Dan Schaller's 1974 BroncoDan's Bronco is an excellent example of a reliable, comfortable Bronco suitable for street, daily-driving and mild trail use. Dan brought us his Bronco as a "Project-In-Process". The paint and body had already been done, but we were to do the final assembly, mechanical work and some fabrication. Technically, this is one of our simpler builds but the result is a Bronco you can jump in and drive anywhere with confidence. We started out with a nearly-intact Bronco and several boxes of parts. We began by removing the top, stripping the interior and shooting it with spray-in liner. Next came a set of PRP suspension seats and a few interior goodies such as a new steering wheel and Nick's Trix column bezel.
Dan already had a classis Stroppe roll bar, which he wanted to keep, but he wanted something a little more substantial to keep his family safe on the mountain roads near his home in Mammoth Lakes, California. So we added a forward cage structure onto the Stroppe bar, complete with entry handles and dash bar with "oh-shit!" handle. We even matched the signature center bend in the Stroppe bar for the forward spreader on our new addition. Then we sent the cage to powdercoat for a beautiful "Silver Bullet" metallic finish. The doors and rear liftgate were overhauled and adjusted for smooth operation, and the top was reinstalled with all new weatherstripping.
Under the hood, the tired old engine was replaced by a newly remanufactured 302. During the R&R we did an engine compartment detail job. The new engine was installed with a new Edelbrock 4V carb, K&N filter, Saginaw steering pump with WCB brackets and a new starter, plug wires and looms. We also cleaned up much of the original wiring which was showing its many years of age and random tinkering. The charging system was upgraded with all new battery cables, starter solenoid and battery hold-down. Throughout the truck we re-plumbed all the hard lines for fuel, brakes and transmission fluid. The new exhaust system consists of a set of Scott Drake long-tube headers and 2-into-1 Flowmaster exhaust. A new set of gas-charged hood springs makes it easy to work under the hood. We also replaced all of the front end bushings and transfer case mounts.
Finally, we finished off the exterior with some new marker and taillight lenses, new "Bronco" script emblems and a set of "Super Trail Breaker" tubular bumpers from Cheyenne Bumper. This build didn't receive every modification in the West Coast Broncos catalog, but it does show how just a few well-chosen upgrades and modifications can result in a great weekend cruiser or daily driver.
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