Given the immense popularity enjoyed by the Ford Bronco for decades at this point, it’s no surprise that plenty of nice first-gen examples of the rugged SUV have popped up at various online auctions in recent months. That list includes a 1971 model equipped with a Bronco-branded Four Wheel pop-up camper, a modified 1972 Bronco, and another first-gen that was once owned by the late Formula 1 legend Gilles Villeneuve. Now, that list grows with yet another interesting find – this heavily-modified early Ford Bronco up for grabs at Bring a Trailer.
Officially listed as a 1969 model, this Ford Bronco has been treated to so many modifications that it’s a far cry from the SUV that rolled off the assembly line many years ago. In fact, the body rides on a replacement frame from a 1976 model and has been fitted with a cowl-induction hood, ProtoFab bumpers, a Smittybilt winch, KC HiLiTES off-road lights, front and rear tow hooks, diamond-plate rocker moldings, removable door hinges, polished 15-inch Eagle wheels, 33×12.5-inch BFGoodrich all-terrain tires, and two-tone turquoise and white paint.
The same goes for the interior, which has been upgraded with newer black vinyl bucket seats, new carpet, diamond-plated door panels, silver powder coating, a Vintage Air HVAC system, an Alpine CD stereo, Pioneer speakers, an aftermarket steering wheel, and a padded roll bar.
Mechanically speaking, the vintage Ford Bronco has been fitted with a 2.5-inch Wild Horses lift kit, dual front shock hoops, Rancho shocks, polyurethane body mounts and suspension bushings, Warn manually locking front hubs, power-assisted front disc brakes, a Saginaw steering pump, and a Wild Horses steering stabilizer.
Power for this bucking Bronco comes from a replacement Ford 302 V8 that features an Edelbrock carburetor and intake manifold, Pro Flow ceramic-coated exhaust headers, and a Flowmaster exhaust system, sending power to the wheels via a three-speed automatic transmission, a Dana 20 dual-range transfer case, a Dana 44 front axle, and a 9-inch rear differential. Though it’s a far cry from stock, given the incredible popularity of early Broncos these days, this particular example still figures to appeal to plenty of folks – especially those seeking a cool, modified, and more capable version of the iconic model.
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