“Reimagined” 1967-1972 Ford F-Series trucks will begin rolling out of Gateway Bronco in the second quarter of 2020 as Ford Motor Company has licensed the company to transform heritage “Built Ford Tough” F-100, F-150 and F-250 trucks using modern supercharged drivetrains, suspensions, and amenities.
Gateway Bronco offers world-class reconditioned Ford Broncos that boast contemporary engines, transmission, brakes and suspensions engineered to make the classic SUV perform similar to a modern vehicle.
So many people love the craftmanship and value of our Resto-Mod Ford Broncos that they’re asking us to build a modernized classic Ford pickup.
— Seth Burgett, CEO, Gateway Bronco
“When we approached Ford Motor Company with the consumer requests, they quickly issued us a license to fulfill that worldwide demand. So, we will begin fast-tracking our first commission for an enthusiast who wants to put a reimagined 1969 Ford F-250 Crew Cab next to the Ford Bronco that we rebuilt for him.
Eaton’s Performance aftermarket business was so enamored with the truck that they asked to debut it in their SEMA exhibit this fall,” added Burgett.
Current trends all point toward the 1967-1972 F-Series “bump side” truck as the perfect vehicle to follow the trail blazed by the Ford Bronco for re-imagined vintage vehicles.
Vintage SUVs and pickups are among the most popular vehicles on the market. According to the Hagerty Price Guide, values for F-Series pickups are up 41 percent since 2017.
Like the famous heritage SUVs from Gateway Bronco, the “Resto-Mod” F-Series Ford trucks will be a marvel of engineering and quality. Starting with an original street-legal truck, the Gateway Bronco team then integrates:
- A naturally aspirated Generation 3 Ford 5.0-litre V8 and 10-speed automatic transmission
- Push-button 4×4 control, similar to a modern truck
- Powder-coated custom-designed 4-link chassis
- Push-button Active Control Exhaust for any exhaust note desired, on-demand
- Rugged leather interiors including American Bison, the hair on hiding or distressed bench seats
- Genuine barn wood bed
- A 7.3-litre Ford V8 with twin turbos or Harrop USA supercharger with Eaton TVS Technology
- Either a Harrop USA or ROUSH Performance supercharger, both featuring Eaton TVS Technology, offering up to 700 hp
- An Eaton Performance differential package, featuring an Eaton ELocker front differential and a Detroit Truetrac rear differential for the ultimate traction performance
Every vehicle from Gateway Broncos is backed by an industry-leading 5-year bumper-to-bumper warranty through innovation and strict quality standards.
The company protects each SUV and truck from rust and deterioration using proprietary solutions, as well as modern chassis components and tuning expertise to make the ride smoother and more comfortable.
A gateway can produce between two and four vehicles a month and meets the Certified Reconditioned Vehicle standards established by Ford.
One reason for the Gateway Bronco restored trucks’ impressive capability will lay under the hood. The first in the new series, a 1969 F-250 Crew Cab 4×4 boasting the optional 7.3-litre supercharged V8, will be displayed in Eaton’s SEMA show booth.
“We’re pleased and honored to again partner with Gateway on this custom build,” said Tim Bauer, Vice President, Aftermarket, Eaton’s Vehicle Group North America.
“The Gateway built Bronco in our 2019 SEMA booth was a phenomenal vehicle and a huge customer draw. Ford’s new 7.3-litre V8 engine with a Harrop supercharger is perfect for classic F-series trucks.
It uses the same Twin Vortices Series supercharger technology used in the amazing 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500. With our performance differentials front and rear, this drivetrain is perfectly equipped to handle the tremendous torque in Gateway Bronco’s new F-Series Resto-Mod.”
“Our custom trucks are perfect for families who enjoy picking up kids at school or running errands in a fun vehicle that is different from anything else on the road,” said Burgett.
“They ride smooth and drive like modern vehicles on our proprietary 4 link chassis. They have amenities including A/C, heated seats, power windows and wall-to-wall leather inside. This is a bit of a ‘stealth wealth’ approach that gives owners with means the ability to enjoy their success without flaunting their resources in public.”
Gateway Bronco’s reimagined F-Series trucks are available as a two or four-door family vehicle, which would be spacious enough for vintage camping or road trips.
“The F-Series truck is aligned with vintage camping, one of the hottest trends,” said Burgett. “The trucks can easily pull a restored Airstream for a throwback family weekend, making ‘Rockwell’ dreams come true.”
Gateway Bronco is taking orders for the F-Series classic trucks.