Junkyard Find U14: 1967 Ford Bronco

This 1967 Ford Bronco U14 pickup is a junkyard find that was left to the heirs of the individual that rescued it from the shredder. The seller notes his grandfather ran the junkyard business and willed it to the family, but that despite escaping the arms of the shredder, it’s still a massive project with lots of rust. Find the Bronco here on craigslist with an asking price of $4,500 that is negotiable.

The U14 stands out from other Broncos for its short, squared-off cab and truncated bed that resembles a shortened version of a traditional pickup’s storage area. When these are finished, they are delightfully squared off, and with the right set of tires, they look downright tough. Think of the U14 as the Suzuki Samurai of the 1960s, except with a 289 V8 up front.

The Samurai comparison may raise some eyebrows (and conflicting opinions) but it’s intended to make the point that the U14 looks much different than the traditional “wagon”-style body that most Broncos were ordered in. Simply put, the half-cab wasn’t super popular, as it was seen as less practical. The interior of this one is still holding up well, despite being junked.

The seller mentions the Bronco has less than 12,000 miles. I find this suspect, as the odometer more than likely rolled over. However, the interior is far better than I’d expect for something that’s been off the road for so long, and these lights make me wonder if it belonged to a local municipality. Was this a New Jersey township plow vehicle before going to the scrap yard? It might explain the loads of rust. Regardless, does this rare U14 deserve saving or is it destined to parts vehicle status?

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Comments

  1. Rex Kahrs Member

    These Broncos are white hot right now, so I imagine this one will get scooped up pretty quick.

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  2. bobhess bobhess Member

    This thing is not as bad as it looks. How’s that for confusing the general public?

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  3. XMA0891

    Prescient save on the part of the deceased. These little trucks are neat and do look great once done. $2,500 sounds like a more-realistic buy in for my dollar, but I’ll admit I’ve seen less go for more. Hope she’s saved soon!

  4. Jimmy

    I have to admit the seller seems honest in his description.

  5. Paul

    I see the market all of a sudden cooling down on these first generation broncos….I’m starting to feel bad for the people that waaaay over paid for these broncos in the past few years…..

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  6. Johnmloghry Johnmloghry Member

    A buyer will pay for what they want. Some may say they got taken, while others may say they got a bargain. As has been said these type broncos are desireable to some people, to others not so much. So I say let the buyer be his own judge and pay what he feels is fair.
    God bless America

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  7. TimM

    One of mine is an original U-14 with the inline 6 and three speed on the column!! It is Bullett proof!!! Still running and driving it since I bought it in 1980!!! It’s been used for camping, firewood, pulling a boat and just beating down some trails!! I would recommend this to anyone who wants to have some fun!!!

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  8. Howard A. Member

    Finding this in a woods, is like finding a chunk of gold the size of a brick in a stream, and just as likely. Half cabs are extremely rare, mostly because, when new, they were an alternative to to a CJ or Scout, and most were plow trucks, as seen here, mostly for service stations. Before AWD, plowing was huge. In a storm in a big city, that was a lot of driveways to plow. Many rusted to bits. I too think the market will cool on these once people actually drive them. Coming from that new F-150, they are in for rude awakening.

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  9. Ekim1958

    Soup cans

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