When It comes to restomods, I personally can’t get enough of them. The concept itself of having the old school look with the modern comforts, power, and reliability is just flat out brilliant. I’ve said this time and time again, but I genuinely feel as if it’s the best of both worlds. Normally when I’m talking about restomods, it’s usually some old school muscle car like the late 60’s Camaro, or even the late 40’s Cadillac. However, every so often I come across a restomod of a different variety, one based on an offroad vehicle like this killer Ford Bronco.
Ford has plans of bringing back the Bronco sometime before 2020 and because of that, Bronco’s have become a lot more relevant these days. And companies like Gateway Bronco are taking full advantage of that popularity by building and selling these “better-than-new” first-gen Broncos. Based out of St. Louis, Gateway scours the country for original broncos produced from 1966-1977 and they meticulously restores and rebuilds the old school offroader to its former glory and far beyond. Like most other top level shops, Gateway Bronco was created from a foundation of genuine passion.
The company’s founder, Seth Burgett, is a successful engineer and inventor with more than 40 patents in the medical field of Neurology, Ophthalmology, and Cardiology. However, his true love is the Ford Bronco and his success as an inventor allows him to follow that passion. He and his crew pride themselves on “building the Ford Bronco the way Henry Ford envisioned – on a production line.” They have a 30,000 square foot shop which gives them the space needed to include all the processes of the build under one roof. They do everything from metal fabrication, powder coating, paint, and of course the final assembly. And as you can see, the end result is nothing short of an offroad enthusiast’s wet dream.
Every Bronco that Gateway builds is made to order and that means each one will be unique in its own way. So the specs of each one could vary quite a bit depending on what options the customer chooses. They do have three models you get to choose from and if I’m understanding it correctly, the differentiation comes down to the level of “mod” in the restomod.
For example, there’s what they are calling the “Survivor,” which is exactly what it sounds like, an original Bronco that’s had a frame off restoration. According to the Gateway website, they refer to the Survivor as a brand new truck with a 40-year-old paint job. That’s because the paint is one of the few things that hasn’t been restored to its original condition like when it left the factory floor so many years ago. Providing the “mod” in this example is 4 wheel disc brakes, leather interior, and the star of the show, the modern Ford Coyote 302 V8 under the hood. The price tag for the Survivor starts at around $120,000, which is quite high, but you’ll always pay more for an original restoration.
Next up is the 347 “Fuelie” and it’s more your standard restomod that’s been restored from the ground up, but not to original specs. The gorgeous blue example I’ve listed here is a Fuelie. It’s quite a bit cheaper with a base price of “only” $80,000 and that comes fairly well equipped. Under the hood is another Coyote 5.0L V8 crate motor like what’s in the Survivor, only this one’s been bored out to 347 cubic inches which is it the equivalent of a 5.7L. The interior is fully clad in leather from top to bottom to help you ride in comfort out on the trails.
Last but definitely not least is the Modern Day Warrior, and this is the big dog of the three. It’s the one that focuses far more on the “mod” aspect of the build. For example, it has everything that the Fuelie has as far as the bored out Coyote 302, full leather interior, and show quality paint work. Where the Warrior separates itself from the other two builds is when you start talking about things like heated and cooled seats, Wilwood brakes on all four corners, and a custom built 4-link suspension to help soak up the whoops when smashing it offroad. That’s assuming someone has the balls to take this pristine machine offroad, especially when it has a somewhat shocking sticker price of $160,000.
What’s arguably the best part about the whole thing, Gateway claims that once you place the order for one, it’ll be delivered anywhere in the continental United States in two months or less. And surprisingly, each Bronco built and sold by Gateway comes with a 5 year bumper to bumper warranty. Needless to say, I want one, and I’m willing to bet that now you do too.