Adding Power To Your Ford Truck
Let's talk about power. If you have a carbureted gas engine in your Ford truck, then boy is it easy to gain horsepower! First things first, ditch that old stock carburetor and trade it in for a nice Edelbrock Performer or Holley Double Pumper carb. Visit Summit Racing website to pick out a good carb for your Ford. The next thing that really helps is a good performance intake manifold. This helps that old V8 open up and really breath. It also richens up the air to fuel mixture so you want to make sure you put the proper size jets in your carb. This will provide your engine with more fuel and oxygen making each power stroke spark bigger and each compression stroke pressurize more. You can also add headers to replace your exhaust manifolds. If you use full length headers, you can gain up to 50 horsepower. Shorty headers usually give you around 20 extra horsepower. These are all what you would call bolt-ons. Some other common bolt on modifications for ford trucks that increase horsepower are aftermarket coil packs or distributors, rear end gear ratios, fuel injectors, tuning chips, and throttle body spacers. Upgrading your camshaft(s), crankshaft, valves, springs, push rods, and connecting rods, all are big horsepower boosters but can only be done when rebuilding an engine(internals). The biggest horsepower advances you can give your truck always come from internals and boost. Boost is becoming very popular today because it is always a bolt on system. The most common form of boost today is made through turbochargers. You can also go old school and opt for a supercharger. Turbos are arguably the most popular today because of how much measurable boost you can push out of them. Superchargers typically tend to push a maximum of around 10 lbs. of boost. With a turbocharger, not only can you run more than one, but you can also run unlimited psi depending on your internals build quality, material used for internals, size of turbo, quality of turbo, turbo breathing and cooling setup, and maximum horsepower rating on your block. Money plays a very big part in everyone's decision on their build. If you want to run naturally aspirated(no boost/all motor), and you intend on making big horsepower and torque, it will be the most expensive route to go. This is another main reason turbochargers are so popular, because they are the cheapest. The mistake many people make is boosting their car or truck with out using forged steel internals or better. The added horsepower from boost will quickly take its toll on your engine with stock internals. Stock internals were not designed to hold up to the horsepower turbochargers and superchargers put out. Your engine will quickly break or blow up internally. If you are looking for a high horsepower towing and work truck, I would recommend naturally aspirated or a supercharger. These are your best options for keeping high torque with high horsepower. If you are looking for a street or drag truck, your best bet is a full internal build and top it off with either a single or twin turbos. It all depends on your budget but a large diameter turbo is just as good as average sized twin turbos in most cases.