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1979 Ford Bronco
“Bullet Hole Bronco”
Starting off our list, we’re taking a look at what is likely the best-looking model of Ford trucks to ever exist. This is a 1979 Ford Bronco—and before we even get a look at what’s under the hood—we can’t help but be humbled by the pure spirit of vintage truck culture this rig perfectly embodies.
“This Bronco has some history and an actual bullet hole, which gives it the name,” says owner Josh Jacobson. “I got it in original condition, but it needed a lot of work to be road-worthy. Everything mechanical has been rebuilt, replaced, or upgraded. The original 400 engine lost the head gaskets, so at that time my brother and I swapped in a 460, and have since swapped to the 5.0L Coyote engine.”
Anyone who’s had their hands on an extensive project knows the uphill battle Josh must have faced putting this truck together. Countless hours spent day and night just to get a 40-year-old vehicle up and running. Never mind what it takes to get a Coyote inside.
Sure, the Bronco offers up plenty of real estate for swaps, but crawling under the hood of a truck like this is no easy endeavor. Josh’s ability to keep swinging with a resto Coyote swap build like this is motivational to say the least.
- Year/Make/Model: 1979 Ford Bronco
- Engine: 5.0 Coyote
- Trans: 6R80
- Diff and Transfer Case: Pro Series Race Case Atlas 2 (3.0 ratio) Front axle: Dana 44 completely rebuilt with TrueTrac
- Rear Axle: 9 inch with Strange Engineering Pro Series Nodular Housing, StrangeTrac diff and 35 spline axles
- Aeromotive in tank Stealth Phantom setup
- Northern Radiator with dual Spal Fans
- Dakota digital dash
- Retrosound Stereo system (Bluetooth etc)
- Baja RS seats
- Full mandrel custom exhaust
- 50×15 Goodyear MTRs on 1996 Bronco Alcoa wheels powder-coated black
1971 Ford Torino
So maybe you don’t have a Bronco, or a Mustang, or a ton of money to buy an AC Cobra Replica. While popular Ford’s certainly have abundant information archived in thread forums, as well as aftermarket support to make virtually anything possible, it doesn’t mean you can’t get a Coyote engine in your off-trend model.
Take for example, this 1971 Ford Torino built by Custom Classics. Not only did they successfully transplant a Coyote into this beautiful machine, but also they provide a plethora of photos of the entire swap.
This is a pro touring build, which means durability, comfort, and performance are all extremely important for the end result. It’s obvious the drivability of the Coyote made it a superb candidate.
Custom-made parts are the heart of this build. From reshaping the engine bay, to fabricating cross members and even the trans tunnel, Custom Classics had their work cut out for them. Still, with time, dedication, and focus, they were able to execute this Coyote swap build flawlessly. And, they even popped a stick in it to keep those true muscle car vibes.
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