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An Update on Our Early Bronco Project Vehicle

Posted in Project Vehicles on January 15, 2019
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Some projects founder and linger. This one has for me. It’s a 1969 Bronco that you may have seen in a past few issues of 4-Wheel & Off-Road. The plan is to finish this thing and get it out onto the road and trail. Believe it or not, just about everything has fallen into place, albeit slowly, except one or two things. The body tub is just about done with rust and dent repair. I just need to finish the rockers (I’m going to integrate some rocker guards to the body to replace the hacked out factory rockers). Then comes primer, sanding, more primer, and paint. After that it’s all down to me to reassemble the thing, wire it, fire it, and get her driving again.

So far I am ecstatic about the BluePrint Engines Bronco Edition 306 V-8. Lots of the sheetmetal replacement parts came from Dynacorn and fit well. I also recently picked up a T-shift Bronco Dana 20 and rebuild kit (along with lots of good advice) from Randy at Driven 4x4 Parts here in Phoenix. I don’t yet have a transmission to install yet, and I want an auto in this one (I know, shame on me since it was originally a manual truck). Then it will be time to install some suspension parts from James Duff. Add in a new gas tank, a gas tank skid, and Gorilla WarFlares from Wild Horses 4x4, and I might even be able to bolt some wheels and tires on the old Bronco.

So the last question is, what color should I paint the Bronco? It seems to have originally Lunar Green, which is an odd, classic color that is growing on me.

Paint that comes not from a rattle can but rather must be applied with compressed air and a paint gun is new to me. I helped paint the Derange Rover and have decided to try to do some, if not all, of the paint on the Bronco. I’ll start with the axles and chassis and then try my hand at primer on the body. If that goes well (and I don’t screw up too bad) I may try to paint the interior body color and then go from there. Luckily my friend Kelly Springerly (who painted the Rover) has offered to do the actual painting if I get cold feet as long as I do all the prep.
Dynacorn sent us a couple front fenders, one rear fender, a rear corner, a cowl, and a radiator support. I also sourced some smaller floor patch panels for the Bronco from another supplier, and while I was able to get them to fit, let’s just say they weren’t the same quality as what I got from Dynacorn. The Dynacorn parts fit well and came with a weld-through primer. More details on how I installed the panels and painted them will be in an upcoming issue of M4-Wheel & Off-Road.
When it came to talking with Bronco folks about which fender flares I should use on the rebuild of this Bronco, Gorilla WarFlares from Wild Horses 4x4 got mentioned a lot. These flares have that classic look, allow for larger wheel openings (and thus larger tires), and are darn near indestructible. Wild Horses 4x4 also told us about its line of fuel tanks for early Broncos, including a few with high-pressure in-tank fuel pumps and heavy-duty skidplates. That’s a perfect match for this Broncos theme and will help us feed the healthy BluePrint Engines Bronco Edition 306 V-8
I also nailed down a T-shift Dana 20 transfer case. It took me a little while, but finally I realized that a rebuildable case was hiding in plain sight at Driven 4x4 Parts of Phoenix. While there I also grabbed one of the company’s Dana 20 rebuild kits and plan to get that refreshed and rebuilt in the next few days. Randy at Driven has a wealth of knowledge on which parts are best to use and where.

Sources

Wild Horses 4x4
Stockton, CA 95202
209-400-7200
www.wildhorses4x4.com
Blueprint Engines
Kearney, NE
800-483-4263
http://www.blueprintengines.com
Dynacorn International
Camarillo, CA 93012
805-987-8818
http://www.dynacorn.com
James Duff
Sequim, WA 98382
865-938-6696
jamesduff.com
Driven 4x4 Parts
drivenautoparts.com

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