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1978-1979 Ford Bronco grows up

The second-generation Bronco borrows a truck chassis and grows to compete.

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1978 Ford Bronco
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Since the Bronco's inception, the SUV segment started taking off.

1978 Ford Bronco
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This newly grown boy also sold like gangbusters, with Ford pushing 77,917 Broncos out the door in 1978 and 104,038 in 1979.

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But compact SUVs weren't the object of everyone's attention by the late 1970s -- larger models grew in popularity, despite the aftereffects of the 1973 oil crisis.

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But with vehicles like the Chevrolet K5 Blazer and the Jeep Cherokee, Ford needed to react to the market's whims.

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And so, the second-generation Bronco grew -- a lot. 

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Borrowing its chassis from the F-100 pickup (a trend that would continue in later generations), the 1978 Bronco added an entire foot to its wheelbase, in addition to growing 11 inches wider and 4 inches taller.

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A Dana 44 solid front axle worked alongside a Ford 9-inch rear axle, making this the last Bronco without independent front suspension.

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Four-wheel drive remained standard for the second-gen Bronco.

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A three-door wagon was the only body style on offer this time around.

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For the second generation, two V8 engines lived under the Bronco's hood.

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Both the 5.8-liter and 6.6-liter V8s produced nearly the same horsepower (156 and 158, respectively), but the 6.6-liter had the torque advantage at 277 lb-ft versus the smaller V8's 262 lb-ft.

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In 1979, both variants picked up a catalytic converter that slightly affected horsepower output.

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