1976 F-150 Shines in the Burnout Competition:Tire Smokin’ Tuesday
Manual transmission and a 360-cubic inch V8 make this F-150 a unique tire-slayer.
This week’s Tire Smokin’ Tuesday video comes to us from the luckysebes13 YouTube channel and it features a 1976 Ford F-150 kicking some ass in a burnout competition. We don’t know if this sixth generation pickup wins this contest, but it certainly puts on a show for the crowd.
360 FE Power
In the world of Ford trucks, the 360 “FE” V8 isn’t one of the more popular engines, even though it was available from 1968 through 1976. In the early years, this engine offered 215 horsepower and 375 lb-ft of torque, but starting in 1972, the 5.9-liter mill was re-rated at 196 horsepower and 327 lb-ft of torque under the then-new SAE power measurement methods. The 360 was replaced in the Ford truck lineup in 1977 by the 351M and 400 variants of the 335 series engine architecture.
In the event of this particular 1976 Ford F-150, the power of the 360-cubic inch FE V8 is sent to the rear wheels via a 4-speed manual transmission.
Incredible Smoke Show
In most cases, the vehicles that dominate burnout competitions have big power and automatic transmissions, but this Ford F-150 has a manual transmission. This makes the long-lasting burnout more difficult, as the driver has to lift a bit to get through the gears with the clutch – all without letting the engine speed drop low enough to stop the tires from spinning. On the other hand, the driver of a similar truck with an automatic transmission can just stay wide open as the transmission goes from gear to gear.
The video begins with the driver bringing the engine speed up and dumping the clutch, getting the rear tires spinning without the F-150 moving very far in the burnout box. About 20 seconds into the video, the smoke is thick enough to hide the truck, but when the wind shifts, the camera and the near-side crowd are cloaked in smoke.
Crank up your speakers and enjoy!