Now with the drivetrain and suspension restored better than new, it was time to focus on the finishing touches. The truck was ready to race, but since it was a prerunner, it needed some extra touches that race trucks usually don't get. All the comforts of home were added, including air conditioning and an ice chest, which were both incorporated into the Bronco for those hot, summer days in the desert. A communication kit from PCI Race Radios was put in. The kit includes an in-car intercom, an all-race frequency. FM radio, a GPS system, and headsets for each seat. The nice thing about a Bronco when compared to a truck is the amount of secure space to store things. Mike uses the space for all sorts of necessities, including a complete tool kit, a nitrogen bottle with a 20-foot hose for quick tire changes, a mounted shovel, a high-lift jack, a winch, and, of course, a spare tire. With all of these extras in place, this Bronco is well prepared for anything.
The final touch to the Bronco was the paint. For this, Mike took the truck to his longtime friend and California painting legend at Wally World. He dropped it off not knowing what he would get back aside from the fact that his satisfaction was guaranteed. The truck came back with a classy sparkling orange-painted top section and a silver stripe with an airbrushed silver eagle separating the upper section from the white lower section. Now, the once-tired Bronco is ready for any desert adventure that Mike can deliver.
Since the vehicle is complete, Mike is focusing on his 2002 racing campaign. Maturing as a team, Miggie Motorsports is graduating from Class 5 into the highest class of off-road racing - the Trophy Trucks. They are currently building a new ground-up tube chassis Trophy Truck and have plans to race in the upcoming West Coast desert events. We wish Mike and his crew at Miggie Motorsports the best of luck, and we look forward to seeing their future success in off-road racing.
|Owner/hometown ||: ||Mike Jakobson/Solmis, California |
|Make/model ||: ||'80 Ford Bronco |
|Suspension ||: ||King shocks (two per wheel): I-beam (front), |
|four-link (rear) |
|Tires ||: ||BFGoodrich Baja T/A |
|Wheels ||: ||Mickey Thompson |
|Rearend ||: ||Ford 9-inch |
|Transmission ||: ||Mogi C6 |
|Engine ||: ||351 Cleveland built to 410 |
|Brakes ||: ||Four-wheel Wilwood disc |
|Additional features ||: ||Mastercraft seats; Holley 750 carburetor; |
|Edelbrock intake manifold; CNC pedals; Deist |
|five-point safety belts; Auto Meter gauges; |
|UMP air filter; Flowmaster exhaust; PCI |
|communication system; Tommy Lee power |
|steering; UMP fabrication; Wally World paint |