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I saw a thread similar to this in the 80-96 section. Thought it would be a good idea for 78&79's since the trucks are a lot different. Hope you guys agree and can use this.


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Has to be something you did or bought and installed.
Why you did it and why it is better than what it replaced.
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Pictures (lets face it we like these).


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Hmmm... 1-Ton swap would have to be the best mod I've done, even though its not 100% done :toothless


I already have peace of mind knowing I shouldn't be repairing any axles after this...well I hope so atleast :rofl:

So far, with selling all my axles etc, I've actually made $300 doing the swap.





And reasoning WHY its better? No more of this...



 

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I'll start things off with a few less than exciting mods that made the cabin a bit more comfortable.
1) Heated seats. Great on a chilly morning with the top off. Bought some cheap elements off fleabay for $25 and added $20 worth of wire, switches and relays.
2) Cup holders cut into the factory console. Another $10 on ebay and a few minutes with a hole saw and you have:

Worked great until I bought a Tuffy center console...
3) recovering the factory dash pad. $17 for marine grade vinyl at the fabric store and another $10 for contact cement and it looks like new!



Of course the built 400 makes a difference too :rockon
 

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Well, not a bronco, but my 250-

I put in a Powertrax lock-rite locker (had an open carrier when I bought it, the D70 came with it)
And I changed out from chitty 39" Baja Belted's to 40" Ground hawgs

I don't have a pic of the locker, next time I pull the pan off I'll take one. Here is my Ghawg dawg... (and my big meaty d70 hub!)

 

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Shackle Flip rear. No more shims/blocks of any kind. I had a friend cut and bent these for me. they have since been boxed in.



By raleigh1911

Next is new steering (drag link, tie rod) and 1 ton swap.
 

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Worked great until I bought a Tuffy center console...
3) recovering the factory dash pad. $17 for marine grade vinyl at the fabric store and another $10 for contact cement and it looks like new!
Drill master heat gun yeahhh! :thumbup
 

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I replaced my floors from the front of the back seat to the firewall. Then installed heat and sound proof material I bought from lowes. I cut the good floor out of a parts bronco I had and welded it into mine. I also installed air conditioner and recovered my seats. The interior is so much more quiet. I also repainted a top and tinted all the windows. I have owned this bronco for over 9 years and drive it every day.

 

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#1 BRAKE UPGRADE - makes driving these things so much better. F350 or hydroboost, anything is better than stock. The F350 depending on how much you have to replace will run about $200 - $500. If you are doing any work on your brakes at all, do this then, the F350 parts don't really cost any more than stock.

#2 I also like my custom center console with cup holders, amp and sub built in. Probably $75 in material thanks to the stainless marine cup holders. Makes around town driving much better.
 

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Engine swap;

Rebuilt 400 to OE 1970 429. Approx double the torque and horsepower.
x2 :)

I bought a 78 with a 460 already swapped for $600 :rockon

So far it has cost me:

$20 JY Battery
$40 Rear Slip Yoke (new from JBG)
$25 All New Battery Cables
$10 Rear light pigtail
$15 External Regulator for Alt
$15 Track Bar Bushings

The 460 is 10x better than my old '78 that had the 400 in it. Hands down, the 460 is wicked.



 

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Oh, I forgot to say how much it cost. 460 with c6 out of an ambulance with 50k miles $600. Maybe $100 in various small parts and oil and filter to get it running. But this week I spent another 400 on performance junk
 

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I agree with Gilamonster, installing a 3G alternator was the best upgrade.
 

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Best Mods:

Factory Ford efi 460. More power at high revs, more torque at low revs, better reliability/durability, same fuel economy, Flawless cold/warm/hot starts, Hill climbs are a breeze. Literally no drama....Just turn the key and go. If there is a downside it is why did I not drop a 460 efi in there to begin with.


Pieced together my own lift. I did not like the kits on the market. Either too pricey, incomplete, or mismatched....Usually all three


Hydroboost brakes with t-bird calipers, one ton wheel cylinders, and an AGR Rock Ram power steering pump. First time I drove it with the new brakes I saw smoke coming from the front rotors....It was the cosmoline from five years ago. It finally got hot enough to burn off!






Worst Mods:
Tweecer (back when I tried to efi the 400)
Rear locker (click click click click)
Precision U-joints (Literally Oh Snap!)
Superwinch Hubs (Leaky)
Hedman Headers (paper thin at collector)
 
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