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November 7, 2019

By: Jonathan

CARS

Jay Leno’s ’68 Bronco Wows SEMA

If this 1968 Ford Bronco could talk it would have a story or two to tell in its over 50 years of live, but none more interesting than its resurgence.

When talk show host and famed car collector Jay Leno was retiring from his Tonight Show gig fellow late night host Craig Ferguson gifted him this first-generation Bronco he was giving his pal Leno a broken-down and Bronco that he thought would be accepted as a gag gift. In a complete 180 Leno was delighted to receive this coveted model year Bronco, despite its condition, and would immediately begin planning its return to glory.

Unveiled at SEMA Tuesday the Bronco was not just returned to glory, but surpassed its original splendor. In an effort to keep the car visually traditional Leno went with “Tonight Blue” and touches of white, but I know your wonder is more what’s under the hood than on it. To give the truck some modern pickup it was given the Ford Performance 5.2-liter supercharged V8 engine, the same engine featured in the GT500. However, unlike the GT500 there is no automatic transmission here, but rather a TR-4050 5-speed Silver Sport transmission by TREMEC.

Via Ford:

Powertrain

Ford Performance 5.2-liter supercharged V8 engine
TR-4050 5-speed Silver Sport transmission by TREMEC, with Quickdraw bellhousing and STX shifter assembly
Heavy-duty 4WD drivetrain
Advance Adapters Atlas II transfer case
Specialty components by Krawlers Edge, including custom airbox, exhaust fabrication, stainless-steel gas tank and coolant package
Radiator and supercharger cooler by Brice Thomas
Borla mufflers
Vibrant Performance exhaust components, hoses and fittings
Aeromotive fuel filter
II Much fuel vent
Engine oil cooler by Derale Performance
Stage 8 locking header bolts
Lifeline Batteries
Full Throttle Kustomz Performance tuning and diagnostics

Chassis

Kincer Chassis Adventure Series coil-over chassis
Wilwood disc brakes and master cylinders
Fox 2.0 factory race series coil-over shocks and steering stabilizer
John’s Industries third members with Eaton Detroit Truetrac differentials and gearing
Carolina Driveline driveshafts
Dutchman Motorsports axle shafts
Flaming River steering column
Tuff Stuff power steering pump
Warn locking hubs
Gaskets by Lube Locker
BrakeQuip brake lines
Axle seals by Seals-It
Painless Performance Products wiring harness
Wheels and tires

18 x 9-inch John R steel wheels by Detroit Steel Wheels
Rugged Trail T/A 275/65-18 tires by BFGoodrich

Exterior

Installation of new sheet metal, custom body modification and final assembly by LGE-CTS Motorsports
Custom “Tonight Blue” Envirobase paint supplied by PPG Industries, applied by LGE-CTS Motorsports
Dennis Carpenter Ford Restoration Parts body panels, trim and accessories
AMP Research side step
STRATASYS 3-D printed grille insert molded into Dennis Carpenter sheet metal grille by LGE-CTS Motorsports
Kaseser Air Compressors

Interior

Sony audio with Scosche enhancements
Eagle Ottawa genuine leather with custom perforation installed by Rogelio’s Upholstery
Dakota Digital gauges

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