DRC (Detroit Race Way) horse racing track originally obtained this fine machine in December 1965. After 30 years of hard work Jeff purchased the roadster for $200.00 in the spring of 1995. Upon inspection the truck appeared to have survived many "Fall Guy" type jumps with a broken front axle, bent radius arm, missing trans, transfer case and drive shafts. In general the truck appeared to have been in a demolition derby and lost.
In the spring of 1997, resurrection began with the drive line; everything was completely rebuilt by Marty (JBG's mechanical surgeon.) During the reassembly every rusty part was sand blasted and refinished with Dupont pitch black by Master Blaster's Brian Trapp. Jeff then continued the chassis assembly using all stainless steel fasteners, hardware and brake lines.
The damaged body was then taken to Ricky Albright of AlBritght Custom were he began to work his magic. Replacing nearly every body panel with world class JBG sheet metal the truck was returned to better than new condition. The beautiful eye-catching sheen this truck is known for is due to the PPG base coat/clear coat Raven Black. The freshly painted body was then mated to the chassis and the final assembly began.
The dash was painted in the original factory gray while the seats were recovered in the original silver/gray vinyl material to keep the truck as original as possible. Providing a platform to show the bronco enthusiast the most unique year and model Bronco ever made, the 1966 Roadster. The roadster debuted in the summer of 1998 at the Buckeye Jamboree by winning Best Ford. The following summer as hoped, it won Grand Champion at the Princeton, Indiana Midwest 4x4 Jamboree.
Most recently it was a major trim supplier for Ford Motor Company. While there the President of the Ford Trucks division had the opportunity to view the truck, then requested a stay at the Ford Truck Design Center in Dearborn, MI as show below in the their courtyard. This took place during the development of the U260 Prototype Bronco Project to show the designers the simple design that began the legacy of the Bronco. The world has yet to see anything materialize from this but we are optimistic.