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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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A mother of three from Saint Johns, MI, started driving her "like new" 1973 Ford Bronco in September. She put 1,500 miles on the SUV within two weeks while driving her three boys ages 2, 3 and 4 to preschool and running errands.

 

"My dad had a '70s Bronco and I remember seeing pictures as a little girl," said Molly Bancroft, 31, during her sons' naptime. "I was a daddy's girl so I think that just stuck."

 

The gift from her husband delights her boys, who wave to people from their car seats while driving through town, "which is the coolest thing ever," the mom said.

 

When winter begins, and the road is salted, they'll switch to their 2013 Ford F-250 Super Duty and wait until the sunshine returns.

 

Sean Tracey, 55, of Houston, TX, spends summers in Glen Arbor. He was mostly driving a 2020 Cadillac Escalade until he took delivery of the 1968 Bronco in the spring.

 

"Growing up in Detroit, I was a Ford sort of fanatic," said the Southfield Lathrup High School graduate. "A Mustang, Bronco guy growing up. When I left Detroit in '84, I came to Houston to go to college and stayed. But I never lost the kind of Detroit-manufacturing Americana bug."

 

Tracey, a trial lawyer, essentially had his Bronco rebuilt from scratch "engineering out all the 50-year-old problems," but it looks vintage.

 

"I don't think I've ever parked it where someone hasn't come up to me to share their Bronco story. It doesn't matter what city I'm in. Sometimes I'm like, 'Look, I gotta go.' Motorheads will crawl under the car and start looking around."

 

His mom was a divorced social worker raising three kids, and "money was tight growing up," he said. "My wife saw me looking at these Broncos for a long time and I kept threatening to buy one and finally, at some point, she said, 'You don't really have any other vices right now. Why don't you get yourself one and forget about it?'"


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