5k: Uncut: 1966 Ford Bronco 4X4
The first generation Bronco was released in 1966 on the heels of Ford’s recent ultra successful Mustang launch. Whereas the Mustang was hastily built on the existing Falcon chassis, the Bronco was an entirely new platform and
only shared its engines/trannys with the rest of Ford’s product line.
The Bronco took the off-roader and tailored it for
family use as the blue oval’s competitor to the Jeep CJ and International Harvester Scout. Throughout the years, many Broncos have been hacked up by guys bent on climbing higher mountains and precious few remain in original condition. Find this 1966 Ford Bronco currently bidding for $6,700 with a few hours to go on ebay, located in Las Vegas, NV.
I really hate to use such an overused cliche, but this Bronco is covered with a fine patina or age. The underside looks like it has freckles, and while it isn’t something that would give you cause for concern in the new few years, it is something that will need to be addressed in the next decade before it gets too bad.
The engine bay looks really scruffy, but the 170 cubic inch inline-6 allegedly runs well and has some recently rebuilt parts. The 2.8 liter engine is rated at 101 horsepower and it won’t be fast, but it will be decent on fuel and fairly robust.
The interior has been redone at one point in time and doesn’t look bad. The seller also says it has had one repaint, but it is showing some signs of rust here and there. This is not a museum quality example, but a good driver ready for some light off roading.
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Grissom AFB now there's a blast from the past. It's now JRB Grissom and it's located in north-central Indiana. When I was but a wee E2 I was stationed there. Though this truck is in Nevada, don't be fooled, it lived at least some of it's life near the rust belt. It will need new floors as seen in some of the underbody pictures, but other than that it looks like an honest runner. Just don't think you're getting a desert southwest car when you go for it.
Wow this is amazing sold at $9000. I owned a 68 Bronco buying used from a Ford dealer with only 5,500 miles, like brand new. Loved the Bronco back then, the ruggd looks and drove cross country many times and in the mountains of Colorado where I lived, including all the winters, across the various Passes to get to ski areas. Sold the car in 1978 with 95K miles. But in retrospect, it wasn't such a great SUV. Had to rebuild the carbs every 3 years or so. Terribly jumpy and noisy ride on the highway at 50 mph or over. The 4 wheel drive was very good, but the hubs would lock up with freezing weather. I remember struggling many times in the winter on the side of the highway trying to turn those darn frozen hubs. Back cargo area was a tin can, the heater was awful and since very little insulation anywhere on hardtop, sides, floors or cargo area (just steel), the Bronco was like an ice cube tray in the winter. In the rain, driving cross country, the Bronco was treacherous. I'm amazed at the prices and cult following of the Bronco, because, it never was that great except at low speeds on hills, and had a terrible ride like a bust out Bronco for real.Glad I owned one bsack then bnut would not want another as a daily driver!