1. The Juice, fresh out of the paint shop. This is the first time we’ve seen this truck lo
We’re betting you’ve seen our project Bronco, often referred to as "The Juice." After all, we’ve been building and abusing it in the pages of this magazine for more than three years. We started out simple - a lift kit and some 35s enabled us to have some great fun, and encouraged us to continue working on the project. As the months rolled on, we slowly but surely replaced just about every conceivable part on or within The Juice. Now, the thing runs like a charm, and we’re ready to get into the more custom mods. This month, we’re going to show you how we transformed both the interior and the exterior, and we’re going to give you a sneak peak at the next step of the build.
2. We’re sure glad we found these two. Leddy & Hall Auto Care Center in Hawthorne, Califor
The Juice has been built in stages, utilizing more sophisticated parts and fabrication as time went on. We did this because we figure most of you are like us, and we certainly don’t have enough coin to go to a custom shop and have a high-dollar vehicle built to completion at the drop of a hat. Nope - most of us modify only as much as budgets and time constraints allow.
That being said, we’ve been working on this project for a damned long time, so we’ve been able to pretty much create the truck we daydreamed about when we started. There’s been a lot of frustration mixed in with the fun. Many of the modifications were the result of near-catastrophic failures. We’ve utilized the ol’ AAA tow service more times than we care to count. It was all worth it however, and this Bronco has turned out to be one of our best project vehicles.
3. We run 37-inch tires on The Juice, which is about 5 inches taller than stock. As a resu
We’ve been planning to skin The Juice in fiberglass since we bought it, and thanks to Perry’s Fab N Fiber, our Bronco now dons a wicked combination of ’glassed fenders, hood, and bedsides. We then turned to our attention to the truck’s interior and installed jet-black Corbeau seats in the front, and had the rear bench reupholstered in the same material to match. We also enlisted the help of two of our favorite mechanics at the neighborhood repair shop (Leddy & Hall Auto Repair in Hawthorne, California) to rid The Juice of some nagging problems.
Our beloved black Bronco is finally becoming a performance-oriented machine. Check out the photos for details, and stay tuned for the next installment - we take The Juice over to Camburg Engineering to finally get the long-travel suspension installed. Don’t miss it!