1979 Ford Bronco XLT 400M from North America
They sure don't build them like this any more
The canopy leaks when it rains.
The headlights flicker sometimes.
The heater core cracked this winter.
Overall I am extremely impressed with the sheer durability of these old Broncos.
I slapped a used Edelbrock carb, intake, and headers with Flowmasters and it runs like a dream.
The 400M doesn't look like it's ever been rebuilt, which is a little hard to believe since it has over 200,000 miles on it.
I do need to get some lower gears as the 35 inch BFG's have geared it up.
This winter I rescued half a dozen stuck motorists with little trouble.
This Bronco was absolutely thrashed by the previous owner, but still works like a mule. It is the best $1,500 I have ever spent.
My Dad has a beautiful 78 that has also been a great rig.
Last summer my family and I took it on a 100 mile camp trip loaded with gear and pulling a fishing boat loaded with gear. We took it in the hills, and then loaded up and drove home without any problems. The mpg was pretty bad, but not for the era.
These old Fords really put any new truck to shame.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 7th March, 2008