I agree the 18-79 Ford Broncos were one of the best full size 4X4 ever made. In off road performance they are right up there with the Old Dodge Power Wagon, early Jeep CJ's and Toyta Landcruisers.
If the old Bronco's are as bad as everyone says, why does everyone compare them to the new stuff? Maybe Ford Motor Company had it right years ago and we're still trying to achieve the same level of versatility they had. I think that Ford had the original SUV, We just called it a Hunting Rig back then.
My 79 Bronco drives better than my moms 1999 Lexus, and it does still has all the front end components. If you don't agree you can kiss my duel exhaust.
I currently have a 1978 bronco. My wife and I have had it since 1996. It has been very dependable both off road and on the road. I currently changed out the motor, that had over 300,000 miles on it. The only reason for that is it started knocking. I Could have just changed the crank and some other miner things, but, I went with a 400 instead of the 351M. What I am saying is you can put them down all you want. Because while myself and so many of my Bronco brethren's are driving down the highway. Don't be upset when we stop and give you a hand when your broke down. Because not only will we give you a hand, but we will also have a good laugh. FORD BRONCO'S NEVER DIE!
I can vouch for the durability of a 78 Bronco. I accidentaly drove mine through a brick wall, and not little red bricks, but those big cinder block ones. I only had a few scratches on the hood so I was happy, but the owner of the house was a little more than upset.
I have a 1978 ford bronco pickup truck, and I will say for looks and quality, nothing will touch it. and I work for a land rover main dealer, this car is the ultimate gladiator!!!
The 78 Bronco sure was a tough vehicle, but could have been engineered better around rear wheel wells. My ex brother in law put his 78 through the worst extremes, and was NEVER let down, or left stranded. Ted Nugent will vouch for the toughness of these vehicles, they don't make them like they used to.
I know my neighbor had a 78 Blazer and I had to work on it all the time; valve cover gaskets, water pump, alternator; complete JUNK.
So to all you geeked up garbage motors, and rice burners, bring your junk to the arena and I will put all my money on the BRONCO'S.
I own an 78 Bronco XLT Ranger 4x4 TS with a 400 that has been rebuilt once. This truck has never died. The stock motor didn't have the power my dad (who owned it before me) wanted. Other than that, reliability would be a 10 of 10. It is comfortable to drive, plenty of room, and after the rebuild, its got loads of power. It has ZERO rust and has been the best car I have ever owned. I'll keep it for life.