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1966 Ford Bronco - Bronco Envy

Posted in Features on May 19, 2014
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Bright lime green. It practically screams fun. That’s just what John Carnahan had in mind when he set out to build the Ford Bronco popping from these pages. Mind you, it didn’t look anything like this when John purchased the vintage iron. It was in pretty rough shape, but he knew what he was aiming for. He wanted a hot rod off-road rig he and his family could enjoy while exploring southwestern trails, camping in northern Arizona, or just hitting a cruise night in town.

To help with the project, Tanner Lamb from LambFab in Gilbert, Arizona, was enlisted to turn the aging Ford into a head-turning rig. A potent Mustang 302 engine sits between the frame rails, and is backed with a built C4 auto tranny and Dana 20 transfer case. Both the front Dana 44 and rear Ford 9-inch axles were locked and fitted with Tom Woods CV driveshafts.

Poke your head under the hood to spy the mid-’80s pony car powerplant. The Mustang 302 was fully rebuilt and topped with Ford Motorsports heads. Inside, roller rockers and a mild cam cycle below an Edelbrock intake and carburetor feeding the fuel charge. Spent gases leave through JBA headers and Flowmaster mufflers.

Lift went on to get the Ford Bronco up higher, with upgrades to the suspension and steering. Custom bumpers, rollcage, sliders, and a tire carrier were added, as was a 3/16-inch skidplate under a 21-gallon fuel tank. BS Sand built up some fine seats and re-did the center console, and the Ford Bronco got a massive sound system, including a pair of Rockford Fosgate wakeboard boat speakers hanging from the custom rollcage.

For eye appeal, Bob Frankowiak at Day by Day slathered the Ford in 2013 Mustang Gotta Have It Green punctuated with 2013 Boss 302-inspired graphics. The 37-inch Toyo MTs were mounted to V-Tec Raptor wheels, and the lime-green Bronco was ready to roll. We liked what we saw, and so followed the guys out into the desert for a little play in the newly finished rig. Take a look!

Vehicle: 1966 Ford Bronco
Owner/Hometown: John Carnahan/Mesa, Arizona
Engine: 1985 Mustang 302, Ford Motorsports heads, roller rockers, mild cam, Edelbrock intake/carb, MSD ignition, JBA headers/Flowmaster mufflers
Transmission/Transfer Case: Ford C4 with B&M deep sump, shift kit/Dana 20, twin-stick conversion
Front Axle: Late model Dana 44, disc brakes, Warn hubs, ARB air locker, 4.10 gears
Rear Axle: 31-spline Ford 9-Inch, disc brakes, Detroit locker, 4.10 gears
Steering: ’80s Ford 2WD steering box mounted inside the frame on custom mounts, high-steer conversion with 1-ton tie rod ends, chromoly tie rod, and draglink
Front Suspension: Classic Bronco 4.5-inch progressive coils, James Duff long-radius arms, Fox 2.0 remote reservoir shocks
Rear Suspension: Progressive-rate leaf springs, Fox 2.0 remote reservoir shocks, anti-wrap bar
Tires/Wheels: 37x13.50R18 Toyo Open Country MT, 18x9 V-Tec Raptor wheels
Interior: Custom dash, Ididit column, BS sand seats, Line-X liner
Other Parts: Six-point rollcage and rock sliders, custom bumpers, 21-gallon fuel tank, Smittybilt winch, Kenwood/Rockford Fosgate stereo system

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