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77 Balloon Chaser

Year: 1977 Color: Mercedes DB-350 Blue Price: SOLD
Updated: 3/14/2013 11:59:53 PM
Engine: 427 stroker with alum. heads , aluminum radiator , Modified Air Filter , Modified Headers , Modified Manifold , Modified Carburetor , Modified Ignition , Explorer Crate 5.0 liter
Transmission: Shifter on the column , Atlas 2 Transfer case , AOD four speed automatic
Exterior: Custom Paint , Rocky Roads Cowl Induction hood , Custom Bumpers , Custom Bumpers , Rocky Roads Cowl Induction hood , New windshield and seal , New lights and lenses , Removable door hinges , Reverse lighting , Match Painted Flares , Bikini Top , Explorer 135w lights , Chrome mirrors , New lug nuts , Restored Hardtop
Interior: 6-point Roll Cage , Linex , Rear seat , Shoulder belts , autometer tachometer , leather seating , Custom high back seats , Roll bar braces , Tuffy locking center console , Custom high back seats , Tuffy locking center console , New gauges under dash , RR Billet dash knobs
Brakes: Modified All Disc , power brake system , Custom high back seats , Roll bar braces , Tuffy locking center console
Steering: Modified Power Steering , Modified Steering Wheel
Suspension: 11 Leaf Spring packs , 3.5" Lift , rancho 9000 shocks , variable rate coil springs
Features: CD/MP3 Player w/ IPOD , component speakers , 6x9 speakers , amplifier , tweeters in doors
Electrical: New Centek wire harness
Tires: 33" mud terrains
Wheels: 10" aluminum mags
axles: 4.11 gears , detroit locker rear , currie 31 spline axles
We purchased this 1977 Baloon Chaser Bronco from West Coast Broncos in the late 1990's when business had just started BOOMING, we were restoring/selling 50-75 Broncos every year. This truck had a totally rust free body and tub, and was perfect for the frame off restoration my client in Chicago wanted. I was told at that time that only 'eight' of this model were made to 'Chase Baloons across Colorado' in an advertising campaign for Ford. As far as I knew, from what I was told at the time, this was NOT one of the originals, but it was made at the same facility and is one of the eight that were made in 1977.

Back in 1998 or 1999, we were told this was NOT a real Baloon Chaser. That is why we sold it to and restored it for our client who wanted THIS truck restored the way HE wanted it restored. Being fairly young, and fairly new to the EB business, 'not knowing' for sure one way or the other if it was REAL or an imposter, I was not going to turn down a $65K restoration request.

Looking back, I regret not getting the facts straight before I allowed my team to tear it down and make something entirely different out of it. I certainly feel bad these days because rumor has it this WAS indeed a real Baloon Chaser. Anyways, what's done is done, and there is nothing I can do to reverse this at this point. Out of the 1000+ Broncos I have restored in my 20 year career, this was the only chance I ever had at installing a 427 Stroker engine in one of my customers restorations, which i was being paid well to do. I was certainly not going to turn him down, but I should have put him into something different, and I will always regret using this truck as a platform for a high dollar restoration. SORRY.

What it did end up being was a FABOLOUS truck. It got a Hawaii Racing 427 Stroker 351 Windsor off-road race engine, Ford SVO aluminum heads, MSD ignition, billet distributer, wires and blaster 2 coil, Edlebrock carburetor, Edlebrock preformer manifold, double sump oil pan, Edlebrock water pump, four core radiator and mounts, all new belts and hoses, plugs, polished 100 amp alternator, new NV4500 five speed transmission with Advanced Adapters kit, Centerforce clutch set up, rebuilt power steering pump and gear box, rebuilt power disc brake system, rebuilt Dana 44 front axle, new Ford 9" rear end with Detroit Locker and Wilwood four piston caliper discs, new 31 spline Currie axles, nodular pinion, 4.56 gearing, new driveshafts, undercoated, blacked out chassis and suspension, new WCB performance suspension system with dual shock hoops, 10 leaf rear springs, new shackle bushings, new tie rod, drag link, dropped pitman arm, drop bracket, track bar bushings.

Custom extended hiemed radius arms, Sway Away 2.5" 12" front shocks, Rancho 9000's rear, American Eagle 10" wheels, 32" BFG Mud Terrain tires, new lug nuts, allignment, Stage 2 body and paint, Dark Blue Mercedes 2001 Du Pont Chroma Base paint, color sanded and buffed out, custom half doors, another set of standard doors, rebuilt door hinges, new window anti rattle kit, new Grant GT steering wheel and horn kit, air horns, RR front and rear bumpers, RR hood, Autofab hood pins and new hinges, rechromed tailgate latch, totally restored hard top, full roll cage match painted flares front and rear, Explorer 130 watt lights, Rally reverse lights.

New tan leather high back seats, matching rear seat, shoulder harness seat belts, headliner, armrests, door cups, new tan door and rear side panels, glove box insert, Rockin' Rocky Roads installed stereo system including Kenwood face plate CD player mounted in Tuffy locking console, all wiring under vehicle, 200w Rockford Fosgate amp, six Fosgate speakers, plus sub box behind rear seat. All new seals for top, Centek wire harness, doors and complete bronco.

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