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1979 Ford Bronco - Big Orange

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James J. Weber | Writer
Posted April 1, 2001
Photographers: Joel Mollis

One Juicy '79 Bronco

The word Bronco is synonymous with off-roading. Dating back to the early '60s and all the way up to the '90s, countless off-roaders have based many dreams on their beloved Broncos. The most popular models were from the early years. Yet for Mesa, Arizona, resident Adam Bialac, the most popular year was 1979. With this in mind, it should come as no surprise that his Bronco is from - you guessed it - 1979. "I wanted something different, and you don't see many '79 Broncos customized, so I thought I'd give it a shot," he said.

After driving his truck for countless miles, Adam decided it was time to modernize the SUV. With Fly-N-Hi Off-Road Center of Mesa in the driver seat, the transformation began. In order to fit the 35x12.50x15-inch BFGoodrich Radial Mud-Terrains mounted on 15x10-inch Alcoa wheels, the truck was raised 4 inches using Fly-N-Hi's custom-fabricated front suspension system. The rear received re-arched leaf springs as well as new Doetsch shock absorbers.

Since he was satisfied with the stock 460-cid V-8 Ford motor and the stock C6 automatic transmission, Adam decided to give the two components a once-over for good measure. After doing so, he left them stock for the time being.

The paint and bodywork was completed by Scott Woolford and his crew at Kingswood Collision Center. Once the correct shade and hue of the Sherwin-Williams Orange paint with Gold pearl flakes was chosen, Scott began the preparation work. Included in this process was the shaving of the side marker lamps and the filling and removal of all body moldings and holes. Once the metal mods were completed and the Orange basecoat was sprayed, numerous coats of clearcoat were applied to bring out the sheer brilliance of the specially brewed paint.

With the outside complete, the interior was completely gutted and rebuilt from scratch. New door panels and seats were installed in a complementary gray tweed material. The dashboard was rejuvenated via the installation of a gray tweed dash cover. The black carpeting and the new headliner were installed by the owner. To protect the fabric and his 400-watt Alpine sound system, all of the windows were tinted limo-style.

If you're ever in the Mesa area, and an orange blur passes you by, don't be alarmed; it's just Adam off to play in his newly refurbished Bronco. Remember, an orange Bronco a day keeps the stress away. Just ask Adam; he'll tell you.

SPECIFICATIONS
Builder/hometown Adam Bialac/Mesa, Arizona
Make/model '79 {{{Ford Bronco}}} 4WD
Suspension 4-inch Fly-N-Hi Off-Road Center
Tires : 35x12.50R15 BFGoodrich Radial Mud-Terrains
Wheels 15x10-inch Alcoas
Shocks : Doetsch Tech
Transmission C6 three-speed
Engine : Ford 460-cid V-8
Added features Custom Orange paint; customized interior; limo-style tinted windows; shaved side marker lights

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