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Who likes the Big Broncos?

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by 3 on the tree, Jul 24, 2006.

  1. 3 on the tree

    3 on the tree 1/2 ton status

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    I'm looking at a 79 Bronco to drop my 429 into. I want something to take out wheeling-tired of beating up my 70 K5. Any pros/cons about the Broncos. I'm still keeping the 70, just love the old 250 and 3 speed!
     
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  3. Ruthven13

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    Only problem with them is that it is somewhat difficult to put a bigger front end in them, with the coil springs and all. I used to have a '78 with a 460 and 4 spd and that was a blast to drive! The 78-79 Broncos are the best looking trucks ever made IMHO..... As long as they have the round headlights......
     
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    i'll agree, there's just something about that bodystyle that looks good. i used to hate them back in the 80s and 90s, when everybody was doing them up with chrome out the ears, and neon paint. now that that fad has passed (thank god!) there's some pretty decent looking ones out there now.

    there was a girl i used to work with (quite attractive petite little thing too) who daily drove a '94(?) Bronco with a 6" lift on 35" TSLs. she had a toy too, one that made me drool... a '79 Bronco with a blown 460 in it, Dana 60s, 44" Boggers... and not a bit of chrome on the whole thing.
     
  5. muddysub

    muddysub 1 ton suburban status Staff Member Moderator GMOTM Winner

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    i love them id jump on one if i had the opportunity
     
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    Cricket 3/4 ton status

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    You dawg! Is this a freebie like the bird?
     
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    No such luck-I have to pay for this one.
     
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    They are awesome. Been awhile, but I'm sure it has the 9" rear end in it. There may be a chance that it's a 31 spline model also. Those axle shafts are pretty beefy and it doesn't cost much for spares if you think you need them. If you want to upgrade, parts are plentiful.
     
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    Avery4jc 1 ton status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    and you let her get away because...?

    -Avery
     
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    It will be a 31 spline 9". IMHO the biggest thing wrong with those broncos are the motors big heavy modifieds but you are going to remedy that. Great drivetrain c6 for the auto to a 205 and a nP435? and a 205 for the manual. Of course there is that Ford power steering pump (whine whine whine)

    I say go for it these are great trucks. Best looking Ford truck ever built
     
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    I really like the 78/79 Broncos. Working on the older Ford's is fairly easy, but the parts swapability isn't as good as Chevys.

    Here is a pic of my Bronco that I'm working on



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  12. Desert Rat

    Desert Rat Fetch the comfy chair

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    No offense to the Chevy die hards, but if I was to do it all again, I would go 78-79 Bronco. I had a 90 Bronco that I put some bucks into. 7" of lift, 10.25 Sterling in the rear, winch, custom skidplates, etc. I dumped it because I didn't want any electronics to fail in the boonies. I seriously planned on 78 Bronco. My Chevy owning buddy talked me into the Blazer. His argument was parts were more readily available. However, now in retrospect I've done more homework and LMC and other companies offer many replacement parts for the Bronco as well.

    The things I like about the Bronco are the coil front end. The ride is very smooth. You can swap a D60 in pretty easy. There are many after market products that help not only with the swap, but put better arms in. You can drop a 460 in them and the tranny options are similar to doing a Chevy in that there are upgrades as well. I'd do a 10.25FF Sterling in the rear too.
     
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    yeah im suprised more poeple dont use sterling rear axles, the strength is equal to a 14bff and they have better clearance... and they probably even make deeper gears for it.
     
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    there not as Plentiful as 14 bolts and theres less after market for them
     
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    yeah i figured that was the main reason why, but what really aftermarket do you need? R&P, locker, maybe disc brake kit and diff covers.. it might be harder to find aftermarket for them but im sure its there somewhere.
     
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    yeah I guess if I was building a ford I might use one especially if the truck had one already but theres lots of 70's out there
     
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    That's Beater. He's too good for wimmen.
     
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    what is the difference between the 80's and a 79? I can only think of OJs white bronco or the old 60's. Is there a different body between the two?
    got some pics?
     
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    Very different body style. The 78-79's had the same front clip design as the pickups from the late 70's. They were the first two years that they made the full size Broncos, and the only two with that bodystyle.
     
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    "i dont date guys from work" and she wouldnt change her mind. ended up dating a girl in accounting instead.

    she has since sold both Broncos, and bought a stock newer F150.
     

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