Cool Runnings - A 1992 Ford Bronco for Family, Friends and Fun
An HVAC Guy Who Runs Hot In The Dez
What’s an expert in air conditioning do when he’s not busy keeping other people cool? He heads to the desert in this over-the-top ’92 Ford Bronco for some hot laps, that’s what.
As owner of WCComfort in Redlands, California, Matt Jones is in the enviable situation where most of his work is during the hottest times of the year, while when the weather’s good, as it is during spring and fall, he and his family can make some time to get out and put this Bronco through its paces.
Some of the best builders around have all had a turn at this killer steed as Top of the Line Fabrication, Solo Motorsports, Big Boy Toys, Full Metal Fabrication, and McNeil all can lay claim to, at least helping, with the construction of one of the finest Broncos to ever have been built. But it was a process; nearly four years of toil went into what you see here.
The front suspension came from Threat Motorsports of Lake Elsinore, California. Top of the Line installed TM’s twin traction I-beams, which make the front end 4.5 inches wider than stock (per side) and holds a Dana 44 unit as well.
A pair per side of King shocks soaks up the bumps, as King 3.0 14-inch, dual-rate coilovers and 3.0 14-inch pure race quad bypass shocks have been installed. King 2.5 bumpstops act as the final safety against any huge g-outs that the driver may not have seen.
Further back, it’s also King that does the hard work as 3.0 12-inch pure race quad bypass units team with Deaver Q80 springs. Threat Motorsports upper shock mounts keep the King’s securely positioned, while their shackles do the same for the Deaver’s.
The rearend in question is a trussed and skidplated Currie Full Floater that features 40-spline axles and 4:88 gears and Wilwood disc brakes. A quartet of 17x9 Raceline Beadlocks have been shod with 37-inch General Grabber Red Letter tires to combine for tough, good looking off-road performance.
And the suspension, wheels, and tires have to be good as the engine in this Ford is old-school power. The Ford 408ci engine has been stroked, equipped with Keith Black Icon pistons and Seal Power rings for a 10:1 compression ratio. They connect to a Scat crank via Scat H-beam rods and a COMP Cams roller cam bumps the COMP roller rockers inside the AFR aluminum heads. It’s topped off with an Edelbrock intake manifold and 95mm throttle body, a set of FAST 42-pound injectors, and a Donaldson air cleaner.
Providing the sparks is a FAST 2.0 ignition while cooling is done with a three-row Champion aluminum radiator with dual 16-inch SPAL fans. Getting the spent fuel out is thanks to the Pacesetter “Shorties” with MagnaFlow mufflers. Kent Spillmann at Big Boy Toys in Yucaipa, California, did the engine build, along with all of the many modifications.
The E4OD transmission is built to handle 650 hp, 3,200-stall Baumann electronic controller. A deep-finned oil pan provides plenty of fluid, while the dual, electric fan–equipped 8-inch Derale trans coolers keeps that fluid cool. Though the dash may not be lined with leather (Yet. Give Jones some time though …) the interior has everything a racer/prerunner could want. That Solo Motorsports dash is aluminum and features the Fast 2.0 EFI dash, a host of Auto Meter gauges, a Lowrance GPS unit, a JVC stereo system and the ac/heater control panel and vents.
The cool center console, also aluminum, holds all of the electrical switches, as well as the Motorola race radio/ Rugged 4 person intercom, the Winters shifter and the 2wd/4wd selector switch. Solo Motorsports handled the wiring chores. A quartet of PRP seats, with 5-point PRP harnesses and a MOMO steering wheel give the driver a good feel for the beast and a fully caged interior must give them a secure feeling too.
The body is a mix of steel with fiberglass fenders and hood, all of which were painted gray by McNeil of San Diego, California. With three LED lightbars (two 42-inch and one 50-inch), night becomes day and thanks to the cool underfender rock lights, even those nasties are revealed.
When Jones bought the Bronco about four years ago, it had a 4-inch basic lift with 33s. Within a few weeks he had it to Daren at Top of the Line Fabrication to start the tear down. Then Jones and his wife, who also grew up off-roading with her family and who was totally behind building the Ford, headed to swap meets and off-road shows/expos to start buying up a laundry list of items needed for the build.
The result of their, and many shops’, hard work is something that one could have as the last Bronco they’d ever need to build. It has great suspension, plenty of power, is big enough to handle the whole family on the trail, and looks great beside. It was a long, sometimes grueling build, but Jones himself says, “At the end I feel it was all worth it and cant wait for the hours of fun we get to have in it. I can’t thank everybody who had their hands in it enough! All I can say it that this sucker is a beast!”
The result of years of wanting and building, this Ford Bronco is the go-to vehicle for the Jones family.
With its Threat Motorsports equal length Twin Traction I-Beams setup, this Bronco is now 4.5 inches wider per side. A Dana 44 resides inside.
In what has become the must-have off-road setup, a King coilover shock is joined by a King bypass on each side of the frontend.
Big and tough describes the 37-inch General Grabber tires, and it goes for the 17x9 Raceline Beadlocks as well.
Protecting the Bronco is a skidplate that would give Godzilla second thoughts of attacking, but allows ones to attack any rocky trail.
A trio of LED lightbars makes sure that even when the sun’s down, there will be plenty of light to safely make it back to camp.
Huge power comes from the fully built 408 Ford engine. Parts from iconic names such as Keith Black, Edelbrock, Scat, COMP Cams and F.A.S.T have been installed.
SOLO Motorsports built the aluminum dash and center console, which solidly mounts the Auto Meter gauges, F.A.S.T. 2.0 EFI dash, and Lowrance GPS unit. The steering wheel is a MOMO unit.
Cool PRP seats (is that ostrich hide?) and harnesses keep the occupants safe and secure.
Complete with cupholders, the center console houses the Winters shifter, a host of electrical switches as well as the Motorola/Rugged communications system.
The rear section has a cubby for a spare tire, and yes, it’s fully carpeted.
Fiberglass fenders give the Generals plenty of room to travel.
Sliding, jumping or just trail riding, this Bronco is ready to take on whatever is thrown at it.