1989 Ford F-150 with Cobra Power: Tire Smokin’ Tuesday

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A 1989 Ford F-150 powered by the engine from a Cobra Mustang smolders the rear tires.

This week’s Tire Smokin Tuesday video comes to us from the YouTube account of unclebird1 and it features a 1989 Ford F-150 doing a solid burnout. We have seen a great many 8th generation F-Series pickups in action, but this F-150 might take the award for the most surprising sleeper we have seen from that era. The truck isn’t in bad shape, but it could use a fresh coat of paint, while the aftermarket wheels are the only indication that this isn’t a stock Ford truck.

Cobra Power?

In stock form, the most powerful 1989 Ford F-150 would have been powered by a 5.8L Windsor V8, delivering 210 horsepower and 315lb-ft of torque. According to the brief details, this ’89 F-150 is powered by the engine from a 1991 Cobra, but the 1991 Mustang didn’t have a Cobra package. Perhaps the owner meant that the engine came from a 1993 SVT Cobra Mustang, which came from the factory with a unique 302 cubic inch V8 with 235 horsepower and 280lb-ft of torque.

1989 F-150 burnout

In other words, simply swapping from the 5.8L V8 to the 5.0L V8 wouldn’t lead to a huge increase in power for this 1989 F-150 if the new engine was stock, but the details explain that this powerplant is fitted with “some goodies”. We don’t know what those goodies might be, but we can assume that this V8 is making a little more power than a stock ’93 Cobra Mustang.

As soon as the video begins, the 1989 F-150 is roasting both rear tires and creating gobs of smoke. The driver only keeps the truck in one spot for a few seconds before letting the old Ford roll forward as the mad burnout action continues. The smoke is thick enough that as the truck heads down the road, we lose sight of the truck – but the roar of the V8 and the resulting stripes on the road show how well this F150 slays tires.

Crank up your speakers and enjoy!

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Patrick Rall is a regular contributor to LS1Tech and JK Forum, among other auto sites.

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