Pegasus

1973 Ford Bronco

Ranger XLT


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Description:

The vehicle for sale is a rare, 1973 Ford Bronco, Ranger XLT. The 1973 Ford Bronco is a veteran and is well experienced in mud, sand and trail events.

The original engine installed which has been modified upon rebuilding. The engine has been blueprinted and balanced for perfection and uses an original (rare!!) Shelby 302 intake manifold for the feeding. The automatic transmission is the stock C4 that also has been modified and rebuilt and uses a 1000 rpm stall converter for horsepower lockup. The stock 9” rear end sports 4.88 gears with factory lockers all around. The suspension is basically stock with the addition of of a 3 inch lift and 3200 # Ford Thunderbird coil springs.

The body was stripped completely down, inside and out, and had new paint applied, customized the dash and rollbar, installed new seats and carpet, and had the Pegasus mural painted on the hood. Over time some paint nicks and chips have occured, so this year a new coat of paint and clear have been applied. I did not have the hood clear coated because I wanted to redo the factory decal strips that have some cracks in them. Any decal shop should be able to make these and then the hood can be clear coated.

The color is the original "limestone" green with 5 coats of Clear. It is "straight"!!! THERE IS NO RUST!! Aluminum rocker panels have been added and the front fenders have been modified (cut) above the bumper.

This has the original Ranger XLT package including the door inserts, carpets, rear seat, rear side panels and tailgate carpeting. Floormats are customized with Pegasus on them. The dash has been completely modified to add features not found on the original but still keeping with the stock look and feel. The overhead wiper cover has been modified to fit over the rollbar with a hardtop installed. A custom matched tonneau cover has been made for when the softtop is off. The rear seat drops down and between the seat access for a cooler has been made. Extremely functional. The rear seat has been modified to allow storage under the lift up seat area.

A full cage rollbar has been custom fabricated to meet the PNW4WDA strict racing regulations with 3/8" plate steel on the top and 1/4" under the floorboards all bolted together with grade 8 bolts and nuts. This roll bar has been fabricated in such a way as to allow a full, regular hardtop to be installed with no problem. The hardtop has been sold and the bronco will come with a Kayline softtop, with sunroof, in excellent condition. A custom fabricated gun rack is installed on the center roll bar for those who hunt!!

The engine is the original 302 V8 that has been rebuilt. It now has 12:1 popup pistons, with a 351 Windsor Heads, ported and matched to the exhaust and intake manifold. The exhaust is brand new with new Hooker Headers, pipes and mufflers. The mufflers are a maxi-flo Flowmaster which are straight through for performance. Sound real nice! The intake manifold is an original 302 Shelby aluminum single plane manifold mated to a Holly 600 carburetor with center-hung floats and the customary Holly off-road kit. At the time of the rebuild, a custom cam was ground for the proper torque and characteristics I wanted. Since that time, newer and better factory cams are out and I was going to upgrade with roller rockers and the newer 5.0 mustang cam. A roller rocker set will go with the sale (un-installed). Also, in doing this, it should be noted that screw in head bolts and valve guides should be installed. The ignition had been upgraded to an MSD 6200A. The distributor has been recurved and calibrated to match the engine modifications.

The transmission is the stock C4 that has been modified for the increase HP. I went with a 1000 RPM converter so that I had the best of both worlds for rock climbing, mud and fun, hill-climbs, racing and sand. It uses a ratchet shifter, Star-Shifter for shifting purposes.

The running gear is the Ford Dana 44-1 in the front and the Ford 9" in the rear using big bearings on the 28 spline axles and 4:88 gears with factory lockers on both ends. Transfer case is the Dana model 20 "J" Shifter. Traction bars are added on rear leaf springs. These work ok but I had made a set early-on that have been taken off when the new ones were installed. The old ones are better for the sand and racing and will go with the sale. Brakes are the standard drum brakes that have been completely gone through and almost new.

The doors have been modified so that the upper frame can be removed (the frame that the window is in when the window is up) for racing or sand and then reinstalled for the addition of the soft or hard top maintaining the factory look. I had some window inserts made so that when the window frame was off they finished the door area, but I can't find them but will show the buyer how to fabricate new ones (really easy!).

I had a custom, class 4, trailer hitch installed to pull a 16' Aristocrat travel trailer for one summer back in 1976. The rear bumper is heavy duty and a custom order. The spare tire carrier has been chromed and can carry a 5 gallon Jerry can.

The tires are new Dunlop 31x10.50x15, mounted on chrome rims. Sorry the paddletires have sold! The bronco pushed the paddle-trak 21-50's on 18" rims with no problem and conquered every sand dune in Oregon and Washington with no problem. Under full power or "jumping" the big tires had a tendency to rub on the fiberglass fender flares! Item of note!

Our club went Florence Oregon in June of 1988 and Four Wheeler sent a photographer and reporter along to document the experience. Click here to read the story and write up.

The interior is a Ranger XLT Cloth interior with matching "Captains Chairs". The "Captains Chairs" are a unique add-on that came out of a stock ____________ (I will tell the buyer as I have never seen any other bronco so equipped and this is a trade secret!!)
The top is a Kayline, soft-top with a sunroof.
It has a 302 V-8, modified with fender storage area for oil, brake fluid, spare parts, etc. Early 351W heads, ported and flow matched, with 12:1 Pop-ups; Original Shelby aluminum manifold w/Holly 600 cfm Carb., center floats and off-road kit installed.
New DunlopRadial RT 31 x 11.50 x R15LT tires and spare on chrome rims.

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Features:

Options that are Unique to this 1973 Ford Bronco Ranger XLT include:
· Steering stabilizer
· Factory Power Steering
· 28 spline 9" Large Bearing rear end
· D44 front end
· Dana 20 transfer case
· 4:88 Gears
· Captains Chairs
· Ranger XLT Rear Bench Seat with storage
· Custom Tonneau cover
· Removable softtop with sunroof
· Chrome Spare tire rack
· Ranger XLT Deluxe Chrome Package
· Warn manual hubs
· Traction Bars
· Custom Gun Rack
· Digital Clock and RPM built into the dash
· Radio and CB built into the dash
· Relocated Fuel Transfer Switch on dash
· Custom grill work and paint

Also the front end has had the poly urethane bushings installed and aligned.

Additional Information:

Items of Concern

Where the ignition switch is, the paint is worn due to the keys swinging on trial and sand runs. The CB radio is a 23 channel that works fine, but the control knob has a broken chip out of it. Three point racing harnesses were installed on drivers side, but some vandals recent stole them, mounting points still there, I have another set that will go with the sale. I will also throw in a tow bar. Club emblems have been removed.

The chrome tire rack should probably be rechromed. The carpeting is original and faded although in really good shape. The seats have been reupolstered. The door panels are in good shape but are starting to slightly curl around the edges.

The engine compartment has not been detailed or cleaned up. A pair of M/T Aluminum valve covers are installed. The full set of, 1.6 roller rockers will go with the sale.

I will also include a transmission "scatter blanket" in the sale, in-case the purchaser wishes to drag race at events that require this safety item.

Ford Bronco History -1966 to 1977

The Ford Bronco was introduced to the public in August of 1965 to compete against Jeep's CJ-5 and International Harvester's Scout in the burgeoning recreational four wheel drive vehicle market. The first Broncos were very spartan without options such as power steering and an automatic transmission.

The first models were available only with a 105 hp 170 ci six cylinder derived from Ford's Falcon lineup. The only available transmission was Ford's 3.03 three speed manual with a column mounted shifter. Transmission ratios behind the six cylinder were:
3.41:1 first, 1.86:1 second,and 1:1 third. When the 289 V8 option was introduced in March 1966, the three speed manual behind it had ratios of: 2.99:1 first, 1.46 second,and 1:1 third. The transfer case was a Bronco specific Dana 20 with a low range ratio of 2.46:1. Unique to the models was a tall shifter with a shift pattern matching that of the T-handle shifter, but with a J- handle style ball mounted on top. Most '66s also had rear shock absorbers that angled forward in front of the axle with stud mounts at the top instead of the later rear-canted eye mount shocks.

The Bronco, with a 92 inch wheelbase was offered in wagon, half cab, and roadster configurations. The roadster option was not very popular and was discontinued after 1968. Standard brakes were 11 x 2" front drums and 10 x 2.5" drums on the rear on the small bearing(2780 lb.) axle and 11 x 1.75" drums on the large bearing(3300 lb.) axle. All Broncos employed a Ford 9" rear axle and until 1971, a Dana 30 front axle rated at 2,500 lb. Axle ratios were 3.50:1, 4.11:1 and 4.57:1(6 cyl. only). The standard gas tank held 14.5 gallon with an optional 11.5 gallon second tank available.

Options for '66(including dealer installed accessories) included: Warn free wheeling hubs, snow plow kits, winches, tachometers, Air Lift front auxiliary springs, trailer hitches, tow hooks, etc. Most of the options and many others were included through the Bronco's twelve year run. Production for the 1966 year totaled 18,200 units.

The Sport Package was introduced in 1967. This package included bright finished horn ring, windshield drip, head and taillamp bezels, side window frames, instrument panel trim and tailgate handle, cigar lighter, chrome-plated grille, bumpers and front guards, red die cast F-O-R-D letters appliqued to the grille, and 15" wheel covers. A bright trimmed hardboard headlining and vinyl floor mat were also added to the Sport Wagon. A dual master cylinder with a split hydraulic system and self-adjusting brakes was also new. Back-up lights were now standard and an 11.5 gallon auxiliary fuel tank option was available. 16,100 Broncos were built in 1967.

Bumpers with curved ends and side marker reflectors immediately distinguished the 1968 models from their predecessors. Locking front hubs, new inside door handles and "soft" window crank knobs were other new options. This was also the last year for the 289 V8 and the roadster option. 1968 production was 15,700 trucks.

1969 was a big year for the Bronco with production jumping to 19,200 units. The 302 V8 replaced the 289 V8. Two speed electric windshield wipers replaced the vacuum units several months into the production run. Amber lens parking lights replaced the previously used white lens. The Sport models now had aluminum door panel trim, pleated parchment interior, and a rear floor mat when the rear seat was ordered. Some sources say the removable top feature was discontinued, although we enthusiasts know better! The steering stabilizer became a standard feature along with improvements in NVH.

Repositioned side marker lights and reflectors were the most obvious change to the 1970 Broncos. The Sport Bronco became a model rather than an option package. 1970 also saw the first application of evaporative emissions recovery systems with gas tanks on models so equipped losing capacity to 12.7 gallons and 10.3 gallons in the main and auxiliary tanks respectively. 18,500 Broncos were built in 1970.

The stout Dana 44 became the standard Bronco front axle early in the 1971 production year, replacing the weaker Dana 30. New options included a remote control left hand outside mirror, a new headliner for the pickup, and a heavy duty radiator. The special edition Baja Bronco by Bill Stroppe and Associates was also introduced this year. Stroppe took a Bronco wagon and added a roll bar, dual shocks front and rear, Gates Commando tires, fender flares, larger tires, rubberized steering wheel, bumper braces, power steering, automatic transmission, special nameplate, and red,white, blue, and black special order paint. A total of approximately 650 Baja Broncos were produced between 1971-1974. 18,700 Broncos rolled off the assembly line in 1971.

1972 was the last full year for the T-handle transfer case shifter and the '302' emblem disappeared from the front fenders of V8 Broncos. This was also the last year for the beloved half cab. The Ranger trim package was introduced at mid-year and consisted of new stripes, argent grille, color-keyed pile front and rear carpet, deluxe wheelcovers, woodgrained door trim panels, 'Ranger' tire cover, cloth-inserted bucket seats and a fiberboard headliner. Gas tank size continued to shrink with the auxiliary tank now holding 7.5 gallons. 1972 Bronco production totaled 18,300.

When the Bronco was introduced in the mid-sixties, its main competition was the Scout 800 and the Jeep CJ-5, both spartan vehicles to say the least. By the early seventies, with the introduction of the Chevrolet Blazer and the Scout II, it became painfully obvious that the Bronco was beginning to fall behind the competition. In 1973, Ford finally answered the calls for modernization by introducing the C-4 automatic transmission option and optional power steering. The C-4 had ratios of 2.46:1 low, 1.46 second, and 1:1 third. The power steering box was a Saginaw unit with 5.3 turns lock-to-lock. The base engine was bumped from 170 to 200 cubic inches. The J-handle transfer case shifter was introduced shortly after the model year began and the low range transfer case ratio became 2.34:1. These changes helped push early Bronco sales to their second best year ever: 26,300.

By 1974, the 200 c.i.d. six cylinder and 4.11 axles were no longer available in California. A new emissions package was also introduced for California Broncos. Some subtle changes were made mid-year to the J-handle shifter mechanism in response to complaints of tough shifting. The transmission selector was lighted starting in '74. 21,400 Broncos rolled off the assembly line in 1974.

Unleaded fuel engines and catalytic converters were the new items added to the Bronco in 1975 in the face of increasingly strict emissions requirements. Some sources also say that the cam timing on '75 engines was retarded to help with emissions as well. Sport and Ranger models received the F-Series steering wheel for the year. GVWs and ride heights were revised. Among the new options was an 800 watt engine block heater for folks in cold climates. Bronco production shrunk to its lowest ever in 1975 with just 13,200 trucks produced.

The bicentennial year brought several key improvements to Ford's sport utility, most notably the addition of long overdue power assisted front disc brakes. The rear brakes were upgraded to 11 x 2.25" drums. The steering box ratio was shortened to 3.8 turns lock-to-lock. The dreaded Y steering linkage was also introduced in 1976 along with a front anti-sway bar. A Special Decor Group comprised of a flat black-finished grille, tape stripe, bright windshield molding, and side window frames and wheelcovers was introduced mid-year. 14,500 Broncos rolled off the line in 1976.

Everyone knew the early Bronco's days were numbered in the face of stiff competition from the Blazer and Chrysler Corporation's Ramcharger and Trail Duster trucks. The 1977 Bronco in many ways represented the best of the breed. There were very few changes from the previous year; the most important one for enthusiasts being the introduction of the heavy duty 9" rear end housing. The most obvious exterior change was the introduction of gas tank doors replacing the previous exterior mounted caps, in line with the introduction of doors on the F-Series and Econoline vans. The rear marker lights were mounted vertically to give clearance for the doors. Some previously standard items, such as a passenger's side seat and padded instrument panel, were made optional this year. Unique to the '77s is a 14.4 plastic gas tank and an 8 gallon auxiliary tank. In its final year of production, 30,700 Broncos rolled off the assembly line before the large Bronco took over in 1978.

I AM THE SECOND OWNER OF THIS VEHICLE AND HAVE PUT CONSIDERABLE WORK INTO IT THROUGH MODIFICATIONS AND MY PERSONEL CUSTOMIZING. I HAVE OWNED THIS SINCE 1974 AS A BONE STOCK RANGER XLT. IT HAS NEVER BEEN IN AN ACCIDENT BUT HAS HAD A FENDER REPLACED DUE TO A TREE (MY MISTAKE NOT THE VEHICLE'S!) WHICH IS WHY THE FRONT FENDERS HAVE BEEN MODIFIED ABOVE THE BUMPER SO THAT IT WOULDN'T HAPPEN AGAIN.

THIS HAS BEEN ON JUST ABOUT EVERY TRAIL IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST AND CAN DO IT IN STYLE! I USED IT TO RACE IN ALL THE PNW EVENTS TO INCLUDE SAND DRAGS, STREET AND TRAIL, COMP-MODIFIED AND STOCK. IN 100 YARD SAND DRAGS AGAINST 351'S AND THE LIKE, WE HADN'T BEEN BEAT! I WILL INCLUDE A SCATTER-BLANKET FOR THE TRANSMISSION, WITH THE SALE, FOR THE BUYER.

WE HAVE WON NUMEROUS CAR SHOWS AND TONS OF RACES AND PEGASUS CAN BRING SOMEONE THE THRILL, ALL OVER AGAIN. THE PONY NEEDS SOMEONE WHO WILL TREASURE IT AS MUCH AS I HAVE AND HAVE THE TIME TO BRING IT BACK TO PRESTINE CONDITION.

Item Condition:

Item is in used condition and therefore sold "as-is" "where-is" with no warranty.

Other Resources:

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Terms Of Sale:

Payment:

  • Paypal, Cashiers check or money order will be accepted. A $2,000.00 nonrefundable deposit is due within 48 hours. Full amount (Cashiers check or money order) is due upon pickup of the vehicle BUT no later than two weeks after purchasing whichever is sooner. I will work with the Buyer concerning storage prior to shipping if it will take longer than two weeks but only if the vehicle is completely paid for. Buyer is responsible to make their own shipping arrangements and to pay the shipping costs. The bronco is sold as is where is (Tacoma, Washington) with no warranty. If you have any questions or wish to look at this vehicle before you bid, e-mail me at intellifact@comcast.net or call 253-847-6981

Shipping:

  • Buyer is responsible to make their own shipping arrangements and to pay the shipping costs. Shipping can be arranged for milage and expenses

Other Terms:

  • Vehicle is considered to be used and "AS-IS" "WHERE-IS" unless otherwise stated.