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post #1 of (permalink) Old 10-29-2001, 06:18 AM
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What are the good/bad things about a 1969?

I have the opportunity to get a relatives 1969 Bronco. It is stock with the 302 V8 and looks really clean. I know it sounds stupid but can't remember if it is aut or manual tranny, so I know some comments may be about the tranny. Anyway, this thing has always been kept under cover (barn) and never even had the top taken off and it has very minimal rust. My uncle drives it about once a month and it has no obvious problems. I figure it has the 9" rear but what front does it have? D44? D30? The fenders are still intact too :^) but it does have some kind of aftermarket wagon wheels. What is the maximun sised tire I can fit on this Bronco with no lift and assuming these wheels are the same dimensions as factory? 31" would be fine with me and maybe add a No-slip rear locker. What gear ratio, transfer case, and driveshaft (do they have double cardan stock?), am I likely to have? If I do a 3" lift, will I have to do a transfer case drop, CV driveshaft, or shim the rear axle? Sorry for all these questions since I am new to the forum and to Broncos both. I have a fair knowledge of some 4x4s, but very limited knowledge of the Bronco. Thanks for all help in advance.

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If it is stock it will have a dana 30 in front most likley with 3:50 gears, look at the tag it will be 3 on the tree and to run 33" tires you will need about 2 to 3" lift and cut rear fenders and you should be good to go. Bill

post #3 of (permalink) Old 10-31-2001, 04:21 PM
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Sounds like you found yourself a good bronco. I don't know what you want to do with it but if you want to get some money, keep the stock fenders, and you could sell it for a boatload. Most broncos sell by how good they look. No rust + completely stock = big $$.

Anyway, I don't think that auto tran. was availabe untill '72 so you probably got a three on the tree, the shifter's on the column. you have a Dana 30 front end, and yes a Ford 9 in the rear. Your trans. case is a Dana 20. And I think that the Broncos can off the line with 31"s

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Re: What are the good/bad things about a 1969?

Let me join in on this thread to avoid duplication. I'm also looking at a '69. I know it has a 3 spd manual, 9" rear and D30 front and supposedly it has 4.10 gears. It also has an inline 6 cyl engine and after market power steering, otherwise stock. My question is what kind of trannie and tcase would it have and what ratios? Also what about that engine? I don't know much about these but this one is going for $2500 with a solid frame but lots of body parts replaced with welded in patch panels. Engine is carbed, rebuilt and sounds good. Trannie, tcase and rear end are also rebuilt. Guy has almost $3000 worth of receipts of parts and work done. It has no lift. So what do you think?

Also what is a good site to get specs on different years?

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Re: What are the good/bad things about a 1969?

Somewhere in '69 they started putting 302's in the Bronco's (vs. 289's) Seems somebody told me that all the 302's came with Dana 44 fronts while some of the last 289's may have had D44 fronts, also. Worth checking on..

FYI: 6 cyl. 3 speed: "RAN" tranny = 2.99:1 first gear, 4.10 R&P, Dana 20 t-case.

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post #6 of (permalink) Old 11-16-2001, 08:41 PM
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sounds like you have found a good one. the Dana 44 was first offered in the Bronco in mid 1971.the 9" rear was the only rear axle ever offered.98% of all early Broncos had 3.50 gears with a few having limited slips in both pumpkins. some 6 cylinder Broncos had 4.11's but they are rare. the 302 first showed up in the 1969 model. the 3speed manual trans is a very strong unit but many have swapped in the 4 speed. if you modify the engine, you will need to upgrade to a dana 44 as the axles and u-joints in that Dana 30 are weak links in an otherwise very stout drivetrain.
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