This is kind of a weird question but I'm 16 and looking for a '92-'96 Bronco
with a 5.8L 351 Engine. I was looking on automart.com and saw a Bronco with
a "351 Engine" (I found out through Ford's Website that if the VIN has the
letter H as the 8th number its a 5.8L Engine but if it has the letter N as
the 8th number it is a 5.0L Engine) the Bronco I saw a letter N as the 8th
number but the owner said it was a 5.8L Engine. I was just wondering if
there is anyway other way you can tell if a Bronco has a 351 Engine? I was
thinking that particular Bronco might have been in a side collision and the
owner bought a new door with a different VIN sticker on it. Does it say What
size engine it is on the actual engine or in the engine compartment?
Someone may have swapped the engine which takes a bit more
than just switching the engine. You have to change the
exhaust and all the electronics to do it right. If you look
closely at the front of the cylinder block, you will see
that the 350 (5.8) is about an inch taller from the water
pump to the cylinder head than a 5.0. If I recall
correctly, all of the 5.8L Broncos had the E4OD trans where
it wa an option in the 5.0.. If it has the AOD/AODE/4R70W,
it should be a 5.0. Most of the 300's sixes built during
that time also had the heavy trans for some reason. If the
door sticker matches the dash plate, a door swap is not
likely. Having had a couple of the Broncos, the 5.8 is
definitely the more desireable engine. The 5.8 doesn't seem
to use any more gas than a 5.0 in them but has much better
power if needed.
You may want to pose your question to the Bronco or F150
forum on the net. They have a world of information.
more than likely, the owner is just stupid, and thinks it has a 5.8 in it.
the easiest way to tell the engine size is to just look at the top of the
engine. on the plenum, (or top of the intake) it will say the engine size,
either 5.0, or 5.8.
if it does have a 5.8 in a 5.0 vehicle, i would run away from it, because
the history of the vehicle is now suspect.
More than likely the owner is worse than stupid, he's
pulling the old bait-and-switch.
If the vehicle is priced the same as all the other 5.8Ls
then it's a bait-and-switch. Run away, run away, you
might even be dealing with a stolen vehicle.
Before driving out to look at any used vehicle, get
the VIN from the owner over the phone, and run it
to see what the engine configuration is supposed to be,
then call the DMV and have them run the VIN to make
sure it's not stolen. Naturally, if you happen to run
across a stolen vehicle, call the cops immediately
and give them all the information and let them deal
If you arrive to look at the used vehicle and the VIN does
not match what the owner told you, leave immediately
and call the cops.
If the title is lost, but the VIN is clean, it is possible to
buy the vehicle but it's usually a big big hassle to get
a title. Unless the vehicle is under $500 it's not worth
dealing with it. Any vehicle worth real money is worth
the seller's time to get the title - the likely reason the
seller can't get the title is that there's a lien on it or some
other nastyness the seller doesen't want you to know about.
There's been cases where the husband is screwing the
babysitter on the side, and goes off on a long business trip
and the wife has a divorce planned - and for revenge she
sells his vehicle sans title. If the title has 2 names on it,
which most that belong to married couples do, then
make sure you talk to both parties on the title.
One more thing since your 16 years old - a 16 year old
cannot legally enter into a contract. If a seller sells you
a vehicle, your parents can call the seller and tell the seller
that you had no legal ability to purchase a vehicle, and the
sale is nullified. Smart sellers know this, and as a result
if you find a vehicle you want to buy, the seller isn't going
to let it go until someone 18 or older shows up and
signs a receipt.
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