1966 Bronco Pickup

Last week, during our Encyclopedia Hoonatica discussion of convertible pickups, I promised my just-across-the-state-line homie JeepyJayHawk I’d post some photos of this very, very nice 2-wheel-drive pickup version of the original Ford Bronco. Its well-preserved tin houses an updated 5.0/overdrive automatic drivetrain.

I spotted this at Belton, Missouri’s monthly Main Street Cruise a couple of weeks back. It’s for sale, and extremely want-able, but the seller’s $33K asking price will be prohibitive for most folks, even if they don’t vote Crack Pipe feel the truck is overpriced.
Click on the pictures below for the humongous original 12-megapixel images.

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26 responses to “1966 Bronco Pickup”

  1. engineerd Avatar

    Isn't "rare" and "one of a kind" redundant?
    That is pretty cool. I saw a Bronco II while walking the dog last night. I wanted to snap some pics, but I had forgotten my phone at home. Yesterday I also saw a Chevy Monza at Home Depot, but the wife was in a hurry to spend my money so I couldn't stop to admire that survivor.

  2. longrooffan Avatar

    I sure don't see $33 large for this, no matter how rare a 2WD 1/2 cab is. A buddy of mine and my brother each have a copy of this series Bronco with a 302 and they handle squirrelly as hell. I bet this one is quite a bit to handle at speed! Thanks for sharing it though.

  3. Rust-MyEnemy Avatar

    Wow. I had no idea that, in '66, Ford were capable of producing anything that essential. Look at that cabin. One dial, steering wheel coming right atcha, nothing whatsoever there just for effect. I'm amazed by this, considering how the T-Bird was bloating at the other end of the line-up.
    Also, Misouri guys have serious hairstyles going on.

  4. Jim Brennan Avatar
    Jim Brennan

    While 33 Large is some serious coin, this particular truck really isn't that far off the asking price. Look, it's desirable, perfect Malaise color, new crate motor, it's even air conditioned. What the hell more can you ask for. The actual retail value of this truck is between $25,000 and $27,000. There are more than enough people still left that would float this amount, I'm just not one of them.

    1. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
      Peter Tanshanomi

      At first I was shocked by the asking price, but I wouldn't even consider spending anywhere close to 33 big on a showroom new 2011 car, so I am not the best judge. Upon more reflection I decided that this guy isn't being ridiculous, assuming he's allowing for some negotiating room, especially if all the running gear is as fresh as the "crate motor" would suggest.

  5. theeastbaykid Avatar

    Big bucks like this are reserved for time-capsule original survivors, or built-to-the-hilt resto-mods. This is neither here nor there, no?

    1. Tim Odell Avatar
      Tim Odell

      The late-model engine/trans swap kills it for me. That, or the lack of a proper drivetrain and suspension to go behind the late model engine and trans.

    2. ZomBee Racer Avatar

      True that.

  6. scroggzilla Avatar

    If a 2wd Bronco pick-up is capable of getting $33k, then I shudder to think what a proper, documented, Bill Stroppe prepped Baja Bronco would fetch.

    1. Tim Odell Avatar
      Tim Odell

      100k, realistically.

      1. scroggzilla Avatar

        You're just saying that to make me cry! You're a mean, mean man, Mr. Science!!

        1. longrooffan Avatar

          You might enjoy this….some assembly required.

  7. nitroracer Avatar

    Wait, I though every bronco ever built was made four wheel drive? Or is it only that 4wd was available in every model year?

  8. Derek X Avatar
    Derek X

    Cool, Fords total rip-off of the International Scout pick-up, I haven’t seen one of these for a long time.

  9. Alff Avatar

    As neat as this is, I've never understood the appeal of any "pickup" with a super short bed. I've even lamented my Dodge's 6' 3", despite being able to negotiate parking lots and garages much more easily than the Ford supercab that it replaced.
    And your first impression was right, Mr. T, that price is absurd. Nevertheless, good post of a "super sano" rig. Perhaps you could start a new column … Down on Raytona Beach.

    1. Tim Odell Avatar
      Tim Odell

      Most of the things I haul need to be in a bed b/c they're dirty (or dirt), tall, or otherwise inappropriate for the inside of a vehicle…not because they're particularly long.

  10. dukeisduke Avatar

    I don't like it. The baby moon hubcaps look tacky (go back to stock), they took the emblems off (what's up with the Ranger emblem on the glovebox door?), and the bucket seats are hurl-inducing. Fail.

    1. Alff Avatar

      I believe that Ranger was originally a trim level on Broncos and full size pickups.

      1. dukeisduke Avatar

        You're right, at least about the F-Series. At one time, Ranger was the next rung down from the top-of-the-line Ranger XLT.

  11. ZomBee Racer Avatar

    Half-cabs are cool for farm-truck/Park-Ranger/oil-drilling supervisor duty, but kinda don't have the usefulness of either a real truck or a full Bronco. This one isn't even 4×4. About the only thing going for it is the rarity factor.
    That said, it's still neat, but for me having that non-original drivetrain takes it out of the high-dollar rare-car market. It's a mid-dollar rare car. Either put it back the way it was or drop the price to get me excited.

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  13. omg_grip Avatar

    nice brougham edition seats.

  14. JeepyJayhawk Avatar

    For that kind of money this would have to be perfect and still have the sweat of the original makers on the body panels. Crack for-sho but a mighty clean Bronco. Worth admiring, yes. Worth the price…. wellll….

  15. fomobro Avatar

    Wrong on all counts. This isn't a '66 which had a lot of nifty one-year-only components. This poor truck is a bastardized 70's model judging from the turn signals and chrome bezel tail lights that appeard after '68 (probably a '77 because that was the only year that had a fuel filler door as pictured–but that can also be accomplished with some body work.). Ranger badge is correct because it also has Ranger door panels which is also a 70's option. This truck is "rare" and "one of a kind" because somebody ripped the (standard on ALL early broncos 66-77) 4-wheel drive axle and transfer case, dropped in a 5.0, swapped an F-150 axle, and….since they were already raiding the junkyard for part…some nifty naulgahyde Olds/Caddy seats and a cheap-o steering wheel. At least they didn't cut the fenders for bigger tires.
    Sad restoration, but the shell is worth about $3300. Maybe the extra "0" is just a typo?

    1. Bronco Paul Avatar
      Bronco Paul

      Right on all accounts!

      1. BroncoBen Avatar

        Actually those are the "Sport" option door inserts which have the mylar panels along the top. You are correct about the gas fill door and if it is a '77 then it couldn't be a real half cab because those were not made after '72. Only way to tell would be to see if it has a U14 VIN#.