MobSteel 1979 Ford Bronco

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This 1979 Ford Bronco 4×4 was originally built for Jeff Trapp of Jeff’s Bronco Graveyard as a vehicle to promote his company. You may have seen the vehicle being built by Mobsteel on the History Channel’s “Detroit Steel TV” show.

The Bronco was in rough shape when the Mobsteel crew rolled it in to their Detroit based shop, but having access to parts and accessories from Jeffs Bronco Graveyard helped transform this Bronco into a head turner.

The Bronco was painted white but that just didn’t give the effect they were looking for, so they started over and painted the bronco Axalta Sunrise Orange. 3M DI-NOC woodgrain vinyl graphics and some fresh aluminum trim added to the cool 70’s vibe.

Not wanting to disappoint anyone when they looked inside, they added orange plaid inserts on the seats, custom headliner, and side panels. The interior also received a chromoly rollcage and custom-mounted JL Audio speakers, including a subwoofer in a customized Jerry can.

The Bronco is powered by a Ford 460 crate engine featuring a Holley Sniper fuel injection system, mild cam and roller rockers. It sounds pretty healthy thanks to a Magnaflow stainless steel exhaust.

A 7-inch Deaver Super Flex suspension makes room for 37-inch Interco SS-M16 tires mounted on 22-inch Detroit Steel Wheel Zug wheels. Detroit Steel is Mobsteel’s sister company.

What’s a Bronco like this worth? In 2023 the Bronco was auctioned off at Barrett-Jackson in Scottdale for $83,600.00.




Detroit Steel

Jeffs Bronco Graveyard


Chassis & Suspension

  • Work performed by Mobsteel
  • Powdercoated factory frame
  • Quad shock towers
  • Deaver 7-inch Super Flex suspension lift
  • Doetsch Tech Pre-Runner 8000 shocks and steering stabilizer
  • Rear disc brake conversion

Wheels & Tires

Engine & Drivetrain

  • Ford 460 crate engine
  • Upgraded with mild cam and roller rockers
  • Holley Sniper fuel injection system
  • Holley Hyperspark ignition
  • Custom 2.5-inch Magnaflow exhaust, rear exit
  • C6 transmission
  • DTS Ford 9-inch rear end w/Strange third member, Yukon axle shafts
  • Eaton Detroit Locker rear differential
  • Dana 44 front axle w/Spicer chromoly axle shafts
  • Eaton Detroit Truetrac front differential

Body & Paint

  • Work performed by Mobsteel/Ron Coan
  • Exterior restored using parts from Jeff’s Bronco Graveyard
  • Painted Axalta Sunrise Orange
  • 3M DI-NOC woodgrain vinyl graphics

Interior & Stereo

  • Upholstery work performed by Mario’s Upholstery
  • Maverick upholstery material w/orange plaid inserts on seats, side panels, and headliner
  • Custom chromoly roll cage
  • Retrosound head unit
  • JL Audio marine speakers mounted on roll cage
  • JL Audio 10-inch subwoofer custom mounted in Jerry can

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Welcome to the Bronco Corral. As a long time Ford Truck enthusiast, I've been a fan of the Ford Bronco and Bronco II. In fact, I've completely rebuilt a Bronco II of my own. The Bronco Corral originally started as the Bronco II Corral, but in 2020 I decided to expand it to include all Ford Bronco's, and welcome the upcoming 2021 Ford Bronco. Thanks for stopping.

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