1968 Ford Bronco is rough & ready for action

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Today’s post is brought to you by the numbers 68 and 302.

The first-generation Ford Bronco was one of the few vehicles Ford built that didn’t share parts or chassis with any other Ford vehicle. Other than some drivetrain components, the Bronco was its own entity, standing alone in a lineup replete with low, wide, heavy cars and big, even heavier trucks. Built as a dedicated off-road vehicle (ORV), the first Broncos were built to go up against CJ’s and Scouts, some very worthy competition. According to the interwebs, it was also conceived by the same man who created the Mustang – with a very different execution.

Recently, I had the chance to look at my friend’s 68 Bronco and get some pictures. After enjoying it and working on it for a few years, he had to make the tough decision to make more room in his garage, starting with this. His loss, your gain? Read on and see what you think.

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My friend told me he was planning to take pictures of his own and post the Bronco on Craigslist. As of this writing, the ad has not gone live. Does that make this a Hooniverse exclusive?

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Here’s a brief description the rig that my friend sent me:

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Originally red has be painted metallic Green
rear fenders have been cut and a 5″ lift installed.
Original drum brakes and manual steering. Its a beast to drive. Top of my todo list if I were to keep it would be front disc brakes and power steering.
 
The tranny leaks a bit. It was rebuilt just before I got it and the paperwork indicates warranty work on a tranny leak. It still leaks unfortunately.

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A beast to drive? That’s how most cars should be.

It’s not easy to see in this picture, but the original 3-speed automatic has been converted to a 4-speed floor shift.

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The 5-inch lift.

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There’s a fair bit of diamond plate steel on the Bronco, but it looks good with the dark green paint and black removable hard top.

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That is indeed transmission fluid on the tire. It’s been sitting a while and clearly has leaked a little where it’s been sitting for a few months.

Overall, I’d say this Bronco is in decent shape. It stops, starts, and drives. Sure, it needs a little work, but it’s a 45-year old ORV: it’s bound to need a few things. I don’t know what he’s asking, and I don’t know when he’ll get the ad up on Craigslist, but if you’re in the market for a first-generation Bronco, this is a great choice. If you are interested, I can always let him know.

What do you think of this green machine?

[Photos Copyright 2013 Hooniverse/Marcal Eilenstein] 

 

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14 responses to “1968 Ford Bronco is rough & ready for action”

  1. Batshitbox Avatar

    Hooray! They're still out there! Early Broncos that fall comfortably in the middle of the hypermodded rock buggy -to- over restored trailer queen spectrum!
    Someone else will have a lot of fun owning this truck, running and repairing and just kinda doing all those fun car things. I kinda wish it was me, but not 'till the MC and the Scout are out.
    My hierarchy of domestic 1/4 ton 4WD vehicles goes Scout 800 (never had one of them fancy 4WD Scouts! only 2WD), 1st gen Bronco, CJ5, K5 Blazer. Honestly though, the Toyota Land Cruiser and pop-top 4Runner are ahead of the Blazer on my bucket list. (In the same way that 'goat' and 'llama' are on my pets-to-own list ahead of 'fat cow'.)

    1. MVEilenstein Avatar

      Yep. If I was to buy a first-generation Bronco, this would be it.

  2. Alff Avatar

    One odd thing I really miss about the PNW … aggregate driveways.

    1. SSurfer321 Avatar

      Why would you want all of the driveways in one?

  3. Mike W Avatar

    I would be interested in knowing how much he is asking. Please pass along my email to the seller

  4. FЯeeMan Avatar

    why is the wheel chocked? Park not holding?

    1. OA5599 Avatar

      Park stopped holding as part of the 4-speed conversion, I'm sure.
      I saw a Bronco of this vintage in a parking lot on Sunday. Very clean, with out of state plates so probably used as a driver instead of a Sunday toy (besides, it rained that day).

      1. Alff Avatar

        Did you type that first line with a straight face?

  5. Joe Btfsplk Avatar

    I found a '71 Bronco last August and spent the better part of the winter rebuilding the body. The enemy of all Broncos is rust. Fortunately, there are aftermarket versions of EVERY body part, and many are made from Ford tooling and galvanized. My Bronco has the original 170 straight 6 with the standard 3 on the tree, which has plenty of power with the original E-78 tire size. I would be very careful driving any Bronco that was modified with oversize tires and suspension that still has the drum brakes. They're just about adequate for an unmodified vehicle. Change to 4 wheel discs at the first opportunity.

    1. scoudude Avatar

      Yeah with those big of tires and a v8 it really needs discs, up front at least.

  6. SSurfer321 Avatar

    Just….no.
    Too much diamond plate for my tastes. And what's with the dining room table on the front?

  7. BobWellington Avatar

    Maybe I missed it, but what's the deal with the front bumper? Looks pretty nice, though. The Bronco of this era is such a classicly good looking design.

    1. MVEilenstein Avatar

      Mounting point for a winch, would be my guess.

  8. Cowboy50 Avatar

    How bad did the transmission leak? Was it after it ran or just dripped while it was sitting ?

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