Same Owner for 37 Years! 1966 Ford Bronco

Unlike the Chevrolet Blazer, the Ford Bronco was never offered in a factory 2-wheel drive platform. There are some Ford and Chevy purists who like it that way, but I think 2wd Broncos can be really cool. Why do I bring this up? Well, the 1966 Bronco featured here is missing the front differential cover and the front driveshaft has been removed. I’m guessing there was a broken axle or gear at some point and it was never fixed and/or put back together. The first-year Ford can be found here on eBay with a current bid of less than $1,000. Located in Pikeville, Tennessee, the old Bronc’ looks like an off-road warrior.

This truck certainly looks like an off-roader. The interior is well used and will take quite a bit of work to make nice again. But, if the new owner has intentions of keeping it as an off-roader or as a parts vehicle, it is just fine. As is pretty typical with first-generation Broncos, they are susceptible to rust (especially with carpet like this one). The seller doesn’t really talk about rust issues, but you can see from some of the photos, rust may be an issue. A quick peek under the carpet will tell the story.

The seller states the Bronco sat in a barn for about 15 years and the gas tank needs cleaned/replaced. It does apparently run off of an external fuel source but the carburetor needs cleaned as well. As would be expected, it also needs a tune-up. While these old 6-cylinders are a bit lacking in horsepower, the torque numbers are pretty decent and they make good climbers and crawlers. Hopefully, the new owner will enjoy this Bronco and give it another lease on life.

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Comments

  1. TimM

    Driven hard and put away wet!!! Great start for someone that needs parts!! Don’t know if the body is in good enough shape to make this a rebuild project!! Who takes the diff cover off and drives there truck around getting dirt inside where the gears and axle live????

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  2. Blyndgesser

    This is a VIN for sale, with a few parts and some scrap metal attached. That, and a large check to Dynacorn, and some mechanical parts, and a few years of skilled labor, will get you that early Bronco you’ve been dreaming of.

    • Steve R

      Dynacorn doesn’t make a Bronco body.

      Steve R

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      • TimM

        No they don’t but you can get one from a company called Dennis Carpenter out of North Carolina I believe!!!

  3. LARRY

    Do a little bit of work to it and make a mud monster

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  4. Todd Zuercher

    This is what so many Broncos looked like years ago before people started fixing them up and making them street queens.

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  5. Steve H.

    I don’t see a Bronco I see a money pit.

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  6. local_sheriff

    I think we all agree it’s rough – however when I examine the pics its body seems surprisingly intact for an early Bronco. That doesn’t necessarily make it financially sound to restore it.

    Not every Bronco needs to be painstakingly restored. Unless seller has set the reserve high this might be an opportunity to build a streetable weekend trail rig for someone who doesn’t care about finish. Locate a new front axle setup, patch any holes with your home welder, brush paint it and make it a safe and reliable vehicle.

    I’m pretty sure many EB purists will have a heart attack when you show up with that beater at the next Bronco gathering. But we should not forget that a Bronco is a TERRAIN VEHICLE!

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    • AMXBrian

      Exactly right sir! Mud/offroad vehicles don’t need to be pretty they just need sound mechanicals and enough metal above the frame to keep you in the seat.

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  7. chrlsful

    put in the later bronk D44 (or even later w/discs) up frnt – use as U restore. I took 3 of these in ’83 and made the 1 I have now.

    19 pic is nice for fleebay OR an ol bronk. Some some show me it might not B a ’66, some do. Defer to the historical exsport Todd.

    Honest seller, its upto 2550$ now…

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  8. jerry z

    The problem with these square bodies are the rust you can’t see. Start removing body panels and see what is hiding underneath will give you a coronary!

  9. Travis Acord

    I want it!

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