2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor: Ford Off-Road Trucks, Then and Now
September 09, 2010
This is our long-term Raptor lined up with my 1975 F-250 High Boy. As you can see, Ford's idea of an off-road pick up has changed a bit over the last 35 years.
Back then, the factory lift consisted of blocks underneath the leaf springs. For extra damping there was a dual shock option for the front. Traction? How about some Goodyear G78 snow tires?
And power? How about a torque-rich and horsepower-challenged 360 big block hooked to a four-speed manual on the floor? With 8.4:1 compression and a two-barrel carburetor, it put out a whopping 196 horsepower from the factory.
So yes, the Raptor puts out more than twice the horsepower, probably gets 50% better mileage and drives like a normal vehicle instead of a mildly-domesticated farm implement.
Of course, I like driving the '75 as much as I do the Raptor, so to each his own I guess.
Ed Hellwig, Editor, Inside Line @ 5,671 miles