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Daily Drivers, Who realy does drive their Bronco daily????

Post by LOW KEY » Fri Oct 16, 2009 12:47 pm

Well I have kind of gone retro lately. After having a new or newer car for all of the 25 years that my wife and I have been married we finally got tired of paying all our $$$ to some bank and to some insurance company . We recently sold our 2007 Jeep JK Rubicon Unlimited and now we are driving our 72 Sport Explorer Bronco. The funny thing is I like driving the 72 a lot more than the 2007. . So this got me wondering . How many other families use a Vintage Bronco as a daily driver??? And I mean a real daily driver not just in good weather.
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Post by willd » Fri Oct 16, 2009 1:07 pm

I'm in that class. I sold my 96 Bronco to get my 66 and used it as my daily driver until the clutch went out, and then I jacked up the three speed. If I can ever get a new tranny in it, it'll be my daily driver again.

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Post by LOW KEY » Fri Oct 16, 2009 1:35 pm

willd wrote:I'm in that class. I sold my 96 Bronco to get my 66 and used it as my daily driver until the clutch went out, and then I jacked up the three speed. If I can ever get a new tranny in it, it'll be my daily driver again.
I have several three speeds if you need one . Free !!!!!!
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Post by willd » Fri Oct 16, 2009 1:44 pm

I think I have a np 435 I can get, but I'm still trying to figure out the total cost. And I have to swap the input shaft to et the correct spline. If it falls through though, I may have to take the roadtrip to Troy.
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Post by TCheney » Fri Oct 16, 2009 1:59 pm

I walk right by my Bronco on the way to my daily driver. I hope to one day soon be able to rely on it for daily use. My son is on the cusp of driving. He has dreams of driving the Bronco. BAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Sorry. He probably gets to choose between my '97 Ranger (current DD) and his mom's Camry. Unless I turn over the keys to my new money pit, a 1967 F100 4X4.


That picture of your Bronco next to the pond is pretty cool.

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Post by shutch4251 » Fri Oct 16, 2009 2:20 pm

Used to use my 73 as an alternative daily driver based on needs. I have 99 chevy 1500 silverado. I drove the truck if I needed to haul my bike around or dump runs. Living in AZ, weather is nice 90% of the time, working from home, commutes are short to school, store, across town for customer visit.

When son turned 16 this past year, he got the 99 chevy and i use the 73 as much as I can. What I pay in gas, I save in car payment and insurance. At end of month I net out ahead. So for me winner winner chicken dinner!

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Post by BroncoJim » Fri Oct 16, 2009 2:39 pm

I drive my '76 when it rains or when my '65 Mustang is broken/being upgraded. I have been doing this for three years. I've learned a couple of things:
Following distance is your friend. You can't stop as quickly as a new car and quick manuevers can get you in trouble.
You spend more time in the slow lane. My Bronco spins at about 3,000 rpm at 70 mph which is the mininum speed around here. You get tired quick of being passed on the left and the right.
Other drivers are idiots. You would think they would cut you some slack if you are driving a classic but most (especially women) don't care. They'll tailgate you, cut you off, and pass you around corners.
Rain sucks. Wipers are marginal, the defroster does not work well w/out AC, the soft top leaks.
They are loud, at least mine is. With 33s and Flowmasters you can't hear the radio, etc. You give up some creature comforts such as AC, decent tunes.
10 MPG 'nuff said.
If you get in an accident you can get hurt. Not much in the way of air bags, etc. This helps you focus on driving defensively.

All that being said. I love driving mine. You can make changes to yours to make it more economical, comfortable, safer, etc. It's just a matter of $$ and time.
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Post by bbronko » Fri Oct 16, 2009 3:50 pm

I drive a bronco to work everyday. Heck I drive my Bronco every place I go. I love it.

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Post by Scodge » Fri Oct 16, 2009 4:07 pm

I drove my '67 every day for 12 years. There's nothing like working on your truck at 7:30 at night in the rain because you have to get to work the next day.
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Post by frenchy » Fri Oct 16, 2009 5:08 pm

Luckly I have 3 to choose from so depending on the weather it's everyday I get to drive one. I wouldn't trade it for anything. Yea I'm a addict and proud of it.
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Post by oldwinghunter » Fri Oct 16, 2009 6:03 pm

mine gets 35 miles a day back and forth to work ... i love to drive it , but as the other fellow said , 3500 rpms at 55 mph .. i live in the slow lane.... and i hold up traffic every where ,, but oh well ... they can go around !!!
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Post by SHAWN » Fri Oct 16, 2009 6:15 pm

I drove mine almost daily. Untill we got a, um- newer rig.
My nv4500 in the Bronc helps for freeway use...at what point do we stop calling them 'vintage'?. I've got a 50 mile round trip.

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Post by shonivey » Fri Oct 16, 2009 6:26 pm

drove the 72 daily til the monsoons started a few weeks back here in the sunny south :thumbup: .
I keep tossing around the idea of selling the 07 F150 and getting a 90's model bronc . I love driving the 72 but I'm topless.
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Post by O2bnmud » Fri Oct 16, 2009 6:49 pm

Heck, we drive two as daily drivers. I drive my 66 and my wife drives her stock 76. One time somebody my wife works with asked her about gas mileage on her bronco, she said "I don't drive it for the mileage, I drive it because I look good in it". We don't have any newer vehicles all we have is older fords.
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Post by LOW KEY » Fri Oct 16, 2009 10:17 pm

Hey people lets see some pics of your daily drivers if you have them.
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Post by LOW KEY » Fri Oct 16, 2009 10:18 pm

shonivey wrote:drove the 72 daily til the monsoons started a few weeks back here in the sunny south :thumbup: .
I keep tossing around the idea of selling the 07 F150 and getting a 90's model bronc . I love driving the 72 but I'm topless.
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Post by little red devil » Sat Oct 17, 2009 1:12 am

Drive mine everywhere its the only thing I have, besides the wifes Kia. Kinda pisses off the 16yr old boy because I still have only let him drive it once ( 1mi to the store and back). It dose kinda make it hard come time for SOB thought have to be some what sane out on the sand. got to drive it home. still didnt stop me from jumping it a couple of times and breaking the fender flares and creasing the passenger fender. But still was alot of fun.
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Post by little red devil » Sat Oct 17, 2009 1:18 am

Hey willd my brother John still has that np435 in tualatin should give him a call next week if your still interested.
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Post by frwhlra » Sat Oct 17, 2009 5:00 am

I drove my 76 everywhere until I was forced to sell it due to financial problems. So I built what I could get to at be close to it. After the problems are straightened out I'm getting another and will start all over again. This is what I'm driving now,don't hate me guys I got what I could. I used most of what I could to get close,even made it EFI and mounted my 8000lb milemarker to it. Couple of good things about though,solid axles at both ends,leaf springs front and rear,real t-case and it gets 26mpg and the 5 speed tranny helps too.
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Post by Shanks68 » Sat Oct 17, 2009 7:10 am

I drove mine as a daily driver from 1984 thru 1987 and then (I didn't take it overseas with me) 1994 till 2001when I retired- drove it to work every day and then some, now I have a company van so it doesn't have to fill that role. it started & got me there every day rain, snow dust or sun, it was a lot of fun! I got to work on a few days that no one else did.... don't know if that was a plus or not!

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Post by Puff Daddy » Sat Oct 17, 2009 11:12 am

I drove my 73 coast to coast 3 times as my only vehicle. I stopped sometime after I got married (age old story). I still drive it daily...that is every day that I can handle the heat and humidity that Florida has to offer with no A/C. Otherwise, I drive my wife's old 95 Saturn Coupe. Yea, it's purple...but it's paid for, cheap to drive, and has air conditioning.
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Post by HotWheels » Sat Oct 17, 2009 2:07 pm

Drove mine across country and everyday since build. Getting ready to buy a new top for it as well. No other vehicle has ever made smile as I drive it like she does.
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Post by Rumble Frog » Sat Oct 17, 2009 9:15 pm

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My '74 has been my daily driver for the last eleven years.

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Post by TonyNokes » Sun Oct 18, 2009 10:50 pm

I used to drive mine daily untill a few years ago... Now, maybe once a week.

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Post by EasyRider69 » Mon Oct 19, 2009 8:33 pm

My '69 is the most reliable rig I have ever owned. 13 years now (I think?...Maybe more.) Wouldn't trade that beast for anything. Daily driver? ABSOLUTELY! Sure it's rough, fenders cut out, needs body work & some fresh paint, blah blah blah, the never ending list goes on. But it has character. Wound up at 60mph, two lane highway down here, only ones to pass are the ones that can squeak through the on-coming traffic. Good times!
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Post by marc » Tue Oct 20, 2009 8:45 am

rain or shine the bronco is on the road. i to really enjoy driving it, dispite the lack of creature comforts. the zf helps with driveability and the center console helps keep me warm. as for the leaks, well i have'nt got them all fixed yet.

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Post by LOW KEY » Wed Oct 21, 2009 5:03 am

Now I have to ask< What kind of fuel millage are yo guys getting?
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Post by oldwinghunter » Wed Oct 21, 2009 10:41 am

i get 11 mpg .. on a good day , {at 55 } and about 9 on a normal day.{in town }
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Post by oldwinghunter » Wed Oct 21, 2009 10:54 am

i forgot to post a pic of my junker.....
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Post by marc » Thu Oct 22, 2009 12:36 pm

right now i'm getting 8 in town and 11 on the hwy, it's got 4k on the new engine so it's time for a carb adust and re-set the timing. hopefully that will improve things abit.

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Post by badmuttstang » Sat Oct 24, 2009 8:54 am

Daily drive hell yeah would not drive anything else. I get about 12 mpg in city and about 14 highway. Have 351w 3 spd big diffrance after good tune up and 4 barrle carb, was getting about 7 to 8 mpg before. :thumbup:
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Post by mwsanders » Sun Jan 03, 2010 12:41 pm

Been driving mine every day since I bought it 16 years ago. Driving anything else is boring.
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Post by ridgerunner » Sun Jan 03, 2010 2:53 pm

I bought my first Bronco, a '66, in 1982. Rebuilt the 170cid 6-cyl in 1984. Shoulda just put valve seals in it as that's all it needed I think. Great little rig that I drove until 1989 when the doors both about fell off my '66 and '69 came available. Born with a 302. Had dual glasspacks on it when I got it. Way too much racket so I put single exhaust on it. Still didn't like the mileage so bought a '65 ford wagon with a frozen up 289 in it, 3-spd, and overdrive... gorgeous wagon. I beat the valves free using Marvel Mystery oil and a large wood mallet and installed the 289 in the Bronco. Ran great once I blew all the rust out of it but still not good mileage and burned some oil so I cut the 302 motor mounts out, welded the 6-cyl mounts in, and dropped the 6cyl + 3-spd from the '66 into this '69. Hurst 3-spd, and a Detroit locker in the rear, and an extra heater on the floor. NOW I like it a lot. Goes about anywhere and cruises the hwy at 75. I drove it exclusively until 2005 when the windows wouldn't open, doors wouldn't open or lock or unlock, etc, and I got a Ford Escape. Now she's my plow rig and what a plow rig it is! Love the short turning radius. Note the Snoway plow, that originally was on a Toyota PU and modified for this rig, and the 4-ton Warn winch. Great combo. We pull a lot of trees over with that winch. Dual 24-series Cat batteries give it lots of winching power. It's a bit frosty as it's been cold lately. Body was undercoated at some point so it's not rusted near as much as many of this age. Engine hasn't burned drop of oil since rebuild in '84 and runs like a Swiss watch.... or better. Plug it in and the dual batt blankets, oil pan pad, circulating heater and frost plug heater will have it toasty in 30minutes. A bit of choke and touch the key and it will purr like a kitten. Never had a better running engine in my life. My dream is of a cherry Bronco so I could get rid of the Escape and drive the Bco exclusively. The Bronco doesn't cost squat to maintain compared to the Escape. I love my Broncos!
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Post by NorrisTC » Mon Jan 04, 2010 6:11 am

Bought my '77 as a project and it's my alternative daily driver. Really depends on my mood, weather, work issues that day etc. Planning to get back to work on it after the little vacation to Iraq comes to an end. It generates positive comments nearly every day. Can't wait to take the doors off next summer and get some fresh air driving in.
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Post by jprangenberg » Mon Jan 04, 2010 4:07 pm

Mine is a daily driver but basically needs everything. The gas milage is horrid, I think I'm getting 8 MPG city and not much more highway. The 289 runs fine but the old carb seems to be outdated. But, hey, at least I'm driving a Bronco. Thats all that matters. Ride hard. John :-)

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