Jennifer Smith's Snake Bitten Pony
Jennifer Smith decided to bring out her 1968 Ford Bronco to take on the ultimate off-road torture test. Early Broncos are quite often seen as clean classic rigs that should be left unmolested but we think you’ll agree with us that this Bronco has been built to do what it was originally intended to do, dominate off-road at all costs! This wild pony has a little extra kick in its step via a supercharged 4.6-liter Mustang SVT Cobra V8 engine that made for some high revving action at Top Truck Challenge. Jennifer was never shy winding out the SVT cobra engine throughout the competition at Top Truck. The Bronco held up to all the torture throughout all the challenges but ultimately couldn’t finish the Tank Trap.
Jennifer ran into a bit of trouble on the long steep downhill section of the Obstacle Course where the Bronco got a little sideways and ended up running into the bulldozer. Jennifer didn’t let that scare her and backed the Bronco up the hill and attempted to complete the course. Unfortunately the Bronco ended up flopping on its side in the lower level water holes. Funny enough, before the competition started, Jennifer was sandbagging the other competitors when they saw how low the Bronco sat many assumed it would not be able to articulate very well in the Frame Twister but on the first day of competition, the Bronco was walking a little taller and a little prouder thanks to a last minute spring change. Jennifer pushed the Bronco through the Frame Twister despite having blown a right front bead and not being able to reach the ignition and winch controller easily, she managed to make it through by using her Shift Kicker Boot to get the job done. One thing’s for sure, it was a heck of a lot of fun watching the Bronco move through the different challenges each day and the wife and husband banter was hilarious as Jen and her husband worked together to make it through the challenges.
Jennifer was probably would have earned the short distance award if we actually had one since she was a local to Hollister Hills. She even ended up receiving coverage in the local paper. Top Truck is the thrill of a lifetime for most so it’s no surprise Jennifer decided to forgo watching her son play in his little league baseball championship game to compete at Top Truck Challenge. The great thing about Jennifer was that she seemed to go with the flow and rolled with the punches while keeping a positive attitude the whole time. Top Truck Challenge definitely brought a smile to her face just as much as she did to all the other competitors and spectators out there.
Truck: 1968 Ford Bronco
Engine: supercharged 4.6-liter from an ’03 Ford Mustang SVT Terminator Cobra
Drivetrain: C6 automatic, Stak 3-speed T-case, South Bay Driveline, ’03 F350 Dana 60 front differential, Sterling 10.5 rear differential
Suspension: 3-link front with Ballistic 18-inch stroke Coilovers, 4-link rear with 14-inch Hybrid Coilovers
Wheels & Tires: 20x12 Dick Cepek DCII wheels wrapped in 46x19.5R20 Mickey Thompson Baja Claws