Country music star Jason Aldean has a passion for trucks. His first car was an ’85 Toyota truck that he sang about in “Dirt Road Anthem,” but since then he’s moved on to bigger, better and more personalized rides with American-style performance that you’d expect a guy like Aldean to drive. He’s shared photos on social media of his Ford Raptors, Chevy Silverados, Jeep Wranglers and a classic 1976 Ford Bronco that was a gift from fellow singer Luke Bryan.
Aldean likes his Bronco so much that he recently teamed up with Outlaw Energy Drinks to build a custom 1968 Ford Bronco that showcases his favorite products. While Outlaw Energy Beverages is prominently displayed on the truck’s doors, it’s what the Bronco packs under the hood that provides the real energy for blazing trails and highways.
The powerplant is an Edelbrock Performer RPM 347 Crate Engine #45270 that is rated at 438 horsepower and 413 ft-lbs of torque with an RPM Air-Gap #7521 intake and AVS2 Series 800 CFM carb #1913. For this project, the build team went modern by substituting the carb and manifold in favor of a Pro-Flo 4 EFI System #35930, which is a direct-port electronic fuel injection system that offers huge benefits over a conventional carbureted intake and even other TBI-style EFI kits.
The Performer RPM 347 combines a Dart cast-iron 4-bolt-main block with a Scat forged steel crank. Valve action in the Performer RPM aluminum heads is handled by an Edelbrock Rollin’ Thunder hydraulic roller cam #2281 with 1.6:1 roller rockers. Allowing this engine to run safely on pump gas is a set of Scat 9.5:1 forged pistons, and keeping it cool is a Victor Series aluminum water pump #8841. An Edelbrock Elite Air Cleaner #4266 was added to match the 347 Crate’s Elite valve covers.
This tricked out classic has been treated to a total body-off restoration by Streetwise Motorsports and now features a full-length two-inch rollcage with custom long-travel suspension front and rear and Bilstein shocks all around. The Edelbrock 347 now sends power back through an upgraded drivetrain that includes a heavy-duty Dana Sniff Racing Transmissions C4 automatic mated to the original 9-inch rear end that has been reinforced and filled with 4.56:1 gears. The rebuilt Dana 30 differential up front also has 4.56:1 gears. Streetwise made sure that this built Bronco would be able to stop as good as it accelerates by converting the original brake system to Hydro-boost four-wheel discs. For interior comfort, Streetwise added air conditioning by Vintage Air before enlisting the autobody skills of Ray Newton to handle the Bronco’s paint and body work. Final touches include upgraded LED lighting by Baja Design and a set of Black Rhino Barstow wheels wrapped with Cooper Discoverer AT3 XLT truck tires.
If you’re a fan of classic Ford Broncos and wouldn’t mind owning this custom ’68 with an Edelbrock Performer RPM 347 Crate Engine, you’ll be excited to know that Outlaw Energy is giving it away! CLICK HERE to find out how to win it and check out the video below for more details: