1966 Ford Bronco Four Door Modern Classic Heads to SEMA – #TENSEMA17Posted in News on October 27, 2017
In 1988 the Maxlider brothers got their first taste of Bronco greatness when their cousin tore down a 1975 Ford Bronco in his garage. The idea of breaking down and rebuilding classic Broncos never left young Erik and Kris’ entrepreneurial conscience. Nearly thirty years later they find themselves co-owners of Maxlider Brothers Customs, a Chicago-based Bronco restoration and sales company with a full-service fabrication shop, a team of Senior Master qualified technicians, and a global social media following.
When they heard that the Bronco was coming back the brothers thought: What better way to say thank you to Ford and their engineers than to build an epic tribute to the original 1966 Bronco with a modern twist? Most notably the bros chose to stretch their stallion by 26 inches to accommodate four doors and a third row of seating.
“We wanted this Bronco to stand out as one of the most exotic and modern Bronco builds to date. Last year at SEMA, I saw some incredible Broncos, but we knew we could build something different that the world had never seen before. We also wanted tip our hat to Ford Motor Company on their own anticipated launch of the 2020 Bronco and show them what a throw-back design could look like with four doors,” said Erik Barnlund, co-owner of Maxlider Brothers Customs.
They certainly nailed the exotic and modern look with this blue beast. The interior is crisp and clean with plenty of vintage class. The seats are wrapped in water-resistant baseball glove brown marine performance vinyl—classy to look at, comfortable to sit on, but durably built for off-road adventures. AMP power-assist side steps add a luxury element to this trail-ready beast. Custom rear wheel well arch inserts house two of the six state-of-the-art Wetsounds Bluetooth sound bars and subwoofers, because this wouldn’t be a modern classic without a bangin’ sound system.
Roush Performance helped integrate a Supercharged Coyote 5.0L 600hp motor. In order to handle that kind of horsepower the bros dropped in an Advance Adapters Atlas II Transfer Case and Currie Industries provided new and more durable axles. Yukon Gear & Axle provided the key inner working components from driveshafts to locking hubs to differentials. Maxlider sourced Powertrain Control Solutions to mount the selector on the dash and electronic power steering was also added by EPAS.
This horse rolls on BFGoodrich 37x12.5-20 mud-terrain tires and 20x12.5-inch Fuel Nutz wheels, and Wilwood Superlite 4R Big Brake disc brakes provide maximum stopping power while Fox Racing Shox complement the custom suspension by MJR Industries in Montana.
If you want a personal look at this rig, the “Four Horseman” four-door Bronco will be on display at the Yukon Gear & Axle booth at SEMA, #20149, and will be a heavy contender for SEMA’s Battle of the Builders competition. Checkout their Instagram @maxlidermotors for more shots of their Bronco builds.