This is a no-nonsense old-school SUV.
Ford Bronco fever is at an all-time high with production set to start in March or April 2021, after avid fans snapped up all First Edition models on offer. But while the upcoming model is understandably getting all the attention, many are still in love with the original, which enjoys massive popularity in the aftermarket tuning scene. One such car is this 1975 Ford Bronco Ranger which has seen serious engine and chassis upgrades and has been with its first owner all the way up to 2018 after which it was bought by the seller. With three days left on the Bring a Trailer auctioning block, the current bid stands at $70,000.
The main attraction of this car lies under its hood. The current owner made the executive decision to do away with the old powertrain, and in its stead came a 5.0-liter Coyote V8 engine mated to a 6R80 six-speed automatic transmission and a Dana 20 dual-range transfer case. Further upgrades include a 2.5-inch suspension lift, 17-inch Method wheels wrapped in 35×12.5-inch Toyo Open Country A/T II tires, Bilstein shocks, drilled and slotted front disc brakes, 4.88:1 axles and Eaton Detroit Locker limited slip differential. The body was removed from the frame in 2018 and has seen a full restoration. Making the engine sound great is a dual-pipe Borla exhaust system, and making this beast turn is a Borgeson quick-ratio steering box.
The exterior is finished off in a Medium Green Glow with white accents, a removable hardtop, a set of LED headlights, and a 500-watt AC inverter plug. Inside, can be found green houndstooth seats, new green carpets, a vintage Air SureFit climate control system, as well as a USB and Bluetooth connection, and a 1000-watt amplifier with a Kicker subwoofer. The speedometer goes up all the way to 120 mph and there's an 8k-rpm rev counter in play.
While the true mileage is unknown, the seller has put 2k miles on the clock since finishing the restoration. The seller does note that the vent window on the driver's door needs some attention and that the reverse lights don't work. What a cool truck.