An Illinois Company is Building Brand New Ford-Licensed First-Gen Broncos

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    Friend had one was outrageous with big tires at the beach....now how about a classic 1957 third with a Shelby v8....now we are talking!...Still rather have a Charger with a helliphant motor :)


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    Everyone’s excited about the upcoming 2020 Ford Bronco, in part, because of what the nameplate means to American culture: adventure, ruggedness, and fun. It was the first-gen model that created this meaning, so it’s cool that one Illinois company is now building those old Broncos from the ground up as a Ford-licensed product. But they’re not cheap.

    A company out of Illinois, Gateway Bronco has been finding pristine early Broncos and restomodding them for a couple of years now, getting its start in 2016. Recently, the outfit that “reimagines” Broncos announced that it’s the first builder officially licensed from Ford to create first-gen Ford Broncos from scratch, and also the first certified to recondition used Broncos according to Ford standards.

    CEO and President Seth Burgett told me over the phone that his company offers three main types of Bronco builds: originals that have been restored, new bodies on original frames with VINs and titles, and new Broncos from the ground up including both a new frame and body.

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    The company describes the new Ford agreement in a press release, saying Gateway will build 1966 to 1977 Broncos thanks to the “Low Volume Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Act of 2015,” a program that makes it easier for low-volume manufacturers to get past safety and emissions barriers-to-entry. One way that the Act does this is that it allows low-volume automakers to “install engines from vehicles that have been issued certificates of conformity.”

    And on that front, Gateway Bronco says it’s using 5.0-liter Coyotes as its primary power plants, with plenty of bolt-on options, like twin turbos, a Borla fuel injection system, or even a Shelby supercharger.

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    Burgett told me Gateway gets its body panels from supplier Wild horse 4x4, who sources the sheetmetal from a distributor somewhere, going on to say Gateway adds structural enhancements throughout. Here’s what he told me about the new bodies’ fitment:

    We have pulled data from so many untouched, original paint Broncos with original production markings still intact that we have developed our own database of dimensions and a process to ensure the integrity of our gaps and fitment every time. We have applied modern manufacturing techniques in the USA to assemble our bodies which has gained the attention of Ford and in part, enabled our bodies to be Officially Licensed Ford Product.

    The frame, Burgett told me, comes from a subcontractor, and either comes to Gateway’s Illinois facility complete, or as just the rails. That frame can be modified, Burgett told me, to facilitate either a solid front axle or an independent suspension setup.

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    Gateway’s website shows three main models ranging in price from $120,000 to $180,000, and offering both automatic or manual options, and warranties as long as five years.

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    I don’t know much about Gateway as a company, but I do know that the Broncos in these pictures look lovely, and if they’ve got Ford’s stamp of approval and a warranty, that also sounds lovely, even if the price tag doesn’t.
     
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    I wonder if the new ones will get six miles a gallon when in operation like the old ones?
     
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    Have any of you seen that series on TV about four two man teams in their built 4x4's racing through the Alaskan wilderness?....it was only on for two seasons and then they cut it...probably the tree huggers had something to do with that because it was a great show....well that bronco reminds me of that program...
     
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    What price nostalgia?

    Broncos were junk. Horrible handling, dreadful gas mileage, bone-crushing ride, non-existent reliabiity, and extremely prone to rust. Compared to a contemporary Jeep, it is a nightmare.

    If they were giving them away, it would be too expensive.
     
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    On a side note: Jeep is coming out with another truck.
    If their quality wasn't so historically bad I'd buy one.

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    A "truck" with anything less than a 6 foot bed is not a truck. I have no ideal why people are so infatuated with these four-door truck-y toys. Worthless. Same with the new Jeep.
     
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    Not sure what you do with your truck but an extended cab or double cab gives you room to store shit ya dont want stolen.
     
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    Maybe Chevy will bring back the Blazer
     

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