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1978 Ford Bronco Restoration Project

Updated on September 11, 2014

The Ford Bronco was produced by The Ford Motor Company from 1966 through 1996. It had five generations. Ours is a 1978 full size truck. This redesign was based on the F-150. Ford started the redesign in 1972, codenamed Project Short-Horn, but introduction was delayed by concerns over the mid-1970s fuel crisis.I acquired this Bronco from my wife's cousin for $400. It was a mess when I got it. So far I have replaced the brakes, exhaust system, cooling system, shocks, electrical and the side body panels. I really enjoy working on this project.

Front of the 1978 Ford Bronco

Front of the 1978 Ford Bronco
Front of the 1978 Ford Bronco

Body Work

Time has taken its toll on the body of the old Bronco. Both driver and passenger side rear quarter panels where pretty rusted out. Here are before and after pictures of the passenger side rear quarter panel.

Body Work Photo

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      Ean Brandon 

      5 years ago from United States

      awesome restoration! Good luck!

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      mouse1996 lm 

      6 years ago

      I haven't seen a Bronco in years. I remember when I was younger a lot of military guys had them in my area. Your Bronco is amazing. Great lens!

    • KustomsandChopp profile image


      6 years ago

      I love Bronco's and yours is looking getting. Have you ever see a Ford Bronco Funny Car before? It's called the Bronco Buster

    • jasminesphotogr profile image


      7 years ago

      I love Broncos, great lens.I am in the middle of making a lens for my fiance's 89 Mustang restoration.

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      7 years ago

      Very cool project, smart to document the whole thing

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      7 years ago from west vancouver BC Canada

      Your doing a great job there on the old Bronco good pictures too!

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      8 years ago

      What a fun lens! Good job!

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      8 years ago

      Wow! Great lens. Most important information you have added. Nice picture are contain on your lens. Thanks for sharing this helpful lens.

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      BW Duerr 

      8 years ago from Henrietta, New York

      Great project and photos! 5 stars and lensrolled to my salvage vehicle lens. :D

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      Robin S 

      8 years ago from USA

      Congratulations new Giant!

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      Susan Deppner 

      9 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Wow, what a project! Nice pictures!

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      Sandy Mertens 

      9 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Great lens. I have always like the Ford Bronco.

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      Holley Web 

      9 years ago

      I have always loved the look of these tough Broncos. I would do the restoration too and never get rid of it! Great job!

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      9 years ago

      Congratulations! This lens is featured on PR-4 main page of The Coolest Squidoo Group

    • ZenandChic profile image


      9 years ago

      Cool! Like the new module.

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      Sherry Venegas 

      9 years ago from La Verne, CA

      Project Car! We have two. They are on hold right now. Camero and 1966 Mustang.

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      9 years ago

      Thanks for such an informative article.

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      petergrizzly lm 

      10 years ago

      Oooh... those heavily-rusted parts surely meant a lot of work. Nice restoration job. You did this yourself? Cool. :)5 stars!-Peter GCo-owner,Classic Cars for Sale

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      10 years ago

      nice work, I now all about restoring cars and trucks.Bumper Therapy

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      10 years ago

      Wow really great lens. Come visit my lenses.

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      Rose0366 LM 

      11 years ago

      Hey my husband is a Bronco fanatic and has a '71 Bronco he won't even let you put your hand on the paint. It's pretty cool, but definately a guy thing! Another site you might think about adding to the lens is That is where he buys all of his parts.

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      11 years ago

      Great concept - nice work! I'm looking forward to the outcome. Welcome to the Kaleidoscope Group!

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      flowski lm 

      11 years ago

      Cool 1978 Ford Bronco restoration project lens. I like all the stuff at BroncoBuzz too. SquiDirectory

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      11 years ago

      Hi Fellow Member of Ratings Soup. Great Lense. A 5 star-er. Emerging Market Stocks and ETF's. Make Money Over There.

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      11 years ago

      Found you on the Raising Stars Squidoo group. Gave you 5 stars for a cool lens on Broncos--they are more than just OJ's getaway vehicle. :-)

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      11 years ago

      I always wanted a Bronco in high school. Mom and dad didn't think kids needed their own car...Very nice lens! Thanks!

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      Lady Gotrocks 

      11 years ago

      Congratulations! You are now a member of the Raising Stars group

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      11 years ago

      You earned 5 stars for all of this wonderful information. Congratulations on a well designed site. Best wishes, Karen at KarensKinkade Art Store

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      11 years ago

      Nice Lens!!

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      11 years ago

      This is a cool lens. Can't wait to see the end result!

    • KimGiancaterino profile image


      11 years ago

      Nice Bronco. What a big project!

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      MrLewisSmile LM 

      11 years ago

      I just voted for this lens!

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      11 years ago

      Good informative lens, indeed a good job, bdkz. Voted 5stars ;) Feel free to visit my lens, if you want.

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      11 years ago

      Hi bdkz, I like your updated lens, It is very informative. Wow your husband has done a lot of work on his Bronco to restore it. Have a nice day

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      Janusz LM 

      11 years ago

      Great Bronco Lens, 5 Star performance

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      Loyalis LM 

      11 years ago

      Welcome to the Off-Road Group! A great addition!


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