1979 Bronco a Hard-Working Burnout Machine: Tire Smokin’ Tuesday

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Classic Ford Bronco is still show quality at 40, and a true tire-slayer. 

This week’s Tire Smokin’ Tuesday video comes to us from the Music54016 YouTube channel and it features a 1979 Ford Bronco doing a big, nasty burnout. There are lots of videos of this big SUV smoking the tires online and unlike many older trucks that are used for tire-slayers, this one is in remarkably good condition. The reason that we picked this particular burnout video is that the camera is close, giving us the best look at this super-clean classic SUV before and during the smoke show.

Show Quality at 40

Although there are a bunch of videos of this 1979 Ford Bronco doing burnouts, we went through the details and the comments of all of them and found no solid information on the 40-year-old vehicle. While it is clearly powered by a modified V8, with what appears to be a pair of four-barrel carburetors sticking up out of the hood, we don’t know exactly what is under that hood. It obviously has enough power to easily smoke the huge mud tires out back and it sounds as though an automatic transmission is tasked with sending the power to the road.

1979 Ford Bronco Ready

What we do know about this 1979 Ford Bronco is that the exterior is gorgeous. The body looks straight, the paint looks flawless and the copious amounts of chrome trim, including the bumpers, could be new. While many of the big Broncos that we showcase here are battered from a life in the mud, this classic truck-based SUV would easily fit into just about any car show.

1979 Ford Bronco Burnout Early

Big Tires = Big Smoke

This burnout appears to be captured in someone’s driveway, perhaps at a party where friends have parked their vehicles in the grass near the house in the background. There is a table in foreground that has a beer bottle, a beer can, a hammer and a party cup, so if this wasn’t a party, it was at least a gathering with alcohol. It never fails that at a gathered like this, someone will try to talk “the guy who always does burnouts” to put on a smoke show, and this Bronco owner has obliged.

1979 Ford Bronco Race Away

At first, the tires are smoking much as the locked front wheels push forward on the smooth pavement, but after a few seconds, the rear tires begin to spin hard, the front tires begin holding the vehicle in place and the real fun begins. After about 15 seconds of stationary tire-slaying, the driver begins to let the big Bronco inch forward before letting off of the brakes and racing off into the distance with smoke still pouring from the rear tires.

Crank up your speakers and enjoy!

"Before I was old enough to walk, my dad was taking me to various types of racing events, from local drag racing to the Daytona 500," says Patrick Rall, a lifetime automotive expert, diehard Dodge fan, and respected auto journalist for over 10 years. "He owned a repair shop and had a variety of performance cars when I was young, but by the time I was 16, he was ready to build me my first drag car – a 1983 Dodge Mirada that ran low 12s. I spent 10 years traveling around the country, racing with my dad by my side. While we live in different areas of the country, my dad still drag races at 80 years old in the car that he built when I was 16 while I race other vehicles, including my 2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and my 1972 Dodge Demon 340.

"Although I went to college for accounting, my time in my dad’s shop growing up allowed me the knowledge to spend time working as a mechanic before getting my accounting degree, at which point I worked in the office of a dealership group. While I was working in the accounting world, I continued racing and taking pictures of cars at the track. Over time, I began showing off those pictures online and that led to my writing.

"Ten years ago, I left the accounting world to become a full-time automotive writer and I am living proof that if you love what you do, you will never “work” a day in your life," adds Rall, who has clocked in time as an auto mechanic, longtime drag racer and now automotive journalist who contributes to nearly a dozen popular auto websites dedicated to fellow enthusiasts.

"I love covering the automotive industry and everything involved with the job. I was fortunate to turn my love of the automotive world into a hobby that led to an exciting career, with my past of working as a mechanic and as an accountant in the automotive world provides me with a unique perspective of the industry.

"My experience drag racing for more than 20 years coupled with a newfound interest in road racing over the past decade allows me to push performance cars to their limit, while my role as a horse stable manager gives me vast experience towing and hauling with all of the newest trucks on the market today.

"Being based on Detroit," says Rall, "I never miss the North American International Auto Show, the Woodward Dream Cruise and Roadkill Nights, along with spending plenty of time raising hell on Detroit's Woodward Avenue with the best muscle car crowd in the world.

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