Some ardent Ford Bronco fans are still waiting for the delivery of their new SUV. This particular guy in Arizona doesn’t have that problem. In fact, he decided to cut the new Bronco in half to make a custom match trailer for him other Broncho. However, don’t send hate mail. This project has a very interesting backdrop involving Roush, Ford, and hardcore off-road testing.
First of all, the Bronco donor for this trailer is one no one can afford to buy. It was a two-door pre-production test vehicle slated for the scrap yard, where almost all such engines end up. The mad scientist behind the trailer is Darin, who works for Roush at Ford’s proving ground in Arizona. He had been involved in the 6G Bronco long before it went public, driving and snatching vehicles during testing. In particular, he went off-road with all the test vehicles, and he had his own Bronco as a support vehicle.
Darin also has plenty of tools to use on trails, too many to fit in the back of his four-door Bronco. So he called Ford to see about procuring a test vehicle destined for a neat trailer project. He wanted a two-door model, as the rear quarter panels extend to the front of the rear wheels, making them the perfect candidate for a trailer conversion. Ford responded, and Dairn got to work on what we believe to be the world’s first sixth-gen Bronco trailer.
This isn’t just a half-Bronco with a trailer tongue welded to the front. To ensure it can handle extreme off-roading, it installs a trick hitch connector that rotates independently of the tow vehicle. This car also uses a custom suspension system of his own creation, equipped with airbags for an adjustable ride height. The trailer frame is heavy steel tubing, with 3/16 inch steel plates underneath to protect the gas tank. Yes, this Bronco trailer still has factory tanks that carry fuel wherever it’s needed.
It also still has the factory Bronco hubs and rear brakes, and the body connects to the frame on built-in rubber mounts. This significantly reduces vibration, and the sturdy steel front with steel support beams keeps the trailer rigid. Inside is an aluminum shell for added strength and easy storage, leaving plenty of room for the toolbox and two onboard air compressors.
According to the video, Darin built the trailer in just six weeks while working on another Ford project. Considering all the fabrication that went into the trailer, we’d say the final product looks really good considering the short timeframe.