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June '18

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JUNE 2018 THE SHOP 45 standard features were vinyl bucket seats, a floor-mounted T-bar transfer case control, suspended 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, a fully synchronized 3-speed manual transmis- sion and a full-length roof with fixed windows in the rear liftgate and on each side of the rear compartment. Model year production was 19,961 units. Bronco styling was carried over for 1974. A few minor changes were made to this four-wheel drive vehicle. Among them were: the automatic gear-selector dial had a light, a different steering gear was used and a dome light replaced the map light as standard equip- ment. Other standard features included vinyl bucket seats, a floor mounted T-bar transfer case control, suspended foot pedals, a fresh air heater and defroster, a lockable glove compartment, a padded instrument panel, two-speed electric windshield wipers, dual sun visors, a vinyl-coated rubber floormat, a fully-synchronized 3-speed manual transmission and a full-length roof with fixed windows in the rear liftgate and on each side of the rear compartment. The price was up to $4,182 while production reached 18,786 vehicles. A heftier rear axle, a revised exhaust system, a revised fuel filler, a higher riding height, and—late in the year—front disc brakes were among major changes made on the 1975 Bronco. Now priced at $4,979, the wagon found 11,273 customers. By this time, with the added weight of safety equipment and pollution hardware, the Bronco tipped the scale at nearly 3,500 pounds. Standard on the '76 Bronco were a Mono-Beam front suspension, solid-state ignition, front disc brakes, variable-ratio power steering, parking brake control, vinyl bucket driver's seat, floor-mounted T-bar transfer case control, suspended foot pedals, double-acting shocks, fresh air heater and defroster, lockable glove compartment, padded instrument panel, two-speed electric windshield wipers, dual inside sun visors, vinyl-coated rubber floormat and 3-speed manual transmission. As the equipment list grew, the price increased to $5,078 and production dropped to 13,625 units. The year 1977 was the last year for the Gen 1 Bronco. Standard fea- tures were all the same as in 1976. Production was 13,593 units. JOHN GUNNELL has been writing about classic cars since 1972. He is also the owner of Gunner's Great Garage in Manawa, Wisconsin. He owns 11 cars and seven motorcycles. Gateway Bronco's resto-mod Fuelie version of the Bronco is being marketed with a price tag in the $108,000 range, though exact prices vary per equipment. This Bronco showed up at the NEW Motorama show in Green Bay. Owned by an off-road enthusiast, it has still received a lot of mechanical and paint work to look like this. As you can see, many people with the Bronco passion are not total purists. Will the nostalgia grow when the Bronco returns in 2020? IF YOU HAVE AN EDGE… WE HAVE A TRIM! HEADQUARTERS 6855 HERMOSA CIRCLE BUENA PARK, CALIFORNIA 90622 MIDWEST MANUFACTURING 1642 GATEWAY COURT ELKHART, INDIANA 46514 LOCAL: 714-562-0500 FAX: 714-562-0600 WWW.TRIMLOK.COM INFO@TRIMLOK.COM 800 -543-8706 FREE SAMPLES FREE CATALOG LARGE DISTRIBUTION NETWORK, INCLUDING AMAZON! Same Day Shipping on Thousands of Parts CALL US TODAY! Same Day Shipping on Thousands of Parts CALL US TODAY!

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