Wrapping Up Loose Ends on Our 1969 Bronco Project
The End Is Nigh
Christian Hazel peereth down from on high (no, not that kind of high, you silly potheads, but rather his comically tall editor-in-chief desk) and sayeth to lowly Tech Editor Verne Simons, "Verne, I command thee to wrap up this never-ending Bronco build within no more than two final articles or else I shall smite you with my all powerful smiting pencil." And the Verne, a follower of the Christian (on Instagram), being of (mostly) sound mind and generally strong bowels, sayeth to the Christian, "Yes, yee wise editor-in-chief, Christian, leader of ourn very own favorite off-road magazine. It shall be done!"
It's about time we wrap up this project anyway. Nothing we've done involved reinventing the "Early Bronco wheel." The build has followed what could be a fairly solid pattern for making a Bronco work well on- and off-road. We refreshed the James Duff suspension that has been under the Bronco for decades (June 2019), hammered out a few dings and dents, bolted and welded on a new panel here and there (Aug. 2019), cured some nasty rust, and generally cleaned the old Ford up. We also slung in a BluePrint Engines 306ci Bronco Edition small-block V-8 (Jan. 2019), adapted and added a 6R80 six-speed small-block Ford Street Smart Package from Performance Automatic, and capped it with a freshly rebuilt T-shift Bronco Dana 20 (Sept. 2019)—we can't wait to drive this combination. We've also added a ton of parts from Wild Horses 4x4 from a fiberglass hood to a stainless steel gas tank. In addition we've asked lots of questions of our local Early Bronco expert, Randy, from Driven Auto Parts in Phoenix, Arizona.
Truth is the Bronco is getting close, but there are still many loose ends to wrap up. For one, we need to bolt parts to the engine to get this thing running. We also need to tie up the Bronco's interior in so, so many ways. Here's what we got done in our penultimate Early Bronco build.