Repair or Replace: Ford Bronco

Repair or Replace: Ford Bronco

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In 1966, Ford began shipping its Ford Bronco to showrooms. The automotive manufacturer needed a way to compete with the utilitarian Jeep CJ-5 and International Scout models that were becoming more popular with buyers. Unwilling to let the craze pass them by, Ford designed and released the Bronco to a salivating public. The original Bronco was offered in three variations. Included in the first year lineup were a wagon, pickup, and the less traditional convertible version. The convertible version would eventually be discontinued due to its limited popularity. However, the wagon and pickup versions would carry on. Ford’s Bronco sold in respectable numbers following its debut year and would be built another five generations before production ceased after the 1996 model year. There are rumors that Ford plans to bring the famous Bronco nameplate back, and the pictures floating around are pretty damn amazing! Bronco fans will be twiddling their fingers in anticipation while Ford decides if it should build a sixth-generation Bronco for its devoted fans.

Will the Bronco Be Resurrected?

Until we know what Ford decides to do with the famous nameplate, there are plenty of vintage Broncos for sale on the web. Ranging drastically in price, a buyer can find a clean example at a dollar amount that suits their budget, all without betting the farm in the process. In regards to vintage Ford Broncos, one thing’s for certain; these vehicles hold their value extraordinarily well. There’s no limit to the number of aftermarket goodies an owner can purchase for their Bronco. These vehicles, much like a Willys, often end up a reflection of their owner. No two are the same, and that’s what makes restoring one so much fun. Some people leave their Bronco in its factory original condition while others customize their Ford. Either way, owning a Bronco is sure to be a fun experience.

1966 Fun Facts from the Past

F.Y.I. “Star Trek” made its first appearance on broadcast television back in ’66

Automotive 1966: The average cost of a vehicle was only $2,650

In the Movies 1966: “Who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf” starring Liz Taylor was the highest grossing movie of the year

Billboard Charts 1966: “I’m a Believer” by the Monkees topped the Billboard charts the month of December

Fun Fact: The Boston Celtics won their eighth straight NBA title in 1966

1966 NASCAR Champion: David Pearson

Miss America 1966: Deborah Bryant

Repair or Replace

1966 Ford Bronco
Online Pricing: $10-100K+
Quick Look Paint:
❖ Complete Paint -
❖ Fenders x2-
❖ Doors x2-
❖ Rockers x2-
❖ Hood-
❖ Roof-
❖ Add for jams on all parts-
❖ Undercoating-
❖ Misc-$$$$-
❖ Materials-
(Paint) Labor and Materials- 7K
(Media Blast)- 1k

Quick Look Body:
❖ Body (Glass, Trim, Interior, Exterior)- 3k+
❖ Body Repair any existing damage after Media Blasting
❖ If no replacement panels are needed and body is semi-straight 100 hrs+ repair, including prime and block.
(Body)-Labor and materials- 9k+

Quick Look Total: (Body, Paint, Parts, Material, Etc.) =
$10K selling price + $19k repair costs = $29K total.
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