Trucks & Trailers - towing with a 96 or later f-250 with a 4.9/300 i6

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bone crusher
03-04-2011, 06:31 AM
I'm considering a 1996 f-250 with a 4.9/300 6 cyl auto trans to tow a 23 cc that's aprox +/- 6000lbs. and would like to know if anyone is using that as their tow rig. I know that motor is one of fords best ever with 270 ft/lbs at 2500 rpm's and was used in many larger trucks ie UPS and 6yrd contractor dump trucks. Also with the correct gearing 4.10 or 3.73 makes for a powerful stump puller. I would be towing about 10 miles to the boat ramp over flat land in south Florida. The advantages of that motor that i see are ease of of maintenance, economy (i currently use a 96 f-150 as a daily driver @ 17.4 mi per gal. i would not expect that in a 250) and price 2500 dollars. Plus i like that body style. Disatvantages are Speed. I would not want to be stuck behind it. Thoughts please.

03-04-2011, 12:22 PM
The 300 will pull the load just fine. I think the peak torque was even lower in the rpm band like 1800rpm or so. My recollection is you will NOT get much over 10mpg. True stump puller though.

03-04-2011, 03:17 PM
Owned a truck with that motor before. If it has the 4:10's it may pull your boat but the fuel economy will suck. I don't think I ever got over 15 mpg in mine and that includes cruising down the interstates running 55 mph.
The motor has a great reputation for living a long time but in my opinion it was rather under powered.

03-04-2011, 04:16 PM
I had an old Ford truck with one of these engines. Lots of torque. It should tow your boat fine for short distances.

03-04-2011, 07:06 PM
Great engine for what you describe; short pulls, stop and go, it will pull effortless compared to many V8s. IMO, not a great setup for long distance at hwy speed. I had one in a 4x4 f150 and in my opinion, one of the best engines ever put in a truck. If your 96' has a 302, it will pull MUCH better (and get worse mpg.).

03-06-2011, 04:32 PM
That old 300 - 6 was indestructible. We had a 1992 4x4 with the 5 speed (?) manual at work that was still running great when we got rid of it. 346,000 miles on it and never had anything other than routine maintenance. No failures of any kind. We used it for light hauling and delivering stuff like appliances, lawn mowers, snowblowers etc. The body was falling off the thing in 2006 when it got turned in to "woods truck" by the logger who bought it from us.

03-06-2011, 07:29 PM
I had an 89 F150 4X4 with that engine. Definitly a stump puller, especially in the granny gear. But don't expect good milage, and wouldn't keep up with traffic on the highway. Great for local hauling and pulling the boat up the ramp.

bone crusher
03-07-2011, 07:18 AM
I agree with all your comments. I would not expect to get good fuel milage while towing in any gas powered truck. After pricing 2011 f-250's with the new deisel in xl trim @ 42,000 bucks msrp, in this economy i thinking about going with fuctionality instead of beauty, comfort, reliability, highway speed, jealous friends, a large monthly payment and worring about some ah stealing it. And if someone tried to steal a 90's 250 with a 300 6 i could run after them. I would still like to hear from more people that are using this combo and what size load they are pulling. thanks all.

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