looking to buy a 1976 f 150 heavy 1/2 ton spc. as a project truck. owner knowes its a 8 cylinder but unshur of engine size. this is a problem . dose any one know what engine sizes were used for this t

Asked by Jan 27, 2013 at 11:18 PM about the 1976 Ford F-150

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I'm about 90% sure they had the 390's in them for the 8's with an option for the 460, but considering its a 1/2 ton i believe the 390 was what it would most likely have.


or sorry, 385ci rather than 390


You were right with the 390. the 460 is known as a 385 "series" engine.


1976 Ford F-150's could have had a 302, 360,390 400 depending when in the year of '76 it was built, most later ones had the 400, most earlier ones had the FE engines or the base 302. The 360/390 FE engine family was replaced during the year of 1976 with a 400 M engine which was similar to the 351 cleveland block but with a higher deck height and a different stroke and used a detuned version of the cleveland clyinder heads. Other than clylinder heads,Very few parts interchanged with the cleveland engine.. The base engine for an F-series truck was the 302 small-block, everything else was optional. The 460 big-blocks were mainly available on the F-250 and F-350 camper specials but only with a C-6 automatic transmission. Here's the best way and the easiest way to determine what engine family that you have. Just count the valve cover bolts. 5 bolts: 332/352/360/361/390/391/406/410/427/428 (FE engine) will be a 360 or 390 in '76 trucks 6 bolts: 221/260/289/302/351W will only be a 302 in '76 trucks 7 bolts: 429/460 will only be a 460 in a '76 truck 8 bolts: 351C/351M/400 will only be a 400 in a '76 truck All 1973-79 truck engines had an engine code tag mounted to the engine, usually on the lower driver's side of the block towards the front. This tag tell engine family and displacement. A great sight for reading these tags and for other Ford Truck information is fordification.net. here's the engine tag page link http://fordification.net/tech/engineIDtags.htm Good Luck, Have you driven a Ford...Lately??? Kenny/MrBlueOval

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Did you find a F150 Heavy half? I sunk a lot of money in mine the last year and half as a project. Now, I may not be able to finish it. Mine needs the cosmetics - paint job and restore dashboard and interior. Otherwise, I have new engine, breaks, Magnafow exhuast system, rebuild carburator, shocks, radiator, intake manifold and more. It is mechanically sound now and has a solid arizona body. 300 straight six.

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I have a 1976 camper edition ranger

I have a 1976 f-150 ranger XLT trailer special extended cab with a 460. With A/C and cruise control.

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