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1972 Ford Bronco - Bronco Resto

Posted in Features on January 3, 2012
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Just like the fictional Hannibal Smith of TV’s A-Team fame, we love it when a plan comes together. With the volume of different projects and vehicle builds we tackle in our line of work, not all of them turn out exactly how we’ve planned. You see the winners and even some of the polished losers here in the mag, but the utter and complete failures? Uh…we usually try to keep those hidden in the shop. So when this 1972 Bronco emerged from Brothers 4x4 in Montclair, California, after months of planning, building, and dialing in, all without a single misstep, we lit a big cigar, said the famous line, and got busy ’wheeling.

This 1972 Ford Bronco really shines on the trail with the new Tom’s Bronco Parts suspension in place. The Yukon locking differentials also expand its trail prowess, along with the aggressive 35-inch Pit Bull Rocker tires. The installations were completed at Brothers 4x4 in Montclair, California.

We started the build at Brothers 4x4 with a near-stock 1972 Ford Bronco rolling on tired springs and shocks and leaking axles with open differentials. The well-worn suspension components were replaced with a Stage 9 3.5-inch lift system from Tom’s Bronco Parts. We topped the system off with a set of Tom’s Extended Curve Radius Arms and front and rear dual shock mounts. The system cleared way for a set of 35x12.50R15 Pit Bull Rocker LT Radials, which we mounted on a set of 15x8 Black Rock Wheels with 3.5 inches back spacing.

Addressing the axles we looked to Yukon Gear & Axle, which provided everything we needed to rebuild and upgrade the front Dana 44 and rear 9-inch. Yukon provided a set of axle shafts for the rear 9-inch, along with some of Yukon’s quality lockers and gears for the front and rear assemblies. The Dana 44 received the air-operated Yukon Zip locker while the 9-inch got the mechanical Yukon Grizzly Locker for full-time traction.

Much has changed with this ’72 Bronco since it landed at Brothers 4x4 in Montclair, California. While capable in its near-stock form early Broncos can benefit greatly from a variety of aftermarket parts.

Once the parts were in place Jim Reel of Reel Drivelines stopped by the shop to take measurements for new front and rear driveshafts. The company built a set of stout ’shafts with 1310 U-joints that allow increased travel to match the new suspension.

As a final step the Brothers 4x4 crew installed a VIAIR Heavy Duty Onboard Air System, which included a 33-percent duty cycle 400C Viair compressor, 2.5-gallon air tank, and all components needed to install basic vehicle-based pneumatics. The Brothers 4x4 crew plumbed the compressor to power the front Yukon Zip Locker and mounted the air tank in the rear cab area where it is easily accessible for airing up tires or operating air tools for on-trail repairs.

Along with the Tom’s Bronco Parts Stage 9 3.5-inch lift system we also used Tom’s front dual shock kit and a set of Tom’s Extended Curve Radius Arms. The radius arms were installed along with a new 14-piece C-bushing kit, also from Tom’s.

We’re very pleased with the transformation of this formerly down-and-out early Bronco. Its street manners are excellent and its trail ability is awesome. Check out the photos and captions for further details on this restoration. We think you’ll find that without a doubt it is refined and ready for just about any adventure we can throw at it.

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The Viair coiled air hose easily reaches all four tires for airing up after trail runs.

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1972 Ford Bronco Redux Part 2 front Angle Photo 34827101


Pit Bull Tires
St. Louis, MO 63103
Yukon Gear & Axle
Everett, WA 98204
VIAIR Corporation
Irvine, CA 92618
Black Rock Wheels
Ontario, CA
Reel Driveline
Pomona, CA 91766
Brothers 4x4
Montclair, CA 91763
Tom's Bronco Parts
Medford, OR 97501

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