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Old 01-25-2005, 06:12 AM   #1
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im think about picking up a 87 F-150 for a plow truck it has a 4.9 300 straight 6 does this motor produce enough power to push some snow
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im think about picking up a 87 F-150 for a plow truck it has a 4.9 300 straight 6 does this motor produce enough power to push some snow
I'm not sure about HP and torque, but I do know that those engines are DIE HARDS! They seem to run forever....and take lots of abuse. At an old HVAC company I used to work for as a parts driver, I drove an 87 F-150 with the 4.9 and it had 322,000 when I last drove it. The body was shot, not to mention suspension, but it just ran and ran and ran!

IMO, it'* one of Ford'* best engines.
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im think about picking up a 87 F-150 for a plow truck it has a 4.9 300 straight 6 does this motor produce enough power to push some snow
I'm not sure about HP and torque, but I do know that those engines are DIE HARDS! They seem to run forever....and take lots of abuse. At an old HVAC company I used to work for as a parts driver, I drove an 87 F-150 with the 4.9 and it had 322,000 when I last drove it. The body was shot, not to mention suspension, but it just ran and ran and ran!

IMO, it'* one of Ford'* best engines.
you are exactly right. a friend of mine'* dad has an '87 and it just passed 300,000 miles. on the plowing part im not sure. is it 4x4?
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i dunno about 87 but in 88 the 4.9 was only available in the rwd version
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From a logical stand point, there is no design that could be simplier and less stress on components than having cylinders firing in unison...vertically. Rather than being in a "V", the design is very basic. All inline-6 engines are very reliable and very long life expectancy (namely, the Chrysler/Jeep Inline-6 found in the Wranglers and Cherokees).
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yeah its 4x4
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I think just make sure that you dont lose traction, and you should be fine
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I think it has 130hp and 240ftlbs, but i'm not entirely sure.
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I think it has 130hp and 240ftlbs, but i'm not entirely sure.
That'* decent torque for such low HP!

Shouldn't matter though...those engines are so damn strong.
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Inline 6'* a freakin torque monsters.....That'* why Semi'* have in line 6 diesels and a lot of heavy equipment does too.....Sure they're 12 liter motors....but producing over 1200 lb/ft with only like 400 hp in most cases. I think that would be sufficent to plow the lil **** snows that we get.....
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