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1971 Ford Bronco: Homebrew Bronco

Posted in Features on April 1, 2012
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There are those ’wheelers who come to the game with a pocket full of cash and some vision. They may hand over their vehicle to a shop with that cash and spend time waiting until they get an off-road capable rig in return. Then there are those who take a derelict vehicle and work through the cold winters and hot summers, sometimes slathered in greasy goo while laboring in their garages to build a project to call their own and eventually take ’wheeling.

Brent Greiner from Avondale, Arizona, falls more squarely in the latter category. Brent’s a project guy and when he got word of a deal on an aged ’71 Bronco about three years ago, he soon made the buy and trailered it home. As the third owner, what he got was essentially a starter kit that came without seats, wiring, brakes, or floorboards; but did include a fair bit of body rust.

From there, Brent assembled what you see rolling across these pages. He brought together a thoughtful collection of parts to build a weekend Bronco for backcountry exploring and spending time on challenging trails. The body was stripped and refinished, the chassis received a new suspension, and the interior was rebuilt to suit its new personality.

Brent performed nearly all the work himself, save for the paint, clocking the axle knuckles, and some of the tube work. His wife, Erin, pitched in, as well, providing spare hands during some of the assembly. We ran across this clean Ford at the recent Arizona Classic Bronco Stampede and had to show you Brent’s build. He’s now got a well-built machine and is enjoying the fruits of his own labor.

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Vehicle: 1971 Ford Bronco
Owner/Hometown: Brent Greiner/Avondale, AZ
Engine: 1985 351W V-8 with BC Broncos shorty headers, MSD 6A ignition
Induction: Edelbrock Performer intake, Holley Truck Avenger Carburetor
Transmission: NP435
Transfer case: Dana 20
Frontend: Dana 44 (with 8-lug hubs)
Rearend: Dana 60 Full-floater
Ring and Pinion: 5.13
Front Differential: ARB Air Locker
Rear Differential: ARB Air Locker
Suspension: Wild Horses 5 1/2-inch Rockcrawler coil springs, Wild Horses 5 1/2-inch, 11-leaf rear packs, Rancho 9000 14-inch-travel adjustable shocks
Tires: 37x12.50R17LT BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain KM2
Wheels: KMC Addict 17x9 inches
Extras: Driven Auto Parts aluminum dash, Autometer gauges, 2008 Honda Odyssey leather seats, custom bumpers/tire carrier, Optima Yellow Top

1971 Ford Bronco front Bumper Photo 36098662

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