and speakers. We kept the factory look with the original speedometer and all factory style knobs and switches and replaced with new where needed. On the exterior we started with properly fitting the panels and restoring the correct gaps. Working with mostly aftermarket trim, handles, mirrors etc was a challenge as most are designed to work with factory panels and factory sheetmetal, which most of the exterior of this project were also replaced with aftermarket parts. The issues quickly showed up as parts and pieces started to not fit during mock-up stages and modifications had to begin. Some were to the body, some were to the parts & trim but for the most part everything had to be modified to live up to our standards. While the head scratching was underway our highly skilled technicians in the body shop were hard at work making the old farm truck into an off road capable show quality driver. If you remember these Broncos when they were new you will know that these were not very nice in the way of panel fitment and esthetics, but were purpose built and used as that. We had struggles making the removable top fit to the body and windshield as tight as we wanted as well as the doors fit to the top and body both. Again the body shop out shined expectations and delivered above the expected quality they have been known for. When it came to the paint, together with the client we chose the appropriate 1977 Ford Truck Red for the body and the Off White/Cream 77 Ford color for the top as well. The power plant of this project is an EFI High Output 5.0 Liter SBF transplanted from a 91 Mustang but not before being gone through and rebuilt. The now powerful engine is mated to a C4 automatic transmission with a Dana 4X4 Transfer Case and breathes out through a set of Hooker Competition Headers & Mufflers with custom tailpipes. The power gets to the ground through a set of 15X8 aftermarket Fuel wheels wrapped in 30X9.5 BFG tires and for the just in case moments we installed the classic swing out spare bracket to hold the full size/matching spare tire. The truck is wired with a completely new harness from painless coupled with a custom engine harness to bring the fuel injected 5.0 to life in the classic ford. when completed this modernized version of a classic Early Bronco is the center of attention even when surrounded by the exotic, restored, and race cars we have at the shop. We actually took the Bronco to a local car show along with a handful of our other cars and this Bronco not was the only early Bronco at the show it was the focus point in our display with the crowds skimming right by our fleet to inspect the details of the Bronco.