DUB6, I hear you, born in '63, I grew up a Ford guy and I know why. My father and most of his buddies were all Ford guys and boy did they ever have some cool Ford products in the mid to late '60 and early '70's for me to fall in love with! I felt the same distain for the other brands as you describe. I hated those whiny Mopar starters and their Ballast Resistors that always seemed to go out at the worst time. Those big powerful Oldsmobile V8's liked to heat soak the started and they wouldn't start when hot and I can't tell you how many timing chains we had to change on those Pontiac 389's. Many of the Chevy's we worked on had valve guide issues and blew a lot of blue smoke upon start up. I also hated that all of those GM V8's had the distributer in the rear! This could go on for days and sure, Ford products had their challenges too, but we were much more forgiving of those! I can honestly say that I have completely grown out of all that. I love them all now, I have great respect for all the Muscle Car era entrants, and the models that lead up to the Muscle Car era from the '50's. Sure, I still like the Fords better, but all makes are welcome at my place and now I can always find a compliment rather then an insult like when I was younger. A nice, well preserved and/or restored car is a beautiful thing, no matter what brand!
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TheFlow, I thought the Ford 360 was a Truck motor that came out in 1973. I believe it was an FE family motor and the base V8 in the '73-mid '70's Ford F-series trucks, the optional V8 was the 390 from the same engine family. I never knew the 360 motor to be used in any Ford car models; however, the 390 was a mainstay in the cars you mention for many years going back to the late '60's. Later in this truck series, Ford switched from these FE motors to the M (Modified Cleveland) 351 & 400 c.i. engines. These M series engines were in both Ford light trucks and several car models.
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