1966-1977 Ford Bronco Parts
In the mid-1960s, SUVs weren’t in half as many driveways as today. In fact, there were really only a small handful of SUV models on the market. Ford saw a need for an off-road capable lifestyle vehicle with four-wheel drive, so they started work on their first real SUV. The Bronco was actually Ford's first compact SUV, too, and it featured power and utility in huge supply, plus a long option list. From humble beginnings, the capable Bronco became a staple of the Ford product line. After a 30-year production run that gradually boosted the Bronco’s size and amenities, Bronco production ended in 1996. While this beloved car is no longer in production, CJ Pony Parts is proud to help owners of this classic SUV to keep theirs in tip-top shape with an extensive selection of ‘66-‘77 Ford Bronco parts at great low prices.
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Vintage Ford Bronco PartsIn an automotive industry that once lacked SUVs and off-road vehicles, Ford’s Bronco was a welcome introduction. It only catered to a small segment of the population, but it gave Ford a competitive entry against the handful of other SUVs on the market.
Designed from scratch, the Ford Bronco had little in common with Ford’s other products. It was designed with a short 92” wheelbase, high ground clearance, tight turning radius, and exceptional maneuverability. That, combined with power from one of several optional V8 engines, made it a capable and reliable off-road vehicle.
Ford also designed their new Bronco to handle durable, practical accessories so buyers could enjoy their time outdoors without worrying about damaging any custom parts they added to the Bronco’s frame. The blue oval company stood by their new off-roader, offering tough replacement Bronco parts in the event that an owner did ever damage their vehicle.
Paving the way for later generations of SUVs, the 1966-1977 Ford Bronco offered a lengthy list of options, including front bucket seats, rear bench seats, tachometers, CB radios, auxiliary gas tanks, power take-offs, snowplow blades, winches, and hole diggers for posts.
The Bronco came in three body styles: the fully enclosed wagon, the utilitarian half-cab, and the roadster with a completely removable top. With the popularity of this new vehicle, the aftermarket quickly produced a number of new Ford Bronco parts and accessories. With that, the Ford Bronco became one of the most customizable and capable vehicles on the market, and it quickly earned a following with Ford loyalists and outdoorsmen who helped make it one of the best-selling SUVs on the market.
Customize Your Ride With CJ Pony PartsOver its 11 years on the market, the first generation Ford Bronco maintained a loyal following. Customer demand persuaded Ford to enhance the Bronco’s capabilities, which also fueled the development of more and better aftermarket Bronco parts.
Today, you can see the amazing results in some prime examples that are still on the road. The first-generation Bronco is cherished as the first SUV that Ford ever made, and it has become a sought-after classic with auction prices climbing high enough to match the values of vintage muscle cars.
CJ Pony Parts offers dozens of vintage Ford Bronco parts and accessories so owners can continue to customize and maintain these outstanding SUVs, keeping them on the road for decades to come. Order your new Ford Bronco parts from CJ Pony Parts today!
Your Ford Bronco Restoration GuideRestoring an old vehicle is a rewarding experience: You get to know every detail, every feature and every nut and bolt. It's especially exciting when the car is a relatively rare and uncommon vehicle like the first generation Ford Bronco.
Built from 1966 until 1977, this "compact" - by 1960's standards - 4x4 was one of the first true sport-utility vehicles. Rugged and tough, even the best-kept Broncos eventually need some attention.
If you're already an owner of an original Bronco or are planning to purchase one for a restoration project, you must consider several factors. At CJ Pony Parts we have put together an impressive catalog of early Bronco parts and accessories that can aid you in your project. We're happy to share our experience and advice on how to properly plan and execute the ultimate Ford Bronco restoration.
Where to Start?
Are you excited at the thought of restoring a classic Bronco? Having a passion for any vehicle you're restoring is important because it isn't always easy. As much as we enjoy seeing another Bronco being restored for many more happy years as a beloved off-road vehicle, we know that it isn't all fun. You might run into unseen damage or unexpected expenses, and be frustrated if you can't find a certain part.
This is why you really need to sit down and plan your project out. Jumping head-first into a Bronco restoration without first understanding what you are getting yourself into is a sure-fire way to end up with a half-finished truck that you've lost interest in.
We wanted to put together this vintage Ford Bronco restoration guide to assist you in your planning. Here at CJ Pony Parts we are passionate about the Bronco, and are proud to do our part to keep these 4x4s on - and off! - the road. This is why we carry hundreds of parts for the first-generation Bronco. But our interest and experience with these awesome trucks goes further than that: Our experts have created many videos to guide you in the installation and upgrade of many of the Bronco parts we carry.
Providing you with a large selection of parts and accessories for your classic Bronco is essential, but we want to know that you're able to get those parts installed and can fully enjoy a restored 4x4. We encourage you to contact us with any questions. A friend of a Bronco is a friend of ours!
Questions to Ask Yourself
You should ask yourself a few questions before you start your Bronco restoration project. No, you don't need to meditate on a mountain top for spiritual guidance, but you do need to be sure that you've thought through these main points:
What Is My End Goal?
Do I have a Bronco that's getting a little rough around the edges, and simply want to get it back into reliable shape? Will I be doing a full frame-up restoration job that is faithful to the equipment and features of the original? Is my goal to create the ultimate custom Bronco that includes high-performance parts and styling details? Figure out what you are aiming for.
What Is My Budget?
There's no point in planning to do a complete early Bronco restoration if your budget won't allow for it. While we offer excellent prices on all of our Bronco parts and accessories, when restoring a vehicle from the 60's and 70's, you might run into additional expenses like body and chassis rust repair that you can't see until you start stripping the truck down.
What Is My Skill Level?
You have to be honest with yourself: If you're a novice who has only ever changed the oil and sparkplugs in your car, attacking a full restoration is daunting. It doesn't mean you can't do it, but you should make a list of all of the tasks to be completed - body work, engine, electrical or more - and determine what you can do on your own, and where you will need professional help.
If you have yet to purchase your Bronco, this planning stage will also help you decide if you want to start with one that needs a full, ground-up restoration or if you want to pick one that only requires attention in a few areas. No two classic vehicle restorations are alike, so make sure you're comfortable with the one you're working on.
Now that you've detailed your project, you probably want to get started. We suggest you be patient a bit longer! One of our most important pieces of advice before any vehicle restoration project is to get out there and be nosey.
Attend meets and rallies, and find other 1966-to-1977 Ford Bronco owners. There are vintage Bronco clubs all over the country, and you'll find that members are more than happy to show their 4x4s and share their knowledge and experience.
Not only are meets informative, you'll enjoy getting to know other enthusiasts who share your passion for Ford's legendary off-road vehicle. Who better to ask about the key things to consider when restoring an old Bronco than someone who has done it before? Are there body and chassis areas prone to rusting? Were there original parts that weren't very robust and are worthy of an upgrade? Might there be tricks and tips when disassembling and reassembling certain components?
Getting to know other Bronco experts means you'll have the network you need and you'll know exactly who to call when something has you scratching your head.
Our CJ Pony Parts team is always ready to help as well. We have created Bronco-specific videos to explain how to install many of our great parts and accessories. We'll give you tips and pointers that we have learned over the years from our own restoration projects. We also love hearing about your Bronco restoration experience so that we can share it with other enthusiasts. There is a solution to every restoration problem, and we're more than happy to work with you to find it.
Structure Your Project
A bit of planning goes a long way in an automotive restoration project. By now you're probably ready to head out into your garage with a screwdriver and wrench in hand and get down to business with your Bronco! But we suggest you look at the different areas that need your attention first:
Body and chassis:
This may involve some welding, cutting, and new body panel installation, and cosmetic work like dent and ding repair and painting.
Engine and transmission
This can range from a fluid change and standard tune-up to a complete rebuild or replacement of these major components.
Suspension and driveline
Years of hard off-roading can wear out original components and a restoration is a great time to consider upgrading to higher performing, heavier-duty replacements.
Brakes and electrical
Replacing brake lines and wiring is a smart idea for safety and reliability reasons, since years of use and corrosion can wear those parts out.
Interior and exterior trim
After all the hard work restoring your vehicle, you'll want it looking its best, which is why planning to replace old worn seats and interior and exterior trim is important.
See What Parts Are Available
We've told you about all of the Bronco parts available at CJ Pony Parts, but as they say, seeing is believing! Our online catalog is easy to search, by year, part type, and brand. We have major categories organized to simplify your search further, including Engine, Steering, Exhaust, or Body & Sheet Metal. You can compare different parts to see which suits your plan and budget best.
Take our Bronco doors for example: Will you just weld on new skins, or replace the entire door shell? Can you reuse your top frames for the windows, or have you decided to replace the doors completely? We carry many different options to suit each project.
As we said, no two restoration projects are alike. With CJ Pony Parts you aren't forced to replace a full door if a door skin is all you need. Spend some time browsing our catalog and you'll see many other examples of the great choice and variety we provide:
1966-to-1977 Bronco Seats:
If you're keeping a stock look, you'll be pleased to see that we carry original-replacement seat frame assemblies, tracks and hardware. If you're upgrading, you can choose from various styles designed for excellent comfort when you're off-roading in your 4x4.
1966-to-1977 Bronco Brakes:
We carry many different disc and drum brake options, including full kits and individual pads and shoes and hardware, and even brake pedal assemblies for automatic and manual transmission Broncos. For your disc brakes you can choose from 4- or 6-piston calipers, depending on the braking performance you want.
1966-to-1977 Bronco Wiring:
When replacing wiring on an older vehicle, it is common to replace the entire wiring harness. We also carry many individual wires and switches - for headlights, turn signals, wipers and more - so that you can pick and choose if you only have a few damaged wires to replace.
Make Space and Get Organized
There's a last major step as you get ready for your Bronco rebuild: Do yourself a favor by setting aside enough space to work properly. You'll want a clean garage and empty workspace to give you room for sorting and preparing your parts for installation. Here are a few pointers that work for any automotive restoration project:
Remove anything that isn't related to your Bronco from the work area: If you have other vehicles besides your Bronco, you don't want to start mixing parts.
- Prepare your tools: Nothing is more frustrating than getting ready to install a part and then realizing that you're missing the tool you need or that the one you have is broken.
Give yourself space: Allow room all around your Bronco - it's a hassle to constantly move it in and out of your garage to get at all sides.
Think about lighting: Bright overhead lighting - and spot lighting for when you're working under the hood, inside the cabin, or under the chassis - is essential.
Want one more tip? While a Bronco repair manual is very useful, you can often find everything you need to know about automotive restoration online. A portable laptop or tablet is a useful tool, so try to have one handy.
Bookmark CJ Pony Parts and you will have our videos, guides, and tips at your fingertips. You can also quickly look up any parts you might have forgotten, or didn't realize needed replacing. As hard as you try to plan your restoration project out in advance, you can't always foresee everything. Simply do a search in our online catalog and pick your missing parts and accessories.
We can offer same-day shipping on in-stock parts ordered before 5 p.m. on Monday through Friday, and there's no minimum order requirement. That means most orders can benefit from our fast free shipping, and your parts will reach you quickly. We don't want anything to stand in the way of you and your perfectly restored Ford Bronco!
Ready to Go?
We hope that our Ford Bronco restoration guide has helped you come up with a plan for your project. The original Ford Bronco has a large and loyal following of enthusiasts who respect it for its classic design, ruggedness and off-road capability. Spend a bit of time around a 1966-to-1977 Bronco and you'll understand why. It's a simple, barebones truck designed for utility, and the square-shouldered look stands out next to today's soft, rounded SUVs, designed more for the mall parking lot than an off-road trek or forest adventure.
Now's the time to take advantage of the excellent resources we provide the vintage Bronco fan:
- Our online catalog offers detailed descriptions, pictures and pricing information for every part.
- Our Bronco restoration videos feature real-life examples and installations.
- Our helpful and knowledgeable CJ Pony Parts team stands ready to answer your questions.
It may take a lot of time and energy, but it really is worth it when you install the last part, tighten the last bolt, fill it with gas and head off for the inaugural test drive. Your restored Ford Bronco will be a willing partner for many years to come on whatever roads you choose to take it down.