We really admire guys like Wayne Sanders, guys who go four-wheeling with some buddies a few times and then they're hooked for life. This '74 Ford Bronco is the fruition of Wayne's quest for the perfect family adventure vehicle. It's actually his second early Ford Bronco in just a few years. He restored the first Bronco so nicely that he just couldn't bring himself to beat it up on the trail. He sold it and started another Bronco build, and he went from beauty to functionality.
Some guys just have a knack for building 4x4s. However, we haven't met too many enthusiasts like Wayne who build incredibly functional rigs the first few years they get into off-roading. Many guys take their rig to a shop to have it built, but not Wayne. He had to do it himself. He tore into the old Bronco. The wheelbase was stretched for better stability, and a potent 5.0L Mustang engine was dropped in, increasing the powerband and bumping up the rig's capabilities on- and off-highway. After all the late nights in the garage, Wayne's ingenuity got him a rig that dominates the trails, impressed his friends in his local four-wheel-drive club, and got us to say, "Hey, that's a pretty cool rig."
This Bronco went from a mild trail rig to an articulating beast in a short time. In fact, when we found Wayne on the trail, he had just finished the last of a few major modifications, like the installation of the FOA 18-inch-travel coilover shocks and the suspension modifications. Wayne's really handy with a welder and tube bender. He did all the tube work, including the rollcage and front and rear bumpers. A salvaged and rebuilt Dana 60 axle was dropped in the front and fitted with 5.38 gears, disc brakes, a custom high-steer setup, and a Detroit Locker for dependable traction.
1974 Ford Bronco
Engine: Ford 5.0L V-8
Transmission: Ford C4
Transfer case: Dana 20
Front Axle: Dana 60 with 5.38 gears, Detroit Locker, disc brakes
Rear Axle: GM 14-bolt with 5.38 gears, spool, disc brakes
Springs & Such: Custom coil springs, FOA coilovers, and custom long radius arms in front, custom four-link, FOA coilovers in the rear
Tires & Wheels: 38.5x11.00/15LT Super Swamper TSL Boggers, 15x10 aluminum wheels with Staun beadlocks
Other Stuff: Custom front and rear bumpers, MileMarker 8,000-pound winch front, 2,500-pound MileMarker winch rear, on-board CO2 tank, Auto Meter gauges, XRC seats, Tuffy center console