Ford 302 cid (5.0L) Windsor V-8

302 cid, 5.0L V-8 Engine Specs & History

The Ford Windsor engine family replaced the Y block in 1962, but it was not until 1969 that the 302 Windsor V-8 was rolled out for Ford pickup applications (the 302 replaced the 289 in the Mustang for 1968). The engine is nearly identical to the 302 used in the Ford Mustang, with minor alterations that made the engine more suitable for truck applications where low rpm torque and slower overall engine speeds are favored to high rpm horsepower. In 1972, the addition of emissions control devices as well as the transition from SAE gross power ratings to SAE net ratings caused a huge reduction in the engine's reported horsepower/torque. Fuel injection was introduced in 1985, which woke the engine up significantly. 1996 was the last year for the 302, as Ford replaced the Windsor engines with the 4.6L and 5.4L Modular V-8. The 302 is likely one of Ford's most well known engines, with no major widespread problems in its 27 years of service.

Ford 302 cid V-8 Specs

Engine:

Ford 302 Windsor V-8 (5.0L)

Engine Family:

Ford Windsor

Applications:

1969 - 1996 F-Series pickups in addition to various Ford car/SUV applications

Configuration:

90° V-8

Displacement:

302 cubic inches, 5.0 liters

Firing Order:

• 1-5-4-2-6-3-7-8
• 1-3-7-2-6-5-4-8 (95+ 302 HO)

Engine Block Material:

Cast iron

Cylinder Head Material:

Cast iron

Cylinder Bore:

4.00" (101.6 mm)

Cylinder Stroke:

3.00" (76.2 mm)

Compression Ratio:

8.5 : 1 to 9.5 : 1, varies by model year & application

Aspiration:

Naturally aspirated

Valvetrain:

Cam-in-block, hydraulic lifters, 2 valves per cylinder

Ignition:

Standard distributor

Engine Weight:

~ 450 lbs

Engine Oil Capacity:

6 qts w/ filter

Peak Horsepower:

130 hp - 205 hp (see table below)

Peak Torque:

233 lb-ft - 270 lb-ft

 

Ford 302 (5.0L) Horsepower & Torque

Model Years

Horsepower

Torque

Notes

1969 - 1971

210 hp @ 4,400 rpm

295 lb-ft @ 2,600 rpm

SAE gross power rating

1972 - 1980

135 hp

243 lb-ft @ 2,000 rpm

Switch from SAE gross to net power ratings

1981 - 1984

135 hp @ 3,400 rpm

243 lb-ft @ 2,000 rpm

 

1985 - 1993

185 hp @ 3,800 rpm

270 lb-ft @ 2,400 rpm

Electronic fuel injection (EFI) introduced

1994 - 1996

 

205 hp @ 3,800 rpm w/ manual trans

275 lb-ft @ 2,400 rpm w/ manual trans

302 retired after 1996 model year

 

195 hp @ 3,800 rpm w/ auto trans

270 lb-ft @ 2,400 rpm w/ auto trans

* Note - there are some discrepancies in Ford documentation, actual figures (particularly for older model years) may vary slightly.