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Post General 1978-1979 Ford Bronco Information

This is for the First Generation Fullsize Bronco(the best looking Bronco body generation IMO).

The 1978-1979 Fullsize Bronco was codenamed "Project Short horn" by FoMoCo in 1972, it was required to be based on the 1973 F100 chassis and to be released in 1974 to compete w/ the Chevy Blazer and International Harvester Scout II, but it wasn't to be. In 1973, the world suffered from the worst energy crisis ever experienced in modern times. Homes across the country started experiencing electrical brown outs and people had to pay ever-increasing prices for fuel for their automobiles. Price control systems that were implemented at the time only aggravated the problem, and by October of 1973 The Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) implemented an oil embargo that nearly crippled the country. Everywhere people went there were lines at gas stations that were sometimes miles long and many times there was no gas left at the stations at all!

It was released in mid 1977 for the 1978 Model year and was an instant hit. With the introduction of the fullsize Bronco, consumers could now have a vehicle with all the ruggedness of the F-Series trucks combined with luxury features such as A/C, cruise control, roll bars, AM/FM/CB stereos, delay wipers, bucket seats, center consoles, and even tilt steering -- all in a short wheel base package that was easy to maneuver both on and off the road. Consumers could also choose exactly how they wanted their new Bronco equipped with two basic models being offered; the Custom, which was marketed towards the "outdoor enthusiast" and the Ranger XLT, which was marketed as more of family-oriented daily driver. FoMoCo also offered a "Free-Wheelin" package on both the Custom & the Ranger XLT that featured tri-color striping, black bumpers, black low mount western-style mirrors, sport steering wheel, special glove box appliqué, and custom wheels. There were also some ultra-luxurious Lariat Broncos built to help promote the new Bronco at Ford dealers around the country.

Some additional new features for 1979 was the introduction of captain chairs, standard square headlights (1978 custom's had round and Ranger XLT had square), and a more aggressively marketed "Free-Wheelin" package that featured optional chromatic striping in place of the '78s tri-color striping.

Engine-
M Block 351m/400 that were based on the Cleveland. (NOTE- There was never a 300 from the factory in this Gen Bronco, Nor a 460 or 351c, just the 351m/400).

Transmission-
Manual- Borg Warner(BW) T18, New Process(Np) 435.
Automatic- Ford C6

Transfercase-
New Process 205 Part-time 4x4 transfercase, New Process 203 Full-time 4x4 transfercase.

Trim Levels-
Custom, and Ranger XLT(NOTE- There was NO Lariat package offered on the Bronco, there was also no such thing as a "Highboy" Bronco, the term "Highboy" refers to 67-77.5 F250's w/ a Divorced Transfercase).

Axles-
Front- Dana 44 Solid Front Axle(arguably the BEST front axle for 4x4ing)
Rear- Ford 9" rear axle.

Packages-
Packages offered on the 78-79 Bronco were the Free Wheelin', Trailer Special, and countless Dealership packages could be selected.

SEE THIS THREAD for axle codes, tranny codes.

One more thing, the 78 Bronco's used the smaller 1330 u-joint(which isn't very strong) whereas the 79's used the 1350(the 79 I had used a special Conversion u-joint that was a cross between the 1330 and 1350(it had 2 1330 caps and 2 1350 caps on one u-joint) and thus required me to go to NAPA or JBG to get it.)
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nice now lets go back a little further


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take your time, your doing a great job
just dont forget the
170
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They also came w/ the 351w.
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not between '66 - '77
those I listed were only offered in those years (the FIRST Offerings)


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time to put the think'en cap on


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thats OK we never said what year
like '66 -'77
'78'- '79
'80 -'86
'87 - '91
all with differant engines or with the same engines but as time went on less horse power

to note: I can't remember the year but when the 300 I6 was offered it had more HP than the 302 W V8
may have been around the 80's due to emission crap


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It is interesting that the 300 was not offered in the 78/79 Bronco, but was the base motor in the F150 of the same years.

The 300 was the base engine in the 80-86 Broncos. Emissions were added in 1984 to the I6.

The 1985 302 got fuel injection.

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