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1966 Ford Bronco Buggy - Twisted Classic

Posted in Features on May 27, 2014
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What does one do when they long for the classic looks of a 1966-1977 Ford Bronco, but couldn’t bear to shred a pristine example of the early horse over a rocky trail? If you’re Karl Bradley, you create your own modern-day early Bronco from scratch. Working with Jason Paule of Twisted Customs in Piedmont, South Dakota, the 1966 Ford Bronco themed buggy you see before you is the result of immense man hours and meticulous planning. Sure, this ultra-clean Blue Oval may only look like modified-classic at first glance, but it’s far from being a one-trick pony.

“Modified Ford Bronco buggies have been done for many years, some cut off behind the doors, some boat-tailed front and rear and every description in between,” Karl stated. “Jason Paule and I spent many hours bouncing ideas off each other on where to cut, where to section, and where to stretch. The Mantra for this build was to modify the Ford Bronco body in such a way to keep it proportional and as close to stock looking as possible. Jason spent hundreds of hours making the molds from modified metal panels. Literally, every dimension of the body has been altered from stock.”

In place of steel panels, this Ford Bronco is cloaked entirely in fiberglass, which contributes to its sub 4,000-pound overall weight. The stock chassis was never even a factor either, as a Twisted Customs provided the base for the hand-built creation. We had a chance to ’wheel alongside the Bronco buggy awhile back and were impressed at the level of craftsmanship throughout the rig. We’ll be the first to admit, when it comes to tube buggies, we are only so-so enthusiastic, but this one is work of art.

A mix of 1- and 1.75-inch DOM tubing runs throughout the rig and comprises the custom cage. It’s difficult to notice at first glance, but the center of the buggy is actually 10 inches narrower than a stock ’66 early Bronco. The front and rear sections measure a full 13 inches narrower as well.

Vehicle: 1966 Ford Bronco buggy
Owner: Karl Bradley, Ashville, North Carolina
Engine: 331ci Ford V-8
Transmission: C4
Transfer case(s)/ratio(s): Atlas II/4.3:1
Front axle: Currie Enterprise housing, TrueHi9 third member, Spidertrax drive flanges, custom knuckles with F-450 unit bearings, Detroit Locker, 4.88:1 gears
Rear axle: Full-float Currie Enterprise housing, TrueHi9 3rd member, Detroit Locker, 4.88:1 gears
Suspension (f/r): Four-link with triangulated uppers, 2.5-in. Fox air shocks four-link with triangulated uppers, Twisted Customs sway bar, 2.5-in. Fox air shocks
Steering: PSC Motorsports fully hydraulic double-ended ram
Tires: 39x13.50R17 BFGoodrich Krawler T/A KX
Wheels: 17x9 SLT Muscle Mags with Staun internal beadlocks
Armor: Heavily modified early Bronco bumpers
Cool extras: 5.0L Painless Street Rod wiring harness, 15-gallon fuel cell, Walbro fuel pump, Beard seats, Simpson harness, Warn 9,000XDi winch

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Since we first ’wheeled with Karl, the Bronco has undergone a few changes. Most notably, it received new skins and bumpers, courtesy of Jason Paule at Twisted Customs.

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