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Rockin' 1977 Ford Bronco

Posted in Project Vehicles on February 1, 1998
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Photographers: David Freiburger

Rich Abby knows how to talk the talk and walk the rock, and it's all thanks to location, location, location. Rich lives in Salt Lake City-a mere five hours from Moab. So by having the most famous slickrock this side of sediment as his neighbor, Rich's after-hours activities are no doubt rockin'. Utah is also the state Shawn Sorensen calls home. The connection? It's the how-come-he-gets-to- have-all-the-fun-in-his-CJ-7 motivation that led Rich to build this Ford. Well, that and his wife Katie wanting to keep their daily-driven Toyota intact.

The bummer of it all is that shortly after Rich bought the Bronco, Shawn sold his Jeep. But he put his firsthand experimenting to work and lent a hand to help Rich make a mighty machine for clawing Moab and other local Utah runs along the Wasatch Front.

Early Bronco Specialties in Boise, Idaho, had the task of fitting a '78 NP435 underneath, which required nothing more than a modified crossmember and an adapter. To cure driveshaft angle, there's Six States Distributors Extended Duty components. The Bronco's underside features a Dana 20 transfer case with 2.34 gearing and 4.56s in a Currie Dana 44 with an ARB and a Ford 9-inch with a Detroit SofLocker. For minimal bash, a Go Rhino! axle truss and skidplate cling to the vulnerable parts.
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