Five Coolest Bronco Builds from Velocity Restorations
Florida shop is all about the first-gen Bronco, as its restoration & customization projects more than prove.
The first-gen Bronco was a compact off-roader for those who wanted a Jeep with a Ford badge on the tailgate. Its coil-spring front suspension not only helped tackle tough trails, but gave the Bronco the proper manners needed to roll on the highway. Plus, it dominated the Baja 1000 and spawned the first trophy truck. Not bad for the Mustang of the dirt.
Velocity Restorations in Pensacola, Florida, is a huge fan of the first-gen Bronco, spending over a decade making “great things happen with classic Ford Bronco restorations.” The restorers “breathe new life into vintage trucks” like the Bronco, and some of their restorations have been featured at SEMA and Barrett-Jackson, as well as took home wins at the Southern Ford Mega Car show and Good Guys Car Show. Thus, here are five of the coolest Bronco builds we’ve found that Velocity Restorations is working on right now.
1. 1972 Early Ford Bronco
Every picture speaks a thousand words, which is likely why Velocity Restorations doesn’t talk about each build, preferring to capture the process behind builds like this 1972 Bronco. The frame-off restoration ditches its old motor for a modern Coyote V8 driving the blue-letter BF Goodrich All-Terrain T/As. The tan leather interior is a nice touch, as is the thin wood steering wheel.
2. 1975 Early Ford Bronco
This 1975 Bronco not only received an all-new fresh coat of red paint, but also a 2.9-liter Whipplecharger on top of its 5.0-liter Coyote V8. Pumped through a four-speed automatic, the 500 broncos exiting out of the rear 33-inch tires will help this Bronco smoke anything off the line.
3. 1969 Early Ford Bronco
As appears to be the theme with these builds, this 1969 Bronco has a Coyote V8 under the lovely blue hood, though no supercharger. New LED headlights, a bullbar bumper with embedded LED light bar, and a clean interior with tan leather seats and door panels (with stock seat belt buckles) round out the rest of the package.
4. 1974 Early Ford Bronco
This Britanny Blue 1974 Bronco has tons of custom bits from Velocity Restorations, including the stainless steel gas tank, six-point roll cage, and LED head and tail lights. And like most of VR’s Bronco builds, a 5.0-liter Coyote race motor fills the engine bay in place of the original unit.
5. 1977 Early Ford Bronco
This final-year first-gen Bronco is nearing the end of its restoration. Unlike the other Bronco builds, though, there’s a 302 V8 under the blue hood, plus fresh wiring tied to a Dakota Digital VHX control box to keep it and all of the important bits working.