Hey guys I’m new here. I’m 14 turnin 15 and am wondering if a 78-79 ford bronco would be a good first truck to wrench/wheel with. I’m looking at a 79 that needs some work. I just need some opinions guys thanks.
|Howdy! So you wanna decode the VIN number on you're 1978-1979 Bronco, well this thread will help to decode the VIN number. If you want you're whole door tag decoded, please feel free to create a new thread or PM me and I can almost always decode the whole tag.|
U15 = 4 Wheel Drive Bronco Wagon
Second letter can be either of these two engine's.
H= 351m 2bbl 5.8L
S= 400 2bbl 6.6L
L= Michigan truck
Consecutive Unit Number
AE0,001 to CK9,999= 1978 Model Year Bronco
DC0,001 to FK9,000= 1979 Model Year Bronco
These are the letter's I've seen on a Bronco, if you have a different letter for you're Assembly Plant post up and I'll tell you where it was Assembled." by ~Blue~
Yo,@miesk5 thanks for all of that man. It will help a lot when I start to go and look in person at them. I will probably get a 2nd vehicle when I can when I start to wheel with it. But for now I just want it to get me too and from school. But is there any bronco trims/features I should look for in one. I’m looking at a custom and I’m pretty sure that’s the lowest trim level but not sure.
The 78 or 79 is the most desirable years of the older Broncos. They will command the most purchase price but will hold their value. My only caution is the gas mileage. When you get your first vehicle you are going to want to drive the wheels off of it. Right now gas is cheap.... but that is not going stay that way. let's say you want to drive 130 miles a day. That is going to be around 10 gallons of gas per day... or 17$ a day now. If gas goes back up to 2.50 you are going to spend 25$ a day. I would hate to see you get a bad ass ride but struggle to keep gas in it. My suggestion... and it is only my suggestion... is to get a 2008 to 2011 Ford Focus. Right now they are really cheap. You can get one for $2,000 and drive the hell out of it... without having to worry about it breaking down. If you can find a manual 5 speed, they get 35 MPG all day long. You can cut your weekly gas bill in half and use that extra money to by a Project Bronco that can be sported on weekends or to just cruise for chicks.
Being a new driver and spending on average 100$ a week in gas in a Bronco or spending maybe 30$ in a Focus you are saving $70 a week. In a year you pocket 3,500 savings in gas.
Not being a buzz kill, but you asked for advice.
my friend in high school was gifted a 1969 mustang Mach 1. That was one of the sweetest rides in school. The only problem was we all had to donate gas money to just ride in it.
92-96 is the most modern. My 94 was my first truck. If they've been maintained theyre very reliable. Mine has had plenty of issues but getting to where it's going was never one of them. 96 is the oddball. They went OBDII for that year and that year only, so it has a different EEC and different engine wiring and sensors with different connectors. This can make working on them a little more difficult. Some like kingfish seek out the 96 despite these hassles so they can have obdII. For the easiest to work on and most reliable Id suggest a 94-95, you get the best stuff in those years without the drawbacks of the 96. The newest bronco is 24 years old, so don't try to find an ultra low mileage one, those have sat around most of their lives and can have more issues than a high mileage one. Angelo had a 95 with 80k that had more issues than my 94 at 200k.I am also thinking about getting a 92-96 bronco with the 5.8 my grandpa has one with 32k on it so I think a 96 would be a lot more reliable then a 79?