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Tearing Down Our 1969 Bronco

Part 2: The Resurrection Continues

Verne SimonsPhotographer, Writer

In the January 2018 issue of Petersen’s 4WOR we introduced you to our infamous, former-magazine project 1969 Ford Bronco. In that article we talked about our general plan to transform the rig from a rusty and neglected rockcrawler into a very capable driver. In order to make that happen we have to tear into it to see what needs to be cleaned, rebuilt, replaced, or melted down into liquid form to be made into soup cans. Sometimes things have to get worse before they can get better, and that’s the plan for this installment of our early Bronco build, the teardown.

All in all, the Bronco is in pretty good shape. A few holes in the floor, a couple rust spots, and a ton of surface rust on just about everything. Here’s hoping that taking things apart to make sure they are good doesn’t expose any horrible secrets hidden underneath what appears to be a fairly nice early Bronco.

Once we get a handle on what can be fixed and what is junk, we can assemble a list of parts that will complement what we still have and rebuild the old 1969 Bronco better than it was before. Follow along to see what we find as this Bronco goes down.