1995 Ford Bronco Project Becomes Fun Way to Spend Money
Lifelong racer and import fan catches the full-size Bronco bug, and now there’s no looking back.
Nobody ever said that project trucks were cheap. And most often, they aren’t easy, either. And yet, we still keep buying them and spending loads of cash on stuff that will never provide much of a return on investment. Those who aren’t into cars and trucks undoubtedly think we’re crazy. But they just don’t understand the sublime satisfaction you get from taking something like a Ford Bronco and making it your own. Interestingly enough, however, this particular Bronco, owned by Ford Truck Enthusiasts member brainofjjj, wasn’t built by a lifelong truck fan.
Which isn’t to say the OP is new to the automotive world. But once he caught the Bronco bug, there was no turning back.
“I’ve been into building street and race cars for about 15 years. I grew up working my dad on his road racing Datsun 240z. I’ve owned Honda, Lotus and several BMW race cars and currently race a Spec E46 with NASA and do some WRL events.
Anyway, I got bitten by the full-size Bronco bug a year ago when my wife told me she loved them and wanted one someday. At the time I drove a CTS-V and she had an FJ Cruiser. I rented F-350s from Enterprise to pull my 28-foot enclosed trailer to races, but I wanted my own truck. In September 2018 I traded the V for a 2019 F-250 and started performing some light mods.”
An interesting transformation, indeed. But the itch to own a Bronco proved insatiable for the OP, and he finally nabbed a nice one not too long ago.
“In November we came across a perfect 1995 Bronco on Facebook Marketplace, of all places. It was about an hour away and a pretty good deal from what I could tell. The only bad part was it was a former law enforcement truck so it had no back seat or seat belts….no biggie. Went out there one week night and trailered it home. It’s been a fun money pit since then.”
The Bronco looked great on the surface, but the OP quickly discovered that it had other issues. Someone had previously installed a 6″ lift kit, but the Bronco exhibited bump steer so bad that it was actually dangerous to drive. So he got to work fixing that and making this SUV his own.
First, the suspension received an overhaul with a Solo Motorsports Stage 2 mid-travel suspension kit and Deaver Q80 springs. A set of 17″ Method wheels wrapped in BF Goodrich 35×12.5″ tires fills up the wheel wells, while a completely new steering system keeps it all straight and true. Throw in fresh brakes and a rear seat/seatbelts, and this Bronco is once again a safe and incredibly cool cruiser.
Still, the OP isn’t done fixing up his Bronco and is in the process of adding more exciting mods. This lifelong racer and import fan is obviously stoked about his newfound love for trucks. And we’re obviously happy to welcome him to the FTE family. So be sure and head over here to add your own words of encouragement and keep up with this Bronco as it progresses!