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Given his past on ranches and in the military, it isn’t surprising that Nic Ashby would choose a first gen 1973 Ford Bronco as a Rockstar Performance Garage project

Given his past on ranches and in the military, it isn’t surprising that Nic Ashby would choose a first gen 1973 Ford Bronco as a Rockstar Performance Garage project build for SEMA 2014

The first generation Ford Bronco was introduced for the 1966 model year as a direct competitor to the popular Jeep CJ5 as well as the early International Harvester Scout. As such, the original concept for Ford’s first compact SUV took a rugged no frills approach to styling and mechanical design. While the first generation Ford Bronco, sold from 1966 to 1977, used axles and brakes from the four-wheel-drive F100, it was an all original vehicle which had a frame, suspension, and body not shared with any other vehicle in the Ford Motor Company lineup. The early Ford Bronco’s short wheel base, solid axles, and optional V8 powertrain have made it very popular with the hardcore off-road community. Perhaps, second only to the Jeep CJ and later Wrangler models.

The Rockstar Performance Garage 1973 Ford Bronco relies on the superior airflow & superior performance of a K&N high-flow intake system

The Rockstar Performance Garage 1973 Ford Bronco relies on the superior airflow & superior performance of a K&N high-flow intake system to feed its Ford Racing Z363 cu-in stroker engine

Nic Ashby launched LDRSHIP designs in 2009 and by 2012 ROCKSTAR Energy Drinks and LDRSHIP designs implemented and built the first active lifestyle owned Performance Garage. Rockstar Performance Garage launched late in 2012 and combined the first true bridge between the Automotive and lifestyle markets. Nic Ashby brings a unique perspective to the automotive aftermarket. Nic grew up on horse ranches in Utah before joining the military following the tragedies of September 11th, 2001. He spent a year serving in the Iraqi desert as an ordinance specialist. When asked what an ordinance specialist does, Nic put it very simply “We found explosives, and used bigger explosives to blow them up.” Given his past, it isn’t surprising that Nic Ashby would choose a first gen Ford Bronco as a Rockstar Performance Garage project. The Ford Bronco offers the kind of utility and maneuverability that would be at home on a horse ranch in Utah, or even the Iraqi desert.

Gone is the stock Ford Bronco suspension and in its place Rockstar Performance Garage installed Rockkrawler Coilovers with 3-link front & dual triangulated 4-link rear suspension

Gone is the stock Ford Bronco suspension and in its place Rockstar Performance Garage installed Rockkrawler Coilovers with 3-link front & dual triangulated 4-link rear suspension

At the heart of this thoroughly modernized classic is a Ford performance racing parts Z363 cubic inch stroker engine. Ford Racing rates this 302 Windsor based small block Ford engine at 500 HP and 450 lb-ft of torque. Transplanting this high-horsepower stroker engine in the Rockstar Performance Garage Bronco was simple because it is based on the classic 302 small block Ford that was optional equipment in 1973. Nothing like original is the FAST Fuel Injection system sitting atop the BOSS 302 cast iron block and taking care of the Bronco’s fuel injection needs. For a build this epic, no run of the mill air cleaner would suffice. Nic chose to adapt a K&N carbon fiber air intake system and high-flow air filter originally designed for the Corvette ZR1 onto the Bronco. The Rockstar Performance Garage 1973 Ford Bronco exhales through dual Magnaflow Exhaust wrapped in Heatshield Products Lava Exhaust and Header Wrap which dumps just in front of the rear axle for maximum ground clearance at the rear of the Bronco.

ATX 20” Slab beadlock wheels wrapped in Mickey Thompson 38x15.5R20 Baja MTZ mud terrain tires provide traction, while Wilwood brakes provide friction for the 1973 Ford Bronco

ATX 20” Slab beadlock wheels wrapped in Mickey Thompson 38x15.5R20 Baja MTZ mud terrain tires provide traction, while Wilwood brakes provide friction for the 1973 Ford Bronco

Of course all of this performance means nothing on the trail without the proper equipment getting that power to the ground. Power leaves the engine through an automatic transmission mated to an Advanced Adaptors Atlas II transfer case. Custom drive shafts from Inland Empire Drivelines reach out the 9” third members in front and back. Inside Detroit Lockers with 5:12 ring and pinion gears turn the Nitro Gear Axle Shafts. ATX 20” Slab beadlock wheels wrapped in Mickey Thompson 38x15.5R20 Baja MTZ mud terrain tires provide traction, while Wilwood brakes provide friction. Gone is the stock first gen Ford Bronco suspension. In its place are Rockkrawler Coilovers with 3-link front and dual triangulated 4-link rear suspension.

Since there’s no harm in adding a little modern comfort and convenience to the interior, Rockstar Performance Garage installed a Kicker Audio Bluetooth deck and speakers, Dakota Digital gauges, and even air conditioning via a Vintage Air A/C and Heating unit. Numerous other accessories, such as Bulldog LED lighting and a Warn 9.5xp-s winch only help further the Rockstar Performance Garage 1973 Ford Bronco’s trail readiness. Nic Ashby brought the Rockstar Performance Garage Ford Bronco, along with several other award winning builds, to the 2014 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show and it was featured in the Heatshield Products booth. K&N is excited to see what Nic Ashby and the Rockstar Performance Garage crew brings to the upcoming 2015 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

A more complete build list for the Rockstar Performance Garage 1973 Ford Bronco can be found below:

Paint/Body

Numerous accessories, such as Bulldog LED lighting and a Warn 9.5xp-s winch help further the Rockstar Performance Garage 1973 Ford Bronco’s trail readiness

Numerous accessories, such as Bulldog LED lighting and a Warn 9.5xp-s winch help further the Rockstar Performance Garage 1973 Ford Bronco’s trail readiness

Front and Rear Bumpers , Custom built Genright Offroad bumper w/winch tray
Rock Rails and Flares, Custom built by Rockstar Performance Garage
Custom Grille built by Rockstar Performance Garage
Wild Horses 4x4 Hood, Front Fenders, Rear Fenders, Dash, Floor, Inner Fenders, Windshield Frame, Firewall, Taillights, Radiator core support and Roll Cage
Daystar Body Mounts
BulletLiner Exterior white liner and Interior black liner
Tire Carrier built by Rockstar Performance Garage
Wild horses 4x4 Sherman fuel tank
James Duff Doors
Wild Horses 4x4 Hood Pins
Heatshield Lava shield under hood

Performance

363 Stroker Ford Racing Crate Engine provided by Lucas Oil
K&N Carbon Fiber Intake
Spectre Intake plenum
Heatshield Sticky shield at firewall and underbelly
Heatshield lava wrap for Headers, exhaust
Heatshield Hot Rod sleeve for hoses and electrical
FAST Fuel Injection, with on board computer, Ignition, distributor and on board display
Magnaflow Exhaust
Advanced Adaptors Atlas II Transfer Case
Aeromotive fuel pumps, fittings and lines
Compushift Transmission Control
Lucas Oil Engine Oil, Transmission Oil, Gear Oil and super Coolant
CVF Racing Billet Pulleys

Steering and Suspension

Much of the Rockstar Performance Garage 1973 Ford Bronco’s body parts are custom built or aftermarket pieces finished in Bullet Liner protective coatings

Much of the Rockstar Performance Garage 1973 Ford Bronco’s body parts are custom built or aftermarket pieces finished in Bullet Liner protective coatings

Nitro Gear Axle Shafts, 9” Third members with 5:12 Gears
Eaton Detroit Lockers
Rockkrawler Coilovers with 3 link front and dual triangulated 4 link rear
Genright suspension mounts
Rockkrawler suspension mounts
Wild horses 4x4 heavy duty steering pump & steering box, steering column and linkage
Inland Empire Drivelines custom length
Mastercraft limiting straps

Wheels/Tires/Brakes

ATX 20” Slab, Beadlocks
Mickey Thompson 38x15.50R20 Baja MTZ mud terrain tires
Wilwood 6 piston front brakes and 4 piston rear brakes

Electrical/Lighting

Bulldog Led Lighting 50” bar, back up lights and rock lighting
S-Pod 12 switch electrical control system
EJ Wiring custom main harness and fuse system
Oracle Lighting, LED trail Mirrors
Powermaster Alternator and Starter
Odyssey Battery PC1500 with Billet Holddown

Interior

Wild Horses 4x4 Tuffy box and Center console
Mastercraft Seats, harnesses and seat brackets
Kicker Audio Bluetooth deck and speakers
Vintage air A/C and heating
Dakota Digital Gauges
Wild Horses 4x4 steering wheel
Mastercraft handles

Accessories

SPIDERWEBSHADE Door covers and Shade top
Billet Badges custom badging for Bronco
Clamp Aid hose clamp tail covers
Warn 9k winch with synthetic line
Factor55 Flatlink and Fairlead

 
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