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AMT/Ertl Model King 79 Bronco WIP

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  • From: Zion,IL
AMT/Ertl Model King 79 Bronco WIP
Posted by generaltso on Thursday, April 21, 2011 11:25 AM

The bug has bit me so I dusted off the Nostalgic Drag box and decided to start with the Bronco. Here it is in all its glory. LOTS of tiny pieces with LOTS of flash..........this should be a lot of fun Indifferent

 

There's no replacement for displacement...

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Posted by generaltso on Thursday, April 21, 2011 11:26 AM

And here's the rest.........

There's no replacement for displacement...

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Posted by JM485 on Thursday, April 21, 2011 12:01 PM

Game on!

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Be reasonable, do it my way.

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Posted by generaltso on Thursday, April 21, 2011 3:56 PM

Game on indeed! I started sanding and assembling the block and tranny. Not too bad........ I have to say I dont really like the smog equipment and manifolds. Luckily I found some chrome headers from an old deuce kit that'll work and the chrome air cleaner from the same kit Big SmileThumbs Up After pouring through sites dedicated to 2nd Gen Broncos I've decided to give mine the "Free Wheelin" pkg. I'm thinking metallic green with a black top...........

There's no replacement for displacement...

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Posted by bogger44 on Thursday, April 21, 2011 8:35 PM

You have my interest!  Glad you found some parts to spruce up the engine.  I don't know how reputable they are, but Blue Oval ResinWorks has the graphics for the interior and exterior for the Free Wheelin' Package, if you would be interested.  Not sure what they are like to work with though as they are stickers rather than decals. Hmm

http://www.blue-oval-resinworks.com/truck_graphic_appliques

I too, am getting close to starting on one of these Broncos....planning on throwing on some So Real 44" Super Swampers and a big block under the hood.

Looking forward to updates!

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Posted by generaltso on Thursday, April 21, 2011 11:08 PM

I was looking at those exact same Boggers on Evil Bay........ it was sooooooo hard not to hit Buy Now. I got a set of Trrxus last week for a Dodge I've got coming. I was also looking at the Revell parts pack 427 for this. Western,WI.... you're not too far from me. I have inlaws near Madison.

There's no replacement for displacement...

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Posted by offroadrunner on Friday, April 22, 2011 5:16 AM

I dig it! I bought one of these Broncos and a set of  "SoReal" Boggers last year to build a replica of my brother's 79. I'll be following your build!

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Posted by Jeremy N. on Friday, April 22, 2011 11:44 AM

I'm definitely looking forward to seeing this one come together!

On the bench: 1970 Corvette LT-1

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Posted by generaltso on Saturday, April 23, 2011 9:28 AM

I've got some chrome stripped and the engine in primer. Unfortunately for the project,its Easter weekend and I have 2 kids, the oldest being 8. Sooooooo.............. not much going on. But I do wanna pick anyones brain that has some input. This kit is a '79, but I was born in '78 and REALLY want a 1:1 '78 someday so why not build this into a '78 right?

1. stock '78s have round headlights

2. Ranger XLT optioned '78's have the square headlights same as kit.

3. '78's have no Cat.'s, nor all the smog equipment. This kit has a nicely detailed exhaust set up,....... for a '79

4. I'm giving this one the "Freewheeling treatment"

So....... were '78 Ranger XLT's also available with the Free wheeling pkg? It would make this build easier, but who cares about easy right? With the headers and open air filter I'm putting on this one removing the smog equipment is a cinch........its scratchbuilding everything after the headers that should be fun. Anyone with any info, tips, suggestions? Another bonus is the green based stripe decals that came with the kit should make my metallic green Free Wheeling theme convincing.

There's no replacement for displacement...

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Posted by Steve86 on Tuesday, April 26, 2011 5:13 PM

The late '78 Ford F series and Bronco's went to the sqaure headlights. '79 used the square for them. I'm a tech at a Ford dealership and so I see a few now and then. Just thought i would let you know, so yea you could leave the grill and headlights like they are and make it a '78. I have the same kit and hope to get started on it soon. Paid 70 bucks with shipping for it through Modelroundup.com

Steve86

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Posted by Steve86 on Tuesday, April 26, 2011 5:22 PM

By the way I live in KS and almost bought a '78 for 500 bucks for a mud racer. dont know if the guy still has it or if you would be interested in it??? didnt buy it because it was rougher than i wanted. let me know and i could get you the guy's number if you would like.

steve86

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Posted by generaltso on Tuesday, April 26, 2011 6:17 PM

Thanks for the info Steve. I know the '78 Ranger XLT Broncos had the square lights. I'm just curious if the Ranger XLT's were also available with the free wheeling package. Looks like the prices of these kits have gone up since I got mine. I know some folks on E-Bay should be ashamed of themselves. I've seen these kits sold piece by piece for what would add up to a small fortune. Get that kit going and lets see some pics! I'm almost done with the motor, ran into a hiccup. The headers I thought I was gonna be using to replace the smog equipment interfere with the motor mounts... grrrrrrrrrr........... Working on a plan B. Wish I knew how to scratchbuild headers......

There's no replacement for displacement...

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Posted by mikemodeler on Tuesday, April 26, 2011 7:47 PM

I will be watching this one come together as I have several of these to build and haven't decided how I want to build them. I am thinking of one semi-stock with maybe a snow plow and the other with a lift and some mudders.

I used to live near Zion and moved away 6 years ago. There was a great hobby shop in Kenosha called Don's Hobbies- he was supposed to retire awhile back, do you know if the store closed or did someone take it over? Loved that place, great owner and a ton of models to choose from, never left that store without buying SOMETHING!

 

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Posted by generaltso on Tuesday, April 26, 2011 8:05 PM

Small world huh Mike? Don did retire but reopened a small "shop" in Kenosha. He basically emptied a storage unit into a small retail shop but is hardly ever opened, however he is a REALLY nice guy. I had an MPC Corvette 3 pk I was trying to sell. He traded me several Snap kits for my 8 y.o. I keep cruising pass there trying to catch him in there again to snag a couple of his older kits. He's got an Ebay shop now with a bunch of vintage kits. Search Hobby time in kenosha. As for this build......... I've been thinking about the So Real Boggers, I just need to build a lift kit big enough to squeeze them on, and still be able to attach the driveshafts, steering linkage, etc....

There's no replacement for displacement...

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AMT/Ertl Model King 79 Bronco Update
Posted by generaltso on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 10:30 AM

OK, Easter'sover but now we've got cold, wet, poopy weather so this project is moving slow, but I AM making progress. The block is done and the headers DO fit, so a '78 it is! I'm hoping this humidity dies down so I can get some painting done but here's what I've got in the flesh......... and an empty head full of ideas. Here's the block with the headers and a K&N. I've got a prewired distributor coming so.........

Here's a 1:1 photo I found last night whilst Googling, not a bad likeness.......

And here's the seats after some serious filing ready to be primed. I'm debating over a newer fawn colored interior or a traditional black vinyl.

There's no replacement for displacement...

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  • From: St. Francis KS
Posted by Steve86 on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 11:28 AM

I am not sure about the free wheeling package, actually havent heard of it. I am trying to finish my Ramcharger trail rig project now.....and finish my '86 lifted chevy thats built just like my 1:1 4x4.....and finish my transmission in my '86 1:1 2wd GMC lol. oh man have so many projects. plan on posting the build up of the Ramcharger here soon. have takin many pics of it. Cant wait to get it done! then i can start the bronco.....just a small lift and some 33 B.F. m.t.s. looks great so far, I will be watching this post!

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  • From: Zion,IL
AMT/Ertl Model King 79 Bronco WIP
Posted by generaltso on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 2:35 PM

Steve86

I am not sure about the free wheeling package, actually havent heard of it.

The free wheeling package was an option that gave you black bumpers and mirrors,and the multi colored graphics. Heres a google pic, that is definitely not me,but actually answers my question about the Ranger XLT and free wheeling pkg!

There's no replacement for displacement...

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Posted by Steve86 on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 3:39 PM

Ah! I see...I have seen a couple of pickups with that kind of set up now that I know what you are talking about, but never a bronco. ( but, not many bronco's in this neck of the woods either.) Thanks for the pic and the info!

.....So is that what the decal sheet in the kit is sopposed to represent? my kit kinda has something like that where they run up behind the doors and down the side of the body.

Steve86

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Posted by generaltso on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 3:51 PM

Thats gonna be my guess on the decals with the kit. I accidentally found out about the FW pkg while reading on Wikipedia the difference between the 78's and 79's LOL. I figured "hey, why not?"

There's no replacement for displacement...

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Posted by Jeremy N. on Thursday, April 28, 2011 5:11 PM

Engine's looking good!

On the seat color question, I'm going to answer with another question. Are you planning on keeping this truck stock (well, FW package stock)? If so I would say go with the vinyl. If it's more of a resto-rod kind of deal, definitely do the fawn colored. I'm sorry if you already said if it was stock or not. Long day...

On the bench: 1970 Corvette LT-1

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Posted by generaltso on Thursday, April 28, 2011 6:18 PM

Thanks Jeremy! I did decide to go with the black vinyl. I'm gonna stick with an "out of the box" build (except for the headers, air cleaner, and distributor). The Free Wheeling pkg. was a factory option though,so I think it would still categorize as stock. I'd like to score another of these to get creative with though. I got my Dodge 4x4 yesterday from offroadrunner so I'm gonna save my creative juices for that one. I've got a set of So Real Trxxus Swampers in the toolbox for that one.

There's no replacement for displacement...

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Posted by Wtsf150 on Friday, April 29, 2011 5:13 PM

 Hello Jimmy what you've done so far is looking good i have finished up a couple of these if you want take a look at my Photobucket and take a peek hopefully they might spark an idea or two but it looks like your doing fine also please keep us posted on this i look forward to seeing more

   Willie

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Posted by generaltso on Friday, April 29, 2011 5:50 PM

Thanks Willie. Gimme a link to that photobucket and I'll check it out or feel free to just put a couple pics in this post. Won't bother me any.

There's no replacement for displacement...

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  • From: western WI
Posted by bogger44 on Friday, April 29, 2011 9:41 PM

That motor looks a ton better now with the mods, nice work.  In watching your WIP, I'm starting to come down with a case of Bronco fever, though I do have a build or two to nock out first (if I can keep that Bronc' at bay long enough!).

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Posted by Wtsf150 on Saturday, April 30, 2011 8:18 AM

 OPPS!!!! yeah i gues a link would be a good idea huh here it is   http://s46.photobucket.com/albums/f130/Wtsf150/

   Thanks, Willie

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Posted by generaltso on Saturday, April 30, 2011 9:54 AM

Willie,that is a sweeet a$$ Bronco my friend! I'm definitely getting another one now! My wife even complemented it. LOL. Where did you get the armrests and window cranks? The distr. and coil are the same I have en route...... Is that color the Testors one coat Root Beer? Thats the color I was originally thinking,I like the way it turned out but I'm glad I went with green. Mine in Root Beer wouldve looked like a poor imitation of yours. LOL. Bogger..... thanks for the comment. The kit manifolds are WAY poopy! I'm gonna have to source a 427 or a 460 and some Boggers for my next Bronco!

There's no replacement for displacement...

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Posted by Wtsf150 on Saturday, April 30, 2011 2:31 PM

Thanks for the kind words Jimmy the arm rest and cranks were scratch built pieces and yup thats the one coat Root Beer if theres any other questions please feel free to ask and i'm really wanting to see yours done as i am a Bronco nut love the second gen Bronco's

   Again Thanks, Willie

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  • From: Zion,IL
AMT/Ertl Model King 79 Bronco Update
Posted by generaltso on Tuesday, May 3, 2011 8:21 PM

OK, figured I'd post some updated pics to prove that I AM actually still working on this thing. Got the body decaled, and have a few details to brush on tonight and then give it a clearcoat tomorrow. The interior is almost complete....... added some armrests and scratchbuilt drinks (Monster for me and a Coke for the wife). The decals were VERY fragile but I like the way they turned out, definitely worth the effort. I don't think a single one didnt tear, maybe a user error LOL. Still lots to do........ ie. suspension, top,scrathbuild an exhaust without the catalytic converter. I already have a head ful of ideas for another build of one of these. Anybody wanna trade one for the Cougar in the kit?

There's no replacement for displacement...

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  • From: Zion,IL
Posted by generaltso on Tuesday, May 3, 2011 8:22 PM

More pics......

and a comparison of the stock manifolds vs. the headers

There's no replacement for displacement...

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Posted by Wtsf150 on Wednesday, May 4, 2011 4:14 PM

Shes looking good i like the green on green looks sharp. Is that the testors one coat laquar paint?

   keep us posted, Willie

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