California Dreaming: Immaculate ’79 Ford Bronco Lives the SoCal Life

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Spending four decades in a mild climate has served this second-generation Ford Bronco well.

California has a bit of a reputation among those entrenched in the car culture. Mostly because it is the absolute mecca of said culture. The agreeable weather, endless beautiful scenery, and killer driving roads don’t hurt, either. And unlike the snow (rust) belt, you’ll find plenty of virgin sheetmetal here, preserved by that sunny dry climate. Vehicles like this gorgeous 1979 Ford Bronco we spotted over at Hemmings.

The 2nd gen Bronco has lived its life in Northern Cali, racking up only a reported 56k miles over the last (nearly) four decades. And for that reason, not a whole lot has been done to this one outside of normal maintenance. The original 351/4-speed combo is still there and reportedly works fantastically. Things like brakes, shocks, hoses, filters, and belts have all been refreshed, however.

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The seller did upgrade to a set of 16″ white wagon wheels, but retained the stock 15″ hoops just in case. The XLT model truck sports a host of factory niceties, including air conditioning, AM/FM radio, Captain’s Chairs, and chrome trim that appears to be in very nice shape. The original paint proves to be a great 20-footer, though it does show some patina up close. Not that that’s a bad thing.

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This gorgeous ’79 Ford Bronco is just another example of an old truck lovingly preserved by the state of California. And apparently, at least three owners who’ve obsessively cared for it over the years. Now it awaits a fourth one, who will hopefully drive it just a little bit more than 1,400 miles a year, no matter where they live!

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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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