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Full sized Bronco for plowing?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by AB Lawn Care, Oct 7, 2000.

  1. AB Lawn Care

    AB Lawn Care Member
    Messages: 93

    How do bronco's stand up when it comes to plowing?????I know they have an even smaller wheelbase than a Blazer.I was mainly tthinking about 78-90 bronco's.Have anyone used any for plowing?????How do they hold up?????The reason I'm asking is becouse I see quite a few bronco's with plows,either in my city or up for sale.Anyone have an experince with these trucks??????
     
  2. Chuck Smith

    Chuck Smith 2000 Club Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 2,317

    Hopefully EricELM will see this thread. He can tell you about his experience plowing with a Bronco... all good by the way!

    ~Chuck
     
  3. John Allin

    John Allin PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,327

    My first plow truck was a full size Bronco. Standard tranny. Had it 9 years. Went through three plows, but not one clutch. It was a great pushing vehicle. Tremendous for residentials.

    Next truck was a F250. Have had that truck for 16 years now. It only works in the winter (yeah... I STILL go out and play in the snow).

    Personally, I don't think you can go wrong with a full size Bronco.
     
  4. AB Lawn Care

    AB Lawn Care Member
    Messages: 93

    Thanks for the replys!

    John-what year of bronco was it???Was it a 78-79???I take it from what you said that it was reliable!What if any parts did you have to replace in the you owned it????
     
  5. Eric ELM

    Eric ELM Husband, Father, Friend, Mentor, Angel
    from Chicago
    Messages: 239

    I had several Bronco's. The old ones were great for plowing, I'm talking 77 and older. I had 4 of them over the years. I also had a 79 Bronco that was great for plowing. The short wheel base was great for turning and also for the circle driveways. If you can find a solid Bronco, go for it, because it is a great plow truck. I haven't used anything newer than a 1979 for plowing in Bronco's. I now use my 97 HD F250 which is doing just fine at plowing.
     
  6. John Allin

    John Allin PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,327

    Mine was a 77.
    Replaced an alternator once, and then we upgraded it to the largest one we could have. And, we put in a 2nd battery (which we do in every single plow truck we have had - even now).
     
  7. Lazer

    Lazer Senior Member
    Messages: 399

    Or you could install a more significant hydraulic system which increases speed, productivity and reduces downtime.
     
  8. John Allin

    John Allin PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,327

    In a Bronco ??
     
  9. Aspen Snow

    Aspen Snow Senior Member
    Messages: 148

    I think the new electric pumps are much better than the under the hood pump. We have a truck with a under the hood pump and does not lift fast enough. And we replaced the pump last year and it still does not make a difference.
     
  10. jason2

    jason2 PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 117

    A little Bronco history, for those interested.

    The first generation of Bronco's are the 1966-1977. Don't have the numbers in front of me, but I believe the wheelbase of the early Bronc's was around 104 inches. They had a Ford 9" rear, with a Dana 44 up front. Base motor was a straight six, backed by a manual three speed and a dana 20 transfer case. A 289 v-8 as well as a auto were optional through '68. Mid year 68 the 302 was introduced and remained as the largest engine offered in a Bronco until '77. There was an optional half cab or full hard top for the first generation Bronco's. Doors and tops are easily removeable. Right now the first generation Broncos are highly desireable and command a high price if in decent shape.

    The second generation Bronco are the fullsize 78-79's. They were the first Bronco to be based on the 1/2 ton short box chassis. They also were equipped with the nine inch rear and dana 44. Engines offered were the 302, 351, 400. Gear boxes included either the auto or a manual 4 speed. These years are still plentiful and are good raw building material. A 460 swap is very easy in these models.

    The third and final generation are the 1980-1996 models. They are quite similar to the 78-79's. They share the same wheelbase as the 78-79's. But the major weak point is the twin traction beam dana 44 front axle. Don't get me wrong the ttb is a decent axle. But it will never compare to a straight axle. For the rear they had the Ford 8.8 axle. A decent axle, but not as stout as the nine inch. All engines had carbs until '85. In '86 Ford went to fuel injection.

    I'd love to have a 78 or 79 to plow with. But for play I'd have to have a 66-77. :)
     
  11. AB Lawn Care

    AB Lawn Care Member
    Messages: 93

    Ok here is a question for you!Diggerman took a blazer and lifted the body on it and put a P/U cab.Could you do that with a 79 bronco?????I know that diggermans cab was able to bolt on with no mods.Would it be the same with a 79 bronco???It is based on a short bed version right????Does anyone know if that could be done?????
     
  12. jason2

    jason2 PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 117

    AB,

    Are you asking if you can pull the body off of a 78-79 bronco, and bolt on a pickup cab? If that is your question, I'm 99.9% sure that you can. I have never done so personally. But it shouldn't be any problem to do. Yes the full size bronco's are based off of the short box 1/2 ton frame.
     
  13. John Allin

    John Allin PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,327

    Computer geeks.
    Weather geeks.

    But.... Bronco geeks ??
     
  14. Eric ELM

    Eric ELM Husband, Father, Friend, Mentor, Angel
    from Chicago
    Messages: 239

    Jason2

    The 66 to 77 Bronco's were 92" wheel base and the 78 and 79 were 104". The older ones were the best off road 4x4's Ford has made. I was in a 4x4 club and my old Bronco was the only one that went the first year without getting stuck. I would drive in where I had just pulled out others and stop and then pull on out of there. Several other guys bought old Bronco's after that. :D

    John, I used to be a Bronco Geek, until they quit making the good ones. :) The 79 XLT with the 400 was the last new one I bought.
     
  15. jason2

    jason2 PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 117

    Eric,

    Thanks for clarifiying that. Must have been thinking about the 78-79's when I posted that. :) I've been in love with the early Bronc's for years. A couple of years ago I was looking to buy one, couldn't find a decent one in my area, so I settled on a Jeep. I'll have a early bronco someday though. :)
     
  16. finnegan

    finnegan Senior Member
    Messages: 313

    Plowed with a 90 bronco had no problem,except trying to see out back window