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Old 07-24-2009, 07:38 PM
 
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yep that one didnt have a chance to be anything but a turd. thank you once again EPA
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Old 07-24-2009, 08:59 PM
 
Location: Poway, CA
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oh, the 360? that's just mean! sure, it lacked the punch of its big brothers, but at the end of the day it was a solid FE block just like all the others.

the early 80s V8s were turds for sure, but another one to throw out there might be the Triton 5.4L. in general, the Tritons are GREAT engines, but the 5.4 and the V-10 both suffer from those god-awful spark plug blowouts, not to mention the exhaust manifolds are notorious for leaking then snapping off bolts when you try to replace them. minor complaints on what's otherwise a stellar engine family, though.

Mike
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Old 07-24-2009, 10:05 PM
 
Location: H-town, TX.
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oh, the 360? that's just mean! sure, it lacked the punch of its big brothers, but at the end of the day it was a solid FE block just like all the others.

the early 80s V8s were turds for sure, but another one to throw out there might be the Triton 5.4L. in general, the Tritons are GREAT engines, but the 5.4 and the V-10 both suffer from those god-awful spark plug blowouts, not to mention the exhaust manifolds are notorious for leaking then snapping off bolts when you try to replace them. minor complaints on what's otherwise a stellar engine family, though.

Mike

The 4.6L has that issue, too.

So what did Ford do? Overcompensate the other way and make at least the 5.4L 3v engines insanely tough to pull plugs on.

I love my 4.2L...v6. Coil pack and easy to change plugs.

Give Ford credit for pulling that 255. GM still managed to keep the 305 around to fester before the Vortec goods hopped it up a bit.
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Old 07-24-2009, 11:27 PM
 
Location: North Pole Alaska
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Any one of the modular motors. The spark plug spitting manifold warping timing chain streching pile of crap!
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Old 07-25-2009, 12:03 AM
 
Location: Northeast Tennessee
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They were bulletproof, but the engines in the 1990 (5.0L) and 1991-94 (4.6L) (used in Town Cars, Crown Victorias and Grand Marquis) were known for premature valve seal failure, which is why you see some of these smoking (even lower mile examples) - they were still smooth and otherwise bulletproof engines. By 1995, I think they took care of this problem. Someone correct me if I am wrong.
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Old 07-25-2009, 12:22 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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What was the worst V8 motor Ford has ever built?
What do you think is the worst V8 motor Ford ever built and why?
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Old 07-25-2009, 05:57 AM
 
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I had a 1975 Bricklin with the non-Cleveland Ford 351 engine. I kept having valve trouble and found out that was a very bad year for that problem. Had the valves ground twice and a few weeks later the engine would be missing again. I might add that the whole Bricklin was a piece of junk.
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Old 07-25-2009, 08:23 AM
 
Location: Poway, CA
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They were bulletproof, but the engines in the 1990 (5.0L) and 1991-94 (4.6L) (used in Town Cars, Crown Victorias and Grand Marquis) were known for premature valve seal failure, which is why you see some of these smoking (even lower mile examples) - they were still smooth and otherwise bulletproof engines. By 1995, I think they took care of this problem. Someone correct me if I am wrong.
i think that's about right.

you gotta give the engine credit for longevity overall. look at the millions of Crown Vics and Towncars that have been using that engine for over a decade. those cars see some high mileage from drivers that show little to no respect for the well-being of the motor.

but still, from a design standpoint, they had their nasty 'quirks' that merit at least a nomination for 'worst Ford V8'.

Mike
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Old 07-25-2009, 09:57 AM
 
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I think I'm also going to agree with the 4.2 liter V8 engine that was used in the 1980-81 Mustang.
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Old 07-25-2009, 06:39 PM
 
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1980/81 255

1975/82 (1971/82 for 400) 351M/400 (1975 to late '77 had the infamous cracking) NOTE: The 400M term. is incorrect. It is simply referred as a 400, nothing else. The "M" belongs to the 351M.

361/391 FT. Gutless doesn't being to describe it.

Trintion series with the spark plugs as cannon balls.
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