The icon gets a thorough makeover.

Earlier this week, Ford resurrected an icon – the Bronco. Since then, the internet has raged with Bronco fever as eager off-roaders raced to place their preorders as it appears Ford has built a worthy successor to the name. However, while the Bronco brand looks forward, it wouldn't be what it is without a famous legacy, and Beechmont Ford is honoring that with a restored 1979 example.

Codenamed Project 1979, Beechmont Ford has taken a standard 1979 example and turned into a pristine platform of what old and new technologies can achieve. Power comes from a 460-cubic-inch V8 with Fi-Tech Mean Street 800 EFI, which drinks from a 33-gallon gas tank. The mill makes over 700 horsepower (522 kilowatts). True dual exhaust with quad tailpipes and Borla mufflers help the Bronco breathe.

Other upgrades include full LED lamp conversion, a soft ride front and rear suspension with a 4.0-inch lift, stainless steel brake lines with discs at all four corners, James Duff heavy dusting extended radius arms, James Duff torque tamer traction bars, and braided stainless steel fuel lines. Cooling comes from a Griffin aluminum radiator with dual electric fans. There's even more inside.

Gallery: 1979 Ford Bronco By Beechmont Ford

Passengers will enjoy a TMI full leather interior, a retro premium stereo and sound system, and red backlit analog gauges. There's also vintage air with a custom control head and vents. Custom "1979" branding in the grille is what tops off the project.

Classic Ford Broncos are already popular, and that popularity will likely increase now that the new one is finally here. It looks like Ford has a hit on its hands, though it wouldn't have been one without cool ancestors like Beechmont’s project. The video at the top gives an excellent look at the 1979 Bronco, and it looks stellar.