Well I finally took the plunge and bought myself a fire truck... I have been a volunteer firefighter for many, many years and have seen and driven alot of fire trucks.. but this one has always been one of my favorites. It is a 1969 Ford N-1000 with an American fire body on it.... it was a tanker at it's fire department and carried 1,500 gallons of water. It is a nice piece.. but here is the help I need.... I always assumed it had a 534 in it... but I got looking (both at the motor and at the matinence records) and have come to find out that it has a Ford 477 in it. I felt comfortable with a 534 because I have driven things with that in it... but I hadn't ever really heard of a 477... now I am terrified that I bought a truck with an unfavorable motor in it. So... the help that I need is... what can anyone tell me about the Ford 477... is it a decent motor? Does it have any real problems? Is the reason that I haven't really heard of it before joing this board because it was a crappy motor that wasn't produced very long? Finally... should I be looking for it's replacement awhile? It seems to run good (it ran on the highway at a respectable 59 mph while getting about 7mpg)... but I guess I have the fear of the unknown... so any help or info on this thing would be most appreciated!!
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