Awesome motor. Not a powerhouse or a gas sipper, but the BEST all-around light truck motor ever made. These motors are designed for torque, not HP.
I've got a carbureted '79 that I've added 4v holley, Offy intake, higher ratio rockers, 3.50 gears, and EFI exhaust manifolds. Along with the new high flow exhaust, it scoots along pretty well and tows anything I need it to. It'll even set you back in the seat as I go through the gears. I like it, plus it is dirt simple to work on
Any older used vehicle has the potential to be a money pit, so look carefully when you buy. The main compalint of the EFI models is the slave cylinder in the maual tranny F150 trucks. The tranny has to be dropped to replace it.
i bought the truck with the intention of putting in a 460 and pulling the 6, but then I started driving it. Then I read about a few simple mods that'll truly wake it up...
Good thing I kept it and didn't go with the 460 considering gas prices. I get 16 mpg around town. I pulled a camper with it last month and it pulled better than my '98 Exploder.
Everybody likes pics, so here are a few of mine:
97 T-Bird Sport
: Dynomax catback, Removed silencer w/ K&N panel, DReinhart chip, Lightning AGSF12-FM1 plugs/180 stat, Tokico 1.25" dropped stance, bye bye fender gap
'79 F100 SB
: 300 ci six, Hurst Mastershift 3spd floor shifter, Offenhauser intake, Holley 4 brrl, EFI manifolds, Chebbie Rockers, Summit Racing 3.50 gearset, DISO 2.5" diesel muffler and 2.5" exhaust, Its'a six?!