4.9 liter inline 6 (BIG 6)

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Dingo, Mar 8, 2000.

  1. Dingo

    Dingo LawnSite Member
    from TN
    Messages: 133

    I was looking at buying a truck i was told it had a 8cyl but it really had a 6cyl. Its a nice truck and im still considering it. Its a 4.9 liter inline 6 (called the big 6) and they said it has equal pulling power to a 302 because its manual and you can gear down. Is any of this crap true? thanks for the help<br>Dingo
  2. steveair

    steveair LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,073

    My friend just sold his FWD (made by international I believe) and think it had the same engine. It was a big snow truck and the engine had plenty of power. Also, he said they were simple and easy to work on.
  3. DaveO

    DaveO LawnSite Member
    Messages: 238

    Dingo,<p>It's a 300 ci six. Ford offered it only in trucks/vans. I have an 83, that year it had MORE torque than 302, 302 had more hp. It has a lot of power down low. Great for pulling weight or plowing. It is NOT as quick as 302, if you want a race truck, buy the 302. For what I do the 300 is great...<p>Dave
  4. Dingo

    Dingo LawnSite Member
    from TN
    Messages: 133

    So you think it would be a good truck to pull a lawn trailer full of equipment or a trailer full of mulch. Thanks for the help guys<br>Dingo
  5. DaveO

    DaveO LawnSite Member
    Messages: 238

    Dingo,<p>I have pulled a 1 ton chevy on a car trailer. Probably close to 7K lbs. It was working hard to do it. I also use the truck to haul motorcycles to the track. Usually two in the back(1000lbs), plus small trailer. Handles this NO PROB. The six is one of the most reliable engines Ford made. It has NO timing chain, it's gear driven...<p>Dave
  6. Jason

    Jason LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 256

    The 300 is one of Ford's most durable motors. It builds great torque due to to it's long stroke. I had a 84 F-250 with a 4 speed and 300. It would easily pull two full anhydrous ammonia tanks which weighed approximately 20,000 lbs full. Besides anhydrous tanks, we'd pull a 30 ft Donahue trailer loaded with drills(used for seeding crops), self propelled swathers, also pull large 800 bushel grain dryer. You name it, it would pull it. Also had a 89 F150 with a 302 and a 4 speed. It wouldn't pull nearly what the 300 six would pull. I wouldn't hesitate to buy another 300 for a work truck. Plus that pickup had 160,000 miles on it when I sold it , motor was untouched and still ran strong, although rings or guides were starting to wear as it was using oil, but all in all a great motor.
  7. Eric ELM

    Eric ELM Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
    Messages: 4,830

    I agree with the others, the 300 6 is a great engine. I've had a few and wouldn't hesitate to get another one and use if for pulling a trailer.<p>----------<br>&lt;a href=&quot;http://www.townserver.com/elm/&quot;&gt;Eric@ELM&lt;/a&gt;<br>
  8. richard

    richard Banned
    Messages: 74

    my first truck was that same truck and it served well and still landscapes today...it's better on gas than the 5.8 i have now!
  9. John DiMartino

    John DiMartino LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,555

    I'd walk right past a 351,and 302 to buy a 300 inline 6.You scored with this truck-go buy it before someone else does.You wont win any races,but it is well suited to pulling a trailer.A few had wrist pin/piston slap,if not they'll run a long time,you will save money on fuel too.Also what year is it?EFI or carb?I love the EFI 300,bottomless torque from idle up.<p>----------<br>John D<br>
  10. bw

    bw LawnSite Member
    Messages: 49

    what year did these babies come out, it sounds like just what i'm looking for, what kind of gas mileage do they get

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