Are you replacing a Bronco frame or restoring a Bronco? You might have a few questions about Bronco frames. A solid frame is key to having a solid Bronco. But trying to find a new frame for your Bronco can be a bit challenging. Due to generation changes that didn't quite match up with the F-150, and somewhat confusing name choices, making sure you're getting the right frame for your classic is harder than you might think.
We'll help you nail the project. We gathered together a few of the most frequently asked questions Bronco owners and restorers have about old Bronco frames.
The 1979 Bronco is the last model year of the second generation. The 1980 Bronco is the first model year of the third generation. Ford made some changes to the Bronco for the third generation, but the second and third generations were very similar in size. So a lot of Bronco fans wonder if Ford changed the frame for the 1980 Bronco. Are the 1979 and 1980 Bronco frames the same width?
The answer to this question is: no. The 1979 and 1980 Bronco frames are not the same widths. (See a picture and get to know the anatomy of a Bronco frame in this TDK blog post.)
Ford updated the frame for two reasons:
No. Ford produced the Bronco between 1966 and 1977. The Bronco II didn’t come out until 7 years later, in 1984. Both Broncos are very similar in size, but the frames are completely different. For starters:
Here are a few notable differences between the two frames:
Both types of frames have too many small differences for them to be interchangeable. That means you can't install a Bronco II frame on a Bronco, or vice versa.
This is actually a trick question. It’s hard to tell, but the Bronco II is bigger. The Bronco II is similar in height and width to the first-generation Bronco, but it’s about 10 inches longer.
While Ford was producing the Bronco II, they were also manufacturing the third and fourth generations. Ford based these generations on the F-150 chassis. Ford called them full-size Broncos. They were much larger than the Bronco II.
Each Bronco generation has its own frame design. So the frame isn’t interchangeable between Bronco generations. If you have a Bronco with a frame that needs replacing or if you’re building a Bronco, you have two options:
The second option (having a custom frame built) is the safer one. Taking a used frame off another Bronco comes with its own risks. For example:
When you need a custom-built frame, it's important to order one from a reputable company. A poorly built frame will mess up the rest of the Bronco and jeopardize your safety on the road.
A lot of Bronco owners trust Throttle Down Kustoms to build their frames the right way. Here's why: