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So I purchased a project that I'm working on with my kids and wife. Which means I'm doing the majority of the work there just helping when they feel like it hahaha. We recently made a family trip to Florence Oregon for the Bronco Roundup. I believe it is the biggest Gathering of early Broncos in the States but I could be wrong. There was over 300 Broncos registered and more than that running around town. My girls fell in love with the Broncos wife included. She had always liked them but after seeing them for 4 days she really wanted one. With the three girls two dogs and my wife and I we could not fit in a first gen Bronco, so I set my sights on finding a big body 78-79. A friend of mine knew a guy who had one sitting alongside the county road and was not doing anything with it. It took some persuading but I was able to buy it from him. Really straight, only found two small rust holes in the floor. Very good candidate for a solid start. I have since ordered 4 inch lift, 35 in tires and wheels , I bought a running 460 big block , I bought a L&L installation kit for the 460 which includes headers motor mounts oil pump oil pan and all the goodies needed. I ordered new back glass and the top seals. New carpet and I dropped the seats off at the upholstery shop to have a modern Flair put on the late 70s Vibe on the seats. This Bronco will kind of stay with the patina Rod style I build. I have started acid washing parts of body and it will receive the permalac clear coat that I use to lock in the patina. This particular Bronco is of a special line of Broncos that received what Ford called the freewheeling package. It was all cosmetic stuff like black mirrors black grill and headlight inserts along with black bumpers and a cool graphics kit. I will be putting a new graphics on it just a kind of help add to the contrast. I plan on running some sort of Holley throttle body fuel injection on it so it is drivable for anyone. Something a little different but hope you guys enjoy
 

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My girls went and did girls stuff with mom today, so i started cleaning. Whole bronco got and acid bath then I started waxing!! What a transformation!!!
 

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Great score, really like those years of Broncos. Geez, if people waxed their cars more often, paint jobs would sure last longer, looking good [cl
When you say acid wash, what is it that you use? Is it just to remove crud or also some surface rust too, and do you have to neutralize it after?
 
Great score, really like those years of Broncos. Geez, if people waxed their cars more often, paint jobs would sure last longer, looking good [cl
When you say acid wash, what is it that you use? Is it just to remove crud or also some surface rust too, and do you have to neutralize it after?

Hahaha, exactly!!!
It's just muriatic acid. My detail guy uses it. I didn't really notice to taking off any rust. I'm sure if you use something more abrasive and then a Terry towel it would. All I did was wipe the paint down with a Terry towel with the acid on it. To neutralize it you just wash it off with a normal Automotive soap. Works really well
 
I had a 79 shortbed F100 pick up I bought new. I always liked that generation. I remember the dealer having new Broncos and wishing I had the $$ to get one. Jim
 
That's different and cool to see. Cars that seem "newer" to some of us are approaching 40 years old so it's definitely time to start working with this era of vehicles.
 
When I first cleaned my 46 with CLR and a scotch-brite, I was amazed at how much paint was hiding under rust on top of it. I would use different methods now, though.

I bought an International truck door at auction a couple months ago, and power polished it for all of 5 minutes. It looked like I would need to repaint it before I used a pretty mild compound, polish, and wax on it. Now it's shiny again.

It's amazing what a little TLC does to automotive paint. The Bronco is going to look great all polished up!
 
When I first cleaned my 46 with CLR and a scotch-brite, I was amazed at how much paint was hiding under rust on top of it. I would use different methods now, though.

I bought an International truck door at auction a couple months ago, and power polished it for all of 5 minutes. It looked like I would need to repaint it before I used a pretty mild compound, polish, and wax on it. Now it's shiny again.

It's amazing what a little TLC does to automotive paint. The Bronco is going to look great all polished up!

You are right, neglect on the paint job is not good on a vehicle. My wife could not believe the difference it made
 
That paint cleaned up really nice. Black wheels I don't usually care for, but they tie in well with the black 1/2 top. Most of the tops were white, I like that black against the red, really sharp.

I seen you say you were going with a 460, what trans, automatic or granny 4 speed?
 
That paint cleaned up really nice. Black wheels I don't usually care for, but they tie in well with the black 1/2 top. Most of the tops were white, I like that black against the red, really sharp.

I seen you say you were going with a 460, what trans, automatic or granny 4 speed?

Yeah a lot of people have said I should have went chrome wheels, but with all the black accent I think it would have looked at a place. It has a C6 automatic in it
 

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