If that is what you want then buy a 1969 BroncoWell crap, most engines back in the 70's were low on specs, 80's got a little better, 90's even better. So really to compare a 70's engine to a 90's engine isn't a fair comparison. Hell look at my 2012 Mustang V6.... what's it get like 305hp? When a Mustang GT from 2008 only had 320hp? (obvious torque differences though). And that's only a few years apart.
Let me put it this way. If I had my choice, it'd be a nice sounding V8 under the hood, with a 4 BBL Holley carb Sadly though, I'm not getting my way. And therefor have to hope that whatever it is, can tow 4000-5000 pounds and doesn't cost me $40k. Because I don't want that. I'm good with a base model. Like a few have said around here, I don't need nor care to have all the bells and whistles. I'd pay a few bucks to upgrade the engine and I'll be happy.
While I love the sound of Q-jet secondarys large enough to swallow a baseball opening up, I'll stick with the Exploder EFI'd 302/347.Why would anybody still want a carb? Even if I had an older one I would be inclined to get a FI kit for it.
I'll stick with full tilt boogie fuel injection/direct injection. Infinitely more tunable, yugely more efficient, and less prone to ever need touched for heat/cold/altitude/etc.While I love the sound of Q-jet secondarys large enough to swallow a baseball opening up, I'll stick with the Exploder EFI'd 302/347.
The simplicity of the newer EFI bolt on carb replacements is VERY enticing.
To be fair, the next step up was a 289, 195hp if memory serves.To be fair, the early Bronco had a "little bitch" 170 cu in 105hp engine. It did a nice job. Torquey and fine on the highway up to around 65. The next step up was a 302 at around 150hp. Our Bronco II was 140 hp. It did fine with four people towing a boat. Heck my '92 lightning 351W was only 250hp.
The new four is gonna be very capable, I reckon.
I dont get all the hate for old cars with carbs. My carbureted vehicles honestly require less fiddling and chasing sensors. The most I ever do to carbs is adjust the idle every 6 months or so. My eagle has a 38 weber takes 1 pump and starts immediately. My old van had a cheap holley and i only adjusted it once in 3 years. The demon on my maverick took a lil bit of work because i bought it at a swap meet. once it was cleaned up I would fiddle with it maybe once a year in spring.Why would anybody still want a carb? Even if I had an older one I would be inclined to get a FI kit for it.
Yeah. That became a 302 which smogged out to something pretty anemic after '73. Remember also, 200hp in 1966 equates to around 150 by today's measurement criteria. My '73 was around 140 to 150.To be fair, the next step up was a 289, 195hp if memory serves.
I’m on the same page as you regarding the 15 year part. I already told my wife I’m going to drive this Bronco until I’m an old dude.That’s how I feel. If I’m at 250k miles in 15 years and the 2.7 or 2.3 blows I’ll definitely be looking at whatever crazy V8 swaps we have at that point. I’ll worry about that in 2035 though
The 73 bronco weighed about 3,600# and the optional 302v8 was 137hp/230ft-lb and it got the job done. I remember my 1980 f150 4X4 had the same hp and got 10mpg if it was empty and I was lucky.Yeah. That became a 302 which smogged out to something pretty anemic after '73. Remember also, 200hp in 1966 equates to around 150 by today's measurement criteria. My '73 was around 140 to 150.
Still, it could handle four people and a tent trailer at highways speeds at about 14 to 15 mpg.
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