The Power Plant

The power plant is a 4.3 liter V-6 with 150+ HP. It’s a damn good engine, one that I have owned in several trucks over the years. Years ago in Michigan, I owned a lawn cutting business, the truck pulling the trailer had the same engine but was coupled to a 5-speed manual transmission which worked very well.

I also owned a 19-foot boat that had the same engine, but had some internal modifications for marine use, again a damn good power plant in that application. My only regret though with this truck is that it doesn’t have the small-block 305-cubic inch V-8 engine. I am very brand-loyal and drive GM trucks exclusively!

I know… men and their pickup trucks! πŸ˜‚

8 thoughts on “The Power Plant

  1. The engine in my 1982 Ford F100 is really easy to work on. Only 150 HP out of a 4.3 L engine. Seems pretty low. Our Speed 3 gets 263 HP out of a 2.3 L 4 cylinder engine. My MX-5 has a 2 L engine that produces 181 HP.

    • Smaller engines with higher RPM can generate a bunch of HP these days, very surprising! There may be a different version of my engine that made more HP, but the truck is in no way underpowered. It’s a 2 door short bed, so light that it can easily burn rubber! πŸ˜‚

  2. I remember when you used to be able to see the engine. You know, things like the starter, fan and fan belts, plugs and plug wires and the engine block, stuff like that. Now there is so much crap it seems all you see is plastic shrouds, hoses and lines. Sigh…

    • I totally understand! It sucks that there is so much stuff in there these days that the average owner has almost no clue about repairs of any kind. You have to have the certifications, and take the classes when needed to keep up with the changes… And go to a dealer!

      • And the dealers around here charge $95 just to plug in the computer diagnostics machine. I found an independent shop that is very reasonable without that charge and he’s good.

        • Good idea! After I responded to your first comment, I thought to myself I should have mentioned independent shops too. Dealers are usually more costly…

  3. I knew a woman here who said her mother, who was 95 years old at the time, quite driving a pickup truck because she couldn’t climb up into it anymore. πŸ™‚

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