NEW YORK - APRIL 04:  A man looks at a Ford 4.0-liter SOHC V-6 engine at the New York International Auto Show April 4, 2007 in New York City. The show opens to the public April 6, 2007.  (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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Why Ford Used the Same Engine For Over 30 Years
Innovation and technological advancements are standard in the automotive industry, with makers seemingly unveiling groundbreaking strides often. However, some auto manufacturers are slow to implement new changes — such is the case for Ford and its extended use of the 300 cubic-inch inline six-cylinder engine.
First introduced in 1965, the Ford 300 I6 engine was an optional engine for the automakers’ trucks like the F-150 and Econoline van and remained that way until the 1997 model year. What made this engine so beloved wasn’t its power or efficiency but its smooth and simple design, which allowed for longevity if adequately maintained.
Over the engine’s 30-year-plus lifespan, its horsepower and torque rating slightly increased, but the engine remained relatively unchanged before its eventual retirement and replacement by V6 engines. While Ford now seeks to move to battery-centric vehicles with its introduction of the Ford F-150 Lighting EV, the 300’s track record will be hard to match.