Maybe A Bargain? 1974 Ford Bronco

Jamie PalmerBy Jamie Palmer

It seems to me that about 98% of first generation Ford Broncos come in one of three categories: 1) ones that are very original and command a high price, 2) highly modified but generally nice vehicles that have cut wheel wells and are lifted sky high, and 3) rusty, ratty, moldy vehicles that really should have been hauled off years ago. This one fits in that other 2% — it’s not original, but it doesn’t appear to be rusty either, and is said to be in good running condition. It’s being sold here on eBay with bidding that started at 99 cents, but is now up to over $3,600. At least there isn’t a reserve! The Bronco currently resides in Scottsboro, Alabama.

Although the pictures are pretty fuzzy, we can see the 2″ lift that the seller specifies in the ad and that there’s apparently no doors or top included. I can’t say I’m a fan of the color scheme, but hey, if the paint kept it from rusting, I’m all for it! And since Ford is bringing the Bronco back, perhaps you could choose a color to repaint it from the modern palette once it’s introduced? The seller has fitted 17″ wheels, probably from a later Ford vehicle, but I’m sure you could back that down to 15″ without too much trouble. I found them here for a little over $250 for five of them.

I had a red Nylint steel Bronco toy when I was a kid, and if I squint and apply a color filter in my head this is just about it! The open access without doors sure wouldn’t fly now, would it? Of course, I’m sure the interior would need some type of covering if you were to keep the vehicle outside. The 170 cubic inch inline six won’t let you set any speed records, but it should be pretty reliable, and I don’t think you are going to be traveling on the highway that much anyway. The ad also states that the four wheel drive works great and that the transmission shifts very smoothly.

And as you might expect, the seats do look the worse for wear and certainly at least need to be recovered for comfort’s sake. I don’t know about you, but this doesn’t seem like a lot of money for the vehicle–but I’d want to get a better feeling for any corrosion present before bidding. What do you think?

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  1. David Frank David Frank Staff

    I suspect this Bronco has the usual paint over rust and bondo. You see much nicer looking examples than this that are all rust under the paint. A Dynacorn reproduction body is about 15K I think, so… could it be worth it?

    http://dynacornbodies.com/classic-ford-bronco-bodies-go-back-into-production-dynacorn-will-build-reproduction-body-shells/

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  2. Todd Zuercher

    Run, don’t walk away from this auction.

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    • Jamie Palmer Jamie Palmer Staff

      Why so negative, Todd? Almost all the ones I’ve seen with terminal rust have fender flares tacked/bolted/riveted on to hide the fact that they don’t have fender lips anymore. I’m thinking this one might actually be somewhat solid, although I’d certainly want picture/in person confirmation before bidding on it.

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    • Kemp

      Todd, I have been looking at this Bronco on ebay and was considering bidding on it. But then I saw your comments and now I’m hesitant. Can you give me more insight into this guy? The person I spoke to called himself Dennis. Don’t want to make a bad decision.
      Thanks,
      Kemp

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      • JGbronc

        Yes, Dennis Burton is his name. View my post below and that should give enough reason to run away.

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  3. Todd Zuercher

    Notorious scammer in the early Bronco world. Was incarcerated for awhile. Now back at it.

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    • Jamie Palmer Jamie Palmer Staff

      Now that’s a good reason, Todd! Thanks for the info…

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  4. Mark Hoffman

    My brother had one of those toy Nylint red Broncos back in the day. That brought back some memories.

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  5. chad

    Ask oneada Bama Boys (local on-line/in the woods bronk org).

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  6. Howard A Member

    Hank Kimball( Alvy Moore) from Green Acres drove a Bronco “roadster” like this. I believe it was the 1st time we ever saw a Bronco, 1966. ( he was previously shown with a Jeep) BTW, Mr. Douglas’ tractor, was a Hoyt-Clagwell in the background.
    http://a57.foxnews.com/global.fncstatic.com/static/managed/img/Leisure/2009/660/371/green%20acres%20bronco%20660.JPG?ve=1
    A scammer in the car biz??? Say it ain’t so, Todd,,,

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  7. LAB3

    As to color choice it depends on what you’re going to do with the vehicle. If you leave the exterior original looking then a period correct color is the way to go. It may not seem to be a big deal but you really do get the vibe of it’s age much better that way. I’m more a bike guy than a car guy and have bumped up the price of an older machine by 20% just by choosing a period correct color. If you go custom, then you can pull out the stops or more accurately go with what’s popular NOW.

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  8. half cab

    Run run ….socks with sandals dood. His broncos are toxic

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  9. JGbronc

    Run, Run, Run! This is sure to be a scam! The VIN listed is for a ’75 with a 302 V8! The glovebox door has been swapped (Has the VIN number on the back on ’68-’77 Broncos). The Bronco itself is neither a ’74 or ’75, it’s actually a ’70 or ’72. There is some serious VIN fraud going on and most likely there are numerous issues with it like his usual sales.

    This guy is infamous in the Bronco world of lying in his ads and selling Broncos that don’t even run and/or have major rust isues.

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