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Old 07-29-2010, 07:26 PM
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Ford 4.2 Litre question

I found a good deal on a 1999 4.2L Ford V6 from a F150 half ton truck. Is that motor worth buying? Is it as good as the 300 six, or should I skip it? Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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It probably makes more stock HP than the 300 does stock.

But the 300 is the better motor, more torque and it lasts forever, plus alot of parts for them.

And they sound cool.
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4.2 is a giant boat anchor.. good if you can buy a dead 4.2 V6 truck for cheap, you can have a decent truck for little of nothing... I'v seen mint '97-'99 4.2 5spd's with a blown motor go for $500
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It's certainly not a truck motor. It's just a stroked 3.8L essex that you'd find in base model mustangs, the taurus/sable, etc. The 300 six is a much better engine if it's going in a truck. If it's going in a little light car, the 3.8L/4.2L is much easier to package, and has a decent little aftermarket.
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It's certainly not a truck motor..
Yes it is, the 4.2 only came in trucks and minivans.
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Yes it is, the 4.2 only came in trucks and minivans.
this would be incorrect, i did a clutch on a 02 mustang that had the 4.2 in it.
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Yes it is, the 4.2 only came in trucks and minivans.
Just because it came in a truck, doesn't mean it belongs in one. Just ask the 2.2L and 2.8L.
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I have a 2004 F-150 heritage with the 4.2 and i really like it its no speed demon but has enough power for what i use it for and gets about 18 to 19 mpg in the city i have over 70.000 miles and so far not a problem one. we had one at work with over 200,000 on it and still running before we replaced it and it was not a well taken care of truck.
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Sooooooo, what would be a good deal on this little 4.2? A grand? 500 bucks? What? Give me a hint here. I am in no hurry, but wont pass up a good deal if it comes along.

I aint looking for a workhorse, just a decent motor. The quoted 18-19 MPG got my attention, that is for sure.
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it's not a motor I would buy for a retrofit if that is what you are thinking.. they have been swapped into 3.8 mustangs. but it's not really worth much more than a replacement engine... probably $1k if you need it.. if your looking for a V6 that will get good MPG and power, a SOHC 4.0L engine from a Ranger/ Explorer would be good.
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this would be incorrect, i did a clutch on a 02 mustang that had the 4.2 in it.
I've done an oil change on a Jag with a SBC in it, doesn't mean it came that way factory as I implied.
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The Ford 4.2-liter V-6 engine, commonly known as the Canadian Essex engine, overcame early gasket problems to become a dependable long-running motor. Those early problems, however, dogged the engine's reputation until the motor was phased out in 2008. The 4.2 replaced the well-regarded Ford 300 straight-six engines and powered the F-150 pickups.


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i have a 1997 4x4 truck with the 4.2 in it and a 5 speed, it pulls anything i need , that being a car trailer and my race car and it does it with no problems, on top of that it is coming up on 200,000 miles, when this one blows i will rebuild it and keep going
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little old post..but i still have the same truck..and its not at 220,000 trouble free miles..but i do think its time for new o2 senors and some small things..i did buy a 2004 f150 with a auto tranny in it, it has the 5.4 currently has 145,000 miles on it..get 21 mpg and pulls effortlessly ..but i keep the 97 for the 4x4
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