FAQs: All Things Bronco
What Transmissions Came in the Early Bronco?
Three-Speed Manual Transmission
When the Bronco was introduced in 1966, it was equipped with a standard “three-on-the-tree” manual transmission. This was a three-speed column-shifted unit, meaning the gear shifter was located on the steering column. This type of transmission was quite common in vehicles of that era.
C4 Automatic Transmission
In 1973, Ford introduced the option for a C4 automatic transmission in the Bronco, a three-speed unit well-regarded for its durability and simplicity. This was a significant shift, marking the Bronco’s transition to automatic transmissions and serving a wider range of drivers.
Four-Speed Manual Transmission
Also in 1973, Ford made available a four-speed manual transmission, offering an extra gear for better power distribution and fuel efficiency. This transmission became an option for those who preferred the control of a manual gearbox but wanted an additional gear for versatility.
How Many Ford Broncos Were Made in 1966?
As the first year of production, a total of approximately 23,776 Broncos were made in 1966, marking the beginning of an automotive legend. The first generation Bronco was released in three versions or “body styles”. The first Bronco catalog included the Roadster, the Sport Utility, and The Wagon. These were Ford’s answers to compete with other brands of trucks like the Jeep CJ and the International Harvester Scout.
What Motors Were in an Old Bronco?
The first-generation Broncos were typically equipped with either a 2.8L straight six-cylinder engine or a Small Block Ford V8 engine (289 or 302).
However, at Krawlers Edge, we offer upgrades to more power and more modern 5.0 Coyote engines or the 2.8 Cummins Turbo Diesel engines. We also support 2.3 Ecoboost engine swaps, which are a great balance of power, economy, and cost.