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Ford vs. Chevy V8s?

Here's a Ford vs. Chevy question that I can't seem to find the answer to after searching online. Consider any Ford and Chevy 1/2 ton from the late '80s and '90s with a V8. Why is it that in the majority of the Chevy pickups have the 350 and not many have the 305, yet Ford is somewhat the opposite, with the majority of trucks I've run across having the 302 and a few having the 351?

I'm gonna hazard a guess at different marketing for Chevy vs. Ford? I've heard the 302 is better than the 305...
 
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302 was a decent engine. Ford was trying to get a more practical engine for 1/2 tons. 5.7 liters is a bit much. I was thrilled with the 2v 4.6L in F150's.
 
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302 is better IMO than the 305. 5.7 liters or higher is not too much, again . In my opinion. The real win is with the 351. I prefer the Cleveland, a 4 year run engine in the US. SBF bolt pattern, and same motor mounts. Tons of power. 351W is an amazing power plant too. Oodles of aftermarket and the parts availability is stellar. Power by Ford
 
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Originally Posted by 80'BUB View Post
302 is better IMO than the 305. 5.7 liters or higher is not too much, again . In my opinion. The real win is with the 351. I prefer the Cleveland, a 4 year run engine in the US. SBF bolt pattern, and same motor mounts. Tons of power. 351W is an amazing power plant too. Oodles of aftermarket and the parts availability is stellar. Power by Ford
I agree with you 100%, though I've personally never had any experience with the 351C. But what I'm curious about is why then if the 351W is such a good engine do we not see more in the 1/2 tons? Seems to me that every 1980s/1990s GM 1/2 ton on Craigslist has the 350, while most Fords have the 302. Price difference maybe?
 
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Originally Posted by Buliwyf View Post
302 was a decent engine. Ford was trying to get a more practical engine for 1/2 tons. 5.7 liters is a bit much. I was thrilled with the 2v 4.6L in F150's.
You where thrilled with the 4.6? That is the most gutless v8 I have ever driven, and I have driven several vans and pickups that had the 4.6, it feels like a v6, I am surprised Ford kept that engine as long as they did.
 
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SMH. ^^ ^^^
 
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The only thing I can guess is Ford had the 351 neutered back then and it really didn't show enough separation from the 302 to see enough performance gains to justify the mpg hit.
Don't get me wrong- the bore and stroke of the 351 is better suited for a truck engine. If only they had put a set of cylinder heads on it to bring it to life.
 
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