While the drivetrain is stout, the suspension is the real star of the show. Fox 2.5 14-inch-stroke Fox coilovers were sourced from Samco Fabrication, who provided many of the parts and assisted with shock tuning to dial in the ride. The front coilovers use light valving and Eibach coil springs in the front while 3.0 16-inch-stroke four-tube Fox bypass shocks do the bulk of the damping. Out back Giant Motorsports helped Ryan devise a suspension that could keep up with the TTB without breaking the bank. A pair of 64-inch Deaver leaf springs are used with Giant Motorsports shackles, hangers, and U-bolt plates. Another pair of 3-inch diameter four-tube Fox bypass shocks in the rear smooth out the bumps. Fox hydraulic bumpstops compliment the bypass shocks at all four corners and prevent harsh bottoming while FiberwerX glass fenders and bedsides make room for the ample suspension travel.
Inside, the Bronco looks more like a six-figure prerunner than something Ford built two decades ago. Ryan made a full rollcage from 1.75-inch 0.120 wall 4130 tubing and TIG-welded it to the frame for safety and increased chassis stiffness. Ryan’s dad, Jim, is a contractor and did an admirable job on the interior carpeting. There is tweed and aluminum everywhere you look; the sort of details that most fabricators don’t have the patience for and a clue about what was keeping Ryan busy during all of those long nights of work. The front two MasterCraft Safety 3G seats sit in the factory locations behind the FiberwerX carbon fiber dash that has a Lowrance 5200C GPS and a host of Auto Meter Ultra Lite gauges that monitor temps for the engine oil, coolant, and transmission as well as oil pressure, fuel level, and voltage. The aluminum center console holds the controls for the PCI intercom, Kenwood race radio, Art Carr shifter, and various toggle switches complete with race-quality circuit breakers.
In the end the Bronc Ness Monster ended up being more than an urban legend, and well worth the wait. Crawling over and under the Bronco quickly revealed why it took so long to complete. He must have attended charm school in addition to fab school, because Ryan was quick to thank all of the people who have helped him along the way. Amongst the shout-outs are Jeremy Nordine for putting his own project on the back burner to help Ryan, Mark Leverett for building the trick fire extinguisher mounts, and Jake Povey for laying down some of the beautiful TIG welds. OR
Giant Motorsports should hire Ryan to take potential customers for rides, it will make them a believer in Giant’s “Link Killer” leaf spring suspension. The Deaver springs work with Giant Motorsports shackles, hangers and bash plates alongside big Fox 3-inch, four-tube bypass shocks. The 18-inch-travel shocks allow 19.5 inches of wheel travel and go up into the cab, forcing the interior remodel.
A FiberwerX carbon fiber dash replaced the stock dash and gauge cluster. Instead, the real estate is filled with a Lowrance 5200C GPS and a host of Auto Meter Ultra Lite gauges monitoring the vitals. Behind the dash you can see the custom aluminum console that holes the intercom, race radio, switches with circuit breakers, and the Art Carr shifter. It even has cup holders!
Here you can see the custom storage that Ryan built for his Bronco. A spare rear driveshaft, alternator, and an aluminum jack are properly secured in the rear cargo area where they are easy to reach. Little details like this are abundant throughout the Bronco and an indication of just how much time Ryan has spent in the garage working on the Bronc Ness Monster. This was a labor of love and he has hundreds of hours of fabrication time in the interior alone. If you had to pay someone to do this work it would cost a fortune, but Ryan is a stickler for details and wanted everything to be perfect.
Three seats and a roof rack make this the perfect vehicle to pre-run long stretches of rac
The rear tubework ties into the frame and holds a surprisingly rattle-free fullsize spare.
There is a pretty basic 351W nestled under the TIG-welded engine cage. Ryan was having coo