carburetor engine into '97 f150


Asked by Aug 03, 2016 at 11:45 AM about the 1997 Ford F-150 XL SB

Question type: General

bad 4.2 engine, read manual, very complicated for a fix, OBD-111, PCM, engine codes. WTF, want used non-smog, 6 or 8 to avoid all the hassle fixing 4.2. want a cheap and dirty swap, just to build a run-hog or semi-ratrod. 66 yr old ex-CJ's and SCJ's owner in '60s/70s needs.... to fill my bucket list.

5 Answers

Bob Beaman

Get someone to help you fix it. Putting a carbed engine in it may be a nightmare.


The check engine light will always be on and it won't pass smog check


It's not going to be easy or cheap. The fuel system will still need to be redone for carburation, new custom exhaust, custom mounts, totally different transmission, driveline will need to be modified, etc etc etc. more trouble than it's worth. My suggestion is either fix it right or scrap it for parts.


Even if you could do all the labor yourself, you'd spend more in parts than the price of a rebuilt or even a remanufactured engine. Being 65 myself, I suggest you spend the cash. Then you can enjoy what remains in the bucket instead of crawling under a a car. Ohe thing for certain. The tranny in my 51 Ford is going to feel about six times heavier than it did when I replaced the clutch 20 years ago. When it goes out again, it will be towed to the shop.


I know what you mean OJ.

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