Ford announced the Bronco 2020 is coming to an assembly line near you. But should you buy a 2020 or stick with the Classic Ford Broncos? Here’s what you need to know.
1. Rust and Where to Look for It on Classic Ford Broncos
Excessive rust on a classic Ford Bronco, or any vintage vehicle for that matter, is a deal breaker. There are several areas on a Bronco that tend to be rust magnets, usually spots that hold water or dust. Common spots include the left and right floor boards, inner fenders, windshield frame region, door posts and rocker panels. Also prone to rust is the cargo bed floor and the inner door frames, especially around hinges. Before you invest in a classic Ford Bronco, be sure to check out all these areas. If you’re not sure how much rust is acceptable, consulting with a restoration expert is highly advised.
2. Understanding the Mechanics
Ideally, you have a good understanding of the mechanical operations of the Bronco you’re considering. If you don’t, take someone along with you that does. You can also familiarize yourself with the basics via internet searches, also read up on the history of the vehicle, attending a few local classic car shows and talking with attendees that deal in or are Ford Bronco collectors.
The word “uncut” refers to the Bronco’s rear fenders. In stock form, the classic Ford Bronco fenders are fairly low which means that they won’t fit big tires and wheels. It also means that they can’t handle major suspension treks which is why those who want to take on rough mountain roads end up having them cut. Something to keep in mind is that uncut Broncos generally are more expensive because they’re relatively rare. Another good thing about uncut Broncos is that they’ll likely be in better shape than cut options that have been used off-road which is the main reason they’re modified. Another thing to keep in mind is that most uncut Broncos also have a 6-cylinder engine.
Depending on the Bronco style you choose, they’ll range from traditional hard tops to removable hard tops and soft tops, common with Classic Ford Broncos 1966-1977. Climate changes and weather conditions can take a toll on both hard and soft tops, including sun exposure and rain, causing discoloration, cracking and rusting. All of this wear and tear should be obvious and something to consider. The good news is that they can be replaced.
The Bronco is an MPV (Multi-purpose Vehicle) manufactured and sold by Ford between 1966 and 1996. There were a lot of modifications made to early Ford Broncos during their long run, including the unique style of the 1966/77 Ford Broncos and their outstanding off-road performance. These styles include two door pickups, roadsters, and three door station wagons. These varied styles helped the Bronco become the cult classic that it is today.
Classic Ford Bronco prices are climbing you can even expect to pay a significant chunk of change rusty Bronco’s that require substantial restorations. Even project vehicles that may not be “roadworthy” can cost a few thousand or more. Broncos that are in drivable condition can end up costing $12,000 and higher.
Depending on the type of restoration you want, it may be cheaper to go with a 2020. Classic Ford Bronco restorations can cost tens of thousands. Some restomods can cost $150,000. Before you sign on the dotted line, give us a call. We’d be happy to discuss our restoration process.