Test Driving The Legendary First Bronco - 2020 Ford Bronco Forum
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-04-2018, 02:01 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2015
Posts: 19
Test Driving The Legendary First Bronco



Brian Leon from New York Daily News had a chance to test drive the original Ford Bronco ahead of its revival and he was “beaming like an idiot” by the end of his jaunt down the Hudson river.
Who could blame him when not many are given an opportunity to drive a vehicle from the Classic Car Club in Manhattan.

With how much time as passed since its production, the loaned 1969 Bronco has received a few upgrades including a 5.0-liter V8 paired with a 5-speed manual gearbox borrowed from a Fox-body Mustang. It has also received an orange paint job, though much of what gave the original Bronco character remains.

For one, they seem to have kept the original coil spring setup and it was an improvement over the traditional leaf spring design, but that doesn’t mean it’ll soak up those bumps like one would expect. In his words; “it drives pretty much exactly like you’d expect a 50-year-old farm truck to drive.”

You’ll feel every rattle and shake of the unevenly paved roads and the steering wheel will jiggle around. If anyone complains about the lack of steering wheel feedback in today’s car, one day in the Bronco will have them retracting those words. But this is just part of the Bronco’s character.

Perhaps the roaring V8 or the 5-speed gearbox with long shift throws will dull the pain. Sure, the car itself is a tad old, but it has a certain charm that won over this automotive journalist.
Ford Bronco News is offline  
post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-05-2018, 12:20 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2015
Posts: 232
I'd like to get my hands on a first gen Bronco in that condition, doesn't need to have a 5.0-liter V8, but that isn't a likely scenario with how much a restored vehicle costs. His review of the Bronco is in line with enthusiast sentiments from back then. Who needs "Cup holders? Air conditioning? A radio you can actually hear? Fuggheddaboutit." What matters is how the car drives!
BuckingBronco is offline  
post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-07-2018, 09:53 PM
Tom
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2015
Posts: 418
If that's' what you want then be prepared to pay a pretty penny.
On the flip side you can find one that needs some work which can turn into a fun build.
Search long enough and you can find a good deal one that needs a bit of work.
Tom is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-09-2018, 11:17 AM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2015
Posts: 232
That's pretty much what it boils down to, affordability. There are plenty of affordable used Broncos out there, but most won't be in good shape and need more work than I'm willing to put in. The few well kept ones have probably been purchased by restoration companies and fixed to be sold again.
BuckingBronco is offline  
post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-09-2018, 02:37 PM
Tom
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2015
Posts: 418
Quote:
Originally Posted by BuckingBronco View Post
That's pretty much what it boils down to, affordability. There are plenty of affordable used Broncos out there, but most won't be in good shape and need more work than I'm willing to put in. The few well kept ones have probably been purchased by restoration companies and fixed to be sold again.
Fair enough, often its easier to wait on something in good condition to show up. A rule of thumb with buying vehicles as old as those broncos is to buy one in good condition. Parts to fix one is disrepair with the cost of the disrepair vehicle can amount to the cost of a decent condition vehicle. Labor is a whole different story
Tom is offline  
post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-13-2018, 11:16 PM
Moo
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2015
Posts: 260
Sometimes parts have to be custom ordered because they're so old. I sometimes enjoy reading about other's restoration projects and they had to machine things themselves.
Moo is offline  
post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-21-2018, 06:26 PM
Tom
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2015
Posts: 418
seen how 3D printing is evolving and it seem that eventually it might be common to see restoration shops have these to create parts to the extent they have CNC machines. In a way it would complement what they already do with CNC machines. Can't wait.
Tom is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Exclusive: Leaked Details on the New Bronco Ford Bronco News 2020+ Bronco 6G News 9 09-10-2017 09:02 AM
Busted '66 Bronco Just Needed Polishing Ford Bronco News 2020+ Bronco 6G News 2 07-16-2017 07:49 PM
2020+ Bronco Expectations Round-Up bronco6gadmin 2020+ Bronco 6G News 37 05-02-2017 11:20 AM
New Bronco Won’t Be An Everest Copy Ford Bronco News 2020+ Bronco 6G News 6 01-20-2017 10:33 AM
OJ was the Best/Worst Thing for the Bronco Stag 2020 Ford Bronco 6G General Discussion Forum 5 03-20-2016 03:59 PM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome