A Big Red 1979 Bronco You Won’t Be Afraid to Drive Anywhere

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The problem with frame off restorations and show queens is that your average person feels obligated to keep them that way.  Most people work hard for their money, and they don’t want to see that expensive paint job or those hand painted engine parts get scratched up and dirty.

Somewhere between the powder puff rides and the total clunkers resides what I consider to be the sweet spot for car enthusiasts – the driver.  Drivers are trucks that look great and are mechanically sound, but aren’t necessarily perfect to the point where you’re parking them under an overpass at the slightest hint of rain.

No, drivers are begging to be driven and enjoyed, and isn’t that the point of our glorious hobby?  This 1979 Bronco is a perfect example of the breed, combining a low mileage 400 big block with some new parts and a couple of (gasp!) paint chips.

The interior is basically all new and original, ready to go another 86k before a refresh is in order.  It’s nice, but not to the point where you will feel guilty for hopping in with muddy boots on.  Which is great, because a two inch lift and big meats will make you want venture off paved surfaces.

The flat red paint is unique and garners attention.  All the chrome and trim is in good but not perfect shape, because in this case it doesn’t need to be.  Power steering and power brakes make this big beast more manageable on both the road and the trail.

Part of a two year body style, this 1979 represents a great value (for now) in comparison to earlier Broncos.  And as we can see from this particular example, they also make perfect drivers for people who enjoy doing just that.

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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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