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6th 1964 - Ford files a trademark application, assigned serial number 72197108, for the Goods and Services category of Motor Trucks. The application was approved and the mark was registered on April 20, 1965 β€” with a lifespan of 20 years. Offsite Article

1965 - Carroll Shelby receives one of the very first Broncos, a red w/ white top U14 Half Cab. He immediately removed the inline 6 and had one of his own high-perf 289 motors swapped in its place in addition to cutting the fenders to accommodate larger tires. Offsite Article

1966 - The Bronco is introduced. 1st Gen aka. EB (Early Bronco), offered in 3 configurations denoted by VIN codes (U13-roadster, U14-half cab, & U15-wagon) Pics Below A utilitarian vehicle available w/ dealer installed options such as: a vinyl soft-top, a compass, a handrail above the glove box, free-running hubs, PTO (Power Take-Off), & 2-Way-Radio. The Brochure uploaded by Bronco6G.com member @North7

Also in 1966 the Doug Nash designed drag racing Bronco Buster funny car makes it debut based off a 1966 U14 EB. The Bronco Buster was a 289 powered, 4 spd manual, turning in passes around 8.30 @ 180 mph Pic Below

1968 - Bronco roadster model (U13) production ends. Only 5,000 true U13 roadsters were produced over the 3 year run (66-68). Last year for the 289 ci V8.

Also in 1968, Larry Minor and Jack Bayer win the BAJA 1000 (Ensenada-La Paz route) in a 1st Gen Bronco w/ a time of 21:11:32

1969 - The 302 ci becomes the standard V8, replacing the 289 ci & remains there until the end in 1996. The front steering stabilizer becomes a standard feature. Electric 2 speed windshield wipers replace the prior vacuum operated units, although some early 69s still had vacuum wipers.

Also in 1969, Ford repeats! Rod Hall & Larry Minor, driving a Stroppe modified 1st Gen, win the BAJA 1000 (Ensenada-La Paz route) even beating motorcycle times w/ a time of 20:48:10! Pic Below

Finally in 1969, the BOSS Bronco Prototype, built by Ford 'Skunk Works' Kar-Kraft & Bill Stroppe. This was a performance inspired prototype that featured: a 69 GT 350 Shelby engine, a high performance C4 auto, and 4.11 LSDs in the front and rear. The truck has survived and was rediscovered on Flea Bay in 2016. Offsite Article & Pic Below


1970 - Parnelli Jones & Bill Stroppe win the BAJA 500 in a 1st Gen EB 'Pony'. Pony was an IFS, 2WD 1st Gen Bronco. Pic Below

1971 - Last year for the (U14) half cab model. Only 17,262 true U14 half cabs were produced over the 6 year run (66-71). In late 1971 Ford changed the front differential from a Dana 30 to the stronger Dana 44. First year for the Baja Bronco package built by legendary race builder Bill Stroppe. Pic Below

Ford is back on the BAJA 1000 winners podium. This year Parnelli Jones and Bill Stroppe win the BAJA 1000 (Ensenada-La Paz route) in the Stroppe built EB 'Big Oly' w/ a time of 14:59 Pic Below

1972 - The first year the Ranger trim package is offered. The last year for (U14) half cabs.

Also in 1972, Parnelli Jones, Bill Stroppe and Ford repeat winning the BAJA 1000 in the 1st Gen Bronco 'Big Oly' (Mexicali-La Paz route) w/ a time of 16:47 Pic Below

1973 - First model year to offer Power Steering and an Automatic Transmission (C4) as available options. The 170 ci I6 is replaced by the larger 200 ci I6 engine.

Also in 1973, Parnelli Jones & Ethan Hair win the BAJA 500 in the 'Big Oly' EB. 'Big Oly's' last race would be the following year. Pic Below

1974 - It's widely thought that the 2nd gen (78-79) was actually to be introduced this year but was held back due to the energy crisis. This would help explain the 2 yr 2nd gen run as well as the 11 yr 1st gen timeframes. The last year for the Baja Bronco Edition after about 650 units were produced.

The last year of racing for the 'Big Oly' Stroppe built 1st Gen Bronco.

1976 - Front disc brakes become standard on the 76 model and power brakes were offered as an option.

1977 - 1st Gen production ends after 11 years (66-77). 225,797 total Early Broncos were produced. (5,000 U13s, 17,262 U14s, & 203,535 U15s) The only EB to have gas doors v. gas caps.

1978 - Gen. II is introduced (78-79). First year of the FSB (Full Size Bronco) Based off a shortened 6th generation F100 chassis v. it's own independent chassis like the 1st Gen. Last year for round headlights on a Bronco, although some higher end models had square headlights w/ a mid-year production change. The 78' model holds the distinction of being the 2nd most sold year model, only behind the 79', out of all production years (66-96) w/ 77,917 units. Pic Below

1979 - Only a year later Gen. II production ends w/ 181,955 Gen. II Broncos having been built through it's two year life-cycle; this makes it the best selling generation by yearly avg. sales. The 1979 model also reigns as the most sold year model of all years (66-96) w/ 104,038 79' models sold. Last year for a solid front axle (SFA) under a Bronco. And last year for the option of having a 400M ci V8. First year emissions controls are added to a Bronco and first year for square headlights being standard (78 had both round & square) which will remain until production ends in 1996; the 6G however will herald a return to circular headlights.

1980 - Gen. III (80-86) is introduced. First year of the IFS, I beam front end. Pic Below

1981 - The Bronco Montana Lobo concept debuts at the Chicago Auto Show. Offsite Article & Pic Below

1982 - The 'F O R D' letters are removed from the grill and replaced w/ the standard Ford blue oval and will remain this way until 5G production ends. Last year for the 9" rear axle in a Bronco.

1983 - First year for the 8.8" rear axle which will remain the rear end until production ceases in 1996.

1984 - The Bronco II (84-90) is released, based off the Ford Ranger chassis. Pic Below

1985 - First year for Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI) although a carburetor could still be had on engines other than the 302 ci.

1986 - Gen. III (80-86) ends production w/ 322,429 Gen. III Broncos built by Ford.

1987 - Gen. IV (87-91) is introduced. The Centurion 4-Door is offered as dealer sold aftermarket conversion through Ford although not based on a Bronco chassis but rather a F Series pickup w/ a Bronco tailgate and hardtop. While the exact number is unknown it is estimated between 3,000 and 5,000 Centurion conversions were made. Pic Below

1988 - All Broncos now come w/ standard Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI) on all engines. The Ford Bronco DM-1 concept is displayed at the Chicago Auto Show, the small, fiberglass, egg-shaped concept vehicle was based on an Escort chassis (Yikes!). Pic Below

1989 - The 1989 4th Gen model rounds out the top 3 most sold year models w/ 69,470 units putting it in 3rd place behind 79' & 78' respectively.

1990 - Ford puts the Bronco II out to pasture (84-90). Over it's 7 years of production 627,304 Bronco IIs were produced. It is speculated that the Bronco II's replacement was the Ranger based Explorer. Out of 627,394 Bronco IIs produced 530,515 were 4WD models and 96,879 were 2WD models. Was 2wd always an option? My source for #s didn't show any for 85....might add a note to 1986 - 2wd now an option for Bronco II or something.

1991 - Gen. IV (87-91) like Gen. III (80-86) ends w/ the F150 redesign after 235,451 Gen. IV Broncos were produced.

1992 - Gen. V (92-96) begins production. Pic Below

1993 - Last year for the tried and true I6, 300 CI motor. 4-Wheel anti-lock brakes become standard equipment.

1994 - 1st year for Driver Airbag. 302 models are converted to Mass Air Flow (MAF). "The Chase" O.J. Simpson leads police on a slow-speed chase around Los Angeles in a now infamous 5th Gen white Bronco.

1995 - 351 models now converted to Mass Air Flow (MAF) as well.

1996 - Gen. V (92-96) production ends after 162,703 5th Gen. Broncos were produced. Bronco nameplate retired? It is speculated that like the Bronco II was replaced by the Ranger based Explorer the FSB was replaced by the F150 based Expedition.

1997 - W/ the F150 redesign we meet the Expedition, the 4 door replacement for the Bronco . .. Bleagh :mad:

1999 - A little known concept Bronco known as the U260 was created. It rode on the T6 Ranger Platform. Rumor has it that it was created by designers w/o management approval and was eventually scrapped for various reasons. Bronco6G member @Lorenzo 's Thread & Offsite Article

2004 - THE Concept, yeah, you know which one. The silver one at the North American Auto Show. The only Bronco to have a factory diesel (2.0L intercooled turbo diesel), unless you count a F350 based Centurion conversion or 2 door Excursion conversion. Pic Below

Apr 1st 2014 - 4wheeler creates the best (or worst?) ever April Fools joke stating a 2016 SVT Bronco was coming Pic Below & Offsite Article

2015 Broco6g.com goes online (will work on getting exact day from 'Doug')

Feb ## 2015 - Ford renewed the Bronco trademark. This one gets a little tricky and I need to sit down w/ it, there's two trademarks - Bronco for name, goods, etc, and Bronco for vehicles. Maybe even adjust the 1964 entry as well.

Oct 6th 2015 - Ford trolls (appropriately) Bronco lovers when Ford Trucks Communications Manager Mike Levine tweets some pics of the Brazilian Ford Troller SUV

Nov 9th 2015 - Ford agrees w/ terms to the UAW that they will build a small truck and SUV in Michigan (Ranger & Bronco?) after moving C-MAX production. Offsite Article

Feb 23rd 2016 - The Bronco6g 2-door rendering hits the scene, no removable top uh-oh! The Thread

Feb 15th 2016 - Ford announces 4 new SUVs by 2020. When asked about the Bronco, Mark LaNeve, VP of U.S. marketing, sales and service, says w/ a smile, "It's a great nameplate." Offsite Article

Mar 23rd 2016 - While Bronco6G.com is still in it's infancy w/ roughly 100 members or so the Administrator is called 'Doug' for the first time by @JAGSarge (because everyone need's a name & not just a title)

Apr 1st 2016 - April Fool's Day has become painful for Bronco enthusiasts. Four Wheeler strikes again w/ alleged Bronco Spy Shots. Pic Below This time it's a cardboard clad Jeep w/ electrical tape alleged camo Offsite Article

Oct 3rd 2016 - Somewhat of a confirmation. Bill Johnson, chairman of the UAW 900 states that the Bronco and Ranger will be coming to Michigan in response to other models' production being moved to Mexico. Still no official word from FoMoCo.

Jan 9th 2017 - !!! CONFIRMATION !!! 09 JANAUARY 2017 !!! AT THE 2017 DETROIT AUTO SHOW, FORD FINALLY OFFICIALLY CONFIRMS THAT THE BRONCO WILL RETURN IN 2020 BASED OFF THE RANGER WHICH WILL PRECEDE IT IN 2019 !!! CONFIRMATION !!! IT WILL BE BUILT AT THE MICHIGAN ASSEMBLY PLANT AS PREVIOUSLY SPECULATED !!! CONFIRMATION !!! 09 JANUARY 2017 !!!

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11th 2017 - Raj Nair, Ford Chief Technical Officer and Executive Vice President of Product Development, speaks at the 2017 North America International Auto Show & assures the 6G will not simply be a rebadged Ford Everest. The Thread

Jan 12th 2017 - 'Doug' posts some insider information re: what we now know to be the modular hardtop and it's removable panels The Thread

Jul 11th 2017 - 'Doug' releases a new rendering. This time of a 4-door model. Although not removable the renderings also include some different looks at roof options such as multiple removable panels.

The 2004 concept returns; it's announced that it will be appearing in an upcoming movie w/ Dwanye "The Rock" Johnson titled "Rampage". The Thread


Aug 21st 2017 - 'Doug' posts up pics of a possible test mule. Although it had an Everest body on it; it was speculated to be testing the 6G chassis The Thread

Apr 12th 2018 - -Road and Track releases their own 6G Bronco 2-door rendering Offsite Article

Sep 7th 2019 - Bronco6g.com site member @Bronco II posts a thread regarding a Ford patent application for a removable roof rack The Thread & Offsite Article

Nov 22nd 2019 - The Bronco returns to the BAJA 1000 (22-24 Nov 2019)! The Bronco R, based off the 6G Bronco, starts the race marking the 50th anniversary of Rod Hall's BAJA 1000 win in a 69 EB. Offsite Article

Dec 5th 2019 - 'Doug' posts a thread that relates to patents that Ford filed showing a fully removable roof & cage The Thread & Offsite Article

Jan 9th 2020 - Car and Driver releases their own rendering and features the 6G as the cover story Offsite Article

Jan 31st 2020 - Remember The Thread 'Doug' posted on 05 Dec 2019? A similar thread is posted by 'Doug' that also talks about the removable roof and repackable airbags The Thread & Offsite Article

Feb 7th 2020 - Heavily clad in camouflage the 2-door 2021 prototype is spied playing in the snow. The Thread

Feb 9th 2020 - The first chair thrown on Bronco6g.com is tossed by Moderator @Nickp in response to the often discussed SFA v. IFS debate The Post

Feb 28th 2020 - A 4-door camo'd 6G test mule is spotted on the streets and we get pics of it next to a 2-door Wrangler courtesy of 'Doug' The Thread

Mar 5th 2020 - The first leaked pics of a Shadow Black, topless 2-door are leaked and later removed by request of a certain car manufacturer whom we all know and love. The Thread A few days later the very same thread ignites the Pineapple Pizza legend.

Mar 8th 2020 - @Paint changes the Bronco6G.com landscape forever by blessing us w/ the leak enabling powers of pineapple pizza πŸπŸ• The Post Heard Around the World

Mar 18th 2020 - The original reveal, postponed due to COVID-19; it's eventually pushed to 13 July 2020

May 21st 2020 - 'Doug' posts some pics of a 4-door test mule w/o heavy camo The Thread

Also today, site member @Corsair posts a pic of a covered Bronco that was used as a backdrop during President Trump's visit to the Michigan Assembly Plant The Thread


May 27th 2020 - 'Doug' posts some pics of a 2-door test mule w/o heavy camo The Thread

Jun 15th 2020 - A heavily camo'd 2-door mule is spotted in Breckenridge, CO along w/ a camo'd F150 & longtime site member @FL Trucker posts the pics and article The Thread & Offsite Article

Jul 3rd 2020 - Site member @aabsalon gives us a pic of a 4-door in Dearborn, MI; unfortunately it's under a tarp The Thread

Jul 9th 2020 - Reservations are originally scheduled to open today, however, due to an oversight - Ford learns that the 9th of July is also OJ Simpson's birthday. To presumably avoid bad publicity the reservation / reveal is moved to July 13th, 2020.

Jul 10th 2020 - 'Doug' releases a pic of a Cyber Orange 2-door w/ the top and doors removed playing in the sand. The Thread

Jul 11th 2020 - @Nickp & @FirstOnRaceDay become Bronco6G.com's first Moderators The Post

Jul 13th 2020 - Reservations open for the 2021 Bronco on Ford.com following an online reveal and several commercials on network TV. A fully-refundable $100 deposit reserves your chance to build a 2021 Bronco. More than 13,000,000 people tune in to either the commercials and/or the online reveal.

WIthin hours of the reveal #FordBronco dominated online as the top conversation on Twitter (U.S) & as the top Google search. More than 5.4 million people visited Ford.com in the first 48 hours following the reveal and as of 13 Aug 2020 this has grown to more than 19.5 million total visitors! The Thread


Jul 15th 2020 - 'Doug' drops a double 2-door sighting on us; an Oxford White Big Bend & a Shadow Black Black Diamond The Thread

Also today, longtime member @Simmy posts some pics of a 6'7" 360lb mountain of a man showing how he fits in a 4-door 6G. The Thread

We also get some pics & video of a Cyber Orange, Squatch'd Base model at a marina from 'Doug' The Thread

Finally today, 'Doug' posts some pics of our first real world look at a soft top on a 4-door The Thread


Jul 21st 2020 - Broncos are out on static display outside of the Michigan Assembly Plant, videos and pics are uploaded to the site The Thread

Jul 22nd 2020 - Some great pics of a pair Squatch'd 6Gs playing (errr I mean testing) in the CO mountains are posted by 6G.com member @codydb19 The Thread

Jul 26th 2020 - Site member @PwrStrkr spots a black, non-Squatch'd OBX and posts the pics The Thread

Jul 27th 2020 - The test Broncos have a quick stop at an off-road store in Colorado & are photo'd next to a couple of modified Heeps, pics are uploaded to the site by 'Doug' The Thread

Busy day, body pics (sans drivetrain & chassis) are leaked from the Ford Manufacturing & Assembly Plant showing both a 2-door and 4-door in Oxford White The Thread

Jul 30th 2020 - During a quarterly sales call Ford announces approximately 150,000 reservations have been placed in roughly two weeks; by week 3 that number will have hit 165,000. The Thread (Ford Employees on the 6G program start thinking of ways to spend their bonuses)

Jul 31st 2020 - Ford hosts a Twitter 6G Bronco Q&A session The Thread

Aug 1st 2020 - A sighting occurs at the Silver Lake Sand Dunes in Michigan. Bronco6G member @ShockerRacing uploads some video as well as a pic. The Thread

Aug 2nd 2020 - A Shadow Black 2-door 6G is spotted on the streets of San Diego by social media user @slownavyguy and uploaded to the site by Bronco6G.com member @BE_ The Thread

Aug 5th 2020 - 6G Broncos tackle the famed Rubicon trail continuing the extensive off-road testing Ford is conducting. The Thread Bronco6G.com is provided pics by member @Cencal Bronco

More surprises, we get a video from longtime member @Simmy demonstrating the Trail Turn Assist in a 2-door 6G The Thread

Aug 7th 2020 - @JAGSarge becomes Bronco6G.com's 3rd Moderator The Post

Aug 8th 2020 - Following tackling the Rubicon Trail the 3 6G test rigs now find themselves in Moab, Utah where 3 more test rigs will join them The Thread

Aug 10th 2020 - Bronco6G.com breaks the 10,000 member mark!

Aug 11th 2020 - On the 5th of Aug. we got to see the 2-door use the trail turn assist, now we get to see it used w/ the big boy, a Squatch'd 4-door! Video uploaded by 'Doug' The Thread

Aug 13th 2020 - In honor of the Bronco's 55th birthday Ford announces the first of four Bronco Off-Roadeo locations; the Austin, Texas area location opening in summer 2021 will offer an off-roading adventure playground. The Thread

Also today we meet the Outer Banks (OBX) Fishing Guide concept; a fully equipped red 4-door that illustrates how the 6G can be built out using the hundreds of Ford accessories. The Thread

But wait, there's more! Another accessory concept, the Shadow Black 2-door Badlands Trail Rig concept; like the OBX it's designed to showcase the many Ford accessories The Thread

Aug 17th 2020 - Ford executives ring the opening bell at the NYSE & have a static display outside of both a 2-door and 4-door 6G Bronco. Bronco6G.com member @Aman is on the scene and takes some great photos for the site The Thread

Aug 18th 2020 - Ford hosts an employee round-up that has static displays for both the Bronco Sport as well as the 2-door & 4-door Bronco The Thread

Aug 21st 2020 - Test Rig Spotting. Bronco6G member @www86aws posts some pics of a 4-door hard top his buddy spotted in Detroit The Thread

Aug 23rd 2020 - Bronco6G.com breaks the 11,000 member mark

Aug 25th 2020 - A Sasquatched Badlands is spotted in Uniontown, Pennsylvania along w/ a rooftop camo'd black 4 dr OBX. The Thread

While everyone patiently awaits the B&P tool some receive emails from Ford w/ a survey which reveals pricing on several options. It's later learned the emails were sent out to 10,000 randomly selected reservation holders.

Also today, the 2023 6G Bronco Raptor is confirmed from an unlikely source. The Thread & Offsite Article

Aug 26th 2020 - A public appearance is announced! The 6G Bronco will be unveiled to the public at the Bronco Super Celebration West in Buena Vista, Colorado Sep 9th-12th, 2020 The Thread .

Meanwhile a sighting of a Squatched Wildtrak test rig occurs in Toledo Beach Marina in Michigan. The Thread

Aug 27th 2020 - Looks like the rigs spotted on the 25th are still in Uniontown, PA. But, for the first time we've seen, one of the rigs is seen towing a trailer. 'Doug' posts up some pics for us on The Thread

In addition to the trailer pics, a second spotting by TFL spots a Squatch'd 2-door w/ a 13th Gen F150 Supercrew giving a great size comparison The Thread

Also on 'today in history' an article is posted by @Throwback that discusses how Ford may be willing to sell the Bronco R Baja 1000 Race Ready truck Offsite Article

Aug 31st 2020 - 'Doug' drops some renders on us of various colored Squatch'd 4-doors w/ different color tops and fenders. The Thread

As well as a thread w/some real world sighting pics of a Squatch'd 2-door and 4-door in Michigan The Thread

Sep 2nd 2020 - Bronco6G.com member @Oesh01 spots a heavily camouflaged 6G in Springfield, MO. This rig has rims reminiscent of a Raptor and what appears to be a unique stance. It has not just the normal vinyl-patterned camouflaging but also a heavy tarp-like covering all over it. What could it be? The Thread

A second spotting today shows additional testing being done at the Silver Lake Sand Dunes in Michigan, they were previously out there 01 Aug 2020. Bronco6G.com member @Gr8Hortoni & 'Doug' upload some great pics including the 6G playing w/ a 1G EB The Thread

Sep 5th 2020 - 'Doug' drops a little something on us for the Labor Day Weekend. We get some pics of a "Preproduction Frankenstein mish-mash Badlands" rolling off the assembly line at the Indiana Fort Wayne Assembly Plant The Thread

Sep 6th 2020 - Bronco6G.com hits 12,000 members.

Sep 8th 2020 - Site member @Broncie uploads some pics taken by 'Dennis C.' of some painted 2-door & 4-door bodies outside of a warehouse. Probably the first time we've seen the spectrum of colors on actual 6Gs. The Thread

Also today, site member @killaz05 uploads some pre-production interior pics taken by Sean Bean The Thread


Sep 9th 2020 - Remember the spotting on 2nd of Sep? The Thread 'Doug' posts up some pics of the long-rumored Bronco Raptor / Warthog Prototype testing in Michigan The Thread

Also on this day, the mother-lode of pic threads not taken w/ a potato; site member @irv0735 is at the Bronco Super Celebration West in snowy Buena Vista, Colorado and sending TONS of GREAT pics for 'Doug' to upload to the site The Thread

Ford files a trademark application for the name 'Warthog'; while it's unknown if this is intended for the 6G at this time Bronco6G members have long used this name for the Bronco Raptor.


Sep 10th 2020 - Site member @irv0735 continues his foray from 09 Sep 2020 into the world of automotive journalism while he's attending the Bronco Super Celebration West. Today he is able to speak w/ both a Bronco brand manager and one of the Endurance/Test drivers of the new Bronco. The Thread

Remember the painted bodies from 08 Sep 2020? The Thread Today Doug gives us a closer and more clear look at them The Thread

Also today, site member @BravoV4 uploads official Bronco paint swatches that he has access to through his job at a Ford store The Thread


Sep 11th 2020 - Site member @broncoj11 posts a document (credit to Matt C.) from Precision Inventory Management, this service/software is used by Ford and its Dealers to order new vehicles and shows an expected 'Job 1' date for the 6G Bronco as March 2021 The Thread

Sep 14th 2020 - A Motor Trend article posted by site member @Bullitt discusses Ford filing for a trademark for the name 'Warthog'. The article mentions Bronco6G.com as a source of the Warthog name discussion The Thread & Offsite Article

Also today, 'Doug' gives us a spotting from Samuel S. It's of a white 4-door minus doors, flares and a grille; it appears to be on a rail car off to who knows where The Thread

Also today, site member @Lewisj41 posts some pics of some 6Gs being displayed at the Ford Woodhaven Stamping Plant The Thread

During Monday Night Football (MNF) a digital Cyber Orange 4-door 6G makes an appearance as a backdrop during a segment about the Denver Broncos. @KJM76 posts a thread w/ screenshot and video from @fara & @3track The Thread

The 6G Bronco is said to be the #1 vehicle "worth waiting for" (the Sport takes the 6th slot) according to Kelley Blue Book (KBB) in a Offsite Article posted by @theguda on The Thread

Sep 15th 2020 - Two events today: First, we have appearances at the Ford Livonia and Van Dyke Transmission Plants. 'Doug' uploads some pics on the site on The Thread

Secondly, 'Doug' posts some pics of a 6G test rig catching some serious air! Is this the fabled Bronco Raptor, aka. the Bronco6G.com labeled Warthog? The Thread


Sep 21st 2020 - 2023 Warthog Bronco Spotting! 'Doug' posts some spy pics of the 2023 Bronco Raptor (aka. the Warthog) being tested in heavy camo The Thread

6G.com member @smann93 posts an article that states the 6G will now be configurable w/ both the Sasquatch Package & a Manual Transmission (MT), unfortunately it also states that the B&P will now be delayed until October The Thread


Sep 22nd 2020 - 6g.com member @93_SVT_3503 posts a thread showing us some 4-door pre-production 6Gs rolling down the assembly line at the Michigan Assembly Plant The Thread

Sep 23rd 2020 - 2-Door OBX spotted in Denver near the airport. Site member @rjkmoto personally sees the rig & posts some pics on The Thread

Also today, First Edition (FE) reservation holders find out that Lightning Blue will be an exclusive color to the FEs. 6G.com member @Lewisj41 uploads a Tweet from Ford w/ the announcement The Thread

Sep 24th 2020 - Starting to see some grumblings of production. First today, @93_SVT_3503 uploads some pics of some early pre-production rigs rolling down the assembly line at the Michigan MAP during the first tool-testing run The Thread

And then, 6G.com member @5280Bronco uploads some video, courtesy of Joseph B., of a Rapid Red 2-door and Shadow Black 4-door rolling down the production line at the Michigan Assembly Plant The Thread


Sep 25th 2020 - We get some pics uploaded from @Mustang313 that shows us some 6G bodies in all of the colors The Thread

The Squatch'd Cactus Gray 4-door makes an appearance at a Ford Employees event. 'Doug' gives us the pics on The Thread


6g.com member @Hossamus Prime posts some pics of a 6G test mule running 37" tires The Thread

Finally today, 'Doug' posts a thread that discuss how Ford Dealers are being briefed by Ford on the allocation and ordering process The Thread

Sep 26th 2020 - 6G.com member @Edelfin gives us a pic of a complete pre-production Oxford White 4-door Badlands The Thread

Sep 27th 2020 - @Lewisj41 posts an interview with incoming Ford CEO, Jim Farley speaking on the 2021 6G The Thread

Also today, @Used2jeep shows us a completed pre-production Base 2-door in Iconic Silver The Thread

Sep 29th 2020 - Bronco6G.com hits the 13,000 member mark! πŸπŸ•

Oct 2020 - She's a star! @Toccoa posts that the 6G Bronco will be featured on the Car & Driver cover for the second time in less than a year on the October 2020 issue The Thread





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And now Generations w/ pics :p

1st Gen (1966 to 1977) (U15 Wagon)

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1st Gen U13 Roadster

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1st Gen U14 Half-Cab

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1st Gen 1971 Stroppe Baja Edition Bronco

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1970 Baja 500 Winning EB 'Pony'

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'Big Oly' Baja 1000 Winning EB (Raced 1970-1974)

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1969 Boss Bronco Prototype

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2nd Gen (1978 to 1979)

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3rd Gen (1980 to 1986)

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4th Gen (1987-1991)

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5th Gen (1992-1996)

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2004 North American Auto Show Concept

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2014 4-Wheeler April Fools Joke

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2015 Ford Troller

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2016 bronco6g rendering

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2016 4-Wheeler April Fools Joke

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2017 Bronco6g 4-door rendering

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Honorable Mentions:

1981 Bronco Montana Lobo Concept

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Bronco II (1984-1990)

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Ford Bronco Centurion Conversion (1987 - 1991)

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Ford Bronco Centurion Conversion (1992 - 1996)

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1988 Ford Bronco DM-1 Concept

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1994 "The Chase" (Just for Craigy!)

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2-Door Excursion Conversion


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1999 U260 Concept

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1966 Bronco Buster Funny Car

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Production #s By Generation
66-77 / 1st Gen - 225,797 units total (approx. 18,816 per year)

78-79 / 2nd Gen - 181,955 units total (approx. 90,977 per year)

80-86 / 3rd Gen - 322,429 units total (approx. 46,061 per year)

87-91 / 4th Gen - 235,451 units total (approx. 47,090 per year)

92-96 / 5th Gen - 162,703 units total (approx. 32,540 per year)

Total Broncos Built (66 to 96)
1,128,335 units

By the #s FSB v. EB
225,797 EB (Early Bronco) 66-77

902,358 FSB (Full Size Bronco) 78-96

By the #s Suspension
405,752 SFA Broncos(Solid Front Axle Broncos)
(1966 - 1979 / 1st & 2nd Generation)

722,583 IFS Broncos (Independent Front Suspension)
(1980 - 1996 3rd, 4th, & 5th Generations)

Top 3 Most Produced Years
1st -
1979 (2nd Gen) 104,038 units

2nd - 1978 (2nd Gen) 77,917 units

3rd - 1989 (4th Gen) 69,470 units

Top 3 Least Produced Years
1st - 1975 (1st Gen) 13,125 units

2nd - 1967 (1st Gen) 14,230 units

3rd - 1977 (1st Gen) 14,546 units

Production Numbers By Year
(1st Gen.) 1966 -
23,776, 1967 - 14,230 (lowest 1st Gen), 1968 - 16,629, 1969 - 20,956, 1970 - 18,450, 1971 - 19,784, 1972 - 21,115, 1973 - 21,894, 1974 - 25,824 (highest 1st Gen), 1975 - 13,125, 1976 - 15,256, 1977 - 14,546

(2nd Gen.) 1978 - 77,917 (lowest 2nd Gen), 1979 - 104,038 (highest 2nd Gen)

(3rd Gen.) 1980 - 44,353, 1981 - 39,853, 1982 - 40,782, 1983 - 40,376 (lowest 3rd Gen / TIE), 1984 - 40,376 (lowest 3rd Gen / TIE), 1985 - 54,562, 1986 - 62,127 (highest 3rd Gen)

(4th Gen.) 1987 - 43,074, 1988 - 43,074, 1989 - 69,470 (highest 4th Gen), 1990 - 54,832, 1991 - 25,001 (lowest 4th Gen)

(5th Gen.) 1992 - 25,516 (lowest 5th Gen), 1993 - 32,281, 1994 - 33,083, 1995 - 37,693 (highest 5th Gen), 1996 - 34,130

Dimensions By Generation
1st Gen. (1966 - 1977)

Wheelbase: 92"
Overall Length: 151.5"
Width: 68.5"
Height: 71.6"

2nd Gen. (1978 - 1979)
Wheelbase: 104"
Length: 180.3"
Width: 79.3"
Height: 75.5"

3rd Gen. (1980 - 1986)
Wheelbase: 104"
Length: 180.4"
Width: 79.3"
Height: 75.5"

4th Gen. (1987 - 1991)
Wheelbase: 104.7"
Length: 180.5"
Width: 79.1"
Height: 74"

5th Gen (1992 - 1996)
Wheelbase: 104.7"
Length: 180.5"
Width: 79.1"
Height: 74"

6th Gen. (2021 - TBD)
(Dimensions are averages of various models & trims)

Wheelbase: 100.4" (2dr) / 116.1" (4dr)
Length: 173.4" (2dr) / 189.7" (4dr)
Width: 77.1" (2dr) / 77.1" (4dr)
Height: 73.4" (2dr) / 73.7" (4dr)

Engines By Generation
1st Gen. (1966 - 1977) -
170 ci (2.8 L) I-6; 200 ci (3.3 L) I-6; 289W ci (4.7 L) V8; 302W ci (4.9 L) V8

2nd Gen. (1978 - 1979) - 351M ci (5.8 L) V8; 400 ci (6.6 L) V8

3rd Gen. (1980 - 1986) - 300 ci (4.9 L) I-6; 302 ci (4.9 L) V8; 351M ci (5.8 L) V8; 351W ci (5.8 L) V8

4th Gen. (1987 - 1991) - 300 ci (4.9 L) I-6; 302 ci (4.9 L) V8; 351W ci (5.8 L) V8

5th Gen (1992 - 1996) - 300 ci (4.9 L) I-6; 302 ci (4.9 L) V8; 351W ci (5.8 L) V8

6th Gen. (2021 - TBD) - 138 ci (2.3 L) EcoBoost I-4; 165 ci (2.7 L) EcoBoost V6

Transmissions By Generation
1st Gen. (1966 - 1977) -
RAT Toploader 3-spd MT; RAN Toploader 3-spd MT; 3-spd C4 AT

2nd Gen. (1978 - 1979) - 4-spd Borg-Warner T-18 MT; 4-spd New Process NP435 MT; 3-spd C6 AT

3rd Gen. (1980 - 1986) - 4-spd Borg-Warner T-18 MT; 4-spd New Process NP435 MT; 4-spd Tremec RTS OD MT; 3-spd C6 AT; 4-spd AOD AT

4th Gen. (1987 - 1991) - 5-spd M5OD-R2 MT; 3-spd C6 AT; 4-spd AOD AT; 4-spd E4OD AT

5th Gen (1992 - 1996) - 5-spd M5OD-R2 MT; 3-spd C6 AT; 4-spd AOD AT; 4-spd E4OD AT

6th Gen. (2021 - TBD) - 7-spd (6+1 crawler gear) Getrag MT; 10-spd 10R80 AT

Bronco II Statistics
85-90 627,279 Bronco IIs *Note - 1984 Productions Numbers Are No Where to Be Found for Some Reason, if you come across 1984 Bronco II production #s PLEASE post in the thread w/ your source.

530,425 4WD Bronco IIs
96,854 2WD Bronco IIs

Bronco II Engines - 170 ci (2.8 L) V6 Cologne; 179 ci (2.9 L) V6 (Cologne); 2,346 cc (2.3 L) Mitsubishi 4D55T Turbodiesel I4

Bronco II Transmissions - 4-spd Mazda TK4 MT; 5-spd Mazda TK5 MT; 5-spd Mazda M5OD-R1 MT; 5-spd Mitsubishi FM145 MT; 5-spd Mitsubishi FM146 MT; 3-spd Ford C5 AT; 4-spd Ford A4LD AT

Bronco II Top 3 Most Produced Years
1st -
(Tie) 1987 & 1988 120,035 units (96,077 4WD / 23,958 2WD)

2nd - 1986 119,564 units (2WD not available until 1987)

3rd - 1985 106,554 units (2WD not available until 1987)

Bronco II Top 2 Least Produced Years
1st -
1990 57,500 units (38,905 4WD / 18,595 2WD)

2nd - 1989 103,591 units

*Note - 1984 Bronco II production #s appear to be a Unicorn. Can't find them anywhere*

Bronco II Dimensions
Wheelbase: 94"
Length: 160.1 (avg.)
Width: 68"
Height: 69" (avg.)

Fun Trivia Notes / Test On Knowledge (EB, FSB, Bronco II, Concepts)
o Really want a rare Bronco? Look for a 1986 Bronco II 2WD, only 25 units produced according to my source

o What were the most and least produced Bronco (excluding the Bronco II) year models? 1979 (104k) and 1975 (13k)

o What were the most and least produced Bronco II year models? 1985 (106k) and 1990 (57k) *Note - cannot find 1984 Bronco II production figures*

o What two BRONCOs (not Centurions) had a diesel engine? The 2004 Concept and a limited run of Bronco IIs (1986) :oops:

o Did you know? Every Bronco II had a transfer case? Even the 2WD models!

o Who received the very first Bronco? Carroll Shelby in 1965 (see timeline for adtl. info.)

o Did you know there was actually a convertible Bronco II? Bronco IIs are funny little critters. From 87-89, the Sherod Bronco via Dealer installed accessory (Sherod was a big customizer of conversion vans)

o Kind've a trick question, What 4 Bronco models (including EB, FSB, II, and concepts) were available w/ a 4 cylinder engine? The 86 Bronco II (2.3 diesel), the 88 DM-1 Concept (Escort chassis), the 2004 Concept (2.0 diesel), & the 2021 6G (2.3 Ecoboost)
*Note - I cannot find specific drivetrain data on the DM-1 but for all intents it' was a fiberglass body on top of an Escort, therefore the 4 cylinder DM-1 is an assumption. You know what they say about assumptions!

o What two generations of Broncos were sold w/ Solid Front Axles (SFA)? 1st Gen (66-77) and 2nd Gen (78-79)

o 6 times Bronco & Bronco II production #s have topped 100,000 units per year, do you know what years? Bronco II - 1985 (106k), 1986 (119k), 1987 (120k), 1988 (120K), 1989 (103K) & Bronco - 1979 (114K)

o Excluding the Bronco II, what was the most produced Generation (1st - 5th) Bronco? 80-86 / 3rd Gen w/ 322,429 units total

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Not counting the Bronco II, what are the largest and smallest engines by cubic inches (not Horse-Power or Torque ratings) from 1st through 6th Gen? Largest - the 2nd Gen 400 ci 6.6L V8 & the Smallest - the 6th Gen 138 ci 2.3L EcoBoost I4

o What are the 3 models of Early Broncos & what are their VIN Codes? U13-roadster, U14-half cab, & U15-wagon

o What generation was the shortest production run and how long was it? 2nd Generation, 78-79

o Trick Question - What was the last year (not generation) to have round headlights? 1978. Mid-Year they changed to square headlights & square became standard for all trims in 79, which remained until 96. If you want to get tricky you could argue the 6G is returning to circular headlights so it'd be 66-78 round, 78-96 Square, and 2021 - TBD round so technically the 6G is the last generation to have circular headlights
 
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Or even 6G Bronco Confirmed! or 6G Bronco concept teased!

Baby steps... :)

Nice timeline Btw.
 
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Thanks Billy! Confirmation day will be posted up in big bold red letters on the timeline ;)
 
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Finally got to post confirmation day :) Maybe the next post in the timeline will be the first official rendering . .. .DOUG!
 

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'Just saw the timeline today (Jan 28th, 2017) and it is a solid piece of work. Your efforts to give the dates of each generation and to post relevant pics are praiseworthy, and I thank you!
 

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Missing June 17, 1994 entry - LA Motor Show Rolling Display.
 
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Missing June 17, 1994 entry - LA Motor Show Rolling Display.
Thanks Craigy,wasn't familiar w/ that one, can you point me in the right direction for some info on it?

While searching I read about the DM-1, but that was in 88 and at the Chicago Auto Show (I'll add that one as well).

I'll keep looking for the 94 roller but if you can point me in the right direction I'd appreciate it.
 

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