Bug Out Vehicle: Creek’s Former 1968 Ford Bronco

Creek's Former BOV: 1968 Ford Bronco

Creek's Former BOV: 1968 Ford Bronco

After I sold my first Bug Out Vehicle, I started work on my next BOV – a 1968 Ford Bronco. I went for a more earth-tone color with this truck – Matte Brown.

The custom roof cage allowed me to pack tons of gear on top and the custom swing-away rear cage allowed me to store over 20 gallons of extra fuel – in addition to the Bronco’s stock DUAL fuel tanks. That was plenty to get me to my BOL. I could have used a couple of those rear containers as water storage if needed as well.

Bug Out Vehicle: Swing Away Fuel Storage

Bug Out Vehicle: Swing Away Fuel Storage

I cleared the back of the Bronco to allow for gear storage. It was plenty of space for supplies and even an extra person or 2 if necessary. I mounted a Hi-Jack just behind the rear seats. Because of the lift on the truck a normal jack wouldn’t work even on flat ground.

Bug Out Vehicle: Gear Storage

Bug Out Vehicle: Gear Storage

The custom brush guard would have served it’s purpose well. I mounted off-road lights on this guard for added visibility.

Bug Out Vehicle: 1968 Ford Brocno - Full Roll Cage

Bug Out Vehicle: 1968 Ford Brocno - Full Roll Cage

My favorite thing about this truck (and all older trucks for that matter) is that I am comfortable working on the engine. It had a no frills carbeurated 289 engine with a manual 3 speed. I don’t claim to be a mechanic, but I could get my way around this engine pretty well and I liked that. I could fix about anything with a pair of plyers and a screwdriver.

My thoughts:

– Excellent off road vehicle
– Enough storage for me
– Easy to work on

– Maybe not enough storage for a family
– Low MPG
– Older truck so more problems

I would love to hear your thoughts on this BOV or the topic in general?



  1. I know this post is over a year old, but just reading it now, I wanted to offer thoughts relating to my vehicle. I have a 2000 Chevy Blazer. I think it works really well as BOV for several reasons:
    – Gets 20mpg (better than older SUVs and most trucks)
    – has 4X4 high and low
    – Same basic frame and engine as the Chevy ZR2 truck of the same era, but has more interior space and family hauling ability than a truck (and I have a family)
    – Doesn’t stand out in a crowd, but could get you wherever you’d need to be (with extreme terrain being an exception) – I’ve had this out on trails in the woods and off trails as well and it’s done well. Performs well in sand too.
    – I also have a cargo carrier that installs on the luggage rack on top easily and adds a lot of capacity.

    Obviously it’s what I have, so that’s what I’d use. But as I’ve read your posts and considerations, I’ve been pleased to discover that it would probably work pretty well.

    • Jeremy – Yes – I think your Blazer will make an excellent BOV. I’ve always been a big fan of the ZR2. Everything you’ve said makes perfect sense. Looks like your survival subconscious was at work in choosing this ride 🙂 Creek

  2. I think you were better off with E-350 Quigley Van. Thou I’d gone for a contractors van with less windows myself then shot it to Quigley conversions. Either way your E-350 was bad-ass bro.

    I recently bought a 77 E-350 Quadravan here in Washington State for $2000. Had some typical rust in spots, but minor metal work, I am repainting it now. Have gone through drivetraine mechanically sound now. It has a 3 inch lift, but upping it to a 6 inch with 38 tires for a little more clearance. Has a fresh rebuilt Karmin Marine 460ci runs great, but it’s addicted to gas..so I decided to pull it, sell it and go diesel.

    I plan on keeping this Quadravan so it’s worth the investment. Right now I’m waiting for my 4bt diesel from Cummins to be delivered. Also have a heavy-duty roof rack with cage, mounting all my off road lights directly to it, tons of storage. I did some prior research on 4BT conversions in vehicles of similar size and 4×4 package…told might get as high as 28mpg but expecting about 20mpg. So that’s running me with everything about $4800. I’m wiring this for 110 and 12v raiding parts from used Campers and Trailers. I do all the work myself minus diesel swap. By the time I am done with full conversion, I’ll have under $10,000 for a monster beast bug out-go-anywhere-vehicle. That can still tow a 12,000lb trailer behind me.

    The Bronco is cute…don’t get me wrong on this, not trying to say it’s no good at all…it’s just not a good bug-out vehicle due to it’s limitations. thou you can get in woods easier in places,,I’ll bet you’re only getting about 12mpg. So you need to carry lot’s of gas for sure. Keep in mind diesel is easier to get during a crisis. I can also make my own bio-fuel for about a couple dollars a gallon. Overall my opinion it was a major down grade from a 4×4 Van. Can’t sleep in Bronco. Both your E-350 and Bronco get about same fuel mileage. But Van can carry more triple amount inside all while actually towing a cargo trailer unlike the Bronco…I’d sell bronco (it’s really nice BTW) and get your van back….my 2 cents.

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