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June '18

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44 THE SHOP JUNE 2018 a black steering wheel grommet. The cowl area insulation was improved to reduce road noise. The doors were changed. During the model year, two-speed electric windshield wipers became standard. The wagon's body was beefed up a bit, particularly the door frames, rocker panels and roof. The roof was no longer detach- able. There were fixed windows in the rear liftgate and on each side of the rear com- partment. The more basic model now sold for $2,834. It weighed 2,990 pounds and only 2,317 were made. The wagon was $2,945 and it weighed in at 3,090 pounds. Ford made 18,639 of these. A new 302-ci V-8 was optional. It had a 4.00 x 3.00-inch bore and stroke and generated 220 hp at 4,500 rpm. A dual downdraft carburetor was used. Again in 1970, Bronco styling changes were minor. The front side-marker lights and rear quarter panel reflectors were now flush-mounted and higher than before. Standard features included an all-vinyl full- width seat, a fresh air heater and defroster, a lockable glove compartment, a padded instrument panel, energy-absorbing sun visors, a vinyl-coated floormat, a floor- mounted T-bar transfer case control, a Mono-Beam suspension, self-adjusting brakes and a fully-synchronized 3-speed manual transmission. The Bronco wagon shared the features of the pickup, but it had a full-length roof. The roof had fixed windows in the rear liftgate and on each side of the rear com- partment. All models were now priced slightly over $3,000. Production was 1,700 for the sport utility and 16,750 for the wagon. The biggest changes for 1971 were a new 12.7-gallon fuel tank and a heavy- duty front driving axle. Standard features included an all-vinyl full-width seat, a fresh air heater and defroster, a lockable glove compartment, a padded instrument panel, energy-absorbing sun visors, a vinyl-coated rubber floormat, a floor-mounted T-bar transfer case control, a Mono-Beam front suspension, self-adjusting brakes and a fully-synchronized 3-speed manual trans- mission. The Bronco wagon shared the features of the pickup, but had a full-length roof. With the national economy in a tither and inflation setting in, Bronco prices saw a steep climb. The SUV cost $3,455 and 1,5903 of them were built. Ford assembly lines also cranked out 18,281 of the $3,570 Bronco wagons. TAKE YOUR PICKUP The Bronco was marketed as a pickup ($3,414) and a wagon ($3,588) in 1972. First-Gen styling was retained. Some changes were made to the standard equip- ment. It now included bucket seats and a 3.50:1 rear axle (on V-8-powered units). Also standard were pleated vinyl seats, a floor- mounted T-bar transfer case control, sus- pended foot pedals, a fresh air heater and defroster, a lockable glove compartment, a padded instrument panel, two-speed electric windshield wipers, sun visors, a vinyl-coated rubber floormat and a fully- synchronized 3-speed manual transmission. The Bronco wagon shared the features of the pickup, but had a full-length roof. The roof had fixed windows in the rear liftgate and on each side of the rear compartment. Total production was 21,894 units. In 1973, the Bronco pickup was discon- tinued and the four-wheel drive wagon was the only Bronco available. Styling was still unchanged in any major way. Among the BRONCO BUCKS If your shop is interested in taking advantage of the growing trend toward restoring Broncos, you may want to check out the following clubs and events that serve the Bronco collecting community: Bronco Spring Swap Meet ..................................... www.broncoswapmeet.com Arizona Classic Broncos ......................................................www.azbronco.org Bronco Owner Assoc. of Richmond ............................... www.boarbroncos.com Bronco Owners N.E. States ...https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/broncobones/info Bronco Ohio .................................................................... www.broncohio.com Carolina Broncos .................................................................. www.cb4x4.com Early Bronco Entertainment ............................................... www.broncofix.com Early Bronco Registry ................................................... www.earlybronco.com Full Size Broncos ....................................................... www.fullsizebronco.com Michigan 4x4 .........................................................................www.glfwda.org Mid Atlantic Early Bronco .............................................www.earlybroncos.com North Florida Broncos ............................................. www.bigbendbroncos.com Northern California Bronco Club .................................www.norcalbroncos.com Northwest Classic Broncos ........................ www.northwestclassicbroncos.com Oklahoma Classic Broncos......................................www.okclassicbroncos.net Vegas Broncos .......................................................... www.vegasbroncos.com Utah Bronco Club .................................................... www.utahbroncoclub.com BRONCO FOCUSED In 1969, Ford commissioned the construction of a prototype "Boss Bronco" with added performance. Today this rare SUV belongs to Colin Comer of River Hills, Wisconsin.

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