F-150 Showcases Six-Cylinder Capabilities: Tire Smokin’ Tuesday

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Someone boosted a 4.9-liter inline-six and created a wicked F-150 tire-slayer.

This week’s Tire Smokin’ Tuesday video comes to us from the YouTube channel of Frank Krahn and it features his unique 1985 Ford F-150. Most of the trucks that we showcase doing burnouts are powered by V8 engines, but his half-ton truck is packing a 4.9-liter inline-six. That is unusual to begin with, but making this truck that much more interesting is the fact that the owner has added a turbo setup – allowing this base engine to make big power.

The Truck

The F-Series pickup featured in the video above is a 1985 Ford F-150 with the short cab, short bed and short wheelbase. When you add on the Cragar D-Window wheels wrapped in wide tires with raised, white lettering, this half-ton Ford has a very sporty look. It also appears to have new sheet metal welded into various portions of the bed, giving the truck a fighter plane look.

1985 F-150 4.9-liter

What makes this truck so special is the 4.9-liter inline-six engine under the hood – and it is rare that anyone calls the old 4.9 special. In stock form, this engine would have delivered 125 horsepower and 250 lb-ft of torque, but this inline-six has been fitted with a turbocharger setup. We don’t have details on the size of the turbo, but we have also included a video below of an under-hood video of the engine running. The turbocharger appears to be small, but it plays a key role in helping this truck make far more power than it did when stock.

The Burnout

As the video begins, the 1985 F-150 rolls onto a concrete slab, rolling into the throttle and quickly spinning the rear tires (or rear tire – it is hard to tell). It only takes a few seconds for smoke to begin to build around the rear end and as the cloud grows, the tires spin harder and make more smoke.

1985 F-150 Burnout

The burnout ends quickly, but the turbocharged 4.9-liter six-cylinder engine clearly makes this F-150 a whole lot more interesting to drive. Crank up your speakers and enjoy both short videos of the truck named “the Boosted Beaver”.

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