The ad for today's Nice Price or Crack Pipe Bronco claims it was once used for geology work. It's also got a 3 on the tree and a cool camper top, but you'll have to decide if its seller is nothing but a gold digger.
The quote ' the whole is greater than the sum of its parts' is attributed to Aristotle. Had that Greek philosopher seen yesterday's 1985 Jeep Scrambler - a prized edition of the stalwart American off-roader clan which also sported an equally lust-worthy Cummins 5.9 - he may have changed his opinion. At the very least he probably would have sided with the 86% of you who voted its price a Crack Pipe loss. I mean, philosophers are famously frugal.
The history of the Jeep is a fascinating one, and as many of you know there is a Ford connection. Henry's company was been part of the initial army commission for the GP contract, and ended up one of the companies to build the final design and help win WWII. Yay, America!
It would be more than two decades later when the Blue Oval Boys would offer their own competitor to the now civilian Jeep. That was the slightly more posh Bronco, which debuted in 1966. The first generation of that offroader enjoyed an amazing 11-year production run before moving to a modified version of the F-series pickup platform, and for forever an ignominious connection to fallen footballer, OJ Simpson.
There's no taint to this 1970 edition, and in fact had Simpson friend and confidant Kato Kaelin lived in this truck instead of in OJ's guest house, nobody today would even know his name.
That would have been possible owing to this Bronco's way-cool camper body that has been slid into the truck's aft section and which also provides a little shade for the cab. The cap looks to be in excellent - and era-appropriate - shape, offering shag carpet and Wonder Years-echoing orange plaid seating.
I have to say, I don't think I've ever seen a camper on a Bronco before. I'd like to note too that the camper's name is Bronco, which is either a happy co-ink-i-dink or it was purpose built for these trucks.
Aside from the crazy-cool camper - which I imagine you could slide out when not needed - this Bronco looks like an amazing time capsule from the '70s. You see a lot of Broncos that have been all dolled up, and so it's refreshing to see this one with a nose-mounted spare, plain jane wheels, and old school paint job.
That yellow coat is claimed in the ad to have been a respray as the truck's original beige - seen in inside and in the doorjambs - caused the truck to blend into the desert background when its owner would take it rock hunting.
Other notable features on this Bronco are the 302 - 2bbl engine, three on the tree manual transmission, and a funky cold patina that's about as authentic as you could want. On the downside, the driver's perch is cracked and torn and the truck is being sold as-is, where-is as owing to a lengthy stint in storage. That leads me to believe that things like brakes, fluids and whatnot may need to be addressed to ensure a safe ride.
The truck is in Delaware - chewing on its underwear - but the pictures are from its former home in California. The ad notes a clean title and a solid body. It also asks $21,500 for the truck and now I'd like your opinion on whether or not that's a deal.
What's your take on $21,500 for this cool old Bronco and its camper? Is that a price that should have a new owner rounding it up post haste? Or, do you say no bucking way?
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