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Old 12-17-2009, 21:15   #1 (permalink)
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My First Truck. Some help??

Hi all. This is my first post. I am turning sixteen this January, and I am trying to get my first Ford up and running. It's an '83 F150 with a 351 engine that's almost shot. I want to replace the engine, but what kind of engine do I put in? What engines offer the most power/speed? We are also currently replacing the transmission (automatic) and I wanted to know if the engine should be replaced at the same time we do the tranny. I'd like to kind of soup this thing up. I plan to put straights on it and make it roar, so that goes back to the engine question again. I'd appreciate any help/experience you have had with this stuff. Can't wait to get this baby going!!
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Old 12-18-2009, 02:07   #2 (permalink)
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Re: My First Truck. Some help??

Welcome to the forums. I moved your post to the Ford F-150 | Ford F-250 | Ford Super Duty | Ford Diesel for more answers.

If it were me, I would rebuild the 351, add a mild cam, dual plane intake, headers and a good carburetor. An ignition box (I like a MSD 6A or 6AL) a hot coil and performance wires are also a plus.

If the transmission needs rebuilt it would be easier to do it all at once.

Straight pipe? I wouldn't do it. You will become a target with cops in your area really quick.

Be sure to check the emission laws in your state. If they do emission inspections you will run into problems.
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Ok, I appreciate it. I think rebuilding the engine will end up a lot cheaper. Thanks for the specifics on replacement stuff. As far as emission laws, we don't have restrictions on that out here. Plus, this is kind of an offroad/play time type truck. I don't plan on running it on main highways. As far as a cop target, out here in boondocks USA, we shouldn't have any problems. But again, thanks for the information.
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Old 02-14-2010, 11:58   #4 (permalink)
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