Ford Bronco Bash - Rock Crawling 4x4 Show
Running the Hammers at the 40th Anniversary
By Michael Vanvakaris, Photography by Trent Riddle
Some Early Bronco owners sacrifice a little of the traditional look in favor of increased trail capabilities. Dana Verdoorn's '77 classic still has the classic look, but now sports a coilover suspension, a custom cage, a 5.0L EFI engine, an NP435 tranny, and an Atlas transfer case. The front axle is a Dana 60 and the rear is a narrowed 9-inch with 35-spline axles. Detroit Lockers and 5.14 gears are found in both.
Tackling the tough trails was at the top of Gil Escober's list for the weekend. He signed up for all three of the Hammer trails being run for the weekend. His '73 Bronco did well on the trail thanks to the injected 351W engine, C4 tranny, and the Cold Duck-geared Dana 20 transfer case. The stock differentials also benefited from 4.10 gears and Detroit Lockers.
Jerry Hoffmeister's '77 Bronco has been fitted with a '92 Mustang SCFI injected 5.0. The modern motor is mated to a C4 auto and a Cold Duck-geared Dana 20 transfer case. To handle the stress of the 37-inch Goodyear MTRs the Ford sports Warn chromoly axles, CTM U-joints, and an ARB Air Locker up front and a Warn full-floating axle kit and Detroit Locker in the rear. Both axles have 4.10 gears.
By Michael Vanvakaris
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