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1966 Ford Bronco - Precious Metal

Posted in Features on November 26, 2014
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Prices for Early Broncos have skyrocketed in the last decade, making them more common on the promenade and cruising parades than out wheeling. While there is no denying that David Dzida’s Bronco is a beaut, that doesn’t keep him off the trails. See, the beauty of this Ford is more than skin-deep, given the assortment of exotic race parts found under the Bronco.

David is friends with Sandy Cone of Cone Industries, who has made a name for himself building axle assemblies that withstand endless pounding in Baja under the back of 800hp Trophy Trucks. By comparison, the Bronco lives a relatively easy life. It is all a matter of perspective. Consider that when I asked David if he is running 40-spline, gun-drilled axleshafts, he sheepishly replied, “Nah, they are only 35-spline 300M.” These are parts that the rest of us would kill for!

Of course, the axleshafts aren’t the only race-inspired components. David’s Bronco has a Lowrance GPS and a race radio in front of the MasterCraft Safety seats and five-point harnesses. With a 180:1 crawl ratio, he can go as slow or as fast as he wants, regardless of the conditions. And it still looks good enough to fit in at the local Fourth of July parade. What more could you ask for?

Note that the inner bulky fenders found on most Broncos have been removed to create room for the engine cage. Cradled inside the tubing is a 5.0L V-8 fed by an Aeromotive fuel pump and rails, but owner David Dzida says that there will be a 347 stroker under the hood soon. The engine routes power to a C4 built by Higas Transmission with a Culhane manual reverse valve body and a TCS billet torque converter.

Tech Specs
1966 Ford Bronco
Engine: 5.0L V-8
Transmission: C4 3-speed automatic
Transfer case: Northwest Fab underdrive and Advance Adapters Atlas II
Front Axle: Cone Industries 9-inch with True Hi9 3rd member, 5.38 gears, ARB Air Locker, Solid Industries knuckles, Cone Industries 300M axleshafts, RCV stub shafts, Wilwood 6 piston brakes
Rear Axle: 9-inch with True Hi9 3rd member, 5.38 gears, ARB Air Locker, Solid Industries spindles, Cone Industries 300M axleshafts

Springs & Such: Triangulated 4-link with Sway-a-way coilovers and air bumps (front and rear)
Tires & Wheels: 41.5x13.5R20 Pit Bull Rockers on 20x9 TrailReady beadlock rims
Steering: PSC pump, orbital valve, and 21⁄2x8-inch double-ended hydraulic ram
Other Stuff: Dual Optima batteries, high-output MSD alternator, T-Maxx 12,000-pound winch, hydroboost brakes, custom tube front bumper, full rollcage, MasterCraft seats and harnesses, custom tube rear bumper with swingout tire carrier, Lowrance GPS, Vertex race radio, Cobra CB, AutoMeter gauges, High Angle Drivelines, custom 32-gallon aluminum fuel cell

The fabricated aluminum dash is full of race features like the Lowrance GPS, Vertex radio, and 5-inch AutoMeter tach along with trail tools like the Cobra CB and Fusion stereo. MasterCraft Safety seats and harnesses keep David and his girlfriend, Tatiana, safe under the 13⁄4x0.120-wall DOM rollcage that doubles as an air tank.
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