Rustin grew up in the cattle industry in a small town on the Northeast side of Texas. With the busy lifestyle working with cattle; owning a classic vehicle is not ideal since there was no time to tinker in the garage. But just like you hear from so many classic vehicle owners, being in the right place at the right time changes everything.
Prior to 2013, he didn’t have much knowledge of the Ford Bronco and would have never imagined ever owning one, but after Rustin graduated from college, he had the opportunity to work in the oil and gas industry. He moved up to a small town in Rangely, Colorado where he noticed that 1 out of 5 vehicles was a 1973-79 Ford pickup truck. With the constant view of these trucks down the road, he became hooked and haven’t looked back since. Little did he know, he was going to own one himself.
In 2016, there was a rust free 1978 Bronco with original orange paint and all-around solid truck for sale. The previous owner had already had 2005 Superduty axles under it which was already equipped with disc brakes and axles that he would never have to worry about doing himself. Since then, it has been painted with added side decals, Tom Wood’s driveshafts, Bilstein shocks, HEI ignition, and most recently a new American Autowire front to back wiring harness.
With the last final touches for the interior, he wanted to add aftermarket gauges to avoid the hassle of the factory gauges. With research, he decided to go with AutoMeter since he was able to buy them at any local parts store and liked the superior customer service. With those thoughts in mind, it was easy for him to make the decision. “I love these gauges and I have a tach now which wasn’t offered from the factory!”