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1970 Ford Bronco: One Bad Bronco Built to Rock

Orange Crush

Harry WagnerPhotographer, Writer

Brothers Grant and Drew Broughton have a family peach orchard in western Colorado with some of the best rockcrawling in the country nearby. Between a life of fixing farm equipment and their proximity to places like Montrose and Grand Junction, it is no surprise that they love wheeling. What is surprising is that they wheel a beautiful Early Bronco through trails full of boulders. The price of Early Broncos has steadily increased over the past several years, making them too expensive for most people to smash in the rocks. “It’s all right if it gets dented,” Grant confesses. “I’ve got another Early Bronco with a fiberglass body and perfect paint.”

The paint on this 1970 Bronco was laid down by the Broughton brothers themselves, so it’s not perfect but it’s pretty darn close. Underneath remain the original 302 V-8 and NP435 transmission, but they are backed by a four-speed Advance Adapters Atlas II transfer case that allows the Broughtons to tiptoe through the rocks without damaging the sheetmetal. Big Ruff Stuff Specialties fabricated 9-inch housings are mated to even bigger 41.5-inch Pit Bull Rockers that work as good as they look. Working good and looking good is what made Broncos so popular in the first place. Grant and Drew’s specific example just takes that premise to the next level.

Tech Specs

1970 Ford Bronco
>Drivetrain
Engine: 302ci V-8
Transmission: NP435
Transfer Case: Advance Adapters Atlas II 4-speed
Front Axle: Ruff Stuff fabricated 9-inch housing with True Hi-9 and ARB Air Locker
Rear Axle: Ruff Stuff fabricated 9-inch housing with True Hi-9 and Yukon Grizzly Locker
>Suspension
Springs & Such: James Duff radius arms, Wild Horses coils, Bilstein 5100 shocks (front); Deaver springs, Bilstein 5100 shocks (rear)
Tires & Wheels: 41.5x13.5R17 Pit Bull Rockers on 17x9 Spyderlock beadlocks
Steering: PSC steering box, hydraulic ram, and pump; Ruff Stuff Specialties tie rod and drag link; Lecarra steering wheel
Lighting: LED headlights, Rigid Industries Dually LED lights, Rigid Industries 50-inch E-Series LED light bar
Other Stuff: Wild Horses Gear Banger offset shifter, Warn Zeon 10-S winch, Protofab front and rear bumpers, Wild Horses fender flares, James Duff corner guards, Autometer gauges, OTTRATTW switch panel, Corbeau seats, Champion radiator