Greg Issaevitch's 1976 BroncoClick here for the full gallery of project photos!
This 1976 Bronco boasts many trick features and modifications. Perhaps the most noticable of these is its custom West Coast Broncos cage. Greg chose WCB to fabricate a cage that encompassed everything he wanted in a custom build. His plan was ambitious, and we were eager to jump right in.
Based on WCB's standard 6-point family style cage, the unit we built for Greg encompasses nearly every optional feature we regularly offer, as well as many personal touches Greg wanted. Constructed chiefly of 1¾"x.120 tubing, the cage features common WCB upgrades such as windshield braces, entry grab bars, rear passenger grab handles, and a dash bar with "Oh-Shit" handle.
We ordered four custom PRP low-back seats for Greg's Bronco, and set out to making them fit. Usually we would install a bench suspension seat in the rear but Greg wanted full size individual seats, which required some finesse to get them into the confines of the Bronco rear tub. We had to modify the seat frames slightly to get them to sit side-by-side between the wheel wells—it's a tight fit, but they're in there! All of the seats are mounted directly to the cage via an elegant floor frame built into the cage. The cage members along the floor serve double duty, providing assurance against "punch through" in the event of a roll-over, even without a frame tie-in underneath.
The cage members along the floor also allowed us to make a variation in our normal mounting location for the forward ("A-Pillar") down bars. We were able to kick them forward, landing them further under the dash for less obstruction when entering and exiting the vehicle. While we usually want to land the mounting plates over the structural members at the horizontal plane of the floor, the cage design allowed us the confidence to land the mounting plates further up in the footwell.
The most noticable feature of this cage is of course the integrated roof rack. It is fabricated of 1" tubing and features an integrated light bar. According to greg's wish, the roof rack is not removable, but serves as a place to stow gear as well as a sun shade for vehicle occupants. The roof "pans" are constructed of heavy gauge aluminum and are strong enough to walk on, giving the roof rack yet another handy use—as an observation platform at races and other events.
The entire cage was powder coated in desert tan. The seats were covered in tan and red, making a nice fit with the color scheme of the rest of Greg's Bronco. Greg is always modifiying and tinkering with his Bronco, and he has subsequently re-powdercoated the cage black and re-covered the seats to match. While we loved the tan and red, we think the black on red will be another hot combination for this ever-changing Bronco.
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