With Ford unveiling its modern Bronco, an unique exudes a great deal of avenue cred, particularly if it’s been fitted with a V8 just like the one on the newest episode of “Jay Leno’s Storage.”
This 1968 Ford Bronco is a part of Leno’s personal assortment. The humorous man was gifted the SUV on the eve of his final taping of the “Tonight Present” again in 2014 from fellow tv host Craig Ferguson. Ferguson beforehand owned the Bronco and drove it fairly a bit in its unique situation.
After it sat in the back of Leno’s well-known storage in Burbank, California, for nearly 5 years, Leno lastly obtained round to restoring it. Oh, it additionally obtained an engine swap from the 760-horsepower Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 as a part of the restoration.
First proven on the 2019 SEMA present in Las Vegas, the restored Bronco was a collaborative effort cut up between Ford, Dennis Carpenter Ford Restorations, LGE-CTS Motorsports, and famous Bronco licensee Kincer Chassis. LGE-CTS Motorsports dealt with many of the restoration, together with reviving the physique with new sheet steel, customized physique mods, paint, and ultimate meeting.
The restoration work began with Kincer Chassis rebuilding the chassis and putting in the Shelby GT500’s 5.2-liter supercharged V8, which on this utility is mated to a 5-speed handbook transmission and a heavy-duty four-wheel-drive system. The V8 was additionally enhanced with quite a few customized gadgets together with its airbox, radiator and supercharger coolers, and exhaust system. You’ll additionally discover the supercharger housing now sports activities Ford’s bucking bronco emblem as a substitute of Shelby’s cobra snake.
For the chassis, there are Kincer Chassis Journey Sequence coil-overs, Fox 2.zero manufacturing facility race sequence shocks, Wilwood disc brakes, Carolina Driveline driveshafts, and Dutchman Motorsports axle shafts. The wheels are 18-inch metal items from Detroit Metal Wheels, wrapped in off-road tires from BFGoodrich.
For the components you’ll be able to see, the staff determined to maintain issues wanting
unique, principally. The most important tweak to the outside is the 3D-printed grille
insert up entrance, whereas inside you’ll discover Dakota Digital gauges, scrumptious
Eagle Ottawa real leather-based trim, and a Sony audio system.
“The Bronco was purchased to make use of on the farm or to take your date to the promenade and was comfy in any of those environments,” Leno mentioned ultimately 12 months’s reveal. “The thought of getting a traditional Bronco upgraded with fashionable dealing with, efficiency and braking actually makes it one of the best of each worlds.”
reward of the Bronco, don’t be stunned if Ford’s fashionable Bronco finally ends up Leno’s
well-known storage within the not too distant future.
This text was initially printed by Motor Authority, an editorial accomplice of ClassicCars.com.