Early Bronco 1971
Not For Sale
Engine : Big Block, 454, LS6 450hp with a nascar aluminum radiator2.5" exhaust with flowmastersHedman Elite series headers
Drivetrain : 205 transfer case, 3.50 gears, nodular rear Limited slip front, detroit locker rear Long travel shocks, Quad shocks front 3" lift Power steering New Process 205 Limited slip front soon to be replaced with a lockers.&quo
Transmission : 700 R4 4 speed auto
Put two seasoned fabricators in a shop looking at the engine bay of an early Bronco. Have one glance over at the big block 454 jet boat motor sitting on an engine stand and say it would be a wild ride but there is no way you could stuff that motor in the Bronco engine bay, close the hood and make the Bronco a sleeper.
My comment was why not? Sure it could be done, and how much time do I have. Then OK, watch me.
That was the challange.
My goal was to build a Bronco that looked stock, was clean, a bit different, extremely fast, grab attention, and set up for the sand dunes. It was to be unique but found the results irritate both Ford and Chevrolet owners the same. The Bronco was set on a shortened 78 Bronco frame. Engine was set low in the frame so a 4 bbl could be run and not have the tell tale hood scoop that says modified.
Appearance wise it looks very stock with the OEM chrome bumpers and mild mud tires and alumium wheels.
Start it up and heads do turn.
This was one bet I worked hard to win and had a fun time making it come together
One car magazine editor sized it up best. He would rather be hated than completely ignored.
Big Block, 450hp with a nascar aluminum radiator 2.5 inch exhaust with flowmasters Hedman Elite series headers, and a Holley 800 CFM
700 R4 with cooler, 205 transfer case, 3.5 gears, 3.50 nodular rear with Detroit, front limited slip. Front, shocks, Quad shocks front 3" lift Power Steering New Process 205
Shop built full roll cage, 17 x 9 Eagle alloys with a 4.5 back set
33-12.5 17 mud tires