Bringing a 460 to life
This is my first Ford build and I am excited to see what I can do to bring a stock 460 to life. I inherited a clean 89 F-250 with a fuel injected 460, C-6, 4:10 gears, a DNE2 overdrive unit, no rust, and 90K miles I use this for towing camper and goose neck trailer primarily and I am, like everyone, looking to get more power. There are three of us who have relatively the same trailers; uncle, cousin, and I. My uncle has a 01 Dodge with a V-10 and I can't even touch him when it comes to towing; he just walks away from me and gets better mileage doing it. My cousin has a 5.7 HEMI and with 115 CI difference in engines, I have a hard time keeping up with him - it's embarrassing. 65-70 is about as good as I can do while getting 4-5mpg. Looking at the factory HP numbers, they really aren't that impressive AND not much more than the 351 overall.
I ran into a Ford guy and he told me that because this was the first year for fuel injection, they put really mild cams and lowered the compression ratio in order to pass emissions, is that true?
I like the truck and my budget won't allow for a different truck at the moment, so I am going to make due for a while. I am contemplating changing cams and milling the heads to bring the compression ratio up. I understand it isn't going to get diesel fuel economy, but I would like it to make more power for the amount of fuel it's using.
What cam would you recommend for towing? Any other mods I could do to make this tow better?
Last edited by Craazy Cooter; 10-17-2019 at 12:58 AM.