Re: strong combo for torque
F100kls, I'm no mechanic. I get in more #$%^& than flash gordon sometimes because of it. But I have good mates who are mechanics who advise me before and after I get in the occasional mess. And I've had a couple of mild and hot streeties and raced a proper car for a long time (that would be one without mudguards and doors).
Anyone else on here that's honest will say exactly the same thing even if they're mechanics.
I did think there was a chance it was a Windsor as a mate has an approx. '86 F100 and it's a Windsor.
But it won't make a great deal of difference either way. The same stuff, manifold, cam size (smaller hyd.), extractors, etc will make a fairly big difference to the engine's torque and responsiveness.
When you're pulling comparatively big weights like you do the engine has to have good "clutch engagement torque."
If it were manual you could let your foot off the clutch with the engine idling and the car will "walk" happily away.
It needs to have that ability even with an auto. If you need big revs to move the weight around neither the fuel level nor the auto will last long.
All that means is the engine has to have good torque at just over idle and up to about 3,700 - 3,800 rpm to pull around town.
The torque convertor can only compensate for a certain lack of torque. The engine has to do most of it.
The small fuel economy cams sometimes have a mild lope to them and sound nice anyway. The small dia. Tri Y extractors and dual plane manifolds along with a good cam all aim at moving air in and out of the combustion chambers quickly and efficiently. The air movement needs to be quick to get good throttle response.
The bigger diameter pipes, high rise manifolds and big cams make big power up high but the air flow is r.s. at low engine speeds.
Two 302's I put cams into yrs back (1 auto, 1 man.) picked up between 4 - 5 mpg on the highway without trailers and about 2.5 - 3.5 with trailers.
You'll be surprised at how much difference a torquey engine makes to driving satisfaction, especially when it's a work truck.