is a 4.9L straight 6 a strong motor in the f150?
Depends on what you men by strong Coastguard (Thank You for your service!) ... It's rated at 170 hp and a long run as the primary power plant of the truck line indicating it's reliability, strength of design and reputation. That is echoed by the fact that it is the engine of choice with most manufacturers of ground transport and support vehicles you see servicing the airline industry at the airport. Good luck
Yes the 300 is a very strong motor, i have heard story's of people having up to 500,000KM on a 300 and it still runs great, i personally have 237,000 on my 4.9 and it runs like a charm, doesnt burn any oil or skip a beat. Id swear it was new
The 4.9l, otherwise known as the Inline 6 or 300 6 is a very reliable motor. You keep thick oil in it and it'll run forever. I've got a 67 F100 with the inline six and I will admit, I do burn around in it every now and again. But not alot. As long as you give it an oil change and don't put it above 3,000 RPM's, it'll run forever. Mine has 200,000 miles on it so far.
Those Ford inline 6 (300) were one of the best engines built by ford, they go for ever with minimum to now trouble as long as you change the oil when supposed to. I had one (1981) that went 500,000kms and never smoked before the frame rotted and sold it for parts, two other people I know had one they had real good luck with.
I just bought a 1994 ford F150 ext. Cab for 2,500.I was really paranoid considering it has 314275 miles on it.but the thing purrs like a kitten.I didn't think to ask the previouse owner but is it possible this thing could have been rebuilt?if not,its the toughest engine I've ever had.
they are great engines we have an f250 with one in it and it can pull about anything... we have never had a problem with the truck
My 92 f150 has the 300 in it and I have pulled anything and everything I've needed it to and the fact that it does need to be rebuilt it pulls like no tomorrow.
I've had a F150 (Northland Edition) since it was new in 1991 with a 4.9L I6 and I have NEVER had an engine problem with it! Brakes, Tires, Oil and filters are the maintenance items needed. It has 460 thousand miles on it and it still purrs like a kitten. These days I mostly use it to push snow off my driveway and yard. This truck and my Jeep GC (Laredo) have been the most reliable vehicles I have ever owned. I wish I could say that for the myriad cars I've owned.
it is a torque engine, not a speed/horsepower engine. It's VERY STRONG in pulling trailers,etc, but not so "strong" if you're going 60 mph and want to hit the gas to go 70 mph.
Yea I burn oil and over heated why am I burning oil I got 912932 miles on er
I've got a 91 f 150 and its got 280.000 or so and I'd swear by that truck no oil burning or overheating I fixed the overheating problem and it runs like a top good 4 letter word (FORD) I love it
Holy crap....years have gone by and the joys of the straight 6 have gone by and few can appreciate how great these engines are! Bottom line - enjoy your 300 & revel in the hp and mileage you get!!!!; I'm reveling in the V8 joys of the 57 Chevy. One of my best friends has a 91 F150....what an awesome truck!!!!!
This past Thanksgiving, I purchased a 94 Ford F150 with a 300 L6 inline 6 cylinder engine and a 5 speed manual transmission. The truck had sat for 8 years after the owner had a stroke and passed away. His widow sold it to me for $650. After replacing the battery, fuel tanks, fuel pumps, sending units, belts, hoses, and tires, cleaning the injectors and lines, and tuning the engine, I turned it over and with the help of some starting fluid, crankedit up. It runs like a dream. I have put almost 4000 miles on it since then. I change the oil and filter every 3000 miles.
I owned my 1994 E-150 300 since brand new, and I have 386,000 on it. The only thing that went kaput was my distributor rotor, It kept blowin due to a bad upper bushing in the distrib. Other than that I agree with every post, IT WILL OUTLIVE YOU.
Mine is a 1995 F-150 XL has 163,500 miles on it. Runs like a charm. No problems with it after 20 years in South Carolina.
I turned 16 about 5 months ago and i asked my dad what kind of truck wed be tryin to get ahold of. He told me itd be a toughn. Whatever kid it might be. Well we stumbled by a silver 94 300 inline 6cylinder 4WD automatic without a dent in her. It had one previous owner and it had prolly been sittin for close to a year. Well me and my dad have always been fond of a straight stick so we tore out the automatic and put a few manual dudads and stuck a 5speed in the floor. It has around 154,560 miles on it and runs like a damn sewin machine. Doesnt use a lick of oil and i change it every 2000-3000 miles. Itll pull whatever you put behind it. Not much for squeelin tires though. Use it right and take care of her like shes your own and it will outlive you. Its the best truck a man can ask for.
I got a 92 f150 4x4 with the inline 6 last year. Just got a little over 99k miles on it. Looking to fix it up to get more up. Any suggestions? I'm thinking performance chip, updated exhaust system, k&n intake. To start with.
I had a 89 F150 with a straight six and the engine does its job well, but it has no freeway passing power, your pushing it to get through mountain passes and I once towed a newer VW Beetle on a dolly and that was its breaking limit, I was barely able to do over 60mph with it and the brakes were also at its limit and they were all in good shape. So if you going to be pulling more than 1 ton 2,000lb then you need a more powerful engine. The 6 in mine was rated at 145hp and I think 265 lb-ft @ 2,000 rpm torque but it just runs out of breath fast. The v8 will give you a longer power band for towing and passing power. Other than that, the engine is awesome. And it still sucks fuel like a v8.
In terms of toughness, the 300l is the baddest engine on the planet. Keep the oil changed and never let it overheat and it'll outlive YOU.
Fellas after reading all that was said, I feel a lot better about my 1995 ford xlt automatic 6 cyl. short bed 216,000 on it I drive it maybe once a mo. 10 to 15 miles and was wanting to pull alight camper about 16 ft
Fellas after reading all that was said, I feel a lot better about my 1995 ford xlt automatic 6 cyl. short bed 216,000 on it I drive it maybe once a mo. 10 to 15 miles and was wanting to pull alight camper about 16 ft
They don't pull good
I know this was asked many years ago, but other people ask the same questions, and a internet search leads them here, so answers are still relevant. I will echo some of the previous replies. I have owned 2 in the past, and just bought another one after a 10 year run without one. Is it a strong motor. Yes. It will pull what the OLD STOCK diesels of the late 80's and early 90's would. Don't get me wrong, in a 1/2 ton 2wd auto trans with 3.08 rear axle, NO, they wont. But in a 3/4 ton with manual trans & 3.73 axle, these trucks pull like a train! I can not stress enough how important gearing is for puling loads. So if that is what "strong" mans to you, check how the driveline is set up! "Strong" from 0-60. Um, not really. They are NOT bad by no means. Just no hot rod tire burner. Strong as in longevity? There are THREE engines in the truck world that are well known for super high mileage longevity ( 400,000 PLUSD miles before rebuild) They are the 4.0L Jeep, the 300 I6 Ford, and the 5.9 Cummins. Note all 3 are INLINE 6 syl. engines. The inline 6's have 7 main bearings. Making the bottom end incredibly strong. Just do the research. It is a flat fact. I will also stress keeping the RPM's down below 4000. Below 3000 even better. One must view the 300 I6 in the same light as driving a Cummins. Low RPM and fast shifts. But with the advantage of burning much cheaper gasoline. ( $0.75 / gal higher than gas everywhere around here at this time in 2015 ) And again I will echo, WATCH THE TEMP GAUGE! Happy rolling!
Strongest engine I've ever seen. By that I mean longevity. The LONG stroke provides scads of torque. Gear to gear timing, no chain means you don't have to worry about timing chains or belts. Agree with everyone else, Keep the oil changed, keep the RPMs low and NEVER let it (or any engine) overheat and these monsters KNOW no breaking point.
ddy said "they don't pull good". WRONG. Like ANY other piece of equipment you must have parts designed for the job it's doing. If you're running a high ratio rear end they don't pull good. Put the right gear behind it and they pull like a tank. If pulling loads you want at LEAST a 3.73 gear or lower. (Higher numerically) If not towing and fuel mileage is your thing go with a 3.08.
My 94 F150 is one tough truck it only has 128,000 miles on it. Never had the first engine issue, just the normal parts for the age, starter, radiator, etc. I just wished it was an automatic my knee is tired of the clutch. Other than some normal ford rust it is still in rather good shape.
Wait they need oil.....LMFAO jk....I have an 86 300 6 1bbl with a 3spd w/ "granny low" I have known these engines to be good n strong and to tell you the truth I was all for the gas guzzlin V8 never thought I could have a great 6 cyl if you want a " bullet proof set up the 300 6 hooked to a stick is the way to go the low end is 1600 rpm factory 4 in bore with 3.98 in stroke , and for those wondering the half ton in the 80's through 96 with 4x4 had the Dana axles
I have 1989 ford e250 I can tell you this is the best work van I ever had, motor and trans are all original I been around too zeros at least 5 or 6 times I'm the 2nd owner , straight 6 motor, extended body , just did body work and painted matt black , steal rims are high gloss white, you can't tell the van is 89 ...
I have a stock 1995 ford f-150 xl long bed ,automatic straight six 2wd and need to tow a flat bed trailer with a camaro. I have never towed anything with it , wondering if its possible?
Excellent motor,built for torque and will pull anything you have to, Keep an eye on the motor mounts and everything will speak for itself
I bought a 1979 straight from a guy that treats me like a son. Iam 19 it's the best starting out truck I believe. I love the truck and the motor plus the c6 transmission under it its a pulling machine.
I love my F150. It is so dependable. 1995 4.9 online 6 5 speed manual transmission. 139k miles.
Ive had numerous 4.9s. Ive kept one. A 1994 with the 300. Only has 110000. Shes a beauty..
I've got an 89 F-150 xlt. 4.9L I-6 300 5 speed. She's the BEST, STRONGEST, RELIABLE truck I've ever owned. 97k with the typical cab corner rust but otherwise she doesn't miss a beat. Always starts first crank. Had to realign my shifter shaft/wedge nut. Average oil changes and tune ups will allow that motor to surpass 500k+ LOTS of tourqe to pull whatever you need too. Take care of her and she'll take care of you! Simple!
Shopping 90s model F 150s and wondering; should I look for an inline 6 or go V8? Which has the best long lasting reputation considering I am buying an older used truck?
I just got a 1992 Ford E-150 with 80k miles for $1500 and i love this ting i'm going to convert in a camper van to travel all USA !!!
I just traded out my 96 Isuzu Rodeo/ 5 Speed/ 3.2 V6 with 122k miles/ AC/ Cruise/ Powered Everything and running fine for 1985 Ford F-150 Regular Cab/ Long Bed/ Inline 6 300/ 4 speed manual with true overdrive/ 271,000 miles/ leaf springs+add a leaf+ leaf spring stabilizer assembly. The owner before me had the entire engine and trans overhauled, it runs like it's new. Will do any and everything I need. You can't kill it.
It also has a 625 CFM demon cat carb, and racing intake. Just to give it a little more umph.
I have a1996 ford f 150 4.9 L straight 6 approx 183k miles I think it just needs a starter and battery how much u think it's worth body in good condition a little rust on top of tailgate
This is one of the best truck engines ever made. I drove big trucks for 28 years and there is good reason why every big diesel on the road is an inline 6. They are an inherently better design. This engine is naturally better balanced than almost any other, doesn't set up secondary harmonics like an I4 or any V6 or V8, the seven main bearings have already been mentioned which make it very strong on the bottom end where torque is applied and transferred through the crankshaft. The E4OD transmission does have a problem in the early years with being very long without an internal support which remanufacturers now upgrade and the newer ones have from the factory. The Mazda five is good but no granny gear. The Borg Warner T18 four speed manual is one of the best transmissions ever built and is an absolute tank, with a non synchronized first gear with a 6.32:1 ratio. It will pull anything. The New Process NP435 is a similarly superb four speed manual with a rock crawling granny of 6.68:1 ratio. It will pull a house. All the mentioned RPM considerations are correct, including NOT lugging this engine below 1600 rpms under load and keeping it under 3000 rpm, 2500 if you want to get decent fuel mileage. You will blow the skirts off the pistons lugging it, as a friend of mine did after bragging about how he could lug it like a diesel. Older diesels (except Detroits) couldn't be lugged below 1600 rpm either. I have had four 4.9's, three F150's and one E150 van, and currently am bringing back to life a badly neglected 1989 F150 with the Borg Warner four speed. It only has 92,000 miles but needs everything else replaced, but for $950? Fortunately, the previous owner changed the oil. Also, a very common problem with this motor is the pushrod cover gaskets slobber oil like a big ugly dog. Cooling system maintenance is paramount.
I bought a 95 f150 with the 300 IL6 back in November of 94...22 years ago. It's probably the last vehicle I will own, The one and only engine repair that has ever been made on it was replacing a lifter and pushrod. In 22 years.
I have a '91 F-150 that I've driven since I was 16 years old passed down from my great-grandfather then to my grandfather and to me. We never knew if it was at 90,000, 190,000, or 290,000 when they passed it down to me but I'm thinking it was around the 290,000 mark since it was 19 years old when I got it. It had the typical things needing replacement - master cylinder, starter, alternator, and THREE BLOWN RADIATORS. Those things would blow before the needle even got the the "M" of normal in the gauge. Other than that, the truck ran flawlessly for years up until about 4 months ago. I started hearing a faint knocking in the engine so I took it into my mechanic. He told me "Oh there's some pin that's probably just loose and that's what you're hearing" So I drove it in the 100+ degree Texas heat for the rest of the summer without an issue. Come December, my truck started SHAKING at idle and I was smelling some heavy exhaust fumes. Took it into my Uncle's shop since he's my Austin mechanic, we took the top of the block off, and I had a dropped valve in my second cylinder. I had just pulled trailers full to the brim from Houston to Austin and back again with a dropped valve and the truck didn't skip a beat...well... at least when I wasn't idling. These engines are soldiers. They do what they made to do. Even when they break THEY KEEP POUNDING ON. I must have put 2000 miles on this engine with a dropped valve. Besides worsened gas milage and a rumbling at idle, you would never have guessed. Long story short if you made it all the way through that post or if you just skipped down because you didn't want to read - you can't get a better engine for the price you'll pay for one of these.
I have a somewhat rusty 95 f150 with the 330 I 6. Great engine! Not a lot of horsepower but great low end torque. My engine has 305k miles and doesn't burn or leak oil. If my truck rusts away , I'm pulling this damn engine out of the truck! It's a Sherman tank! Rob
My father-in-law, who worked heavy construction machinery all over the country, often pulling a gooseneck trailer loaded to the gills with tools and equipment, had a 1978 F150 4x4 with 4 speed (1st was turtle gear) 300 6-inline, the Odometer stopped working at 386,000 miles, drove it for several years (6/7) after that, finally sold it to a farmer neighbor who used it to feed his cattle out in the field. It had started leaking oil due to the crank shaft having turned so many times in the rear seal the metal touching the seal was grooved, he tried to repair it several times but couldn't. If he had chosen to replace the crank it would had still been a trouble free daily driver. They just don,t make them like That anymore !
I have been looking around for an old F150/F250 and this engine would be my choice over the bigger V8's.
purchased this gem today. '95 f150 xlt 300/5 speed with only 83,000 miles. I'm looking forward to a long life for both me and my new 'baby'!
I've got a 93' f150 i6 with 340,000miles and it just finally burst the expansion plugs for weighing the truck down with a lot of wet sand bags.. now in a few days it will be back running better than before with a fix it myself cost of under $100
Any one had a 88 bronco with 300 six that had knock in bottom after changing oil? 10/30 platinum synthetic penzoil?
I bought a 95, 4.9 300i6 with 200k , the owner said it blew a spark plug, and needed a starter, i bought it for 400$ towed it 75 miles on a dolley, evidently someone could not thread a plug in and tried to epoxy it in, (failed) bought plug , screwed in, and the fender solinoid was failing , i cleaned it up dissasembled down to fender sanded the rust off all the connections put oxigaurd on the nuts and terminals , Fired it up , its a Dead Ringer , Sounds like she just dtove off the showroom floor, 10mpg maybe, but i,m not worried about getting around when i need to though, i,m thinking k&n filter , new fuel filter, change oil , and some other type of gas saving gadgets? Maybe injector clean? Or?
Just needs a few cosmetics
I purchased a '79 F150 from Cal Worthingto in December the same year. It was a 300ci which I installed a T18 4 speed Borg Warnier transmission. I drove my truck over a million miles with the original engine then changed it for a UPS. 100K take-out, which I drove another 100K before my 88th. Birthday. Now I drove. Kawasaki Mule side by side in my old age !
They are good trucks, had my 95 for 3 years started out with 197000 miles and now has 238646 miles. It may be slow but strong. Most I pulled so far was close to 8000lbs
Noticed that there is a lot of support for the in-line six. Yet nobody seems to know why... An in-six is naturally harmonically balanced. There is no special attention paid to the fly wheel, like there is in a in-line four, V-6, V-8, V-10, to keep the engine from vibrating itself to pieces—that is why they last. There are only three engine configurations that are naturally balanced. Flat four, in-line six, V-12. Step back and think about the car makers that have extra ordinary reputations for durability. BMW, Mercedes (In-line 6) Porshe, Subaru (Flat 4), Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini (V-12).
I had a 1990 I6 300. It's too bad that the body and other parts got out-lasted by this engine. Proper maintenance and that baby purred like a kitten and kicked A&& like a lion. It's just too bad Ford just can't make the rest of the truck parts last like that. I suppose that is on purpose.
I have a 1985 ford f150 with 300 6 which I bought in 2003. I don't drive it much but it is still in good mechanical shape including the auto transmission . I have to sell it soon how do I summon the courage to put the beast on the market.
I know what you mean. My truck has about 250 000 on it and stull runs great. I want to buried in it because I know it will out last me.
I just bought a 93 for 2500 and I want everyone here to know that yiur comments have made me very happy with my purchase! Its got 175000 miles so sounds like itll last forever!
i have a 1994 ford f150 xl strait 6 bought it for 60$ put a celanoid in it and it runs like a top needs cosmetics but other than than it is beautiful
Purchased a 93 F150 XL with 300L6, E4OD with a 3.08 rear end that sat idle for over 24 years in the corner of a warehouse in south FL. The vinyl interior was mint! The digital odometer read 291 miles on it when I dropped in a new battery. Replaced the injectors, fuel pump, fuel tank, changed the oil + filter...And it fired up after cranking for about 5 seconds!!! Original firestones with 100% tread were dry rotted to hell and squared off on the bottoms; but it held the inflation and felt like driving over bumpy railroad tracks the entire 2 miles as rubber chunks flew off during that rough wake-up trip to the nearest tire shop!! First good inspection there confirmed that it looked as new as a low- mileage an old maid could ever look underneath. After loading up with gallons of extra motor oil, tranny fluid, distilled water, and other extras, I took it 70 miles home on an interstate maiden voyage. The faster and longer I drove it, the smoother it ran, consistent with a vehicle that never got broken-in, and woke up with a 24-year hang-over. I stopped 4 times - expecting that all the seals would be ready to blow, with all kinds of other surprises that could occur after sitting idle for 24 years. During the first stop, I smelled burning rubber, and the worst fear lingered that it would catch fire at any second and die a fiery death. Not to worry- It was a little bit of over-sprayed undercoating smoldering on the exhaust system! Soon as I got that bad boy home, I replaced everything rubber and everything liquid I could think of to avoid any additional surprises, and went on an 8000 mile retirement celebration / break-in voyage where I decided to be an old fart and cruise around bothering everyone I knew from from Florida to Maine + lots of stops in-between! I knew better than to forget to change the coolant and brake hoses, along with the serpentine belt and tensioner (plastic bushing was cracked in 1,0000 places waiting to disintegrate. The one rubber thing I missed was the rubber hanging strap for the exhaust system, which dry-rotted apart around 500 miles into the trip. The only lingering fear that this old maid may have been "a pig with lipstick" was that the factory paint was totally chalked despite having lived an easy indoor life. Kirsopp Auto Body head classic car restoration foreman Jack Kirsopp in Pittsburgh, Pa had many answers and reassured me that the chalk issue was because the water based paints applied during the early years were not good quality and lacked durability. The other discovery besides reassuring that the paint was original was proof that the vehicle was never hit, because he sanded it down to the bare metal and discovered no surprise dings. After he primed it with DuPont epoxy based primer sealer, he painted it with PPG polyurethane truck paint that he assured me would be even more durable than the DuPont Imron truck paint. The odometer recently turned 10K miles, and I'm keeping it garaged, driving it every couple of weeks to prevent surprises. The truck completed the round trip and ran like a top. Every mechanic I talked with knew someone who had the 4.9L straight 6 running over 500K miles without an overhaul, and even more stories about how that engine could endure abuse that would have killed any other engine. I don't intend on selling unless someone knows a rich person who would pay a lot more for sentimental reasons- enough for me to get a brand new one! firstname.lastname@example.org
Any babe that looks that good needs to be looked at from both sides!
1996 F150 5 speed manual. Drive it everywhere including towing a small boat, which on long hills it doesn't like that much. It's not a hot rod, it's a truck. Treat it good it'll get you where you need to go
I bought my 1993 F150 new with 300 6 and 5 speed floor shift and 2 speed 355 rears with 4 WD. In soon to be 25 years I've NEVER had ANY problems with the engine. With 83,000 miles on it has NEVER needed oil between oil changes. It's always ready when I am and NO it's not for sale. R.P. Bailey
Similar experience to all comments above. I have two of them fully restored (but no major engine work). My 1987 F-150 Lariat Supercab is a 4 speed manual with 307k miles and my 1994 F-150 XLT is a 4wd with 5 speed manual and 217k miles. Both are a joy to drive and I alternate driving them to work everyday. We live on a ranch and neither one has a problem pulling LoBoy trailers loaded with firewood, lumber, posts or whatever. I suspect they will both outlast me.
i have a 1993 ford f150 xlt 4wd 4speed with overdrive and with the 4.9l 300. this motor is a tank. never really had problems with motor. ive put used diesel oil in the truck and ran it for a couple months and itnever skipped a beat. only motor work i have ever done to it was a head gasket. i had a slow leak of coolant coming into oil still ran it for a couple months with coolant and oil. motors are fantastic. parents bitch cuz truck is a pos but ie beat the piss out of it and it still runs like when i bought it. has 180xxx miles and still chuggin. frame will rot before that motor goes bad. oh and while i did the head gasket i put inline 6 chevy rockers on hed insted and that trick actually works! gives a few more horseys.
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