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Old 07-24-2009, 04:44 PM
 
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What was the worst V8 motor Ford has ever built?
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Old 07-24-2009, 04:50 PM
 
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im gonna say the mid 70's 360 CI truck motor
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Old 07-24-2009, 04:52 PM
 
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400M was one of the worst in the 70's
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Old 07-24-2009, 04:53 PM
 
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the 400 was a turd stock, but it was a sturdy foundation & very easy to coax decent power out of & very solid, hard to break any of the Cleveland type motors
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Old 07-24-2009, 04:58 PM
 
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400M was one of the worst in the 70's
I'd have to go with that too.

I've got an uncle who had one of those in an LTD. Never could get the thing to get more than 8 mpg, no matter what he did, and how many mechanics he took it too.
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Old 07-24-2009, 05:10 PM
 
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the 400 was a turd stock, but it was a sturdy foundation & very easy to coax decent power out of & very solid, hard to break any of the Cleveland type motors
yeah the 351 cleveland 4V was an amazing motor and the heads we huge
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Old 07-24-2009, 06:06 PM
 
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I'd have to go with that too.

I've got an uncle who had one of those in an LTD. Never could get the thing to get more than 8 mpg, no matter what he did, and how many mechanics he took it too.
well I wouldnt condemn an entire line of engines because of one you know about, there had to be a reason for it. Ive got a friend with a hopped up 400M in a 4X4 truck & he averages 10 MPG.
Besides I think theres more to an engine being worst ever than just MPG. even with bad MPG they get credit for being virtualy indestructable.
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Old 07-24-2009, 06:19 PM
 
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255 v8 used in the 80's is pretty bad. The 360 FE is a good truck engine. The 351M should be mentioned before the 400 which has a 4" stroke and works fairly well in a 1/2 or 3/4 ton truck.
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Old 07-24-2009, 06:26 PM
 
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yes, the 255..I was trieing to think of that one. thats the winner right there
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Old 07-24-2009, 06:35 PM
 
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yes, the 255..I was trieing to think of that one. thats the winner right there
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255
In 1980, a very urgent need to meet EPA CAFE standards led to the creation of the 255 cu in (4.2 L) version, essentially a 302 with the cylinder bores downcored to 3.68 in (93.5 mm). Rated power (SAE net) was 115-122 hp (86-91 kW), depending on year and application. Cylinder heads used smaller combustion chambers and smaller valves and the intake ports were ovals whereas the others were rectangular. The only externally visible cue was the use of an open runner intake manifold with a stamped steel lifter valley cover attached to its underside, giving the appearance of previous generation engines, such as the Y-Block and the MEL. It was optional in Fox chassis cars including the Mustang and corporate cousin Mercury Capri, Thunderbird, Fairmont, and standard equipment in the Ford LTD. Poorly received thanks to its dismal performance and mediocre fuel economy, it was dropped after the 1982 model year, and is considered one of the worst modern Ford engines.
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