Ford doesn’t build a diesel-powered three-row Bronco, so MegaRexx did.
- North Carolina’s MegaRexx made the Ford Bronco its muse for an F250-based seven-passenger convertible called the MegaBronc, and this is the first one.
- The MegaBronc is based on a Ford F-250 diesel truck with Bronco-inspired modifications, like a removable top over a third row of seats.
- The truck bed is now six inches shorter, but the vehicle itself is eight inches wider. Those tires are 40 inches. The price is much bigger, too.
From 1978 to 1996, the Ford Bronco was basically a regular-cab pickup truck with a bench seat in the bed and a removable cap over the rear seat and cargo area. One company, Centurion Vehicles, said, “But what if it were a four-door?” and grafted the tail ends of Broncos onto crew-cab F-series trucks to create the three-row Centurion Classic. In that spirit of Brobdingnagian Broncos, MegaRexx of Wilmington, North Carolina, decided to create its own three-row full-size Bronco: the MegaBronc. And for $224,950, MegaRexx will build one for you, too.
This MegaBronc started as a diesel-powered 2021 Ford F-250 4×4 before undergoing extensive Broncosmetic surgery. Its headlights and grille are real Bronco pieces (two grilles, actually, were required to span Super Duty width), while the front fenders and hood are custom fiberglass pieces that evoke the Bronco’s slab-sided lines. The rear fenders get a similar treatment, so even though the new panels render the F-250 eight inches wider than stock, it doesn’t look it. The bed is shortened by six inches to give it a much tidier overhang, and a mild lift accommodates 40-inch-tall tires. The Bronco-ization is most effective at the front end—in profile, from the cab back, it’s easy to see a Super Duty with a cap on the bed.
Until that cap comes off and reveals: seats! Just like a Centurion Classic or a Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet, the MegaBronc’s rearmost passengers can go al fresco. To engineer that feat, MegaRexx removed the back wall of the F-250’s cab, welded the bed to the cab, and installed second-row captain’s chairs and third-row seats from an Expedition. A steel roll structure flanks the third-row seats and provides a mounting location for the shoulder belts and LED lighting. Legroom is extravagant, and there’s still significant cargo space behind the third row. This truck was built off the short-wheelbase (159.8 inch) Super Duty Crew Cab, so a 176-inch long-wheelbase truck would have room for Tacko Fall in the third row. At least, with the roof off.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the MegaBronc drives like a lifted F-250 diesel. The axles got 4.56:1 gears to offset the big tires and the speedometer is corrected, so it really just feels like a taller Super Duty until you look in the rearview mirror and see three rows of seats. The stock powertrain (475 horsepower and 1050 pound-feet of torque) retains its factory warranty, too. Towing isn’t a Bronco strong suit, but the MegaBronc can tow 15,000 pounds with a conventional trailer—which, come to think of it, is likely the only kind of trailer it would tow, since a gooseneck would attach right about where the third row sits.
Whether all of this warrants a six-figure upcharge over an F-250 PowerStroke depends a whole lot on whether you’d plan to take that top off and bring six friends to the beach, because—unlike in the days of the Centurion Classic—Ford already makes a perfectly good full-size three-row SUV. But the Expedition isn’t a convertible, and the Bronco isn’t a seven-seater, and so MegaRexx just might have pried open a niche here.
It’s worth noting that this is the same outfit that builds the improbable MegaRaptor, a Super Duty on 46-inch MRAP tires with Trophy Truck–style bodywork. That would also seem an extremely niche creation, a larger-than-life Traxxas toy that adds at least $55,000 to the price of a Super Duty and renders it unparkable in any building smaller than an aircraft hangar. Whenever they list one for sale, it sells within an hour.