Ecoboost Proves an Easy Engine Swap for Classic Ford Trucks

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Ford Ecoboost Swap

Cheap, easy, reliable power for classic Ford trucks comes from a controversial place – the modern day Ecoboost.

Alright, we get it. Most of you hate the idea of anything less than a V8 powering any F-Series truck. But you have to admit, the Ecoboost series of boosted powerplants has been a smash hit in the modern F-150. Ford sells more V6-powered trucks than anything else these days, so you could say that there’s a market for them. And while we’re still sticking to our V8 guns, we were intrigued by this recent forum post by Ford Truck Enthusiasts member Boss9F100 claiming that the Ecoboost is pretty much a straight bolt-in for classic Ford pickups.

“If anyone is thinking about putting a 3.5 Ecoboost into any project, the technology is there to make this swap simple at a very reasonable cost versus doing a proper rebuild on any Ford V8 and AOD upgrade. I doubt there’s any Ford platform the 3.5 Ecoboost can’t be adapted to. Here’s my 1966 F-250 that I call Eco1.”

Ford Ecoboost Swap

Hard to argue with the results here. The OP did an amazing job adapting this modern twin-turbo V6 to his classic Ford. And this swap didn’t stop with the engine and transmission, either.

“On this project I integrated the F-150 dash and electronics too. This is my daily driver and I wanted all the creature comforts. Since I wanted it to be able to pull 10,000 pounds safely, I also used the electronics for Stability Control, Trailer Sway Control, 14” brakes with full ABS, etc. I’m getting close to 7,000 miles since completion. Without question, this is the best driving and most fun vehicle I have ever owned.

Ford Ecoboost Swap

It’s been on the drag strip, autocross, and road trips as far as 800 miles. It’s been fantastic to drive. With just a tune I am making 420 hp and 532 lb-ft of torque at the wheels! Under not so good conditions it ran a 13.03 @ 105 mph in the quarter mile. So to anyone thinking about doing the swap, all I can say is go for it! Whether it’s a ’65-’79 truck, ’78 & up Bronco, etc. Drop one in your lawnmower or whatever you so chose.” 

Ford Ecoboost Swap

If all of that isn’t impressive enough, the OP is actually working on another Ecoboost swap. In fact, he has not just one, but two other ’66 Ford trucks currently under the knife. One of which is running a 3.5-liter Ecoboost, and the other a 2.7. Oh, and a 427-swapped F-100 for good measure. So be sure and check out all the progress the OP has made in this amazing thread by heading over here!

Brett Foote has been covering the automotive industry for over five years and is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto Group sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other popular sites.

He has been an automotive enthusiast since the day he came into this world and rode home from the hospital in a first-gen Mustang, and he's been wrenching on them nearly as long.

In addition to his expertise writing about cars, trucks, motorcycles, and every other type of automobile, Brett had spent several years running parts for local auto dealerships.

You can follow along with his builds and various automotive shenanigans on Instagram: @bfoote.

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