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post #1 of (permalink) Old 02-12-2001, 12:02 AM
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1979 Ford Bronco, 351M, 4 barrell, automatic trans, and a 6" lift and 3" body lift with bald 44 tires and new 513 axle gears warren bumper and winch 6000 pounds also have rear trailer hitch winch good trail ride $5500 FIRM
no way it is worth that right?
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Re: worth?

The winch and the bumpers probably cost $3000 sound good but I would do a good check and test drive it while it's cold and hot. I got taken once.

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Re: worth?

A 351M sucks gas(if you'll pardon the expression) like an old Ford. It may very well have been the engine that the phrase was coined after. 5.13 gears ain't gonna help things either. A 351 has all of the weight of a 460 and none of the cubes.

Another thing to remember is the chasis is 23 model years old. Now granted this truck seems to have everything you want for some REALLY serious field work, you'd want to make sure you had a real need for a monster like that and that you didn't drive this too far on the road as it's gonna eat you outta house and home.

Still, someone bled their guts (and wallet) out building it and if it's in reasonable shape and you really can use something like that, offer him 3 grand.

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The drivetrain on that puppy is unbeatable as far as stock equipment goes (excpt the engine). The color is ugly as sh!t, though, and the body style is somewhat dated. If you were to use this as a hunting truck and for some muddy trails, than by all means buy it. But I hope that yer not going to expect to daily drive it. Considering the age, bodystyle, and realistic application, I don't see it being worth much more than 3500. That's what I would offer the guy.

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Problem is, this dude owned his own tree cutting business. He has 2 ton dump trucks, tree trimmers, and they are huge. But what blows my mind is this Bronco is atleast 2 feet taller than all of them.
I think a 460 would be more appropriate but I want atleast 12-13mpg is this possible

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Re: worth?

I doubt it. 10 mpg would probably be the best you could expect. trucks that high have no aerodynamics, and without an overdrive trans highway driving will, as mentioned earlier, suck gas. but if you could afford it as a second vehicle it would be awesome with a 460!

It's a Jeep thing? My Bronco thing will run over your little Jeep thing.

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Accually whoever said 351M sucks gas? refering to the engine sucking or its gas sucking abilities? Really its a pretty efficient engine - it breaths better than a windsor thanks to its Clevland heritage, although it is a 79 so that might hurt you some - with the emmision stuff. But I have a '78 with 36s that'll pass emmisions and it gets 13.5mpg. Most people stick a massive carb on there looking for more power - These are trucks people CFM helps at 4-5K how often do you rev you're truck like that. 450CFM would probably do it for most people - just as much torque better throttle response and mileage. But the motor does kind of suck - except for the Big block bellhousing bolt pattern. It has a pretty bad oiling setup (It oils lifters first, Mains and rods tend to get starved in old loose motors) but it can be pretty well shored up by taking a oil line from the rear of the motor, the galley that they stick the pressure sensor on, up to the front by the filter where a sending unit would go on a Windsor. Otherwise the motor is built like a brute. But you may want to consider a 390 or somthing it'll bolt up to you're transmission as well, 460 might be a little over the top esspecially if you want to use it for trail use. The truck sounds well equiped if the work is done well it could be worth 5500, If you really need somthing like that - or you could get a pretty stout preformer set up for alot less if you do it you're self. my 2 cents.

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