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Launched for 1966, the Bronco was Ford’s first dedicated 4X4 sport-utility vehicle. Ford staffers Donald N. Frey inspired the Bronco concept, while Paul G. Axelrad was responsible for the chassis. The Bronco’s body, frame, and suspension were unique, while the brakes and 9-inch rear axle were borrowed from the Ford F-100 truck line. The all-important transfer case was a Dana-sourced unit and through 1971, a tough Dana 30 front axle was utilized. Underpinnings comprised a coil-spring front suspension and leaf springs at the rear. The Bronco’s excellent design and short wheelbase provided a tight 35-foot turning radius.
The Bronco featured a purposeful and instantly recognizable square body design with flat glass, no-frills bumpers, and a short wheelbase length. Initial body styles included a wagon, pickup-style half-cab, and a spartan Jeep-style roadster. Interior accommodations included front bucket seats, a rear bench seat, and tachometer. Available items included an auxiliary gas tank, snow plow, winch, tow bar, post-hole digger, and specific tires and wheels. Standard power was provided by Ford’s 105-horsepower, 170 cubic-inch ‘six’ at the Bronco’s launch. While this engine was borrowed from the compact Falcon, it was equipped with a heavy-duty fuel pump and the carburetor upgraded with a special float to ensure proper fuel delivery on steep grades. Ford’s excellent 289 V-8 became optionally available later during 1966. A three-speed column-shift manual transmission was the sole gearbox available and automatic transmissions would not be offered until 1973.
This highly collectible and enjoyable Bronco from 1971 features a power boost from a new built 302 equipped with roller rockers, aluminum cylinder heads, and an Air Gap intake, sounds incredible with stainless long-tube headers, and drives a new 5-speed transmission, twin-stick transfer case, and Dana 60 rear end with Positraction and 3.54:1 gears, with the front diff a Dana 44 unit. Excellent underpinnings include a fully rebuilt front end, Heim joints, King shocks, new power steering, disc brakes, and new U-joints. The interior is new and includes two sets of front seats – one for off-road use and the other for everyday driving – plus a killer sound system comprising a Kenwood CD/.mP3/USB player and overhead speaker box with Rockford Fosgate speakers. Exterior features include a tilt front end and new paint, all new door seals, locks, handles, lift-off doors, and mirrors. Outstanding additional items include a polished stainless-steel roll bar, stainless bumpers, a full soft top plus bikini top, stainless KC lights and light bar, and Toyo Open Country MT tires.