I have a Ford F100 1983 pickup. My first vehicle was a 1983 Chevy S-10. I had this truck until I was 20 years old. After a paint job, and thanks to Chevy not changing the body style for nearly 10 years, everyone thought I had a new truck. 10 years after selling my beloved S-10, I bought an F100 for $1500 from a buddy of mine. I knew it had been taken care of so I bought it, then proceeded to drive it from North Carolina to Washington state. Let me tell you, this truck is now my favorite vehicle of all time. It now has 152,000 miles and is still running strong. Even with that many miles on it, Her 302 is still strong and I get a kick of blowing the doors off some little rice burners that run around here. Go Ford.
Two years ago, I was given a 1983 Ford F100 with a 302. It currently has 252,000 miles on it, and she runs great. I can't seem to get the new in-line fuel filter to stop leaking yet, but there is room under the hood for me to sit up close to my problem. She's currently missing a muffler, and she's still more quiet than most vehicles that I hear driving around. I'd always been a Chevy-girl, but since I've had my Ford, I don't want to let her go. They just don't make anything like they used to.
I recently bought my '83 f-100 from my cousin for $1,000. I have always been a chevy man at heart; but that has changed now. I am really suprised at good that 302 does on the interstate. I have 350's a lot less harder then this and they would have been junk by now. I could not have asked for a more dependable truck!!
I just recently rescued my F100 from a neighbors back yard, It's a 1983, and it sat for 3 years, I took a battery and can of starting fluid over, and it fired right up, It has the 4.9 ltr L6, seems to be a pretty strong motor. Very smooth running for a carburated vehicle.
My other truck is a 1987 Jeep Grand Wagoneer, its kind of nice, because both the Jeep and the Ford use some of the same parts! I like the truck, very good work horse.
I traded a Yugo SKS for my '83 F100, and towed it home behind my Dakota that night. The truck barely survived a brush fire, and had been sitting for a few years. With 326,198 miles on it, rebuilt 302, rebuilt AOD trans, and replaced rear end, I think it's ready for another 300k.
After buffing it for half a day, I managed to save the paint. Looks good on the outside, but interior is trashed and floor is rusted out. Was originally a company truck for an oil company in West Texas, and has had at least 4 other owners. Needless to say, it's been around. It's never been dogged or abused, just worked all its life.
I'm really surprised at how much power that 302 has. It's up there with the 390 in my '73 F250. I have a feeling this might be my new daily driver in the next few days.