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Restored Jay Leno 1968 Ford Bronco Was A Gag Gift Gone Right

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When Jay Leno received this 1968 Ford Bronco, it wasn’t in the condition the ride is in now. The 1968 Ford Bronco was given to Leno by late-night TV host Craig Ferguson on the last night of taping for Leno’s former late-night talk show. Ferguson had no idea that the derelict SUV he had parked in Leno’s spot on the parking lot was an iconic and desirable vehicle, but Leno did.

He accepted the gag gift, and it sat in his garage all these years until recently. Leno and Ford Performance teamed up to bring the 1968 Bronco to better than new condition and put it on display at the 2019 SEMA show. The coolest part of Leno’s restomoded Bronco is that under the old-school hood hides the heart of a 2020 Shelby GT500 making 760 horsepower. The supercharged Predator engine is paired up with a TR-4050 5-speed Silver Sport transmission.

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That should be more than enough power to burn down the skinny, retro-looking tires on the Bronco at will. The Bronco was resorted with help from Kincer Chassis, a company licensed to do Broncos by Ford. Body panels for the Bronco were courtesy of Dennis Carpenter Ford Restoration Parts. SEMA Garage contributed technical help with CAD, 3D printing, and calibration work. LGE-CTS Motorsports revived the body of the old Bronco with the new sheet metal, custom body mods, paint, and final assembly. Leno recently spent hands-on time with the 2020 GT500 on his show.

Leno will be showing off his epic classic Bronco build on an upcoming episode of Jay Leno’s Garage. Full specs are as follows:

Powertrain

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  • Ford Performance 5.2-liter supercharged V8 engine
  • TR-4050 5-speed Silver Sport transmission by TREMEC, with Quickdraw bellhousing and STX shifter assembly
  • Heavy-duty 4WD drivetrain
  • Advance Adapters Atlas II transfer case
  • Specialty components by Krawlers Edge, including custom airbox, exhaust fabrication, stainless-steel gas tank and coolant package
  • Radiator and supercharger cooler by Brice Thomas
  • Borla mufflers
  • Vibrant Performance exhaust components, hoses and fittings
  • Aeromotive fuel filter
  • II Much fuel vent
  • Engine oil cooler by Derale Performance
  • Stage 8 locking header bolts
  • Lifeline Batteries
  • Full Throttle Kustomz Performance tuning and diagnostics

Chassis

  • Kincer Chassis Adventure Series coil-over chassis
  • Wilwood disc brakes and master cylinders
  • Fox 2.0 factory race series coil-over shocks and steering stabilizer
  • John’s Industries third members with Eaton Detroit Truetrac differentials and gearing
  • Carolina Driveline driveshafts
  • Dutchman Motorsports axle shafts
  • Flaming River steering column
  • Tuff Stuff power steering pump
  • Warn locking hubs
  • Gaskets by Lube Locker
  • BrakeQuip brake lines
  • Axle seals by Seals-It
  • Painless Performance Products wiring harness

Wheels & Tires

  • 18 x 9-inch John R steel wheels by Detroit Steel Wheels
  • Rugged Trail T/A 275/65-18 tires by BFGoodrich

Exterior

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  • Installation of new sheet metal, custom body modification and final assembly by LGE-CTS Motorsports
  • Custom “Tonight Blue” Envirobase paint supplied by PPG Industries, applied by LGE-CTS Motorsports
  • Dennis Carpenter Ford Restoration Parts body panels, trim and accessories
  • AMP Research side step
  • STRATASYS 3-D printed grille insert molded into Dennis Carpenter sheet metal grille by LGE-CTS Motorsports
  • Kaseser Air Compressors

Interior

  • Sony audio with Scosche enhancements
  • Eagle Ottawa genuine leather with custom perforation installed by Rogelio’s Upholstery
  • Dakota Digital gauges

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Written by Shane McGlaun

Shane is a car guy with a fondness for Mustangs and off-roading.

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