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Old 05-22-2014, 08:18 PM   #1
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Is a 77 Ford Bronco flat towable?

My brother in law has one and is about to join the RV club and was wondering.
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Old 05-22-2014, 08:38 PM   #2
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'77 was the last year of the Gen 1 Bronco.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_Bronco

If it is a 4x4 (not one of the very few rear wheel drive units), then it should have a real old school transfer case with a real neutral gear position.

Your bro-in-law just needs to ensure the transfer case has the proper level of fluid...then yes it is flat towable.

Now, finding a purpose built towbar base plate might be hard to find.

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Base plate is no problem. I fadricated the base plat for my 64 CJ so the Bronco should be no problem. We were just wondering whether the transfer case would lube while flat towing.
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The OEM unit was the venerable Dana 20 all gear (no chain) cast iron tranfer case.

There's no oil starvation issues in these good old cases

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Years ago I bought a '67 Bronco, basically pretty much the same as a '77, except the '77 had non removable window frames, gas door flaps, a 302 and the option of power steering. It had been towed extensively behind a hunter's camper and it had a lot of cracks in the window frames and body from being towed many, many miles on poorly balanced tires. I sure loved that old Bronco, I've owned several since and wish I still had one!! Sounds like a keeper.
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Forgot to add...manual transmission should be in first or reverse with transfer case in neutral.

Unlike the Dana 20, the tranny output shaft will spin dry if the transmission is left in neutral.

I know it makes no sense, but the transfer case will spin the transmission a bit, even in neutral, so lock the output shaft by putting the trans in gear - lowest gear is best.

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(Edit) Just to add...the rear driveshaft (main shaft) turns the idler (center) gear even in neutral which is about 1/3 deep in the gear oil. This is why fluid level is very important.
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Is this 77 a smaller Bronco or a Full size Bronco (U150)?
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A 77 is the old square Bronco. It was the last year before the full size F150 style and several years before the Bronco II. I have always wondered why you put the transmission in gear even though the transfer case is in neutral.
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towed a 66, 72, and 74 all over the place several thousand miles and just put both transmission and transfer in neutral. never a problem. still towing the 72. tows like a dream
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It's an automatic transmission so would you put it in park or neutral?
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It's an automatic transmission so would you put it in park or neutral?
Auto in Park for the same reason as the manual - better to keep the output shaft stationary since there is no fluid moving in the tranny.

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