This is something I have been pondering about for quite some time now. 2 good friends of mine both have 83 Ford F150's with inline 6's and 4 speed manual trans. Both use them as daily drivers, and one claims it has over 300 thousand miles and not even rebuilt and runs strong with no leaks, smokes, knocks or anything bad, and another friend has one that was recently rebuilt for 1,200 dollars with a few perf. upgrades done, and he beats on his all the time but seems to never fail to start, and this one also has 4 wheel drive where as my other buddy doesn't. Now I have one with the 302 V8, and love it to death when it actually runs(lol), but it only has 143k miles on it, and it doesn't leak nor smoke that I can tell, but minor problems do keep happening on it to make it not wanna run. The true question is though, which one really is the better engine, and what makes it so? This is probably right smack dab on the fence line for all, since I think most of us like(or love) both engines but I want to see what you all have to say about this matter. Because someday I am considering buying and inline 6 Ford truck, unless someone can truly talk me out of it otherwise. Anyone and everyone is encouraged to reply to this!