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Old 11/21/09, 11:13 AM   #16
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I bought a $501 '78 while I was in college. It was definitely a love/hate relationship for the few years I had it. I hated the fact that the truck was a total POS beater and loved the fact that it took me anywhere I wanted to go and never left me stranded or stuck.

I'm not a big fan of the 351M, but to its credit it is a rock solid reliable engine in stock form. Mine had either 185K or 285K miles on it when I bought it more than 10 years ago and I know for a fact that its still rolling around with the same stock unrebuilt engine.

78/9 vintage broncos really got the best HD running gear and suspension that ford had available for passenger trucks at the time. If you are looking for a reliable and capable vehicle, they fit the bill nicely.
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Old 11/21/09, 12:24 PM   #17
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This one is local to me, and is in very nice shape, I see it all over the place...

http://prescott.craigslist.org/cto/1475549149.html
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Old 11/21/09, 12:34 PM   #18
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This one is local to me, and is in very nice shape, I see it all over the place...

http://prescott.craigslist.org/cto/1475549149.html
Now see, that looks like a fair deal. I looked at one last week in probably the exact same condition and the guy wanted $8,000 for it. I was shocked, until I checked a few on ebay that were going for $7,000 to $8,000 range.
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Old 11/21/09, 12:51 PM   #19
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If your interested in it I'll go check it out for you. Just let me know. I've always wanted to crawl around that one anyways.
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Old 11/21/09, 01:09 PM   #20
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Then look for a 78. The smog equipment was changed in 79. 78's still didn't have Cats from the factory. The emissions equiptment was very minimal on the 78 model. Like it was stated earlier the 78/79s had more in common with the classics than later model broncos.
I'm not sure that was true for the Cali Broncos.

But in any event, yes, the 78/79 Broncos were the ultimate in factory off-road machines. I've proven that..or at least I'm wrking on proving it..my '78 only has 320,000 very hard street and trail miles on it and is almost broken in. I'll let ya know when it hits 500,000 if I still feel the same way.

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Old 11/21/09, 01:23 PM   #21
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If your interested in it I'll go check it out for you. Just let me know. I've always wanted to crawl around that one anyways.
I appreciate the offer, but I'm not really "looking" for one. This one happened to be parked outside of Home Depot with a for sale sign in it and I just had to call the guy. It's probably a good thing that he wanted so much for it. My wife would have killed me!
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Old 11/21/09, 02:25 PM   #22
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Luv em BOTH..! EB & FSB...!!!

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Old 11/21/09, 03:09 PM   #23
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I love them and was building one before we moved to FL. Sold it all off before we moved. My plan still is to some day build one with an EFI 460 and a ZF 5 speed trans. I have even kicked the idea around of installing an EFI 300 6cyl. Some day when I have money.
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Old 11/21/09, 04:43 PM   #24
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When it comes to a comfy cross-country cruiser, soccer-mom utility vehicle and general 'stuff' hauler, that can tke Tellico or Moab at the same time..nothing ever came close.

'69 w/ Oz-408, T-18/NP-205, D44/ARB, D60 Detroit
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Old 11/21/09, 06:13 PM   #25
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I'm converting my 78 to be a modern all power comfy tow rig. I've owned it since 85. It has just over 220,000 on the stock 351m. The M block is now in pieces in the shop and will soon sport all new goodies to make it pull a bit better. The driveline is all new and I just added 4" of silky deaver lift. Hope to have it ready for super cel and the MEB spring ride in June.
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Old 11/21/09, 06:27 PM   #26
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What do you suppose it would take to put a 7.3 Power Stroke and a 4r100, 205 in one? Is there even room?
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Old 11/21/09, 08:01 PM   #27
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There is definitely room. There is more room under the hoods of the 78/79's than most trucks today
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Old 11/21/09, 09:56 PM   #28
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the plans for the wifes is a built 9 mostly stock front deaver rear springs coil over front 7.3 PS and C6 here is how it sits now I got it for 3,000 here in Hawaii.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4.../bronco031.jpg

the body is strait as the day is long and every thing works to include the rear window.

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http://classicbroncos.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=163762

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Old 11/21/09, 10:19 PM   #29
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Here's one of mine next to my cousins. I started out with big broncos, always enjoyed them. Tough frames, tough drivetrain. I kind of feel bad after reading this post because I've been meaning to put mine up for sale lately, just havn't gotten to it(or don't really want to sell), but running out of room at the moment. I spend more time on the EB nowadays.
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Old 11/21/09, 11:56 PM   #30
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Only ones I've never owned. I've had a '69, '73, '75, '85, and a '92. I will have one one day as a bush beater. As a daily driver I like my pickup to much.

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