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1988 Ford Bronco ll - Emily Rose

The Cursed Bronco II

John Jackson
Mar 1, 2010
Photographers: John Jackson
OWNER: Nathan Doyle
RIDE: 1988 Ford Bronco II
HOMETOWN: Baltimore, MD
CLUB: Lowkey
When you think of cool minitruck projects to build, the obvious choices to pick from are the S-10s, Rangers, Toyotas, and Mazdas. But for Nathan Doyle of Baltimore, Maryland, the obvious wasn't what he wanted or had in mind.
Photo 2/7   |   1988 Ford Bronco Ii rear Left View
Nathan wanted to build something super clean, but unique enough that it would stand out in a show full of minitrucks or even just cruising the streets. So Nathan decided to go out on a limb and build a truck that is rarely seen, much less customized. Starting with a Bronco II as his platform for his customization he quickly learned that doing something different isn't always the easy route to take.
Nathan has had his moments with the Bronco, hence the cursed name "Emily Rose." At times the Bronco seems to be possessed just like the famed horror movie. When asked for the details Nathan mentioned that the windshield shattered twice for no apparent reason, the clutch line exploded and caught the engine bay on fire, and last but not least, the brakes gave out causing him to back into a pole and crush the rear quarter panel. In other words, it really does seem like this Bronco is possessed.
Photo 3/7   |   1988 Ford Bronco Ii custom Interior
Enough about the bad though, even with a truck that didn't seem to want to get finished, Nathan has built the sickest Bronco II to date. Just look at the killer shaved lines performed by the owner and Greg Ludwig at Sinister Alley Customs, and you will see how special this Bronco really is. It would be easier to make a list of the things that are not shaved than to start listing what has been removed. And it doesn't stop there! One look at the interior and the Desoto dash crafted by Pat Hand, and you would think you where staring at a high-dollar hot rod interior. And, what truck would be complete without a killer stance? The Bronco has a 4-inch body drop and a handmade suspension that ranks this Bronco up there with some of the best trucks that have ever rolled this close to the ground.
Photo 4/7   |   1988 Ford Bronco Ii left Side View
So with the build completed and getting shot for Mini Truckin', you would think that the curse would be lifted, but no. On the way to the photo shoot, the custom-made shifter broke, and the truck refused to run like it should. Emily Rose definitely got the last word after all.
Make sure to check out the Lowdown on this truck to see all the details that went into this buildup as it is one of the most impressive builds to date. Nathan knows that it takes a ton of people to make a project this unique and this nice happen, so he would like to thank everyone involved including; Ludz, Pops, Jay, Robbie, Bill Smith, Erik, Jenn, Papa and Mama Stahl, T and all the members of Lowkey, Frank at Chesapeake Auto Body & Paint, and especially his girl Brandy for her support during the build.
Rolling Attire
Wheels: 19x7.5 Falken Torque 5
Tires: Falken Azenis 215/35ZR19
Chassis Modifications
Suspension Front: Dream Beams, airbags cantilevered on radius arms, 2wd front crossmember
Suspension Rear: Back-half tube frame, four-link with 'bags cantilevered on lower bars
Valves: Aim Industries block manifold
Gas Tank: Stainless steel 20-gallon built by Jason Doyle
Detail Work: Painted suspension and painted and smoothed frame
Performed By: Owner at Sinister Alley Customs
Photo 5/7   |   1988 Ford Bronco Ii custom Seats
Body Modifications
Shaved: Front and rear bumpers, driprails, cowl, door handles, wipers, antenna, taillights, turn signals, marker lights, valance, front fenders, rocker seams, mirrors, firewall, tailgate handle
Body-dropped: 4-inch traditional
Front End: Molded front grille, bumper, fenders
Back End: Grant Kustoms Ranger roll pan, handmade taillight fillers
Suicide Doors: Thorbecke Brothers hinges
Misc.: Fenderwells capped, inside fenders molded in at doors, radiused door and hood corners, straightened hood and cowl
Performed By: Owner at Sinister Alley Customs and Greg Ludwig
Photo 6/7   |   1988 Ford Bronco Ii engine
Brand and Colors: PPG Grace Green and Gentry Silver, House of Kolor Marblizer, and other colors from Marty's Paint Supply
Airbrushing: Custom graphics by Preston Doyle
Misc.: Graphics and paint on dash, center console, and speaker box
Performed By: Bodywork, base, and clear by Greg Ludwig
Seats: Pontiac Fiero seats with headrests cut off wrapped in green and grey tweed
Dash: Custom-built with a 1950 Dodge Desoto, part Bronco II, and the rest handmade
Door Panels: Custom-built with green tweed and grey tweed graphics
Center Console: Custom fiberglass following contour of seats
Headliner: Stock rewrapped in green tweed with grey ribs to match roof ribs
Gauges: Aurora, painted to match
Performed By: Owner and Bill Smith at Bill's Customs
Photo 7/7   |   1988 Ford Bronco Ii subwoofers
Head Unit: Sony
Subwoofers: 12" Sony Xplod
Amplifier for Subwoofers: Sony
Custom Fabrication: Fiberglass door panel speaker pods and sub box
Performed by: Owner and Greg Ludwig
Intake: Custom-made intake plenum by Jason Doyle
Rearend Type: 1989 Ford Ranger
Inner Fenders: Tubbed front and rear
Detail work: Painted and detailed
Performed by: Owner and Larry Stahl
Special Thanks from Owner
"Everyone who had a hand in the build; Ludz, Pops, Jay, Robbie, Bill Smith, Erik, Jenn, Papa and Mama Stahl, T and all the members of Lowkey, Chesapeake Auto Body & Paint, and my girl Brandy for all of her support through the entire build."


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