1966 Ford Bronco
The purpose behind Crazy Horse is to show the awesome potential of building up an early Ford Bronco and also to showcase some of the Bronco's unique history. The base truck is a '66 half-cab Bronco that was rotting away in a guy's garage. This thing had been "ridden hard and hung up wet" and was pretty rough all over; however, I knew it was perfect for what I had in mind. I actually wanted a truck this rough so I could use it to illustrate how to handle rusty sheet metal and how to reconstruct a body from basically a pile of junk. I also wanted to show how to deal with some of the messes you'll find when you are working on something that has been hacked on over the years. So... a deal was struck, some money exchanged hands (very little) and project Crazy Horse was born.
Being a fan and student of Parnelli and his "tough as nails" driving style, It's only fitting to pay tribute to Parnelli and Big Oly and recognize the pedigree of the Ford Bronco. The main purpose of the Crazy Horse project is to show how to take a clapped out piece of junk and bring it back to life so it not only looks good, but will also be something that will anything you want to throw at it: off-road, mud, rocks, jump and hills... whatever, it can handle it. The best part is, when you are all done beating the snot out of it, you drive it home because its street legal and safe on the road. Now, that's what I call a multi-purpose vehicle!
Original Manufacturer Specifications
- The original was an ORV (Off-Road) vehicle, intended to compete primarily with Jeep CJ Models & the International Harvester Scout.
- Wheelbase: 92″ (2,337mm)
- Engine Options:
- 170 cu in (2.8L) Straight 6
- 200 cu in (3.3L) Straight 6
- 289 cu in (4.7L) Windsor V8
- 302 cu in (4.9L) Windsor V8
- Length: 151.5″ (2,848mm)
- Width: 68.5″ (1,740mm)
- Height: 71.6″ (1,819mm)
- Base Price: $2,194
- First Year Production: 23,776 Units
Crazy Horse Guitar
The Crazy Horse Les Paul was the first guitar I did with the Gibson custom shop. It is a custom Les Paul that is painted up like the 1966 Ford Bronco I built on TRUCKS! called Crazy Horse. The Crazy Horse Bronco was built in tribute the the legendary Big Oly bronco that Parnelli Jones and Bill Stroppe drove to victory many times in the Baja 500 and Baja 1000.