Mobsteel’s ’79 Ford Bronco Brings Badass Retro Style to SEMA

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Mobsteel 1979 Ford Bronco

Instead of trying to modernize the iconic 2nd-gen Ford Bronco, this Detroit shop keeps things old school.

Fans of automotive TV are undoubtedly familiar with Detroit-based custom builder and retro steel wheel manufacturer Mobsteel. They produced some pretty fascinating builds on History Channel’s Detroit Steel after originally appearing on NBCSN years ago. While we await season two of that particular show, we’ve got one very special new Mobsteel build to show you – this stunning 1979 Ford Bronco. And instead of seeing it on the big screen, we saw it live – right here at SEMA 2018.

That’s because we here at Ford Truck Enthusiasts are in Las Vegas all week to catch the hottest builds and bring them to you live. And to be honest, what’s hotter than a big-bodied, 2nd-gen Ford Bronco? And while most of even the older trucks here at SEMA tend to carry overly modern styling, that certainly isn’t the case here.

Mobsteel 1979 Ford Bronco

The guys at Mobsteel went bonkers on this particular classic Ford Bronco, but kept a distinctively retro theme. In fact, other than their custom milled, larger-sized steel wheels called “Zugs,” the exterior looks pretty normal. To the point where you might mistake it for just a super clean and mostly stock ‘ute with a lift. Heck, it even has faux wood paneling on the sides.

Mobsteel 1979 Ford Bronco

The interior is equally retro, with mostly stock bits covered in a combination of black and striking orange, yellow, and white plaid. The only real modern touch inside is a full-on custom stereo system from JL Audio.

The elevated stance of this Ford Bronco comes courtesy of a 7-inch lift. Underneath, dual shocks and a host of other suspension upgrades make it worthy of the mud. Not that you’d want to take this beauty there and dirty it up.

Mobsteel 1979 Ford Bronco

SEMA is obviously chock full of amazing Ford trucks, but this Bronco might just wind up taking the cake. Stay tuned as we bring you the best of what SEMA 2018 has to offer over the next few days!

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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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