This Bronco’s Not Busted!

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Despite it’s dilapidated appearance, this 1966 (the seller calls it a 1965, but the earliest Bronco’s were actually 1966 models) Ford Bronco is actually in pretty decent shape, and unusually doesn’t have cut wheel wells. It’s currently for sale here on eBay where bidding is starting at $200 (yes, there’s a reserve) and is located in Ringold, Alabama.

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Broncos have been popular when discussed on here in the past, and while this one has only been farm driven since 1994, it does still drive around the pasture at least. The vehicle looks pretty straight, and I can believe that it’s been “farm used” as these basic utility vehicles were intended.

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Obviously, both rocker panels have seen better days, but the fenders look pretty decent, as do the bumpers and some of the vulnerable parts of the hard top. Also, all the trim (that’s almost an oxymoron on a Bronco) is present that I can see. The seller also claims to have all four original wheels and two of the original hub caps that they will include with the auction.

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Yes, it’s a farm truck. But solid metal here puts it way ahead of a lot of Bronco project vehicles I’ve seen. And you may like that “well used” look! But those seats look wrong, don’t they?

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And they are, obviously from some sort of later vehicle. When I first saw the floor pan, I was sure it had been replaced as it looks awfully plain–and then I looked at replacement floors and darned if that isn’t exactly what they look like! The seller doesn’t state what manual transmission this Bronco has, but I’ll bet it’s a three speed.

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It doesn’t really surprise me that the engine seems to run well; these Ford inline sixes seem to go on forever. The seller tells us that the four wheel drive works as well,and the lack of rust apart from the rockers really seems to make this a great project (obviously depending on what the final price is). What do you think it will go for, and do you agree with my assessment? I look forward to your comments!

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Comments

  1. tasker

    long ride, but I would save it!

  2. Todd Zuercher

    Seats are not original. The floorboards have been replaced and by replaced they might have just laid that flat steel on top of the originals – the originals have ribs in them. The transmission is a 3 speed manual (column shift is a great anti-theft device for the current driving generation). Glad to hear that he has at least 2 of the original hubcaps as they go for a king’s ransom these days. Looks to be mostly complete although we can’t see some critical areas like the door posts and inner fender wells up near the cowl.

    • Daniel

      Not totally true about the ribs in the floor. There should be ribs it the cargo area, and farther up on the firewall than can be seen in the pics. The footwells and trans tunnel are flat. Those floors are pretty original looking compared against my 68. I wish I had thought of using a halfcab bulkhead to keep my cargo out from under the front seats though lol.

    • Todd Zuercher

      Here’s a shot of what the floorboards should look like:

      http://www.wildhorses4x4.com/product/Floor_Pans_5pc_Set

      • Daniel

        Interesting… I’ve never seen ridges in section 3 before.

  3. DAN

    column shift is
    MILLENNIAL
    anti-theft device….LOL

  4. Bobsmyuncle

    Solid truck, should go for a few bucks. Really nice find.

  5. JW

    It is a decent project and I’ve seen worse early Bronco’s going for 5K.That metal piece behind the seats means it could have had a half cab top as a option.

  6. Kr

    Missing the original eyebrow grill too

    • Todd Zuercher

      Dec ’65 build so it may have not had one. They seem to have been phased out in November or December of ’65.

  7. Lion

    I drove one of these but a true pickup truck with the open box. It had a heated warming oven mounted on it for delivering pizza. You got your pies good and hot. It also had a phone mounted in the cab and I damn near rear-ended a guy while answering the thing. What a blast in the 60s.

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