Gas Station Plow: 1969 Ford Bronco

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This 1969 Ford Bronco here on eBay is an uncut example that lead both a hard, and easy, life. You see, it’s been a plow truck since new, receiving its original Western plow before it even left the original selling dealership. The life of a plow truck is not easy, but this one just worked a local gas station in New York State, making its plow route fairly tame in comparison to other winter workhorses. Thanks to Barn Finds reader Jim S. for the find. 

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I’m from a town not far from where this Bronco is listed for sale in Mahopac, New York, and it’s just familiar enough that I wonder if I used to ride past this rig growing up. I can even think of a gas station that might have been the one to use this Bronco as its go-to vehicle for keeping the pumps clear in wintertime. As you can see in this photo, the Bronco will need some interior work to be perfect – especially if you want to be the first one to drive around with the roof off, a feature never used by the gas station owners.

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There is rust in the floors and a few other places. Almost the entirety of the underside is coated in some form of surface rust. Frankly, for a vehicle used almost expressly for getting dirty in the winter slop, I’m surprised it’s not completely rotted out. Unlike many Broncos of this vintage, this one remains uncut and almost entirely original. I’m not sure that it adds any value, but I do like the idea that the plow is the original Western model sold right at the Ford dealership.

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The engine still runs and just received a carb rebuild; while the transmission functions, second gear is gone so it will need a rebuild. Having ridden in a relative’s plow truck, I’m not surprised the transmission needs some work. With only 70,000 original miles, this Bronco deserves to be brought back to life as a specimen in tribute to how these vehicles were originally used – a far cry from the $50,000 pick-up trucks that grace today’s showrooms.

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Comments

  1. L.M.K. Member

    I think I remember seeing it…..but that region had many of these around so who can be certain…..? We used to ride along route 6 from Brewster on our way to shopping at Baldwin place …..

    • Barzini

      There also used to be a similar looking Bronco plow truck parked at Brookfield Shell (across the border but nearby) back in the late 70s and early 80s.

  2. JW

    I owned a 68 & 75 Broncos and we love them BUT even as a station only plow truck that plow will abuse a suspension and running gear. I know because I used to plow condos for a living but used 1 ton trucks. My wife and I would love to own another but not one that was used for plow duty.

  3. George

    At least winters aren’t too severe in Mahopac.

  4. Metalted

    Nice truck , it for sure needs work, but for that price be awesome to build trail / dune buggy.
    I like it and have always wanted one.
    Way to far from me to look at.
    👍

  5. Rob

    Wow does that bring back memories! I learned to drive manual on a Bronco just like that! In upstate NY too! Not Mahopac though. Worked at a Mobil service station and we had a red one that we used for plowing and service calls. We were always repairing the hydraulics on the plow, but it got the job done.

  6. AMC STEVE

    Plow trucks are beat to hell even though they have low miles they are hard ones. Look for stressed frame, worn suspension, worn trans.

  7. Len

    Oddly enough my uncle had the same setup from a local ford dealership except in blue. Same dam plow and all. Sad to say that the Bronco is long gone but the plow lives on as it is now attached to my 87 Chevy 3/4 ton pick-up used for winter plaowing as well. You wanna talk about rust, there are no inner fender wells or rocker panels left on it and I can see the road through the floor boards. The only solid part is the box. I wish I had the Bronco too, that was a cool 4X4.

  8. Todd Zuercher

    This one’s going to take a ton of sheetmetal work to get well again. I’m so thankful my ’69 is so solid.

  9. Clint

    Those door hinges look hinky….

  10. chad Member

    Hey Todd!
    ck out the original plow’n frame…U can add that to ur “bronk history” notes !

    I’ll give ya $100 for the bench seat…
    chrlsful@aol.com

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