SEMA eNews Vol. 23, No. 28, July 9, 2020

Upcoming Episode of “Jay Leno’s Garage” To Feature the Entertainer’s ’68 Ford Bronco

By SEMA Editors

  Jay Leno
Jay Leno’s ’68 Ford Bronco—which was restored last year in a collaboration between Ford Performance, LGE–CTS Motorsports and the SEMA Garage and debuted at the 2019 SEMA Show—will be the subject of an episode of “Jay Leno’s Garage,” to debut July 12, at 9:00 p.m. (PDT), on YouTube.
   

Jay Leno’s ’68 Ford Bronco—which was restored last year in a collaboration between Ford Performance, LGE–CTS Motorsports and the SEMA Garage and debuted at the 2019 SEMA Show—will be the subject of an episode of “Jay Leno’s Garage,” to debut July 12, at 9:00 p.m. (PDT), on YouTube.

Ford Performance worked with some of the industry’s best restoration professionals to bring the Bronco back to its former glory. The Bronco was outfitted with the heart of the all-new Mustang Shelby GT500—the most-powerful street-legal Ford ever.

Ford Performance engaged the expertise of noted Bronco licensee Kincer Chassis to help restore the vehicle. Kincer built the chassis and installed the powertrain, including the aforementioned Ford Performance 5.2L supercharged V8 engine.

Dennis Carpenter of Ford Restoration Parts provided body panels, while the SEMA Garage contributed its technical expertise in computer-aided design, 3D printing and calibration work. LGE-CTS Motorsports revived the body with new sheet metal, custom body mods, paint and final assembly.

“Bronco was an iconic vehicle that was many things to many people,” said Leno, now host of “Jay Leno’s Garage” on CNBC. “The Bronco was bought to use on the farm or to take your date to the prom and was comfortable in any of these environments. The idea of having a classic Bronco upgraded with modern handling, performance and braking really makes it the best of both worlds.”

A stellar team of outfitters and tuners incorporated all of these custom pieces into restoring Leno’s ’68 Ford Bronco:

Powertrain

  • Ford Performance 5.2L supercharged V8 engine
  • TR-4050 five-speed Silver Sport transmission by TREMEC, with Quickdraw bellhousing and STX shifter assembly
  • Heavy-duty 4WD drivetrain
  • Advance Adapters Atlas II transfer case
  • Specialty components by Krawlers Edge, including a custom airbox, exhaust fabrication, stainless-steel gas tank and coolant package
  • Radiator and supercharger cooler by Brice Thomas
  • Borla mufflers
  • Vibrant Performance exhaust components, hoses and fittings
  • Aeromotive fuel filter
  • II Much fuel vent
  • Engine oil cooler by Derale Performance
  • Stage 8 locking header bolts
  • Lifeline Batteries
  • Full Throttle Kustomz Performance tuning and diagnostics

Chassis

  • Kincer Chassis Adventure Series coil-over chassis
  • Wilwood disc brakes and master cylinders
  • Fox 2.0 factory race series coil-over shocks and steering stabilizer
  • John’s Industries third members with Eaton Detroit Truetrac differentials and gearing
  • Carolina Driveline driveshafts
  • Dutchman Motorsports axle shafts
  • Flaming River steering column
  • Tuff Stuff power steering pump
  • Warn locking hubs
  • Gaskets by Lube Locker
  • BrakeQuip brake lines
  • Axle seals by Seals-It
  • Painless Performance Products wiring harness

Wheels and Tires

  • 18x9-in. John R steel wheels by Detroit Steel Wheels
  • Rugged Trail T/A 275/65-18 tires by BFGoodrich

Exterior

  • Installation of new sheet metal, custom body modification and final assembly by LGE-CTS Motorsports
  • Custom “Tonight Blue” Envirobase paint supplied by PPG Industries, applied by LGE-CTS Motorsports
  • Dennis Carpenter Ford Restoration Parts body panels, trim and accessories
  • AMP Research side step
  • STRATASYS 3-D printed grille insert molded into Dennis Carpenter sheet metal grille by LGE-CTS Motorsports
  • Kaseser Air Compressors

Interior

  • Sony audio with Scosche enhancements
  • Eagle Ottawa genuine leather with custom perforation installed by Rogelio’s Upholstery
  • Dakota Digital gauges
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