First-gen Ford Bronco builds are all the rage these days, partly thanks to the pending arrival of the 2021 Ford Bronco, and also because of their undeniable good looks. But most older Bronco builds we come across fall into one of a couple of categories – either they feature cut fenders and modest upgrades, or they’re full-blown, high-dollar restomods with modern motors. This 1976 Ford Bronco up for grabs at Bring a Trailer doesn’t fit into any of those categories, however.
Just a few months ago, the seller finished a pretty extensive refurbishment, however, which included a repaint, interior refresh, a fiberglass hood, aftermarket steel hood and doors, and one unique engine swap – an International Harvester 7.3L diesel V8. The reliable oil burner was treated to new glow plugs, fuel return lines, gaskets, a new fuel injection pump, and dual cooling fans.
That older diesel is backed up by a Ford C6 automatic transmission, which sends power to either the rear or all four wheels via an NP205 transfer case, Dana 44 front axle, and Ford 9-inch rear end.
Despite its extensive exterior overhaul, this 1976 Ford Bronco still looks pretty stock on the exterior, thanks to its uncut fenders and relative lack of modifications. It even rolls on 15-inch steel wheels with polished hubcaps, though they’re wrapped in BFGoodrich All-Terrain tires that are a bit larger and knobbier than the stock rubber.
The interior is relatively unmodified as well, though completely refurbished. It features new blue carpet and a white headliner, a reworked steering column, and new foam and upholstery for the seats, along with new door panels. The cabin has been treated to a few upgrades including a Bailie Bilt roll cage, heated front seats, LED lighting, a Tuffy high-security glove box, an aftermarket sound system, and a color LCD display for the backup camera.
Add it all up, and we’ve got one seriously unique first-gen Bronco that is a bit sneaky with the way it looks. From the outside, we’d never guess what was going on underneath, and we sort of like our vintage vehicles that way.