Ken Block Gifts Wife a Coyote-Powered Ford Bronco

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Hoonigan-in-chief built a badass 1974 Bronco, and the final product is anything but ordinary.

Love makes us do crazy things, but what Ken Block has done with this Harbor Blue 1974 Ford Bronco is quite literally a labor of love. It seems the drifting superstar’s wife isn’t immune to Bronco fever, and even they had a hard time tracking down the right Ford SUV for the build. Thankfully, the seven-month-long project wrapped up in time for their wedding anniversary.

It all started with a $10,000 Ford Bronco they found on Craigslist. The photos of the SUV’s original condition show exactly how much Bronco one can get with ten grand nowadays, which clearly isn’t very much. The entire project was developed as a restomod, with the goal, of course, being to retain the old-school styling but feature all modern components.

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“My wife had wanted an old Bronco for a long time, mostly for summer cruises and excursions here in our hometown of Park City, Utah,” Block told Ford Performance. “Older Broncos just have this look that is hard to beat. It’s one of our favorite vintage off-road vehicles, and we’re really happy to finally have one in the family. This one happened to be the best base truck to start with that was listed on Craigslist that week!”

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Block surely benefited from his relationship with Ford Performance, as two large crates showed up at NSB Performance’s door step. In case you’re wondering, they weren’t chocolates or flowers. Instead, the Blue Oval came through with the following goodies for the build:

  • M-6007-M50A – Coyote Crate Engine
  • M-6017-504V – Control Pack 2015-2017 5.0L (w/stand-alone controller for automatic)
  • M-8600-M50A – Alternator Kit
  • M-9680-M50A – 2015 Mustang GT Coyote Engine Cover kit
  • M-11000-C50 – High-Torque Mini Starter – Coyote & Modular Engines
  • M-8511-M50BR – BOSS 302R 5.0L Power Steering Pump Bracket
  • M-9430-SR50A – 2015 5.0L Coyote Street Rod Cast Iron Exhaust Manifolds (MODIFIED)
  • M-9432-A50 – “Stage 8” Locking Header Bolt System

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While the entire project is drool-worthy, it’s impossible to not gaze at the elephant in the room — or shall we say, Coyote? Under the hood is a 5.0-liter Coyote V8 engine, which produces an astonishing 435 horsepower out of the box. Factor in the 2016 Mustang Cobra Jet Air Intake, and the undisclosed total nears the 500 mark.

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Jerry Perez is a regular contributor to Ford Truck Enthusiasts, Corvette Forum, and 6SpeedOnline, among other auto sites.

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