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Old 02-12-2012, 06:09 PM
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How do I determine what size the engine is in my 1983 ford f150 4X4? Is there any information stamped on the truck. I do know that it is eight cylinders simply looking at the distributor cap.
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Are any of the emissions or information stickers still on the rad support, or under the hood? They will say.


If it's a V8, it's either going to be a 302 (5.0L) or 351 (5.8L).
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Post the 8th digit of your vin. That will tell you at least what engine your truck was born with.
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Thank you. I'll take a look.
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A real quick reference is to measure across the intake. A 302 will be 7 1/2", a 351 will be 9". I visually do that at the scrapyards because you never know what's been done.
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or just post up a pic, most that have dealt with the trucks long enough can tell you by intake design / dimensions and / or valve cover bolt pattern.
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