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1974 Ford Bronco

The buildup of this 1974 Bronco began as a simple restoration project and got out of hand...

John CappaWriterTrenton McGeePhotographer

The buildup of this 1974 Bronco began as a simple restoration project and got out of hand once Christopher Navarre of Mission Viejo got hooked on rockcrawling. Over the course of the four-year buildup many changes were made to transform the Bronc into a more capable trail vehicle. Through it all, Christopher learned patience, perseverance, and the fact that a project like this is never really finished.

With a few rockcrawling experiences under his belt, Christopher knew he wanted to take the Bronco to greater heights. A 3-1/2-inch suspension lift and a 3-inch Wild Horses body lift seemed to get him there. Finding the right coil rate up front proved to be a problem, so he had the professionals at National Spring build the truck a custom set of coils. McCoy leaf springs bring up the rear, but plans are in the works to install Nationals. Rancho 9000 shocks take care of the damping duties.

Along the way, Christopher developed a need for power steering, lockers, and functional fuel induction. A Nissan Pathfinder box (Nissan built some parts right) was grafted to the framerail of the Bronco to help turn the 36x12.50x15 Super Swampers on 15x8 Centerline Convo HT wheels. Tried and true Detroit Lockers in the front and rear make sure that the 36s keep spinning. A JET Quadrajet carburetor was utilized to keep the Bronco running while in contorted positions.

Perhaps having been stuck or stranded with a flat tire inspired Christopher to install Wild Horses front and rear bumpers. The front carries a winch and the rear a full-size spare tire. Fender flares cover the big meats and the not-so-restorer-friendly trimmed fenders. Performance Red enamel is fogged liberally over the fiberglass hood and the rest of the Bronco’s skin. Rocker guards made from 2-3/16 diamond plate protect the belly. The rest of Christopher’s Bronco reflects his acquired addiction.