Re: About to buy a Bronco
I agree about it it would be a hassle to belt little kids into car seats. But that's an adult problem. Kids who can belt themselves in shouldn't be a problem. Many of us grew up in families with only 2 door cars. Kids can climb in anywhere. If the adults complain about the step-up height, you could always put some of them little step things on it (gag!), and it would look more like an Expedition then (sneer!).
My 2 cents on carb vs. FI... They each have their pros and cons. For a given engine, stock, the FI will give better gas mileage, a bit more power, and better drivability, particularly during the warm-up period (a plus if your in a cold climate). The carb has it for simplicity, but you probably can learn FI. Unlikely that you can fix an FI problem on the side of the road, though. But if you have electronic ignition, it's unlikely you could solve a problem there if a module croaks, anyway. I grew up with carbs, had many of them, and have learned FI too. So to me its a toss-up. If I were buying a brand-new vehicle, would I want FI? Yup! But if an older vehicle struck my fancy, I wouldn't be put off by a carb.
About Variable Venturi carbs - That was Fords last gasp in carbs before FI took over. Had a 302 with 7200VV in a 82 Ford Battlewagon for 15 years. Just got rid of it recently. Still ran good. Not the best carb ever, thats for sure, but always met the emission test where I lived for years, no problem. Thought it would do better power-wise with a regular carb, but that wasn't an option there due to EPA.
If you do buy the 82, it probably has the VV carb. I've taken them apart and fixed them. I know what usually goes wrong with them, so give me a shout if you need help. Goodluck with whatever you choose!