Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Blue Plate Special: 1978 Ford Bronco

The second generation Ford Bronco was released in 1978 as an up-sized version of the previously compact off-roader.  It was still a Jeep competitor, but was now based on Ford's F-series truck chassis with sights aimed squarely with Chevy's Blazer and Chrysler's Dodge Ramcharger.  Find this 1978 Ford Bronco here on eBay bidding for $7,100 with 2 days to go, located in Los Angeles, CA.

The 1978-79 model year Broncos were the biggest of the breed (originally designed in the early 70s under the project name "Short-Horn")-- big V8s up front, standard four-wheel-drive (with an optional chain driven transfer case) mated to a Dana 44 front axle, and more mass than you'll ever need.


Power comes from a 351 cubic inch Ford Cleveland 351M V8 -- a big beast of an engine that was totally castrated by the fuel crisis and emissions regulations.  You would be right to conclude that 156 horsepower isn't much, but 262 ft-lbs of torque will get things moving.


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9 comments:

  1. Unless the Cleveland was swapped in, this truck would have the 351M in it stock. Far from anyone's favorite engine, it was a poster child of 70s era emissions-choked power train technology.

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    1. Todd -- you are correct, the 351 Cleveland was discontinued after 1974 and the 400 was de-stroked to create the 351M. Lemme fix that!! -Vince

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    2. But at least the early 400M block with the small bell pattern gives the Pantera guys a readily available 50ci bump once they throw out the stock heads and guts.

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  2. This ebay seller literally relists every item at least twice. On one Mercedes they were trying to sell, I think it took 4-5 relists. (It had a no-reserve price too.)

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    1. How else would they relist them---figuratively? metaphorically?

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  3. You are absolutely, literally, and figuratively, no help whatsoever.

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    1. Not uncommon. Sometimes they'll be dropping the price until they find a buyer, sometimes they'll hold the price and wait for that buyer who thinks It's Just Right.

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    2. I know. I was trying to reply with a snarky comeback to FTB's comment above, but blogger messed up and posted it as a new comment instead of a reply to his comment.

      Sorry.

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