Bronco Aftermarket for Ranger Tire Cover
$66.00 – $106.00
(Not a Ford Factory design, our custom design.)
The Bronco Ranger
1972 was the last full year for the T-handle transfer case shifter and the ‘302’ emblem disappeared from the front fenders of V8 Broncos. This was also the last year for the beloved half cab. The Ranger trim package was introduced at mid-year and consisted of new stripes, argent grille, color-keyed pile front, and rear carpet, deluxe wheel covers, wood-grained door trim panels, ‘Ranger’ tire cover, cloth-inserted bucket seats, and a fiberboard headliner. Gas tank size continued to shrink with the auxiliary tank now holding 7.5 gallons. 1972 Bronco production totaled 18,300.
There were four trim packages for the Bronco. There was the base Bronco, Bronco Explorer, Bronco Sport, and Bronco Ranger.
The early Bronco today enjoys a cult-like status among four-wheel drive and collector car enthusiasts alike. Its simple, sturdy construction, V8 power, and excellent maneuverability ensure good off-road performance and provide a platform on which many modifications can easily be made. The popularity of the classic 1966-1977 Ford Bronco will no doubt continue to soar in the years to come.
One of the major factors when buying an Early Bronco is deciding what you are going to do with it. If you want a project to restore to its original condition, then any year would be a good choice. If you are planning on making it into a sturdy off-road vehicle, then there are several other factors to consider. Ford phased in the Dana 44 from axle in the middle of the 1971 model year. The Dana 44 is considerably stronger than the Dana 30 that used to come standard. Other options that make off-roading easier are power steering (1973) and disc brakes (1976). There were two different styles of Dana 20 transfer cases available in the Bronco, identified by their shifter patter. From 1966 to 1972, the Bronco came with the t-shifter style transfer case which had a more robust shifting mechanism and lower low range (2.46:1). From 1973 – 1977, Ford used the j-shifter style transfer case with a 2.34:1 low range ratio.
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