The Ford F-150 can do the hardcore jobs with utmost ease; but, how can it win a tug-of-war competition?

Back in the day, trucks were merely workhorses and didn’t come with a lot of comfort features or powerful specs. However, Ford used to offer one particular engine that, to date, is widely considered as one of the best engines ever built. Called the Ford 300, this 300 cubic-inch, or 4.9-liter, inline six-cylinder mill was so good that it stayed in production from the 1960s to 1996. The F-150 with this engine was best-suited for farmers, construction workers, and anyone that required a truck for rugged use. It was almost indestructible back then, but can it survive even today?

To know for sure, the folks at TFLClassics purchased a 1991 Ford F-150 and decided to put it to test. This included a tug-of-war with a 1994 Dodge Ram. Does the F-150 conquer the Dodge, or does it succumb to a newer, better-spec’d model?

That Is One Tough Powerhouse

TFL purchased this truck for just $900 as a parts truck.

The video shows the F-150 went through a lot of tests in this video, from pulling a 14-feet long log to carrying it in the truck bed, and so on.

Finally, the F-150 went up against the 1994 Dodge Ram in the tug-of-war round. The F-150 makes 145 horses from its 300 cubic-inch engine, whereas the Dodge makes 175 horses from its turbodiesel mill. Also, the F-150 is a two-wheel drive, whereas its rival is a four-wheel beast.

Old-School Showdown: 1991 Ford F-150 vs. 1995 Dodge Ram Tug-of-War
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Can it beat the Dodge with the superior specs? We don’t want to spoil it for you, so check out the video and know how it performed, and shoot your thoughts in our comments section below.

Sidd Dhimaan
Associate Editor and Truck Expert - sidd@topspeed.com
Sidd joined the Topspeed.com team in 2017 as an intern and in less than a year he earned a full-time position as an associate editor and junior automotive expert. He is currently our pickup truck expert and focuses his attention on heavy-duty and off-road vehicles.  Read More
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