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Reaper7
05-20-2007, 04:03 PM
Im looking to buy a Bronco as soon as i sell my jeep,What should i look for?I want a newer full size one,Any bad years i should stay away from?Any info would be great

F150HULK
05-20-2007, 04:10 PM
Buy anything 79 or older! 80 and up suck ass with IFS and starts getting into sensors and too much crap. or buy one built and done right.
Besides old school [5]

my 2 cents

Ginger Snaps
05-20-2007, 04:24 PM
78/79 best broncos ever made some say best fullsize suv ever made. look for rust on the rear quarters, floor is also another bad spot, engine is ethier a 351m or 400 tough as nails, 80s have the ttb not so great depends what you want to do. Do you want a bad ass rig you only take out on weekends or more of a daily/exploring truck..i love my 78 i had a 89 ill never go back..

cabagedoll
05-20-2007, 07:11 PM
The Bronco was offered with a 351M or 400 V-8 engine. Both engines had a 2 bbl carb, a T-18 granny first gear 4 spd manual was standard while 3 spd automatic transmission was optional. The transfer case had a 2 Speed w/1.92 low range ratio. Rear axle was the Ford 9" while front was the Dana 44. Front disc brakes were now standard. Round headlights were standard, while square headlights came with the XLT option package.Square headlights and emissions control equipment, specifically an air pump, vapor canister and a catalytic converter became standard.

Ford converted the Bronco with the Twin Traction Beam front suspension. This front axle still incorporated the Dana 44 carrier. Ford 9 " was still out back. Transfer case was now the NP 208 w/2.61 low range. Standard motor was the 300 CI inline 6 (w/ manual trans only). Optional motors were the 302 and 351 cid V-8's. 3.00 axle ratio was introduced, 3.5 was optional. Auto locking hubs were now optional also. Bronco dimensions for 1980 were reduced by 2.7 inches in length and 1.1 inches in width. Body was heavily restyled with cleaner lines and new grille.

1981
Changes included a 4 spd overdrive manual trans with a .71 4th gear The 4 spd with granny first was still available. Engine options remained. Auto-locking hubs were made standard equip. A snow plow package was offered for the first time.

Reaper7
05-20-2007, 07:54 PM
Its going to be my daily driver, I was looking at a 1996,Anyone know of a well built one for sale? [cheers]

m j
05-21-2007, 09:06 AM
The Bronco was offered with a 351M or 400 V-8 engine. Both engines had a 2 bbl carb, a T-18 granny first gear 4 spd manual was standard while 3 spd automatic transmission was optional. The transfer case had a 2 Speed w/1.92 low range ratio. Rear axle was the Ford 9" while front was the Dana 44. Front disc brakes were now standard. Round headlights were standard, while square headlights came with the XLT option package.Square headlights and emissions control equipment, specifically an air pump, vapor canister and a catalytic converter became standard.

I have five 78/9 4 speed trucks, none have a t18 they all have np435s
the np205 gear ratio is 1.96
ford pretty much used 2 axle gear ratios in these trucks 3.50 or 4.10

I am also a fan of the pre 1980 trucks.
other then the engines have no compression or power they are an awesome platform to build from

Reaper7
05-22-2007, 08:09 AM
has anyone tried to drop a diesel in a bronco?

Maelthra
05-22-2007, 01:51 PM
couple people on fullsizebronco.com have, one using a Cummins and one using a 6.9L IDI Diesel.

http://www.fullsizebronco.com/forum/showthread.php?t=61534 <- Cummins
http://community.webshots.com/user/moosestang <- 6.9L IDI swap

MikeWild
05-22-2007, 02:50 PM
Its going to be my daily driver, I was looking at a 1996,Anyone know of a well built one for sale? [cheers]

A friend is selling his 96 Eddie Bauer. (Last production year of the Bronco)

It's lifted 6 inches with 33 BFG Mud Terrains and a custom swing away tire carrier from BCC.com. Full Leather interior with remote start.

http://vancouver.craigslist.org/car/334503819.html

Tha_Stepside
05-24-2007, 12:31 PM
Look for a Bronco with a 300-6 if your looking for a daily driver, i used to get 17mpg with my 95 and the engine would not die no matter how many times i overheated it/over revved it. I did bust a pushrod once tho.

jayinsurrey
05-24-2007, 07:36 PM
Look for a Bronco with a 300-6 if your looking for a daily driver, i used to get 17mpg with my 95 and the engine would not die no matter how many times i overheated it/over revved it. I did bust a pushrod once tho.



You get the same mileage with a six or an eight. My buddy had a 96 F150 with a 300 and i had a 96 F150 with a 302, they got the same mileage and the 300 had no get up and go compared to the 302.

Little Mule
05-24-2007, 08:23 PM
My Dad has a 300 in his F-150 and it sucks. No power , always on the gas and could hardly hold overdrive.
On a flat road. LOL

fullsizebronco
05-25-2007, 12:15 AM
to tell you the truth owning a 91 and a 78 right now i find that off roading is way better in the 91 it crawls better flexses over things better my 78 i think is to rigid but who cares its my mud bogger lol !!!