Growing up in OBS Ford’s, I’ve always had a soft spot and longing to own one of my own. In the winter of 2019, I was fortunate enough to come across a gorgeous ‘96 Bronco that I couldn’t pass up.
After about 9 months of rebuilding and enjoying the ‘96, I came across a ‘68 F100 short bed 4×4. On a whim I sold the ‘96 and picked up the ‘68. The ‘68 was about 3hrs from home and late one evening a good friend of mine and I packed up some tools and had the plan for Roadkill-ing the old ‘68 home. The truck was questionable at best but I was on cloud nine for the first 30 miles until the power steering line blew and I punctured the brand Champion radiator in a moment of haste. 8hrs later and early into the morning hours we finally got the old truck home and the rebuild began.
In 8 short weeks truck was gutted, the engine was completely gone through, new suspension put on, rewired with a Painless kit, new tires and wheels and the interior 100% redone. The first drive was pure joy, it is most likely the coolest truck I’ll ever own. There was one problem though, I all the joy and excitement of that old truck couldn’t overshadow that Bronco. I missed it dearly.
After just 200 miles and a few tanks of gas on the ‘68 I was on to a new project. A good friend offered up a swap for the ‘68 for his immaculate’89 Eddie Bauer Bronco. While the brick-nose era was never my favorite this one was far too nice to pass up. With receipts dating back to ‘93 and well documented ownership records it was truly a once in a lifetime find. This ‘89 is so incredibly nice it’s hard to imagine it’s ever been driven. The interior is perfect, paint and body are flawless and engine runs perfect. So far I’ve thrown on JBA headers, new 4-hole explorer injectors, new Champion Radiator and completely cleaned the 32 years old dust out of the interior.
Up next for the ‘89 is a Desolate suspension kit, custom radius arms, Bilstein 5125/5165 shocks, Magnaflow exhaust and new tires and wheels. I can confidently say, this Bronco is going to stick around for quite some time.