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1968 Ford Bronco - Bringing Back the Bronco

Posted in Features on April 13, 2015
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Photographers: Boyd Jaynes

Photographer Boyd Jaynes has spent almost a lifetime behind the lens, photographing the most exotic off-road vehicles on the planet. Jaynes has also attended a lifetime of motorsports races and events all around the world. He’s one of the most in-demand photographers in our industry including right here at Dirt Sports + Off-Road, getting that perfect shot for our Masterpiece in Metal features. Naturally, like everyone else who spends a great amount of time around races, Jaynes has always wanted to be in the race.

When Mike Pearlman made the announcement he was resurrecting the Mexican 1000 under his NORRA organization, Jaynes sprang into action, scouring the Internet for a Bronco to enter into the rally. It was a Craigslist post that led Jaynes to El Diablo Caballo or “The Devil Horse”. Jaynes says, “It was cherry.” He gave the owner $10,000 for the Bronco and off Jaynes went. The Bronco had an existing cage, prerunner-style bumper, lights, and a lift kit. Jaynes made just enough modifications to the vehicle to barely pass technical inspection at the Mexican 1000. That first rally was a major learning curve for Jaynes. “We never expected to go down [to Baja] and be competitive, we just wanted to participate in the race,” Jaynes says. The second year Jaynes added a real ’cage that would pass tech inspection. The Bronco would not finish the race. “We lost the transmission. The vehicle was between gears even though it felt like it was in gear causing us to burn up the tranny,” says Jaynes. He says they later discovered a problem with the shift gate. With the help of Brian Godfrey, Jaynes upgraded the suspension and added shocks. Godfrey and Jaynes have gone out in the desert to do some shock tuning on the Bronco. Every year Jaynes has learned a little bit more about what it takes to make the Bronco competitive for the rally.

The original sheetmetal still exists on the Bronco.

Today, a ’68 Bronco like Jaynes could sell for thousands of dollars. They are popular and very hard to find, not to mention finding one in decent shape. Ford began producing the Bronco in 1966. The last Bronco rolled off the production line in 1996. They were the vehicle to have when running the Baja peninsula. Jaynes has added a Currie Enterprises Dana 44 with 3.50 gears and a Truetrac locker. Not all early Broncos came with power steering. The ones that did had a very intermittent system that jittered. When it came time to run through the rough stuff, sometimes you had to let the Bronco sit. Jaynes upgraded his Bronco to the PSC steering system. Fox set Jaynes up with their custom 2.5 Factory Series Internal Bypass Reservoir shocks. Jaynes also added Deaver coils and leaf springs to the vehicle. General’s AT2 tire gets him through the desert. The original sheetmetal still exists on the Bronco. Jaynes added a new hood for 2015. The original engine remains in the Bronco today rumored to be built by Roger “Spacey” Kint who lost a finger while machining special parts for the Bronco during development. The idea is to keep the Bronco as vintage and functional as possible. Jaynes’ Bronco has been featured in several movies including Need for Speed and the Marlboro Red Aces web series.

This year Jaynes’ Bronco will travel as a show vehicle to major events including King of The Hammers and Off-Road Expo. Fox Racing Shox will showcase it in their booth at SEMA. Jaynes will race it at the NORRA Mexican 1000 in the Vintage category. Jaynes and his crew like to have fun at the rally. They dress up in crazy clothing and wear mustaches to contingency. Jaynes says they might even dress up like Jackie Moon.

Most of the original interior was left intact with the only additions being an aluminum dash filled with Auto Meter gauges, a two-way radio and GPS.

2014 NORRA Mexican 1000
Third in Class (V10877), 38th overall in Vintage Category.

2013 NORRA Mexican 1000
First in Class (V10877), Eighth overall in Vintage Category.

2012 NORRA Mexican 1000
First in Class (VJ), 15th overall in Vintage Category.

2010 NORRA Mexican 1000
Fourth in Class (5C)

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