1978 Ford F-250 Specifications

by Michael Gunderson
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The Ford Motor Company first introduced the F-Series pickup truck in 1948. The truck was available in three new engine designs that were advertised as having more power and improved fuel economy over previous Ford trucks. The body panels of the truck series remained basically the same until the 1978 F-series. The 1978 truck was the first in the series with tilt steering. Other changes in that year included a larger "egg crate" grille design and a contoured bumper.


The gross vehicle weight (GVW) for the 1978 Ford F-250 three-seat utility truck is 3,450 kg or 7,606 lbs. Its height is 1,829 mm, the length of the vehicle is 5,360 mm and the width is 2,022 mm, or it's 72 by 211 by 79.6 inches.


The four-speed manual transmission flywheel features 164 teeth and an outside diameter of 14.25 inches. The transmission cooler is a plate fin standard mount with an 11 ¾-inch hose barb. The dimensions are 11 x 71/4 by 8 inches. The five-speed manual transmission is rear-wheel drive with a 4-to-1 final drive ratio. The truck is also available with a three-speed rear-wheel drive automatic transmission.


The specifications for a 1978 F-250 truck with a 5.8-liter V-8 engine include a maximum torque of 429 Newton meters (316.4 foot-pounds), the maximum power is 162 kilowatts and the power-to-weight ratio is 11.94 to 1 kilowatts per kilogram. The compression ratio is 9 to 1 and the valve gear is overhead drive.


The exhaust manifold is a 4.9L 300-cubic-inch two-bolt flange. The exhaust of the 1978 Ford 250 is one of the most popular parts, and is often customized by truck enthusiasts.

Steering and Suspension

The three-seat Ford 1978 utility truck has ball steering and a 47.5-foot turning circle. The front rim size is 5.5J by 16. The wheelbase is 133 inches, the front track is 65.5 inches and the rear track is 65 inches. The front brakes are disc and the rear brakes are of the drum type.


The 1978 Ford F-250 uses leaded gasoline and has a fuel tank capacity of 19 gallons (72 liters).

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