This project was kicked off when LMC Truck started working with rising Country star, and former “American Idol” contestant, Casey James. Casey wanted to work with us on a project build and has always been interested in a 1979 Ford Bronco. Follow the Bronco’s build progress below!
Part 1: Finding a Worthy Project
Thus begins the saga of the Magnum Force Bronco.
The truck was originally purchased from the Ford factory in 1978 by a customer in Missouri. The Bronco went from the factory to a custom shop in California. Roll-a-long Inc. looks to have done the major modifications to the interior, pinstriping, and the tow package. Our Research has turned up a particular style of powerboat from the 70’s that are also called Magnum Force that are powered by 357 V8’s and seems to match the Bronco. The Magnum Force package is not something that Ford did at the factory.
The interior of the Bronco was extensively redone. The bucket seats, center console, rear seat, headliner, and side panels were all recovered in Sunset Down red, orange, and yellow. Roll-a-long added the tow package and the pinstriping was done by hand.
After it’s time in California at the custom shop, the Magnum Force Bronco made its way to Camdenton, MO. The history of the Bronco gets a little hazy here. Our Research tells us that the 1st owner kept the Bronco for decades and used the truck to dominate all snow storms in Southern Missouri.
The 2nd owner only had the Bronco for 10 years and rebuilt the carburetor. Eventually the truck found its way to the top of a hill with a “For Sale” sign in the window. Chris R. grew up in Camdenton and remembered seeing the Bronco roaming the twisty back roads.
At the time, Chris was looking for a toy, so he made an offer on the Bronco. With a little haggling, the Magnum Force Bronco was his. Chris owned the truck for a number of years, but after a lot of fun and a move to Texas, the Bronco started to show its age. Chris placed it in a storage unit until the time was right for him to restore it.
As many of these “some day” restorations go, hard times found Chris and he had to put the Bronco up for sale. LMC Truck & Casey James had been looking for a Bronco project and both were immediately drawn to the Bronco’s “uniqueness.” It’s hard to not see that paint scheme.
LMC Truck purchased the Bronco from Chris R. in Little Elm, Texas and Casey was happy that the truck was from Texas, just like him.
LMC Truck plans to fully restore the Bronco with the help of Stacey David, Casey James, and more!