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Old 12-05-2009, 03:27 PM
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I'm gonna get rid of my Ranger for a '92-'96 F150 soon. I saw two on craigslist within a few hours of me.

truck #1) 1995 F150 XLT, Regular Cab, 5 Speed, 300 I6, 4x4, PW, PL, PM, 122k Miles, Headache Rack, NO RUST......$2500
ford F150 XLT 95


Truck #2) 1996 F150, Reg Cab, XLT, 302 V8, very little rust, automatic, 4x4, 102k Miles....$3500
1995 Ford F-150 XLT 4X4




Both are really nice, but I can't decide on which engine to go with. I really want a v8, but the I6 is only 2 cu. in. smaller and I have also heard the 300 is A LOT better for low end torque. I will only be using the truck for fun, no work
 
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Old 12-05-2009, 03:36 PM
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Have you driven both?

The 300/5 speed combo is great. Even though it is the Mazda box, first is reasonably low, you have OD and good gear spacing. The 300 has low end torque, but limited rpm range, so the closer ratios make it much nicer to drive. You can check the trans forum for the cautionary "fix" for the Mazda trans to keep it from leaking.

The V8 truck with the automatic is going to feel a lot more zippy than the six. BUT, you say it has some rust, the other rig has none.

Are you going to use the 4WD? Slow stuff, or trying to power through mud?

I vote for the six:

--no rust
--manual trans easier & cheaper to repair/replace than automatic
--six/mt = better fuel mpg than 8/auto.
--looks like it may have some power goodies that make it "nicer" to drive.
--headache rack saves a headache if you ever need it.
--$1000 less.

Good luck.
 
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Old 12-05-2009, 03:37 PM
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In the end, it's gonna come down to preference. If I were able to go back in time and order a truck, I would order it with the 300. And please keep in mind that I have had OUTSTANDING service from a 96 302 for 11 years and counting. Everyday driving, they're going to be pretty similar. I'd just like to have that stump pulling torque advantage if I needed it. You won't go wrong with either, though.

After looking at those ads, I say go for the red truck. I'd go for the red one even if it was the higher priced one. To be honest, I'm nervous about any AT that doesn't have an auxilliary cooler.
 
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no mud....only reason I'm really getting one is because I love the older Ford trucks. I have found the older Fords to be A LOT more reliable. Might drive it in snow once or twice a year, but I also have a winter beater for that (living in Michigan = rust no matter what you do).

The only plans I have for it is maybe a 2-3 inch suspension lift and 33's. Bottom line is, it would just be a nice, older truck that is in good condition and fun to drive. I'm porbably gonna go with the 300 because of the price difference and no rust.


Just a side note....what front axle does the 300 F150 have? Dana 40 (same as the 302 F150)?
 
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If its for fun i would go with the 302 , if its a 95 it should be a mass air roller motor ???.....Lew
 
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if its a 95 it should be a mass air roller motor ???.....Lew

what's a mass air roller motor?
 
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The I6 makes a great work truck but the 5.0 makes a nicer play truck, add 4.10 gears for those big tires and open up the exhaust and you'll be a happy camper.
 
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Originally Posted by az3pqf View Post
what's a mass air roller motor?
It will have a roller cam & a mass air meter , its just a better set up , if it has the same firing order as a 351 its a roller . If it has a meter at the end of the air tube at the air box with a wiring plug going to it then its MA.....Lew
 
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Both trucks have the ttb dana 44.If for fun I would also go with the 302,more potential all around for more power and aftermarket goodies.
 
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Old 12-05-2009, 05:21 PM
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I vote 302. 300 nice motor my pa pa has one. And the 302s no 351, but Its nice to have that little extra power wheb you need it. Prolly more then you think...
 
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go with the 302 you can mod the crap out of them and i think you would soon be tired with all the power the 300 has to offer
 
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My truck has had both. I swapped out the 300 for a 302, but then I swapped it back again. I vote 300. I vote that way for all the same reasons I would vote 302 in a car. (Then again I would also vote Cummins 3.9L over both, but that's because I'm a nut job!)
 
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If the 302 is MAF, it should be decently quick. I would still vote for the red one. Mostly because its a 5 speed. I prefer the 300 anyway, but the MAF 302s do seem much better than the older ones.
Six in a row makes it go!
 
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six in a row makes her slow!!! If it's just for play 302 all the way,don't really see the 300 in my opinion as a real toy or hot rod or much of anything for that matter.If you want a truck that sounds like a john deere 70 and is slow and can pull pretty much damn near anything than go for the 300,but if you want rpm's ,speed and a better ,mean sounding truck than go for the 302
 
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I have the 302 in my 250 (dont know why they put them in the 250's) ,and its a work truck. Its 160,000 still going a little tired, But you guys make it seem like the 302's all play! Mine gets worked hard!!
 

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