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Ride Guides: A Quick Guide to Identifying 1966-1979 Ford Broncos

The Ford Bronco galloped into our hearts when the beloved SUV debuted with model year 1966.

Ford introduced the Bronco to compete with the Jeep CJ-5 and the International Harvester Scout.

The Early Bronco (the first generation through the 1977 model) was a totally new concept for Ford, and was brought to production through the efforts of Motor City legend Lee Iacocca. The Bronco had a frame, suspension, and body design completely unique within the Ford lineup.

The storyline was simplicity and economy. A minimalist off-road, go-anywhere vehicle. Ford used brakes and axles from the F100 pickups, and the front axle was mounted using radius arms and a lateral tracking bar to center the housing under the frame. The setup allowed Ford to use coil springs and give the Bronco a 34-foot turning radius.

From 1966-1971, the Bronco sported a Dana 30 differential, before being upgraded to a Dana 44. The first Early Broncos were powered by a 170 cubic-inch six-cylinder or 289 cubic-inch V8 engine. In 1969, Ford replaced the 289 with a 302 Windsor V8, which if you haven’t heard, is pretty rad.

You may want to check out our other Ride Guides because they’re excellent, running the gamut from Fox-Body Mustangs and Pontiac GTOs to Chevelles, Chargers, Jeeps, and classic pickups.

Meanwhile, you can get to know the Ford Bronco here.

Ford Bronco Ride Guides identification chart

(Infographic by Lori Sams)


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  1. Do you sell a poster of this???

  2. Eduardo Gonzalez says:

    Do you have the chart after 1979 [second generation]? I would like to buy both.

  3. You could sell a lot of those Bronco posters. Let me know if I could purchase one.

  4. I want this as a poster

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  6. That blue 1975 looks just like a 1976 I owned a while ago ! 302 auto .p.s. & p.b. !

  7. OnAllCylinders says:

    Thanks everyone for your responses! We do not currently have a poster for these, but it’s a possibility going forward!

  8. Hello, You have a poster of classic old Ford Bronco’s, is that poster available to buy?
    Thank you

  9. I would like a poster as well.

  10. Can I make this into a poster?

  11. Sheila Fonner says:

    For sale yet?

  12. I’m also interested in purchasing this poster.

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