Crazy Horse

The Story

The base truck is a ’66 half-cab Bronco that was rotting away in a guy’s garage. This thing had been “ridden hard and hung up wet” and was pretty rough all over; however, I knew it was perfect for what I had in mind. I actually wanted a truck this rough so I could use it to illustrate how to handle rusty sheet metal and how to reconstruct a body from basically a pile of junk. I also wanted to show how to deal with some of the messes you’ll find when you are working on something that has been hacked on over the years by everybody and their dog. So, a deal was struck, some money changed hands (very little money) and project Crazy Horse was born.

Now, I mentioned the Bronco history, and a lot of people don’t realize that the Bronco holds a special place in the record books that other similar vehicles don’t. In the early ’70’s, legendary driver Parnelli Jones teamed up with Bill Stroppe. They took a Bronco, modified it, painted it like a big Olympia beer can, and went Baja racing. The truck was called “Big Oly” and it absolutely dominated Baja racing for the next 4 or 5 years, winning everything from the Baja 500 and 1000 to the Mint 400. Big Oly became so famous that it was voted one of the most well-known racing vehicles of the time. It and Parnelli even made an appearance in the original “Gone in Sixty Seconds” movie in 1973. Being a fan and student of Parnelli and his “tough as nails” driving style, it’s only fitting to pay tribute to Parnelli and Big Oly and recognize the pedigree of the Ford Bronco. Crazy Horse does this, but that’s not all.

The main purpose of the Crazy Horse project is to show how to take a clapped out piece of junk and bring it back to life so it not only looks good, but it will also be something that will handle anything you want to throw at it off-road. Mud, rocks, jumps and hills – whatever – it can handle it. The best part is, when you are all done beating the snot out of it, you drive it home because it is street legal and safe on the road. Now, that’s what I call a multi-purpose vehicle!!

  • Accel
  • Advance Adapters
  • Auto Krafters
  • B&M Racing Products
  • Currie Enterprises
  • Dick Cepek Tires & Wheels
  • Holley
  • House of Kolor
  • James Duff Enterprises
  • Jeff's Bronco Graveyard
  • Line-X
  • Lokar Performance Products
  • Lunati Cams Inc
  • March Performance
  • Mickey Thompson Tires
  • Mile Marker Inc
  • Mooneyes USA
  • Mr. Gasket
  • Optima Batteries
  • Spal
  • Tom's Bronco Parts
  • Tuff Stuff Performance
  • Weiand
  • Wild Horses 4x4

Engine

Holley

Vintage Holley Headers, Avenger Carburetor, Truck Avenger Push Rods, Lifters, Cam, Roller Rockers

Wild Horses 4×4

Oil Pan, Windage Tray, Main Stud Support Plate, Throwout Bearing, Dual Battery Kit

Advance Adapters

Transfer Case: Atlas II – 3.8 Ratio

Lunati Cams

Intake, Water Pump

Weiand

Stealth Distributor, Coil

Accel

9000 Valve Covers

James Duff Enterprises

Radiator

Optima

Battery

Tuff Stuff Performance

Chrome Starter, Hi-Output Alternator, P/S Pump

March Performance

Polished Pulleys & Brackets

Auto Krafters

Centec Wiring Harness, Ignition Switch & Dash Knobs

Mr. Gasket

Battery Boxes

Spal

Electric Fan

Body

Mile Marker Inc

12,000lb Electric Winch

Dick Cepek

Lights

Mooneyes

Gas Cap: Polished Aluminum “Flip” Cap

Auto Krafters Inc

Vintage Air Unit for Early Bronco, Lights, Trim & Emblems, Hardware & Body Bolts, Shelby Bullet Side Mirrors, Original Metal 1/2 Cab

Wild Horses 4-wheel Drive

Floor Pans, Hi-Country Fiberglass Hood w/ Hinges, Pins & Brackets

Jeff’s Bronco Graveyard

Rockers, Striker Panels, Doors, Tailgate, Graille, Inner Fenders, Core Support, Headlight Trim, Half-Cab Bulkhead

James Duff Enterprises

Body Lift, Bumpers & Motor Mounts

Tom’s Bronco Parts

Windshield Wiper Kit, Windshield & Door Glass, Weatherstripping

Line-X

Undercoating

House of Kolor

Designer Pearls: Passion Pearl & Snow White Pearl

Interior

B&M Racing Products

Quick Shifter for Jeep Wrangler w/ NV3550 5spd Tranny

Tom’s Bronco Parts

Carpet, Door Panels, Door Handles

Auto Krafters

Dash Pad, Strikers

Wild Horses 4×4

Chrome Tilt Column, Lecarra Steering Wheel, Digital Gauges w/ sending units & harness

Lokar

Emergency Brake Handle & Shifter Boots

Chassis

James Duff Enterprises

Front: 3 1/2″ Long Travel Suspension w/ Extended Radius Arms & Dual Shocks

Rear: Duff Leaf Springs, Dual Shock Brackets & Shocks

Tranny/Drivetrain

Currie Enterprises

Rear Axles: Custom Hi-Pinion 9″ Ford w/ 35 Spline Axles, Detroit Locker, Explorer Disc Brake Kit, 4.56 Gears

Front Axles: Custom Dana 44 w/ True-Trac Limited Slip Posi, 4.56 Gears

Tires/Wheels/Brakes

James Duff Enterprises

Front Disc Brake Kit, Steering Knuckles & Box, Drag Link, Tie Rod & Ends, Brake Booster & Bracket

Mickey Thompson Tires

Challengers 15×10

Original Manufacturer Specifications

  • The original was an ORV (Off-Road) vehicle, intended to compete primarily with Jeep CJ Models & the International Harvester Scout.
  • Wheelbase: 92″ (2,337mm)
  • Engine Options:
    • 170 cu in (2.8L) Straight 6
    • 200 cu in (3.3L) Straight 6
    • 289 cu in (4.7L) Windsor V8
    • 302 cu in (4.9L) Windsor V8
  • Length: 151.5″ (2,848mm)
  • Width: 68.5″ (1,740mm)
  • Height: 71.6″ (1,819mm)
  • Base Price: $2,194
  • First Year Production: 23,776 Units

The Guitar

Les Paul

Gibson Guitar

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