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First Build

Posted: Sun Mar 23, 2014 1:16 pm
by bwjohn
Hello to all,
I am new to the site and new to Bronco's. I have wanted one for years, and finally found the one a couple of months ago.

73 Ranger Pckg original family

Looking to get some ideas on where to start with the rebuild and work.

thanks for all if the info, below is some pics.

having trouble getting pics up. I do not have them on a web page, only on my computer. could someone give me some advice on how to post. thanks for the info.


Posted: Sun Mar 23, 2014 2:46 pm
by DirtDonk
Hey Brandon, welcome! Sounds like a nice find from the original owners and all.
Would like to see pics too, but I can't remember if there are any tricks to doing it. It's been so long since I had to ask!

Let's see if it's cooperating for me. Looks a little sketchy so far...

Nope, it worked. Did you use "Quick Reply" or "Reply"?
It may not work with your first post too, due to some restriction settings to keep the riff-raff out.


Posted: Sun Mar 23, 2014 3:26 pm
Here is some info on adding attachments...


Posted: Sun Mar 23, 2014 5:46 pm
by bwjohn
figured it out, I was trying to upload to large of files.

hope to get some good info,

Posted: Sun Mar 23, 2014 8:25 pm
by DirtDonk
Great looking rig! Love that color on the Rangers.


Posted: Wed Jan 18, 2017 8:02 pm
by PacifiQ
nice looking rig you have there

Posted: Sat Jan 21, 2017 12:25 am
by Tom Dummer
What a strong looking Bronco to start with.
What do you want when you are finished?
What kind of funds are available?
Can you handle it being down for long periods of time or are you going to drive it during the build?

It makes a difference on how you rebuild it

Posted: Sat May 27, 2017 6:19 am
by ReyObrian
DirtDonk wrote:Great looking rig! Love that color on the Rangers.

Same here. I love that color.

Posted: Sun May 28, 2017 1:15 am
by DirtDonk
Hey ReyO. Welcome too. Hmm, wonder what ever happened to Brandon? Glad you brought this back up. Looks like it's risen from the ashes a couple of times now.
We didn't succeed in giving him much to go on, but guess we were sort of just getting the discussion started and it stalled out.
Oh well. Maybe something will stir up.

Been toying with the idea of putting Ranger stripes on my completely non-Ranger '68 LUBR in Peacock Blue. Mostly original paint, but with some cleverly blended touch-ups, the patina has me smiling even though I'm a big fan of new paint.
With the old paint and some Ranger stripes, it might just look like a whole new rig! We'll see if I get brave enough to spend the money. Those stripes are expensive, but probably well worth it.


Posted: Mon May 29, 2017 8:39 am
by Stan
Mainly just out of curiosity Paul ; when did the Ranger option become available.
Inquiring Minds and all that -LOL

Posted: Mon May 29, 2017 6:18 pm
by DirtDonk
Hey Stan. It was always my understanding that it was a '73 and up kind of thing, with the Explorer package coming out in '72 and running for just a couple/three years.
Good question though. I'll have to ask a few others to be sure, but for now I'm saying '73 (late '72 maybe) and sticking to it.

I know from discussions elsewhere that the transition between the '72 and '73 model years was clouded, with some later models that should have been '73's based on Ford records, still being registered as '72's in some states. The VIN cutoff was from P to Q (as in, U15GLP... or U15GLQ....) and probably had something to do with the safety and smog regulations changing and the EB's getting cold-air intakes and much more smog-oriented things under the hood. The whole Ranger thing could have started prior to the model year change.
Many trucks registered as '72's were manufactured right up to October that year. Same thing for '76 EB's. Probably didn't have the gas door body panels in time for the normal model year changeover, so they ran long.


Posted: Tue May 30, 2017 8:29 am
by Stan
Sounds like the usual " Bronco when what build thing " . One of the reasons I try not to say anything definitive about these things . LOL
I've read similar stories about late production runs and stories about Ford pulling 200 units out the "assembly area" for a special project then canceling the project and putting the units back into the assembly line but after a major " production change " had taken place.
We replaced the rear brakes on a '69 in about '71 that had "big brakes" on it from the factory that the Ford parts counter book didn't list for it . We used the shoes from a van .
One silver lining though ; it always gives me a chuckle when the " New Bronco Owners " ask questions about correct this or that part and build sequences and dates and factory correct stuff . I was hoping those types would stick with cars and GM products -LOL . When a couple of my Chevy buddies go into that mode my eyes glaze over and I go into a happy place - Blondes , margaritas , Broncos , the sound of a healthy Small block Ford , 4 wheeling ---
One of the things that I love about Early Broncos is they are a Modifiers dream . Go to a gathering of 50 -200 and almost no two are alike . They're individualized/customized to the owners likes - that's the gear heads in us or at least those who were raised working on vehicles and fabing stuff anywhere from BBQers to camping gear , to boat anchors to car trailers to --- . But I see a change in/with the "New "Bronco owners . I guess with all the computerized vehicles and a lot of people living in multi dwelling housing with no garage to work in or even a shady tree in their backyard we're a disappearing breed - LOL

Posted: Tue May 30, 2017 11:04 pm
by DirtDonk
"That's the fack Jack!" Yeah, four-wheeling and utilitarian use are not in the cards for most EB's purchased in the last couple of years.
A buddy's '73 that we finished building a year or two ago was an odd duck. It had the oddball DSO and the unmistakable Poppy Red lower and Wimbledon White upper of a Stroppe or Denver. But never became either. Evidently originally slated for one of those projects, and just sold through the normal channels when it didn't get sent off to be finished by the aftermarket. Otherwise an unremarkable '73, I think it was pretty cool knowing you've got one of the extremely few 2-tone bodies painted by Ford. Only guessing, but I would say there are not many like it running around.


Re: First Build

Posted: Fri Apr 27, 2018 12:22 am
by brncofan
Great find. The exterior and interior don't look bad at all.

Re: First Build

Posted: Thu May 03, 2018 12:02 am
by thor1017
Impressive find though. I like the interior and its overall condition.