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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-29-2011, 09:39 AM Thread Starter
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So I'll give you the low down, I've been around cars for a while now and I do most of the work on my own. I'm only 17, before I bought the truck I have now I had a 06 Aveo5. Let me tell you, love the truck, driving a truck is just a whole different feeling! Anyways... On an 06 I didn't really have much to worry about, now I'm driving a 2000 F150 4.2L V6 Flareside with 337,000KM. I wanna get lots of life out of 'er, but wouldn't mind a little more performance. So here we go...

What's a good chip to go with? Does it harm the engine at all using a chip? I'll have it professionally installed.
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-29-2011, 01:20 PM
 
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Which ever one you buy, beware that it may require the use of premium fuel ($$$). Just something to think about. I don't know anything about chipping a gasser...but I do know chipping a diesel makes a huge difference!


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superchips, sct

do some basic stuff.
cold air intake, free flowing exhaust
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So I'm just wondering has there been any work done to the motor ?? You want to squeeze more power out of a motor with over 300 000 km on it know the 4.2 is a bad motor to begin with. Well it's your money spend it wisely

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The 4.2 is not a bad motor, sure the 97-98s had some gasket issues but these motors are basically the same as the 3.8L in the Mustangs of the same era. You can make some pretty good power with them if you wanna spend the $$$.


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K well the 3.8 also had issues if I'm right but I'd rather stick to the v8's as I have never heard anything bad about them, only the 6 bangers

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I'd freshen the engine first. 337,000 km is getting up there for most V type engines and definately borrowed time for I-4's. You may find that may be just the power increase your looking for and if you want more, than a fresh engine is likely to be able to handle power increases better. You really don't want to burn a hole through an old head gasket and do even more damage.

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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-10-2011, 01:58 PM Thread Starter
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Alright, let's switch pages. Is it possible to throw in a V8 into the truck without doing much work? Can you buy brand new ones? I know I'd need a new tranny to go with it, then I could chip then and build up from there. The frame is pretty much mint, truck is in amazing condition.

Any precautions I should take in order to preserving the frame, maybe undercoating? I live in PEI, Canada and winter hits hard here.

I have one major question for now, I feel like the engine is lagging a bit of performance but the exhaust is pretty much disconnected completely right around the flange area, getting it bolted back up next week, that would cause my power loss and fuel economy going down... Right??
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Don't mean to hyjack the thread but.....
Have a 4.2 in the 99 w/140000 km I just bought to drive in winter.
What are the good & bad things you guys are talking about. ?
What problems should I watch for with this motor ?


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