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This New 7.3 Liter Ford Godzilla V8 Engine Goes In A 1978 F-150 XLT

By on August 9, 2022 0

An engine swap is a popular way to improve a car’s performance. As a rule, a more powerful engine is installed under the hood of a vehicle, instead of the original. This should result in a more powerful vehicle that could perform as intended.

After nearly two months of driving his 1978 Ford F-150, YouTuber Ford Era decided to take the upgrades to a whole new level by replacing the truck’s old engine with a massive new V8 crate engine from Ford Performance called Godzilla.


Ford enthusiast falls in love with a 1978 F-150

Ford Era, aka Solomon Lunger in real life, pulled this 1978 Ford F-150 (a 4×4 in XLT trim) out nearly two months ago from the Soddy-Daisy Collection in Tennessee. This is a new F-150 pickup, aptly named “Snickers” probably due to the graphics on the body resembling the famous candy bar.

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While he was clearly in love with his new acquisition, Solomon immediately took him on the road and even rode him on the Hot Rod Power Tour for a week. Driving over 70 miles per hour on the highway, the F-150 soon ran into an overheating problem. This may have prompted Solomon to begin a series of upgrades from Snickers. These upgrades include the installation of a new air conditioning system, wiring, harnesses, cables and gauges.

Nonetheless, Solomon made the upgrades while taking the F-150 on long trips, including a trip from Miami, Florida, to Texas.

New Godzilla V8 crate engine for a new project

Solomon’s plans for his 1978 Ford F-150 don’t end with new AC power and wiring. There’s one upgrade he really wanted to implement on his 44-year-old pickup truck: a new engine. However, he doesn’t plan to shoe any engine in Snickers, as he’s chosen a massive new crate engine from Ford Performance.

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Interestingly, Ford’s 7.3-liter V8 engine is a pushrod engine. It may be a retrograde engine offering, but it’s ideal for trucks with a high gross weight rating. Boasting a cast iron block, aluminum cylinder heads and a forged steel crankshaft, Godzilla can deliver 430 peak horsepower and 475 lb-ft. of maximum torque.


Perhaps too excited about this new project, Solomon unboxed the new Godzilla V8 crate engine right after it was delivered. He showed some parts, even providing a short description. Mast Motorsports will support the exchange, even using its own parts for the project.

Source: Ford Era on YouTube, Ford Performance