Will a 390 fit in a 1996 f150 shot bed?


Asked by Oct 07, 2014 at 09:31 PM about the 1996 Ford F-150 XL SB

Question type: Car Customization

It has the 4.9l I6 and I have access to a 390
and would like to swap em but don't want to
cut up my truck to get it to fit.

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Scottie, I admire your imagination. But there's a balance between imagination and reality. When I was a young man I wanted to take a VW bug and put it together with an Oldsmobile Tornardo front wheel drive combination in place of the rear engine and transaxel. Never did it but I still like to think about it.


A 390 can fit but the amount of custom fabrication you will have to go through to make it work might be cost prohibitive, plus you will have to use the complete 390 drive-train, and your electronics will not work with the 390 so you will have to rewire the rig for the old days and if your state requires emission/safety checks it will not pass.


Thank you for your answers! Tennisshoes that was what I was afraid of. The engine was given to my from a buddy and said I could have it if I wanted it but I had heard a 460 would work but not a 390.


460's were normally put in 3/4 ton and larger rigs. If you are dead set on an engine swap a 302 or 351W power train would be the easier than putting in a 390.


Thank you I will look into that rout. I am turning it into a fun street truck but want something reliable still.

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