What engine/ transmission options best for a 1985 Ford F150 4WD?


Asked by Apr 07, 2014 at 07:37 AM about the 1985 Ford F-150 STD Standard Cab 4WD LB

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have opportunity to buy a 85 F150 "Cherry" body, drive train, but needs motor. Has a cracked block of a 302 v8 but truck originally built with in-line 6 cylinder. I want overdrive, not sure what automatic it currently has now. Recommendations?

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The 2.9l straight 6 is 296 cubic inchs "I think" its pretty close to the 302 V8, and the straight 6 has more torque. So it comes down to cost and availability. Do you have the exhaust for the 302, another concideration. Does the shift lever on the column have O/D printed at the end of the lever, the button in the end of the lever is the over drive switch for trailer towing G'Luck


It appears the truck originally came equipped with a 6 cyl, 4 speed but previous owner replaced 6 with a 302 V8 and a 3 speed automatic, no OD. I have put in new 302 and am curious if an AOD automatic will bolt up to my transfer case?

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