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Wednesday, 21 October 2020 18:49

Vintage Ford Broncos Being Rebuilt, Transformed---Into Something Like You’ve Never Seen

Written by Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press
The 1966 Ford Bronco with a VIN of 000, left, and Gateway Bronco’s reimagined edition, that costs about $320,000. This original 1966 Bronco is the first to ever roll off the Ford production line. It was given to race car driver Carroll Shelby by Ford Motor Co. These images were taken Oct. 14 in Detroit. The 1966 Ford Bronco with a VIN of 000, left, and Gateway Bronco’s reimagined edition, that costs about $320,000. This original 1966 Bronco is the first to ever roll off the Ford production line. It was given to race car driver Carroll Shelby by Ford Motor Co. These images were taken Oct. 14 in Detroit. Junfu Han, Detroit Free Press

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"What we do is modernize the 1966 to 1977 Ford Broncos with a modern powertrain and bring everything up to modern standards for reliability and safety," he said. "We installed a power retractable step, so when you open the door the step drops down and you can climb in easier. There's a backup camera; a 10-speed automatic instead of just a three-speed automatic; heated and cooled seats, and a Bluetooth sound system. We have power disc brakes and things to make it all safer, like collapsible steering columns, three-point seat belts, brakes that really do work."

 

The vehicle has a three-, five- or seven-year bumper-to-bumper warranty.

 

"Clients we're seeing today obviously have the means and want to spend time with their families," he said. "They're buying a vehicle to spend at their vacation home or to pick kids up from soccer or use on sunny days and just enjoy. People are spending more time at their vacation homes now, rather than doing global travel."

 

This collection of vintage Broncos is reengineered and redesigned to accommodate modern standards and expectations. So, for example, the old-fashioned manual window cranks are there for display only. Windows are electric. Yet the cars retain their original Vehicle Identification Numbers. Burgett has 40 or so patents pending or granted.

 

His purpose in life, he said, is improving the quality of life for others. The surgery technology saved lives. The headphones, designed around the physiology of the ear for use by extreme athletes, inspired people to exercise and be healthy.

 

And now the Broncos are about celebrating and savoring life with those you love, said Burgett, an Ironman triathlete who competes in one-day events that include a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride and a 26.22-mile run.

 

As soon as he finishes his training, the phone rings with questions from customers eager to check the status of their vehicle or possibly place an order.


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