a friend of mine just got the first new bronco in my home town. I had to sneak a pic with my classic. the weather was so nice this weekend I took the bronco for a pretty long shakedown cruise. the first time I have had a chance to drive it since the ujoint debacle. it seemed to handle just fine. no weird noises or anything. looking forward to putting some miles on it this summer.
I had been thinking about putting a stripe kit on the bronco and I wasn't really sure if I wanted to or not, then I saw this special decor stripe which was common on the original bronco. i never really liked it that much but I saw it on a sema bronco and it looked really good, so I decided that with the color of my bronco, my wheels, and other badges as well as the fact I put the silver ford lettering on the tailgate that silver would look good. so I ordered the stripes. I vacillated a few days before biting the bullet and putting them on, but I really like the way it turned out. I liked it before, but it looks even better now I think.
I haven't done too much to the Bronco recently, I have taken it to a couple car shows. a small all make show a few weeks ago where I got a top 20 award out of about 200 cars. there were no classes or anything. then I went to the mustang club of southwest Iowa all ford show recently. this was a huge show, 36 classes. mostly mustangs of course. The Bronco fell in the "Trucks" class. it was I think the largest class there, about 15 really nice vehicles. besides mine there were 2 other really nice early broncos, a nice Bronco II that you rarely see these days, and a couple nicely done custom trucks. the Broncos took first and third, but I still think we should have swept it. we got a first place trophy for that one. a huge trophy made out of a broken crankshaft lol.
then I decided to add this stainless air dam that goes between the radiator and grill. I polished it and coated it with shark hide so hopefully it will stay looking nice. I think it cleans up the front nicely even though i think it would look better if it was one piece all the way across, but it is made this way to clear the stock hood latch mounting point.
I went out to wisconsin dells last month for the bronco supercelebration. it was a great time. we had a near disaster getting there, lol. I was pulling the bronco in my trailer. we had to leave pretty late because I had to work late. it started raining like mad halfway there. I stopped to get gas in this little town and there were no street lights around, just the lights over the pumps. so after I filled with gas I couldn't see crap, between the rain, the lights from the gas pumps and the pitch black out by the streets visibility was terrible. anyway as I start to pull out of the gas station I am trying to see where the entrance to the street is and all of a sudden there is this huge drop and bang. I got out to see what had happened, and there was a drop off by the sidewalk and I had not seen it. my truck was sitting on this concrete wall, the step was sitting right on it. there is no way I could go forward or backward. I took a picture on the way back. this is what it looks like in the daylight.
(apparently I was not the only one to have this problem). so its about 11:30 at night, pouring rain and I am stuck high centered on this ledge. I thought I could probably put it in 4 lo and pull it off there, probably scrape the heck out of my truck, probably bust the jack off the trailer at a minimum. so I was in a state. this is what my truck and trailer look like if you will remember.
so after swearing and staring for a bit I got a piece of 4x4 and I was able to jack the trailer up high enough to disconnect it from the truck. once I was able to do that the truck lifted up enough I was not dragging on the concrete so I was able to back up a bit and slowly inch it around so that I was 90 degrees to the trailer and just on the edge of the concrete. I hooked it back up and was able to get out of there with nothing but some bad memories lol.
so after that we made it to the Dells and had 5 days of bronco fun. I saw a lot of nice broncos. did some drives. got to meet a lot of fun people. and generally had a great time. took home a blue award in the modified classs which was a top honor, I think there were 6 given out. and came home with no more drama. here are a few of the pictures I took while we were there. we also did some tourist things and generally had a great time.
here we have the bronco all packed and ready to load in the trailer.
then a couple weeks ago we had our local car show. I have done some more work to the 65 and 67 mustangs and we put them in the show as well as the bronco and came home with 3 trophies. so we had a very productive summer in the trophy category lol. that is my daughter sarah by her car and my son in law Josh by my 65.