The 351 Windsor V-8 delivered close to 20 extra horsepower over the 360, while the 400 cubic-inch small block offered only a modest 9 horsepower gain from the 390. The new Flowmaster cats are one-quarter the size, much lighter, and flow as efficiently as high-performance mufflers. The new grille also incorporated rectangular headlight openings, though the lights themselves would remain round for the next couple years. The main focus of this article is how to install Hedman Elite headers and induction on big-block Fords that need to remain smog-legal plus gain a little horsepower and fuel mileage in the process. .
Two new intermediate engine options entered the mix, designed to offer a better combination of power and efficiency over the outgoing 360 and 390 cubic-inch engines. Not a lot has changed since then, the state continues to require a visual inspection, and one is still at the mercy of whoever is doing the visual inspection before the smog test can proceed. Thought it was related to temperature - but about everyother start-up truck won't run at all. Overall, the grille changes were subtle but noticeable, giving the F-Series a slightly more aggressive look. No warning, runs great then just stops. These parts come assembled and ready for your repair. Apple Computer continues to revolutionize the rapidly changing world of personal computing and portable technology.
Still runs great - but stalls after driving for about 20 - 30 minutes. The 351 would go on to F-Series superstardom for nearly two decades, but the 400 - which offered little in the way of extra capability - would last for just a few years. Fortunately, the image-conscious 1970's consumers loved it, and the fruits of Ford's labor would soon catapult the F-150 to the top of the pickup truck market. It also soldiered on without a catalytic converter, meaning it could run on regular leaded gasoline. « « « 1977 » » » 1977 Ford F150 1977 was a year to remember.
This is an untapped source of slightly later-model classic trucks that can be had for considerably less money. The 300 cubic-inch inline six cylinder was standard in all Regular Cab two-wheel drive models. A new mag-style hubcap injected some much needed aesthetic appeal into the lineup, and the return of the short box Flareside brought some youthful excitement to the F-Series trucks of the day. Looking back through the window of history, it's hard to imagine anyone forecasting just how significant these events were, not to mention the lasting legacy each would build. And on the automotive front, the Ford F-Series became the best selling pickup truck in America. The four main models were still the F-100, F-150, F-250 and F-350, but the return of the 6.
A four-speed manual was the only other transmission option. SuperCabs and four-wheel drive versions of the F-100 received the 360 V-8 as standard. With performance slipping further and further away, emphasis on design, customization, and functionality became the focus for Ford designers. A wildly fantastic sci-fi film called Star Wars hit the big screen. As of 2010, the Star Wars franchise is still producing new content for a worldwide audience of rabid fans. It's 15 different Ford truck commercials from 1976.
Chuck explained the Ford had been parked ever since he drove it home from an oil change where the shop forgot to put the oil back in it. Horsepower was still in short supply, though torque levels remained strong enough to keep the beefier F-Series models a good choice for moderate to heavy hauling or towing. Anyone living in a state where a smog test is required knows it can be an extremely frustrating experience. To learn the smog requirements for your state please visit www. What's New For 1976 A minor grille redesign set the 1976 F-Series line apart from earlier trucks. Then after a little while it will start right up again.
Crew Cabs were available with the F-250 and F-350. Truck has 113000 and has been running like a champ. These can all be signs of engine failure. I asked Chuck what his plans were for the Ford and he said he was going to junk the truck. As for the F-Series, not only is it still the best selling truck in America, the F-150 is now the best selling vehicle in the world.
Molded plastic fender liners also appeared first in 1977 trucks, helping to combat corrosion. Crew Cabs were offered on F-250 and F-350 trucks, while the F-350 Super Camper Special with its 140-inch wheelbase remained in the lineup. If you blow your engine or notice that it burns too much oil, smokes, taps, or knocks, it might be best to replace the entire engine. The closer I got to the blue 1976 F-250, the cleaner it looked. A new mirror design called low-profile swing-lock became an option; the design would ultimately become the main F-Series exterior mirror through. Two new engine options - 351 and 400 cubic-inch V-8s - replaced the older 360 and 390 V-8 engines. Replaced fuel filter, coil, cap and rotor, checked sparks, etc.
Transmissions ranged from the standard issue three-speed manual for all two-wheel drive models except the F-350, which used a four-speed manual along with the four-wheel drive trucks. The F-150, which debuted in 1975 as a two-wheel drive truck, received a four-wheel drive 4x4 option. The state-licensed smog ignoramus took one look at the stock 385-horse 427 engine and accused me of doing an engine swap. The SelectShift three-speed automatic was an option for any F-Series pickup. In the mid-1970s, factory-installed catalytic converters were heavy, extremely restrictive, and parasitic loss was substantial. It took another two stations before I found a smog guy who knew anything about cars. A long block engine is an option to upgrade or replace your current engine.
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