From Canada, With Displacement: Ford's Largest Gas V8 Arrives As a Crate Engine

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
from canada with displacement fords largest gas v8 arrives as a crate engine

North of the border, Wednesday dawned on a country celebrating a significantly less festive, no-touch national holiday. No fireworks and crowds on this COVID-y Canada Day, just locals lighting them off from the roofs of walk-ups in your author’s humble neighborhood. The “crowd” outside the Burger King hasn’t grown or shrunk in size (and remains just as clandestine as before).

This year, however, Americans have good reason to join in the celebration.

This week, Ford announced that the 7.3-liter V8 found in its new-for-2020 Super Duty line will be offered as a standalone product. The brand’s newest crate engine is a throwback that generated many smiles upon its release — boasting iron construction, pushrods, and nary a turbocharger in sight, the engine dubbed “Godzilla” generates 430 horsepower and 475 lb-ft of torque. Output doesn’t change in crate engine guise.

Built at Ford’s Windsor Assembly Plant in Ontario, the 7.3L is a breath of fresh air in an industry where downsizing and forced induction is quickly becoming the norm, and even making major inroads in the full-size pickup space. Certainly at Ford, anyway.

Buyers of the crate engine now offered by Ford Performance will be on the hook for $8,150, with the beefy bundle including a fully assembled engine, ignition coils and wires, oil pan, oil cooler, intake and throttle body, and exhaust manifolds. Apparently, the mill can be tuned up to 600 hp without too much effort.

What you do with it will depend on the size, shape, and surroundings of the engine bays at your disposal, as well as your imagination.

[Images: Ford]

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  • SaulTigh SaulTigh on Jul 01, 2020

    This is going right into my '95 Sable.

    • Art Vandelay Art Vandelay on Jul 02, 2020

      I would pay good money to see that combo run at the strip. I'll pay Bruse Springsteen concert type money to see it if you can get the hood to close. Seriously, I love Frankensteins like that.

  • JaySeis JaySeis on Jul 01, 2020

    I need it to replace the replacement 390 in my ‘58 F8 5-yard that replaced some I6 half a century ago.

  • SCE to AUX I charge at home 99% of the time, on a Level 2 charger I installed myself in 2012 for my Leaf. My house is 1967, 150-Amp service, gas dryer and furnace; everything else is electric with no problems. I switched from gas HW to electric HW last year, when my 18-year-old tank finally failed.I charge at a for-pay station maybe a couple times a year.I don't travel more than an hour each way in my Ioniq 1 EV, so I don't deal much with public chargers. Despite a big electric rate increase this year, my car remains ridiculously cheap to operate.
  • ToolGuy 38:25 to 45:40 -- Let's all wait around for the stupid ugly helicopter. 😉The wheels and tires are cool, as in a) carbon fiber is a structural element not decoration and b) they have some sidewall.Also like the automatic fuel adjustment (gasoline vs. ethanol).(Anyone know why it's more powerful on E85? Huh? Huh?)
  • Ja-GTI So, seems like you have to own a house before you can own a BEV.
  • Kwik_Shift Good thing for fossil fuels to keep the EVs going.
  • Carlson Fan Meh, never cared for this car because I was never a big fan of the Gen 1 Camaro. The Gen 1 Firebird looked better inside and out and you could get it with the 400.The Gen 2 for my eyes was peak Camaro as far as styling w/those sexy split bumpers! They should have modeled the 6th Gen after that.