There are those ’wheelers who come to the game with a pocket full of cash and some vision. They may hand over their vehicle to a shop with that cash and spend time waiting until they get an off-road capable rig in return. Then there are those who take a derelict vehicle and work through the cold winters and hot summers, sometimes slathered in greasy goo while laboring in their garages to build a project to call their own and eventually take ’wheeling.
Brent Greiner from Avondale, Arizona, falls more squarely in the latter category. Brent’s a project guy and when he got word of a deal on an aged ’71 Bronco about three years ago, he soon made the buy and trailered it home. As the third owner, what he got was essentially a starter kit that came without seats, wiring, brakes, or floorboards; but did include a fair bit of body rust.
From there, Brent assembled what you see rolling across these pages. He brought together a thoughtful collection of parts to build a weekend Bronco for backcountry exploring and spending time on challenging trails. The body was stripped and refinished, the chassis received a new suspension, and the interior was rebuilt to suit its new personality.
Brent performed nearly all the work himself, save for the paint, clocking the axle knuckles, and some of the tube work. His wife, Erin, pitched in, as well, providing spare hands during some of the assembly. We ran across this clean Ford at the recent Arizona Classic Bronco Stampede and had to show you Brent’s build. He’s now got a well-built machine and is enjoying the fruits of his own labor.
Up front on this Bronco is...
Up front on this Bronco is a simple but functional tube bumper that offers some frontend protection without stealing significant approach angle. The ’cage, inside door panels, and front bumper were powdercoated in a silver vein finish. After Brent did the major bodywork he delivered it to Maaco for the final prep work and the Cobalt Blue paint followed by a top clear coat.
The engine compartment received...
The engine compartment received great attention. The centerpiece is the Ford 351W V-8 topped with an Edelbrock Performer intake and Holley Truck Avenger carburetor. Spark is handled by the MSD 6A ignition and distributor. Brent runs a hydroboost master cylinder from a Cobra Mustang and a PSC high flow P-series pump provides the pressurized hydraulic fluid for brake and steering assist. Hot gases exit through BC Broncos shorty ceramic headers and dump into a 2-into-1 Magnaflow muffler tucked up between the frame rails.
Ample front articulation comes...
Ample front articulation comes from the West Coast Broncos 12-inch extended long travel tubular radius arms. Randy Ellis Design clocked the knuckles and pinion angle of the Dana 44 axle housing to accommodate the suspension and steering components. James Duff Extreme tubular front shock hoops are used up front to support the Rancho shocks. Beefy F-250 dual-piston front calipers offer strong stopping power with the hydroboost.
Brent converted the front...
Brent converted the front Dana 44HD leaf sprung axle for use with the coil springs and radius arms, and added a Wild Horses track bar riser to the differential housing. Inside, 5.13 gears spin on an ARB Air Locker. Fortification is enhanced with a Ballistic Fabrication cover, Stone Crusher track bar with rod ends, and a Bullet Proof Steering Rock-Proof tie-rod over knuckle setup with rod ends.
All the small details were...
All the small details were done with care as evidenced by the brake hose routing here. The Dana 60 stops using a K20 caliper conversion, providing modern disc brakes at all four corners.
For a steering box, the Bronco...
For a steering box, the Bronco got a conversion that consisted of using a ’78-to-’79 Bronco or F150 4X4 steering gear, and reversing its rotation by swapping in the worm gear and valve housing from a 1980s Ford pickup, Bronco, or Ranger.
Drivetrain behind the Ford...
Drivetrain behind the Ford V-8 consists of an NP435 trans and a Dana 20 transfer case. Here you can see how far back the extended radius arms mount to provide decent lift, while maintaining good arm angles.
The rear axle is a Dana 60...
The rear axle is a Dana 60 in full-float form. Driven Auto Parts rear shock hoops support the tops of the Rancho 9000s which dampen the 11-leaf Wild Horse spring packs built to raise the Ford about 5 1/2 inches. This axle is also equipped with 5.13 gears and an ARB Air Locker.
Traction for this Bronco comes...
Traction for this Bronco comes from 37-inch-tall BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain KM2s mounted to KMC Addict 17x9 alloy wheels. An eight-lug stud pattern is used front and rear.
A Tuffy center console sits...
A Tuffy center console sits between a pair of 2008 Honda Odyssey leather seats wrapped with Crow Industries 4-point harnesses. The console houses a Clarion stereo and Infinity speakers.
Behind the seats at the tail...
Behind the seats at the tail end of the 6-point rollcage sits a large lockable storage box. The interior sheet metal was sanded to bare metal then two coats of Rust Bullet Automotive Primer were laid down. This was followed with Herculiner over the entire interior.
Erin brought her fabric skills...
Erin brought her fabric skills to the project and made a custom rollcage top using Sea-Mark vinyl-backed Sunbrella material and rollcage pads.
The dash has been reworked...
The dash has been reworked to accommodate an array of Autometer gauges and has been powder-coated in silver vein. The ARB compressor and solenoid switches sit within easy reach of the driver. A Grant steering wheel sits atop a refurbished factory steering column.
Brent fabricated a sturdy...
Brent fabricated a sturdy rear bumper and swinging tire carrier to support another 37-inch tire. The square tube bumper also doubles as a small air storage container.
Brent took a set of BC Broncos...
Brent took a set of BC Broncos 1/4-inch rock skis and had tubular sliders welded to them to serve as an entry step and keep the rocker panels a little further from the boulders.
||1971 Ford Bronco
||Brent Greiner/Avondale, AZ
||1985 351W V-8 with BC Broncos shorty headers, MSD 6A ignition
||Edelbrock Performer intake, Holley Truck Avenger Carburetor
||Dana 44 (with 8-lug hubs)
||Dana 60 Full-floater
|Ring and Pinion:
||ARB Air Locker
||ARB Air Locker
||Wild Horses 5 1/2-inch Rockcrawler coil springs, Wild Horses 5 1/2-inch, 11-leaf rear packs, Rancho 9000 14-inch-travel adjustable shocks
||37x12.50R17LT BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain KM2
||KMC Addict 17x9 inches
||Driven Auto Parts aluminum dash, Autometer gauges, 2008 Honda Odyssey leather seats, custom bumpers/tire carrier, Optima Yellow Top