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Velocity Restorations Ford Bronco Review

On Tuesday, May 7th, 2019

The Ford Broncos, Toyota Land Cruisers, and International Scouts that fill Velocity Restorations’ shop beg to be photographed. Everything in there simply oozes style. The shop is one of a dozen or so around the country specializing in these restomods, pairing vintage SUVs with more modern powertrains, safety features, and creature comforts.

Ford Bronco

Velocity Restorations had two Broncos on hand for us to sample. The first was designed as a daily driver or beach cruiser; the second was a SEMA build that was far wilder. The daily driver was one of the shop’s set-price builds, a Brittany Blue model fitted with a 400-plus horsepower Ford Coyote V8 crate engine and a five-speed manual transmission.

The steering is light and devoid of feedback, but it doesn’t detract too much from the driving experience. The five-speed’s throws are long, but the relaxed and deliberate nature of each shift feels fitting in an old cruiser. The soft suspension and copious amounts of sidewall help soak up bumps in the pavement. It’s top-heavy, and the body rolls through turns, but it’s perfectly content to cruise around on a sunny afternoon.

Nail it from a stop and the nose gets light. All the weight shifts to the rear, but on the sandy surface of the Florida coast, the tires struggled a bit for traction. Shifts from the transmission are quick, but there’s not a lot of grace to them. There was noticeable lurch on each gear change. We would have liked to have driven a less powerful Bronco with the automatic transmission. Like the blue Bronco, the steering is light, and bumps in the pavement are mostly dissipated by the suspension and tires. It was entertaining, though we much prefer the balance and drivability of the blue Bronco.

The custom options are where Velocity Restoration’s Broncos really shine. That said, the waiting list is long and there are a number of other shops like Icon and Gateway Bronco that do much the same thing. If you’re interested in ordering one, we say shop around and see who can deliver your heart’s desire. The options are seemingly endless.

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