1979 Ford Bronco Ranger XLT original paint high desert survivor rare options NR

Price: - Item location: Fort Harrison, Montana, United States
  • Condition: Used
  • Make: Ford
  • Model: Bronco
  • Trim: Ranger XLT
  • Year:1979
  • Mileage:146,014
  • Vehicle Title: Clear
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1979 Ford Bronco Ranger XLT

For sale: Original paint survivor 1979 Bronco Ranger XLT from dry central Montana, never seen salt. Rare factory options like tow hooks, skid plates, tilt wheel, and oversize fuel tank. Per Marti Report one of 3 built in the high impact "Bright Emerald" color with this trim. Pure 1970s, when cars and trucks looked unique and weren't all silver or white. Ordered and sold new at Rygg Ford in Kalispell and stayed with it's original owner till 1984, when the second owner from Shelby purchased it. He owned it for 33 years, until I bought the truck last year and became it's third owner. Second long term owner was an older fellow and the truck was completely original and factory stock when I bought it, and I've changed very little - I added later Bronco alloy wheels and Flowmaster exhaust. Original white spoke "wagon" wheels with black center caps will be included with the truck, boxed up and in the back. Even the original jack, handle and wrench are there. Truck needs some work, but it's a solid rig you can drive while improving it. I'll do my best to describe it below, please read the entire ad and see linked Photobucket album and YouTube videos.
Exterior: Original paint still shines well, hood is pretty sun baked and has faded off in spots. A lot of small chips have been touched up, but it looks great from the curb, especially for an original survivor. There are a couple of dents, one in passenger front side of hood where 2nd owner hit mailbox, and one at back of driver door from when he left it open while backing into garage. They're not that noticeable and don't detract from the look of the rig. Very dry rig, 99 percent rust free, with no rot, cancer, rust-through or holes that I can see anywhere. Some small blisters in a few spots on doors and driver front fender where paint was chipped and surface rust started, don't show up in pics and are not noticeable. I took pics in sun and shade trying to show them, and they are really hard to see. Underside of truck looks great, for pics see Photobucket album below. Chrome is not pitted, front bumper could use replacement, but grille surround is good so there's $600 you don't have to spend. Overall the truck presents very well and will draw compliments and onlookers at the gas station or the Steak N Shake.

Interior: Original except for reupholstered seats, and very presentable for a driver. Dashpad is cracked under the mat. Carpet on driver side is worn through under floor mat and will need replacement at some point - see linked Photobucket album. Windshield is good, side windows are both cracked, but those are flat panes and any glass shop can cut replacements. Gauges, lights, heater, wipers, parking brake, aftermarket radio, etc all working. Heater select cable is stuck halfway between floor and defrost, I am including a replacement cable with the rig. Rear window works off dash switch but not the key switch in the gate. There's an aftermarket heater behind the rear seat, dash switch lever for that is broken. Overall decent looking rig that even the wife will approve of.
Mechanical: Starts, runs, and drives fine but the original 400 engine is tired. Oil pressure is on the low end of the gauge. Would probably work fine as is for putting around town, but serious highway duty or towing would require an engine rebuild. I replaced gas tank with new correct 33 gallon unit from Bronco Graveyard. I also put in a new battery, new front shocks, and new radius arm bushings, new master cylinder and new exhaust. Needs a tune-up, probably hoses and belts, and one soft plug is seeping coolant, it will leave a coolant stain on floor overnight. 4x4 works fine, has hubs but no part-time kit in transfer case - which means you run in 4wd or leave hubs in. Brake booster doesn't boost sometimes when cold in the morning for the first couple stops, plan on replacing that. Wheels and tires are in excellent condition, 30 x 9.50 recap tires have great tread and no weather cracks. Again, needs some sorting but overall a solid truck.

Pricing/Misc: I looked around for comps, and found a comparable dry Montana Bronco that sold recently for $10k. Check it out here:
If you're looking for a minty cream puff or restored show truck, my Bronco isn't your ride. If you want an honest original survivor to drive and improve while working on it, this could be the one. Title is clear and in my name, buyer will need to get insurance upon purchase as I will cancel mine. Truck can stay here for 30 days, after that $100/month storage will be due. Truck runs and drives, but flying in and driving it home isn't advisable, Montana is a huge state with many areas with no cell service or roadside assistance. Reasonable transport is available, and I will help load the truck on a transport.

LINK TO ADDITIONAL PICS INCLUDING UNDERSIDE (copy and paste) - just ask if you need more. Photobucket is clunky, just close the popups and if you have trouble viewing pics try the Firefox browser. I'm currently looking for a better photo hosting site.
Youtube walk around video, rear window video


****Shipping will be from Helena, MT. I-15 and I-90 both very near, transport is reasonable. Zip code for shipping quote use 59601*****

This vehicle is being sold as is, where is with no warranty, expressed written or implied. The seller shall not be responsible for the correct description, authenticity, genuineness, or defects herein, and makes no warranty in connection therewith. No allowance or set aside will be made on account of any incorrectness, imperfection, defect or damage. Any descriptions or representations are for identification purposes only and are not to be construed as a warranty of any type. It is the responsibility of the buyer to have thoroughly inspected the vehicle, and to have satisfied himself or herself as to the condition and value and to bid based upon that judgement solely. The seller shall and will make every reasonable effort to disclose any known defects associated with this vehicle at the buyer's request prior to the close of sale. Seller assumes no responsibility for any repairs regardless of any oral statements about the vehicle.

Winning bidder must contactme within 24 hours of auction end and make arrangements for payment at that time. A $500.00 non-refundable deposit is due within 48 hours of end of auction. The remainder is due within 3 days of auction end. If no contact is made within 24 hoursI reserve the right to re-list the vehicle, sell it to the next high bidder, or sell it otherwise. Most banks and credit unions do not finance vehicles older than 1995, so make sure if financing that your financial institution accepts the year and miles of this vehicle before bidding. Please arrange financing prior to bidding. Payment is by bank wire only. Buyer is responsible for pickup or shipping of this vehicle. If you wish to have it shipped using a service,I recommend Certified Auto Shippers http://www.certifiedautoshippers.com, ask for Kathy Gant. If you are not sure about something, please ask! Do not assume anything not listed is included.I reserve the right to refuse bids with excessive negative feedback.I reserve the right to end the listing if the vehicle is no longer available for sale. Please do not bid on this auction unless you are serious about owning this vehicle. All non-paying high bidders will be reported to eBay and negative feedback will be posted. PLEASE ONLY BID WHAT YOU ARE WILLING TO PAY. IF THE RESERVE IS NOT MET,I MAY CONTACT THE HIGH BIDDER TO OFFER THE SECOND CHANCE OPTION.


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