Chuck Diesel is completely unapologetic about stuffing an LS1 engine from a Corvette into his 1969 Ford Bronco. “I like the size and the look of Early Broncos,” he tells us, “but I have always been a Chevy guy at heart. The engine bay has plenty of room, and it was an easy swap.”
Chuck backed the LS1 with a TH350 and an Atlas II transfer case, but at least he did use axles out of a Ford. A ’79 F-350 gave up its Dana 60s like Shel Silverstein’s Giving Tree. Coilovers located by triangulated four-links were added front and rear when the 1-ton axles were swapped in, and the wheelbase was stretched to 106 inches to add stability with the 40-inch Goodyear MT/Rs.
Chuck had owned his '69 Bronco for 12 years, and the bulk of the modifications were performed about six years ago, so he has all of the bugs sorted out by this point. The 400 hp is clearly not new to him anymore, and he barely touched the throttle pedal when crawling across the rugged Fordyce Trail during our photo shoot. Maybe he just didn’t want to give other Bronco owners a complex.
1969 Ford Bronco
Engine: 5.7L Chevy LS1
Transmission: TH350 3-speed automatic with full manual valve body
Transfer case: Advance Adapter Atlas II
Front Axle: Dana 60 with ARB Air Locker and 5.38 gears
Rear Axle: Dana 60 with ARB Air Locker, disc brakes, and 5.38 gears
Springs & Such: Double triangulated 4-link with 16-inch-travel Sway-a-way coilovers (front); double triangulated 4-link with 14-inch-travel Sway-a-way coilovers (rear)
Tires & Wheels: 40x13.5R17 Goodyear MT/Rs on 17x8.5 Walker Evans beadlocks
Steering: PSC double-ended hydraulic ram and PSC steering arms
Other Stuff: Warn M8000 winch, custom rollcage, WFO diff covers, Wild Horses Gorilla flares, Summit fuel cell