1979 F-150 Ranger (460 CID) performance?

Discussion in 'American Cars' started by EmmArTooGuy, Mar 13, 2007.

  1. I'm going to be helping my cousin with a resto-mod on the afformentioned Ranger. We've been researching the performance specs of this vehicle in stock form and have met little success. My aunt and uncle (who use to drive this truck) claim that it runs low 12s to high 11s in the 1/4 mile and has a top speed of about 220 mph (yeah right). This truck is powered by a 1976 460 CID engine (10.5:1 CR) and I'm guessing peak outputs of 323 bhp @ 4200 rpm/490 lb-ft @ 2700 rpm though the power may be as low as 220 bhp according to our research. I estimate the 1/4 to be mid 14s from my stop watch but I don't know if it has enough hook-up on lauch to actually run that fast. I know the top speed is less than 130 mph but we can't get an accurate measure of this either as the speedometer only reads up to 85 mph. With the exception of the earlier model engine, dual exhaust, and cherry-bomb mufflers the truck is stock. Anyone know how fast this truck really is?

    Thanks to all,
  2. First of all, shoot your aunt/uncle. Second of all, the performance of this truck isn't really anything to brag/talk/know about.
  3. I'd say ~110mph. Whether you'd want to actually drive it to those speeds is a different matter.
  4. Your quarter mile is more like 17's.
  5. Didn't think it would be real fast. Just looking for some hard data on the topic.
  6. My dad bought one of these truck for $50 and a Joint. We ripped it apart and burnt the rest of the body.
  7. No need for flaming children. I'm not the owner, just the technician and tuner. Just looking for some info on what base lines we can expect.
  8. In all seriousness, no one probably knows the true answer. If you really want to find out, grab a stopwatch and a quiet section of interstate. Use the mile markers to get a set distance, then measure how long it takes to traverse at full tilt.
  9. if its got twin beam front susptention it would make a good desert truck.
  10. F150 Ranger? so the Ranger went little and the F150 stayed bigger?
  11. ranger is just a trim package.. not the actual name of the truck. Just like GMC/chevy, their trucks were K15/k10 etc. but people often refered to them by there trim package, like Sierra and Silverado.. which eventually became there actual name.. except with the ford they just dropped that trim name (changed it to XL XLT etc.) and named the little pickup truck that. Ranger itself has no real relation to the f-series.
  12. oh thanks for that, <A BORDER="0" HREF="http://www.supercars.net/PitLane?displayFAQ=y"><IMG BORDER="0" SRC="pitlane/emoticons/smile.gif"></A>
  13. 1976 Ford LTD 460ci
    0-60: 11.3 secs
    1/4 mile: 18.2 secs

    Thats the numbers you're going to get from an LTD powered by that same engine.
    Your truck weighs well over 5000 pounds while the LTD weighs in at about 4300 pounds.
    The 1976 Ford 460 produced 202hp.
    I'd say you're looking at 20's in the 1/4 mile.
    The truck is goin to have high torque, from what ive found, it should be over 300 ft/lbs.
    Its going to be a monster but not anything fast.
  14. what mustang svt said
  15. I thought 460 engines in 1979 had only 170hp.
  16. yea but hes talkin about the 76' 460 he put in it
  17. Find non smog era heads, big cam and some nitrous it should run pretty well.
  18. order performance parts from fordracing or check what crane cams or jon kaase propose as hi perf spare parts for your engine
  19. The title of this thread is an oxymoron.

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