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Let's settle this once and for all! Manual or Auto transmission? NO CONDITIONS!! It's ONE or the OTHER!!

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Post by redleg » Tue Jan 24, 2006 3:22 pm

I prefer manual, even though I am told that real men are secure enough to let their transmission shift for them. :P
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Post by HotWheels » Tue Jan 24, 2006 3:36 pm

I love my auto. Makes my daily driver much more usable running over "rushhour" traffic.

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Post by billie » Tue Jan 24, 2006 3:46 pm

Everything I own has a manual, except that POS GMC. For sale BTW. 04 Mustang GT-5 speed; 03 cummins-6 speed; ZF on the bench for my 77. My wife drives 'em all and would rather the standard. BUT.. I have to concede the virtues of an auto in some applications. Still manual is just more fun!

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Post by Puff Daddy » Wed Jan 25, 2006 12:08 am

I'm with redleg. (Only, the way I heard it was that "Real men don't drive stick shifts, because they're confident enough to let the car do the shifting for them.") That said, I like to shift myself. Then again, I also like to drink coffee on the way to work. I'll stick with my automatic for now.
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Post by HotWheels » Wed Jan 25, 2006 4:48 pm

Puff Daddy wrote:I'm with redleg. (Only, the way I heard it was that "Real men don't drive stick shifts, because they're confident enough to let the car do the shifting for them.") That said, I like to shift myself. Then again, I also like to drink coffee on the way to work. I'll stick with my automatic for now.
besides...w/o a stick shift in the way the passenger has better access to the driver's stick shifter...(did I say too much?)...officer...she dropped her contact! :twisted:
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Post by jhayes » Sat Apr 01, 2006 10:54 pm

Auto, Baby!
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Post by Ohio Bill » Tue Jul 04, 2006 9:17 pm

manual for me. :thumbup:
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Post by BRONCO2 » Tue Jul 25, 2006 10:53 am

i would say for 4wheelin go AUTOMATIC,street drivin,gas mileage,STANDARD

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Post by bronco69 » Wed Aug 09, 2006 9:21 pm

NP-435 is the shiznit!!
Automatic= :rainbow:

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Post by onebadd73 » Tue Aug 22, 2006 9:55 pm

auto !!!
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Post by highlander » Wed Aug 23, 2006 12:51 pm

auto

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Post by bronko69er » Wed Aug 23, 2006 1:11 pm

Aboslutely love my ZF 5spd!

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Post by All4FunBronc » Sun Sep 10, 2006 6:59 pm

My Explorer had an A4LD (automatic) I loved it for wheeling but the damn thing didn't last very long. My '68 has a 3 spd. and so far I'm liking it over the auto just because I have more control and I like that I can rock the car back and forth from 1st to Reverse with ease
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Post by Black Stallion » Sat Oct 21, 2006 9:52 pm

Manual all the way! Auto's are boring.
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Post by bronco phily » Mon Oct 30, 2006 1:19 am

manual :thumbup:
auto :2up:

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Post by hlt75 » Sat Dec 30, 2006 6:57 pm

I had a 76 manual and a 77 auto at the same time the auto got around way better so much I swaped around wheels and tires just to see if the trans was the difference and it seemed mostly be the trans.

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Post by Carboy213 » Sun Dec 31, 2006 1:49 pm

There is nothing like shifting through the gears. manual rocks

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Post by Freakyfordman » Wed Dec 19, 2007 10:14 pm

Manual, if ya cant find em` grind em`!
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Post by ebronco73 » Thu Feb 21, 2008 5:35 pm

I have driven manual for over twenty years. When I found a '73 with C-4 I decided to make the switch. Broncos that function as part time daily drivers in Calif commuter traffic are better with auto. :thumbup: I still like manuals, but Auto is more practical.
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Post by tomvzw » Thu Apr 17, 2008 7:55 pm

I had a 76 with an Auto and now have a 69 with an NP435 manual. The NP435 I have found is better for wheeling. I am still running a Dana 20 so I need the lowest gearing I could get and this gives it to me. Plus I added one of the ironbender gear bangers wild horses sells and it is really fun to bang through the gears.

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Post by terron78b » Tue Jul 01, 2008 7:42 pm

auto c 4

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Post by KCSPONY » Sat Aug 30, 2008 6:36 am

I've had both, the manual is great for getting yourself out of a mud hole, but it is hard to beat the control you have with an auto when it comes to tight twisty trails
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Post by EasyRider69 » Sat Aug 30, 2008 10:39 am

Have to go with the manual.

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Post by tttgowyo » Wed Sep 10, 2008 10:17 am

I have a manual, so I guess that is how I vote, Although now I live in the city, so an Auto would be nice..
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Post by fungus232 » Wed Sep 10, 2008 12:58 pm

Grew up 4 wheeling manuals so that's my vote. Auto for the daily driver Superduty and can't wait for the stock 3 spd to 435 swap on the '69!
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Post by mustangtoby2001 » Sat Mar 07, 2009 6:43 pm

Grew up wheeling in old Fords with the NP 435, and am now in the process of swapping out my C4 for a 435. Daily driver auto is fine, but I'm sick of riding the brakes going downhill in 4-lo. Manual all the way!
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Post by James » Mon Sep 07, 2009 5:02 pm

auto
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Post by BroncoUYE » Mon Sep 07, 2009 5:56 pm

Auto all the way. Especially when you need a quick reverse to stop you from going over.
Stay off my driveshaft

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Post by marc » Tue Sep 08, 2009 12:36 pm

manual right know, but a future project could either way.

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Post by Viperwolf1 » Tue Sep 08, 2009 12:50 pm

Auto
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Post by yjzonie » Wed Sep 09, 2009 7:19 pm

Auto is for me and mine doesn't shift into high until about 55mph. Firm shifts every time. The C4 is great, but would love overdrive...
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Post by los cabos bronco » Sun Dec 06, 2009 8:15 am

Auto c4 now,

I have always had manuals on every vehicle for the last 20 years. Manuals are great for rocking out a bad spot, I had a '777 cj7 3 speed and teh reverse-1st gear proximity made for easy rocking out.

Is this howa bronco 3 speed is as well, w/reverse next to 1st.

I agree that manual go down hills better, I also ride the brakes, I need to install a jake brake switch in the bronco. My superduty's rules, nevr need to use teh breaks even when hauling a 30' trailer.
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Post by bigsil48 » Sun Mar 28, 2010 8:07 am

I actually havent torn into my bronco yet. I have to finish a previous project first, wife says!LOL!
67 289 3 on the tree. BUT!!!!! NOT FEELIN IT!!! I WANT THE AOD! The column is wore out, and Im only
going to lift slightly for trails with the family! So the auto is what I will be running. Hopefully!
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Post by snakebite » Thu May 20, 2010 12:10 am

have been driving broncos since 1978 & racin' em since 83 and i'll have to say for dependability & in the rocks a manual is the best. but for racing, very soft sand & tough hills it's the auto that is my choice. currently own 1 '79/400/c6/205/3.50 detroit
1 '74 302/c4/dana 20/ 3.50 posi's f&r
2 '85 302 /aod/1345/ 3.50 in various forms of disrepair
1 '67 shortened & narrowed- 351cj(currently out)c4/4000 stall/5.14 spool- sand drag car(crazy horse) and lots more good junk(all ford & ford powered).
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Post by sykanr0ng » Tue Jun 09, 2015 7:21 pm

Manual

I bought the ZF5 before the Bronco, mostly a matter of timing but I already had that planned.

Granny low + overdrive + compression braking 8)

If I ever get into bumper to bumper traffic I can just put it into first and crawl and don't need to ride the brakes.
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Post by snakebite » Wed Jun 10, 2015 11:50 am

Use the 1345 t case behind it and you have a great combo. I run a e4od n& 1345 in my 95 with a 7.3 powerstroke and it's all I ever need. even in the rocks.

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Post by Arsenio » Mon Jun 15, 2015 11:54 pm

yeah none of that will fit in an early bronco sans the zf.
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