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Big Block? Small Block? Turbo? V-8? Straight 6?

Top Top 5 truck engines of the past 20 years, Part 4.

Big Block? Small Block? Turbo? V-8? Straight 6?
Posted June 2 2009 10:26 AM by Brandan 
Filed under: Editorials, Opinions

Ford Lightning Emblem

 Ford Lightning 5.4L V-8. Ford’s modular V-8 engines are compact and lightweight, the problem is that their small bore size restricts cylinder head flow.

Ford Lightning Brandywine
Ford Lightning 5.4L polished

The solution: forced induction! You all know what a Lightning is, so we don’t need to tell you that they’re quick enough to make sports cars give them respect at the dragstrip. Compared to the 1st gen Lightnings, which were equipped with 351ci V-8s, the new, blown versions had 50% more power.
Critics have always questioned the practicality of a performance truck, but the Lightning silenced many of them when it brough both brute force and handling into the ring. Also, without the 2nd generation Lightning, we would arguably never have our #2 truck. . .


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