With the deadline of SEMA looming, the build team is starting to feel that all too familiar SEMA crunch as the kick it into high gear to get this build buttoned up and hit the road for Vegas. After weeks of design, development, fabrication, paint and more, parts have gone one and off this build in preparation for final install. On the docket this week, wiring up lights, winches and other accessories, bolting on winch bumpers, finish closing out the cab, installed the rack and add all the accessories to transform this Bronco into the fire/rescue themed Bronco 2Dr truck it was destined to be.
The team at Crawltek Revolution (sister company of BDS) came in to design a set of one-off prototype winch bumpers for front and back. These bumpers maximize approach and departure angles, add strength, add recovery points and just flat out look amazing on this build. Mounted behind them are a pair of Warn VR Evo 10-S winches for recovery duties from either end of the vehicle. For lighting this Bronco is getting an assortment from the lighting pros at Rigid with 360-series red backlit lights on windshield, SR-M series on the rear and rack, and A-series underneath.
To go along with the custom half-top, the build team showed off their skills fabbing up a lower bulkhead to enclose the cab, built a rear bed enclosure, added a custom tonneau cover for dry storage and (to me) the coolest feature, built a custom drop tailgate to allow access to the CargoGlide rear slide out tray to hold all the gear needed. Up top, a Yakima Load Warrior basket was mounted to the tonneau cover for allowing room for more gear and like the fire extinguisher, ARB jack, chainsaw, axe, shovel and more. Around the outside of the rack are more Rigid lights and LED emergency flashers. These flashers can be found all around the vehicle as part of the emergency package that adds a siren and PA system to alert others to move out of the way of this Bronco. All switches are run through the 6 factory upfitter switches for a clean appearance inside the cab. Also inside, the stock seats are getting upgraded with Katzkin 2-tone leather with embroidered headrests. A Garmin Overlander offroad GPS adds to the factory nav screen to help navigate to and from each mission. Under the hood the stock 2.3L gets a more throttle response from a Hypertech module along with some meatier notes compliments of the Ford Performance cat-back exhaust system.
Stay tuned as the team buttons up this custom Bronco just in time for SEMA. The reveal goes live at 10am EST Tuesday of SEMA so be on the lookout for that! Thanks again to all our build partners in Ford, FOX, Crawltek, Ford Performance, Nitto, Method, RCV, Warn, Rigid, ARB, Katzkin, Yakima, CargoGlide and more.