1979 Ford Bronco Is a Free Wheeling Fun Machine

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1979 Ford Bronco

Nothing screams ’70s fashion better than a well-patina’d Free Wheelin’ Bronco!

It’s not exactly a secret around here that we love our second gen Broncos. And despite its quirkiness, we also love the Free Wheeling Edition versions of both Ford’s full-size ‘ute and F-Series pickups from the same era. So when we run across a fine, mostly original example of both, we stop to take notice. And this 1979 Ford Bronco with those gloriously bright decals is one of the finest we’ve seen in awhile.

1979 Ford Bronco

We spotted the Free Wheeling Bronco over at 4-Wheel Classics in Holland, Michigan. But thankfully, it hasn’t been subjected to too many salty Southeast Michigan roads in its lifetime. The Bronco actually spent most of its life in Idaho. And because of that, you won’t find the typical Midwestern rot underneath.

What you will find is original paint with plenty of patina and those aforementioned graphics. Interestingly enough, this particular 1979 Ford Bronco doesn’t have a blacked-out grille like most other Free Wheeling examples, but it was ordered with the emblems nonetheless. It’s a nicely optioned truck as well, with a C6 automatic transmission, tilt steering, captain’s chairs, and a 351M under the hood.

1979 Ford Bronco

The V8 was rebuilt not too long ago, at which time the owner added a Holley carb and Edelbrock intake, along with an updated ignition system. A 6-inch lift gives this old Bronco a little more altitude, and space for some large 37-inch Grabber tires. Just the right combination of new and old to make this relatively rare Bronco quite the looker.

We’re glad that the owner resisted the urge to paint the big ‘ute. Mostly because it sports plenty of character as is. Now it just needs a new owner to keep it going until disco music is cool again!

Brett Foote is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other sites.


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