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Old 08-20-2013, 06:41 AM   #31
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So is the gas mileage going to kill me?? With a 351??
Depends on the loads you pull.

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All I pull is a boat that's all, but like the power..
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All I pull is a boat that's all, but like the power..
I don't think you you will get fantastic mileage in a 250 because they are made to pull.
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Okay so I am figuring a 150 with a 302
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What about a f-150 straight 6 that doesn't have alot of power does it, what's the different from that to a v6 4.3 vortec???
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The Cleveland is certainly the better of the two Jim...just more uncommon.

I agree that if he can find that model, go with that unit. Just harder to source and locate.

The 351 will burn more fuel as a standard but going with the smaller displacement does not always equal better gas mileage. The smaller motor will have to work harder to pull the same weight and I have personally observed where my 4.6L F-150 got worse gas mileage than my 5.4L F-150 because of the fact that it had to work harder.
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The Cleveland is certainly the better of the two Jim...just more uncommon.

I agree that if he can find that model, go with that unit. Just harder to source and locate.

The 351 will burn more fuel as a standard but going with the smaller displacement does not always equal better gas mileage. The smaller motor will have to work harder to pull the same weight and I have personally observed where my 4.6L F-150 got worse gas mileage than my 5.4L F-150 because of the fact that it had to work harder.
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I only pull a small trailer from time to time and a boat I am looking for something close to the power of a 350 chevy should I go to a f-250 with 351 or f-150 302?? I am new to the ford line, always been a chevy guy..
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If you are only pulling a small boat and not hauling heavy loads in the bed I would avoid the 250. Its HD suspension will likely beat you up when unladen or lightly loaded.

I know this has been a Ford/Chevy discussion but you might also have a look at some mid-size trucks like 2005+ Toyota Tacomas with v-6 and towing package. Nice daily driver with plenty of power, comfy ride and can easily handle a decent size boat. Pretty popular truck so there should be a lot of them on the market. Access cab and double cab add versatility for carrying stuff and people.
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The new 302 will do you fine if you are pulling under the limits on that truck.

The new Coyote motor (5.0L) is supposedly stout.
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All auto transmissions:

Had a 2000 F150, 2 WD with a 5.4 l.
It had great power and mileage was around 21 mpg (mostly highway) empty. Rode very well.

Traded it for a 2008 F250, 4x4, same displacement 5.4 l.
Low on power and poor mileage 13-14 mpg, empty or loaded. Rode very hard

Traded that for 2010 F350, 4x4, 6.4 l diesel.
Great on power and mileage is 19 mpg empty or loaded. Rides like a car

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Just pulling a boat and you want mileage also, I agree on the Toyota, I have the V6 4X4 and that little dickens will pull the horns off a billy goat. I pull our 17 foot camper with it with no problems at all. Our Toyota is an older one so we don't get but about 19 MPG even pulling the camper. I just don't like the new trucks.
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Same here man, love older vehicles looking at a 87 fork pickup rebuilt 302 manual transmission has a 3" lift new tires, nice...
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I wouldn't get too hung up on displacement and V8 vs. V6 being the measure of engine power - especially when you are looking at old-body-style (OBS) Fords (92-97). My Nissan V6 (VQ40DE) has more horesepower than the 5.0/5.8 V8s of that era. If you are only pulling a small boat, and want the OBS, first priority would be to find one in good condition. It's power and mileage are going to be a moot point for you after that.
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I like the newer styles mostly. And one thing about going as old as you are looking... rust. If you live near your screen name it is hard to imagine there are many 80s vintage pickups that aren't rust buckets. But if you find a good one go for it. Also, beware of flood damaged stuff being dumped after hurricane sandy.

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