Coyote-Powered 1979 Ford Bronco Is Pure Six-Figure Perfection

Coyote Powered 1979 Ford Bronco
This 1979 Ford Bronco has been masterfully redone with tasteful upgrades, but it has already been bid over $100k in Bring A Trailer's auction.

As most are already well aware, the Ford Bronco market has been going bonkers for years now after collectors slept on the rugged SUV – sans the first-gen models, at least – for years. That is no longer the case, and even newer fifth-gen models are selling for huge money, particularly nice, low-mile examples. This 1979 Ford Bronco up for grabs at Bring a Trailer isn’t one of those, but it has been masterfully modified in all the right areas, making it as close to perfect as a second-gen Bronco can possibly get.

That fine work was completed by Firehouse Vintage Vehicles in Statesville, North Carolina just last year, starting with a respray in the SUV’s original shade of Raven Black, which is accented by a set of Chromatic tape stripes that were featured on the Free Wheelin’ Bronco of this era. The exterior presents a mostly original look, which we’re digging, save for the addition of a set of retro-styled forged 17-inch turbine-style alloy wheels wrapped with LT285/70 BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A K02 tires.

1979 Ford Bronco interior

The same goes for the interior, which features a mostly stock appearance, albeit with a few upgrades including red leather-covered seats, a Fat Fender garage climate control system, a RetroSound radio, Kicker speakers, and Dakota Digital gauges. Mechanically speaking, the upgrades go quite a bit deeper. Underneath, the 1979 Ford Bronco has been treated to Rancho shocks, new springs, Warn hubs, a Borgeson steering box, and a hydroboost brake conversion with front discs and rear drums.

1979 Ford Bronco engine

The big news lies under the hood, however, where the original powerplant has been kicked to the side in favor of a modern 5.0-liter Coyote V8 that’s been fortified with a JLT Performance cold-air intake, headers, and an aluminum radiator. It sends its power to either the rear or all four wheels via a 6R80 six-speed automatic transmission.

The end result of all these upgrades is, quite simply, utter perfection. It’s hard to imagine a 1979 Ford Bronco being any nicer than this, and the bidding thus far reflects that fact. As of this writing, the high bid has already crested the $112k mark, with a couple of days to go. But given the eye-watering prices of old Broncos these days, that doesn’t surprise us one bit.

Source: Ford Truck Enthusiasts



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