This 1992 Ford F150 guide will cover engine and transmission options, interior packages, and overall capability. Finally, we’ll recommend whether or not you should buy one and some alternatives. Let’s get started.
Engine & Transmission
Powertrain choices were the 300 in line 6, 5.0 V8, and the 5.8/351 Windsor (carbureted/EFI). The Mexican market got a 3.8 liter V6. Transmissions were the three-speed Ford C6, the 4-speed BorgWarner manual, and the 4-speed Ford AOD transmission.
The most popular drivetrain is the 4.9 liters inline 6 or 5.8 liter Windsor, paired with the 4-speed BorgWarner manual or 4-speed AOD transmission. The 3-speed C6 is also a great option. The AOD transmissions may not deal with heavier loads very well; towing in overdrive will create too much heat.
Ford gave the 9th generation F150 Dana differentials. Ford also continued their Twin Traction Beam suspension design for the 1992 F150.
Twin Traction Beam is essentially a giant metal Z that the differential mounts to. It improves traction and axle articulation offroad; your mileage may vary. While 2WD F150s are available, unless your truck is limited to pavement life, get the 4WD model.
- Engines are very reliable
- Transmissions are rugged; BorgWarner and C6 are the best options
- Dana axles increase offroad capability and axle articulation
- Simple work truck
- EFI engines are known for fuel injection issues; leaky injectors
- Engines are underpowered except for 351 Windsor
- Non-BorgWarner manual transmissions are weak
The 1992 F150 offered several trim packages; Custom, XL, XLT, and XLT Lariat. The XL is the base, followed by XLT and XLT Lariat, topping with Custom. You gain features like electric windows, electric door locks, an AM FM radio, a cloth/vinyl bench seat, and a chrome grille.
In 1992 the F150 gained a redesigned dashboard and seats. SuperCab models got oversized side windows. A Flareside bed was optional on all models, returning from the 1987 model year.
Among changes were rounded body corners to improve fuel economy; the “Bullnose” square front look was dropped for fuel economy and a fresh look for 1992.
Dual fuel tanks remained an option; however, they were only available with 2WD on trucks with the Flareside bed. The Trailer/Camping Package is a great option.
It features heavy-duty swaybars, an oversized radiator, a larger transmission cooler, and heavier spring rates with stiffer shocks. A seven-pin trailer wiring harness is included. It takes the F150 from a commuter/tow vehicle to a legitimate work truck.
- Many trim package combinations are possible
- The trailer/Camping Package is a must-have
- inline 6 is a highly reliable engine
- Cloth/Vinyl seats can tear and are challenging to repair.
- Transfer pumps on models with dual tanks can break
- EFI engines have problems with fuel injection
1992 Ford F150 Fuel Economy
The 1992 F150 is a truck, first and foremost. However, it is capable of decent fuel mileage for a large vehicle.
4.9 inline Six-Cylinder
Fuel economy for the 4.9 inline 6, with 2wd, is 12-15 mpg city, 15-17 mpg highway, and 14-15 mpg combined. Of course, the 4.9 liters in line 6 can be paired with a three-speed automatic, a 4-speed manual, a four-speed automatic, and a 5-speed manual, hence the differences. The fuel economy with 4WD is identical.
The 5.0 liter V8 produces decent results. With 2WD, fuel economy is 12-13 mpg city, followed by 15-17 mpg highway and 13-14 mpg combined. The 5.0 can be paired with the three-speed automatic, 4-speed manual, four-speed automatic, or 5-speed manual transmission.
However, fuel economy is essentially the same with all four transmissions. With 4WD, fuel economy is the same; the 4WD option makes its own business case at this point.
Rounding out the trio is the 5.8/351 Windsor V8. With 2WD, this engine gets an abysmal 11 mpg city, 15 mpg highway and 12 mpg combined. It is only available with the four-speed automatic. With 4WD, mileage is ten mpg city, 15 mpg highway, and 12 mpg combined.
1992 Ford F150 Model Prices
The 1992 Ford F150 offers many different options for engines, transmissions, and interior packages. Prices on the used market may be more or less than the original prices depending on the condition. Prices range from around $8,000 for the base LX to $24,000 for the top trim Custom.
CarGurus rates the 1992 Ford F150 at $10,777 to $15,447. However, that price range is almost exclusively for 4WD models; the 2WD models are not popular on the used market. The 2WD models are usually at both ends of the price spectrum; very cheap or in mint condition and very expensive.
A rule of thumb is for a clean 1992 F150, budget $10,000-$15000 for a single cab long bed with 4WD. Short bed single cab F150s are more desirable and command a higher price, especially with 4WD. 2WD models fluctuate in price but consistently remain cheaper than 4WD models.
2WD or 4WD models with the 300 inline 6 are generally more affordable than their V8 siblings; the V8s are more desirable among collectors and enthusiasts.
1992 Ford F150 Towing Capacity
The 1992 Ford F150 is a solid truck. With three engines and four transmission options, 2WD or 4WD, towing capacity can vary by model. Here are towing and hauling numbers for each model, depending on the engine and transmission combination.
4.9-liter inline 6
The 4.9 liters inline six can tow a maximum of 7,500 pounds, with 4WD or 2WD. Towing capacity depends not on drivetrain options, but 7500 pounds will be easier to pull with 4WD and the 4AOD overdrive transmission.
However, with the four or 5-speed manual, the maximum towing capacity is restricted to 6,000 pounds; the manuals are Mazda transmissions and cannot handle heavier loads. Towing capacity with the 1992 F150 is not dependent on bed length; ability is the same in short and long bed trucks.
Hauling capacity is around 1100 pounds, but an absolute maximum of 1100 pounds. The 1992 F150 does not have as strong a frame as newer trucks, which must be considered.
The 5.0 V8 can tow 7,500 pounds. Towing capacity is 7,500 pounds with automatic transmissions but is restricted to 6,000 with any manual transmission.
The manuals are Mazda transmissions and cannot handle the heavier loads. Hauling capacity is around 1100 pounds. Towing capacity is no different from the 4.9 inline 6 or 5.8 liter V8, but each engine performs its job differently.
The 5.8/351 V8 can tow a maximum of 7,500 pounds, with 4WD or 2WD. Towing capacity is restricted to 6,000 with any manual transmission.
The manuals are Mazda transmissions and cannot handle the heavier loads. Towing capacity is not dependent on bed length; ability is the same in short and long bed trucks. Hauling capacity is around 1100 pounds.
All three engines have the same towing capacity, but they do the job differently due to different power/torque curves and gearing. 3.73 gears can make a big difference while towing or hauling. 3.73 gears were standard with the Max Tow package, but as the F150 has 8.8-inch differentials, aftermarket gearing is easy to find.
No matter which engine you have in your F150, a simple gear change can make a difference.
Best Accessories for 1992 Ford F150
The 1992 F150 is an old truck. Demand has created an aftermarket community that provides every conceivable part, from long-travel suspension to merino wool floormats. Here are the best accessories for a 1992 Ford F150.
Every truck needs floormats. WeatherTech makes floormats for almost every car, including the 1992 Ford F150. However, there is no set configuration of mats, just light and heavy-duty semi-universal floor mats. However, as the 1992 F150 has a roomy cabin, trimming on the edges will make it fit.
There is the option to choose between 1st and 2nd-row mat packages or simply the front row mats. A set costs $55, which is good value for money.
If you do not like trimming your floor mats, consider Husky floormats. Husky offers three different mats for the 1992 F150; the Classic, the Heavy Duty, and the Uni-Mat. Prices are $60-$140, $40-$71, and $50. As the 1992 F150 has different cab configurations, Husky is the better choice here.
- Trim-fit floormats are great for any cab configuration
- Heavy duty; very tough
- Fairly priced
- Trim-fit mats are not the best choice for everyone
- WeatherTech does not make a dedicated mat for the 1992 F150
Seat covers are essential on older cars; they lend a fresh look. They also help protect the seat underneath from big rips and tears. Seat covers also offer a chance to personalize a car; seat covers can be made from denim if desired.
Carhartt makes seat covers for the 1992 F150. Heavy-duty fabric with triple-stitched seams, these covers will never rip or tear. The material is also water-resistant and can be washed when it gets dirty.
Carhartt also ships their seat covers with a 3-year warranty. The Carhartt Duck Weave seat covers cost $260-$480 for a complete set of interior covers, depending on the amount and any accessories.
Consider the Coverking Cordura Ballistic seat covers if you need more protection. The fabric is highly durable and constructed from Kevlar for extra toughness. It is also sewn to an exact fit.
The covers feature a waterproof inner coating for extra protection, and the cloth is woven to emulate carbon. Coverking ships their covers with a 2-year warranty; a complete front seat interior covers cost $368.
Finally, Northern Frontier produces a solid set of canvas seat covers for the 1992 F150. Canvas, especially in gray or black, is an excellent material for seat covers. It does not pinch, ruffle or tear and is heavier and nicer to sit on overall. Northern Frontier constructs its covers from heavy-duty breathable cotton.
All products are backed by a 2-year warranty, and the covers are splash and stain-resistant. The covers are also mildew resistant and machine washable. A set for front or rear costs $170, excellent value for what you get.
- Carhartt covers are the most expensive but the best quality
- Canvas/Kevlar construction
- Reasonably priced according to quality
- Full sets of covers front and rear are expensive
- Items like headrest covers are not included
- It May not fit aftermarket seats for the F150
The 1992 F150 has plenty of cargo capacity, but roof racks come in handy when transporting anything too long/fragile to be left in the bed. Simply strap the thing down and get rolling.
Consider the Front Runner Slimline II Bed Rack. It mounts to the bed, keeping the roofline low and allowing you to carry plenty of cargo with no issues. The rack is rated to hold 600 pounds, meaning you can take almost any load without fear of breaking the frame.
T-6 aluminum construction means rust protection and a solid black powder coating for a sleek finish. The rack also features tabs to mount hooks or water/fuel jugs for Overlanding.
Some drilling may be necessary for installation, but the rack is near-universal. If you sell your F150 and keep the rack, your money does not waste. The Slimline II Bed Rack retails for $1150-$1850, depending on the truck.
The Go Rhino SRM600 Roof Rack is an ideal accessory for the F150. Available in 55, 65, or 75-inch lengths, you can customize the rack to your carrying needs or simply how much is necessary. While the rack has tie-downs for equipment, it is also a basket with 6-inch sides, so cargo stays secured.
The rack is made from high-strength aluminum and powder-coated for corrosion resistance. Finally, installation does not require drilling, but the rack is pre-drilled to allow light bar mounts. The SRM600 Roof Rack retails for $812.
Finally, the Fab Fours Overland Rack combines the best of a roof rack and bed rack. It is full-length, extending from windshield to tailgate. The entire frame is level with the roofline, meaning the bed is still functional. The rack is modular, meaning pieces can be added; additionally, it is designed to work with factory roof rails.
Construction is stainless steel and strong enough to support a rooftop tent. Finally, built-in mounts for light pods and multiple crossbars seal the deal. Depending on the setup, the Fab Fours rack retails for $2177-$2315.
- Roof racks mean you can transport oversized items
- Full-length racks are suitable for rooftop tent camping
- Racks come with mounts for light bars and accessories
- Roof racks create wind noise
- Fuel mileage also suffers
- Full-length racks limit the height of cargo
Best Replacement Parts for 1992 Ford F150
Even though the 1992 Ford F150 is a tough truck, every car needs replacement parts eventually. These can range from door strikers to rod bearings. Here are the best replacement parts for the 1992 Ford F150.
Tires are essential. Depending on your driving habits, all-season tires may be best for your F150, but others may find aggressive mud/snow tires more suitable, especially in more remote places.
The F150 can have various tire sizes; check the sticker for exact information on your truck. Whatever the size, a set of Goodyear Wrangler Duratec tires is a great fit.
These are on/offroad tires with offroad orientation. The tire features a sidewall tread for extra grip in tight spots or maneuvers in deep sand, along with large tread blocks and wide spacing. A set of 4, on average, costs $1100 shipped from Tire Rack, a very reputable outlet.
BF Goodrich is a well-known tire manufacturer that makes high-quality tires for your F150. Consider the All-Terrain T/A K02 tire. This is an on/offroad tire but oriented toward road use.
The tread pattern is aggressive but not particularly deep, and the spacing between tread blocks is narrow. If you need ride quality and offroad capability without breaking your wallet, the T/A K02 is a great tire. A set of 4 will cost you $660, shipped from Tire Rack.
Finally, the General Grabber A/TX is a go-to tire for budget looks and capability. This tire has a wide but mild tread pattern and narrow spacing between tread blocks.
While it will go offroad just fine, you will want to stick to more mild terrain; very muddy or snowy terrain will clog the tread blocks. The Grabber is rated for severe snow service, however. If you need tires for your plow truck, then the Grabber will work. It is not the best tire for extreme conditions, but it is adequate as an all-around tire. A set costs $533, $134 per tire.
A powerful engine is nothing without clean air. A high-quality air filter paired with a good intake can ensure clean air and even a horsepower boost for your engine.
Here are the best air filters you can find for your 1992 F150. Remember that these are not engine or model specific. Simply purchase the one you like most, but make sure it is appropriate for your engine. A filter that is too small will be a restriction and reduce power.
K&N is a well-known maker of car parts, one of which is air filters. K&N filters are a little more expensive than average: $50 for a replacement filter is steep. However, their filters are guaranteed to last 1,000,000 miles and are made from washable material. The filter element is covered in mesh for durability and longevity.
As the filter is washable, it pays for itself over time compared to traditional paper filters. While K&N filters are expensive, this is the one if you want a more environmentally friendly filter. It even comes with a ten-year/million-mile limited warranty.
Aside from K&N, regular air filters made by Wix or AC Delco are available for around $15.
Headlights are an essential part of a vehicle. Broken or dim headlights should be replaced. Sometimes the fix replaces a burned bulb, but sometimes the entire assembly must be replaced. Here are the best replacement headlights for your Ford F150.
O’Reilly’s is the best option. They carry plenty of bulb and headlight assembly options to fit your F150. Xenon conversion kits are also available. A set of Sylvania xenon bulbs comes in a two-pack and costs $64. However, that requires extra wiring, and groups of stock bulbs are cheap.
The 1992 F150 does not have strong brakes. Failure to replace those brakes can result in uncomfortable calls to your insurance company. Here are the best brake pads for your 1992 F150. The 1992 F150 has front disc brakes and rear drum brakes, making it tougher to source the parts.
Advance Auto parts have rear brake shoes for the 1992 F150 at $42 per side. This includes two replacement brake shoes. Springs and parking brake shoes must be ordered separately.
Front brake pads for the 1992 F150 vary in pricing. Regular brake pads come in sets of 4 and range in price from $32 to $52. They are semi-metallic, and the price difference is due to duty ratings.
Premium pads are $65 and are severe-duty rated, meaning they have harsher compounds and a higher heat rating. They last longer as well due to the more robust materials.
1992 Ford F150 Mods
The 1992 Ford F150 is a great truck. However, the itch to modify scratches every car enthusiast. Here are the best modifications you can do to a 1992 Ford F150.
1992 Ford F150 Lift Kits
A lift kit accomplishes many purposes; increased ground clearance, easier maintenance, and looks cool.
The Rough Country leveling kit provides a 2.5-inch lift and levels the body. It includes shocks, springs, and leaf springs to ensure everything functions as needed. The kit retails for $460 per end of the truck, so around $1000 for a full front-rear lift.
Tuff Country also makes lift kits for the F150. Their lift kit provides a 4 inch front and 3 inch rear lift for a level stance.
Their equipment also includes springs, leaf springs, shackles, and all necessary hardware to do it yourself. It is a simple bolt-on installation, so you do not need to rework the suspension. The kit retails for $1900.
Finally, the Pro Comp Kit provides a slightly different approach. Their kit comes with shocks, but not leaf springs, so your F150 must have front coil springs for this kit to work. The equipment is oriented toward desert racing, not rock crawling. It includes new coil springs, shocks, and all necessary hardware.
1992 Ford F150 Maintenance Schedule
The 1992 F150 maintenance schedule is essential. Oil changes should be conducted every 5000-7500 miles. The battery should be checked and topped off with every oil change using distilled water. With every oil change, the suspension should be checked to ensure everything is functioning correctly.
The transmission fluid should be replaced every 30,000 miles; it has a different lifetime from engine oil. Engine coolant should be checked regularly and refilled if necessary.
Air conditioning is fine if it blows cold, but have a dedicated shop check the system if there are problems. The Freon could need recharging, or there could be a compressor issue.
1992 Ford F150 Recalls
The 1992 F150 had been recalled for several problems. First is the fuel pump and sender assembly in models with dual fuel tanks. Next is the check valve, also for models with dual fuel tanks.
The check valve can fail, causing fuel to return to the auxiliary tank and overfill it. The solution is to replace the sending unit and check valves.
Next is the parking gear in the automatic transmissions. The snap ring that locates on the output shaft can fracture, meaning the gear does not engage, and the truck can roll away.
The solution is to replace the snap ring and install a new tail housing on the transmission. Finally, there is a recall for crossed fuel pressure and return lines.
The fuel line connectors have the pressure and return lines crossed, meaning fuel can randomly be delivered into either the primary or auxiliary tank. The fix is to replace the connectors.
1992 Ford F150 Common Problems
Every car has typical problems, and the F150 is no exception. The 1992 F150 has problems from heater cores to head gasket leaks. Here are common issues with the 1992 Ford F150.
No Cabin Heat
Many owners report reduced or no cabin heat. This is usually caused by heater core, thermostat, or coolant level problems. The heater core circulates coolant, carrying engine heat, and warms the cabin.
The small-block V8 Fords, such as the 5.0 and 5.8, are notorious for heater core failure. However, the heater core is not always the problem; sometimes, the fix is replacing the thermostat or leveling the coolant.
This is due to a faulty EGR system. The EGR sensor can stick and malfunction, meaning the EGR valve stays open at idle. In this case, the sensor and valve must be replaced together.
Rear End Noise
Rear-end noise on the 1992 F150 results from faulty clutches in the rear differential. The rear differential uses clutches to transfer power from side to side, and those clutches can fail.
There are clutch kits to fix this. Noise can also be caused by low fluid levels. Topping off the fluid and adding a friction modifier can solve the problem.
Oil Leak Onto Starter From Head Gasket
The passenger side head gasket on the V8 F150s can leak oil onto the starter, causing it to malfunction occasionally. It will also drip onto the exhaust and cause smoke and the smell of burning oil. The fix for this is replacement head gaskets. ‘
Exhaust Manifolds Cracking and Leaking
The exhaust manifolds on all 1992 F150s can crack and leak. They warp due to a manufacturing defect, and vibration and heat cause them to leak. The fix is to replace the manifold.
Stripped Timing Gears
The cam gears can strip their teeth, causing the timing chain to slip and the engine to jump timing. As a result, it does not start. The solution is to replace the timing gears and chain and check the entire timing system.
1992 Ford F150 Resale Value
Edmunds values a 1992 F150 at $2300 for a trade in mint condition. However, the F150 can sell for much more on the private market. A well-kept 1992 F150 can sell for $15,000. Models with the 5.0 or 5.8 V8 and 4WD can sell for $20,000 or more in good condition.
The Flareside bed configuration costs extra, as it was only produced on certain models for one year. A 1992 Flareside F150 in mint condition costs $20,000-$35,000 depending on drivetrain and interior configuration. However, Flareside provides no extra utility, so choose a different model if utility is your game.
1992 Ford F150: Should I Buy It?
The 1992 Ford F150 is a light work truck. Towing capacity will be 6000-7000 pounds and around 1100 pounds hauling capacity. Respectable, but do not expect it to tow a camper.
However, as a daily driver to get firewood, the 1992 Ford F150 is great. Pick the 4WD model with the inline 6 or 351 Windsor, and you have a solid truck. If you need a classic truck/light work vehicle, this is the truck for you.
Alternatives to Buy
The K1500 is Chevrolet’s answer to the 1992 F150. 4WD, 5.7 liters V8, and three-speed automatic or 4-speed manual.
These trucks are great, but body rust was a problem, especially on cab mounts and spring shackles. However, as an alternative to the 1992 F150, it is excellent.
Dodge Ram 150
The Dodge Ram 150 is Dodge’s answer to the 1992 F150. Powered by a 360 cubic inch V8 coupled with a 4-speed manual or 3-speed automatic, the Ram 150 is an excellent alternative.
However, the dashboards in Ram trucks are known for cracking; this is an expensive fix. Exhaust manifold leaks are also a concern on Ram trucks, in addition to rust issues. Still, a Ram 150 in good condition is a great truck.
Question: I Choose Between Two 1992 F150s: One 2WD and One 4WD. Which One Should I Choose?
Answer: 4WD is great in poor conditions. 2WD makes sense if your truck never ventures offroad; if you need to plow a driveway or tow a trailer, choose the 4WD. As for the manual or automatic transmission, that’s a personal preference.
Question: Will a 4WD 1992 F150 with the Inline 6 be a Good Offroad Vehicle?
Answer: The 4.9 inline 6 makes plenty of torque and is reliable. A body lift and lower gearing make the F150 an excellent rock crawler. I recommend you choose the manual; it allows greater control while crawling.
Question: I Want to Use My 1992 F150 to Do Heavier Towing and Hauling. Can I Do That?
Answer: The 1992 F150 will carry around 1000 pounds. This is best done on pavement. If you need to do heavier work around your property, get an F250. The 1992 F250 is a heavier duty truck and is much more capable.